Breakout Sessions: Set VI, 2:30–3:30 p.m.

"From East to West: AAA Publications Drive Insight Forward"
Villa Room, Second Floor
AAA publications are a valuable resource to today's travelers. These outlets’ content covers everything from industry trends and traveling tips to suggestions on where to stay, eat and shop. Gain valuable insight from editors as they share what's on their calendars for the remainder of 2011 and discover what story opportunities they’re looking forward to in 2012. You will learn:

Elizabeth Harryman is travel editor of Westways, the magazine of the Automobile Club of Southern California, with a circulation of 3.9 million, a readership of 8 million, and 48 percent penetration of the Southern California market. Westways is the second largest magazine in America covering travel, according to Advertising Age, and is the recipient of two major Lowell Thomas Travel Journalism awards. Harryman also coordinates the travel coverage for the other five AAA magazines the Auto Club publishes and serves as editor in chief of Northern New England Journey. The six magazines cover markets from New England to Hawaii and have a combined readership of about 10 million. Harryman also works with her husband, Paul Lasley, on broadcast projects and podcasts, and she blogs at

Paul Lasley is the "TravelSmart” columnist of Westways, the magazine of the Automobile Club of Southern California, and for the five other AAA magazines the Auto Club publishes. Lasley is also executive producer and co-host of “Traveling,” a 25-minute talk show about travel that airs daily in 180 countries on American Forces Radio, and he and his wife, Elizabeth Harryman, won the 2008 Gold Lowell Thomas Travel Journalism Award for Travel Broadcast – Audio. Their website, is a 24/7 source of podcasting about the world of travel, and Lasley blogs at Lasley is also a former travel contributors for NBC’s "Today" show and for 15 years, they hosted travel talk radio shows in Los Angeles — on KABC and KPCC Radio.

Janna Graber is executive editor of Go World Publishing & Productions as well as a regular contributor to AAA EnCompass, the member magazine for AAA Colorado, and the state's largest circulation magazine, reaching one in six Colorado households. The bi-monthly, full-color magazine brings readers top quality travel stories covering the U.S. and international destinations. Graber is also a freelance writer, editor and producer for numerous clients, including Rand McNally,, AOL Travel, and more. An experienced writer, editor and video producer, Graber works with the company's tourism partners, creates PR and marketing campaigns for travel clients, and oversees the company's online publications.


"A Recipe for Success: Having Your Story Featured in Top-Tier Food Outlets"
Zapata Room, Second Floor
With A-list culinary placements at an all-time premium, the age of the foodie has arrived! This session will provide you with necessary tips to get your food and beverage news, as well as your local or in-house personalities, onto the most influential pages, programs and websites that you have been craving. Also, you will learn:


"Health and Wellness Tourism: It’s Not Just About Pampering"
Carranza Room, Second Floor
“One in ten spa-goers treat spa-going as part of a larger health and wellness lifestyle” (ISPA 2008). Three years later, “prevention” has become the buzz word for the spa industry. This industry’s top media discuss the latest trends from hybrid spas to spiritual and holistic vacations, and everything in between. You will learn:

Karen Asp is an Indiana-based journalist, specializing in travel, fitness, health, nutrition and pets. She's a contributing editor for Woman's Day, the Fit Travel columnist for AOL, and a contributing writer for Oxygen. Asp also writes for numerous other leading publications, including AAA Living, All You, Better Homes & Gardens, Brides, Delta Sky, Family Circle, Fitness, Glamour, Good Housekeeping, Health, Men's Fitness, More,, O, Natural Health, Prevention, Real Simple, Redbook, Runner's World, Self, Shape, Spa, TraveLife, Weight Watchers and Women's Health. She’s currently co-authoring a book on food sensitivities for St. Martins Press and Harvard Health to be published in 2012. For more information, visit


Andi Rodriguez  is a freelance writer and weekly columnist for the San Antonio Business Journal, where she covers marketing and media. Rodriguez has authored a variety of articles on topics ranging from fashion to urban redevelopment. In her free time, she also volunteers with a number of different non-profit entities, including the Board of Governors for the UT Health Science Center's CTRC, the San Antonio Library Foundation and Luminaria. Rodriguez was appointed (and currently serves) as a City Planning Commissioner in 2008, honored as a past Women's Hall of Fame winner and is currently pursuing her Master's degree in Architecture/Urban Planning at the University of Texas at San Antonio. 

Shira Levine is a  writer and journalist based in New York City, who has contributed to outlets including Whole Living, American Express Open Forum, Endless Vacation, Accent, Forum and Her expertise is in travel, real estate, pop culture and the luxury market. She frequently covers fashion, beauty, spa, cuisine and eco/green issues as well. Levine has the unique distinction of being clocked in the jaw by a barracuda while standing in shallow Caribbean waters. She lived to laugh about it shortly after and later exacted revenge with a barracuda roast where her friend Chef Paul prepared a (different) barracuda three different ways. Currently, Shira is developing a one-hour drama for cable television.