Key Note Speaker Samantha Brown
Travel expert and television host Samantha Brown was born in Dallas, Texas and spent her formative years growing up in New Hampshire. After falling in love with the performing arts, Samantha graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in fine Arts from Syracuse University. The week after graduation Samantha moved to New York City to pursue her dream of being on the stage. Not surprisingly this led to 8 years of waiting tables, auditioning and various roles in off- to off- off- off- Broadway productions.
In 1999 a producer spotted her work in a commercial and recommended her to the Travel Channel to audition for a new show being developed called “Great Vacation Homes”. After the success of that show she went on to host for Travel Channel: Great Hotels, Girl Meets Hawaii, Passport to Europe, Passport to Latin America, Great Weekends, Samantha Brown’s Asia, 50/50 and The Trip. During that time Samantha has traveled around the world visiting over 250 cities in 65 countries and 30 of the United States creating over 160 hours of programming.
In 2017 Samantha moved to PBS and is currently filming the first season of her new show “Places To Love”. With her new show she will take viewers on a discovery of the emotional heart of travel by highlighting the people who are changing, challenging and strengthening a destination to deliver a decidedly refreshing and enriching travel experience. Season 1 will air nationwide in January, 2018.
Samantha’s fun-loving style has made her a revered and engaging television personality whose approach is less expert, less host and more a person you would want to travel with.
Samantha is proud to hold titles of “Ambassador” to the U.S. Travel Association and “Travel Expert” to AARP.