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Radio Guest List–JW Marriott Marco Island Beach Resort in Marco Island, Florida–November 24, 2018

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This week, Eye on Travel broadcasts from the JW Marriott Marco Island Beach Resort in Marco Island, Florida. Joining the program is Scott McCartney, Travel Editor of The Wall Street Journal, with an update on the world’s longest flight between Singapore and Newark. Patrick Smith, Author of Cockpit Confidential, with his take on airport VIP lounges at the airports and how we may have reached the point of diminishing returns — why they can often be even less relaxing and comfortable than the common waiting areas. Also visiting the show is Pete DiMaria, Fire Chief of Naples Fire-Rescue Department, on hurricanes, Florida and emergency response. And Jack Mulvena, President and CEO of Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens, with a more interactive approach to operating the zoo experience and how Naples Zoo brings its visitors as close to the animals as possible. Plus, find out its thought-provoking way to make you revisit your use of plastics when you travel. There’s all this and more as Eye on Travel broadcasts from the JW Marriott Marco Island Beach Resort in Marco Island, Florida.

Click here to listen to the show streaming live from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. ET on Saturday, November 24, 2018.

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Karen Bartlett, Photojournalist and Author ofA (Mostly) Kids’ Guide to Naples, Marco Island and the Everglades, explains why her book is popular–even for adults who don’t have kids. She then tells Peter about Naples’ unusual festivals and contests, gives her insights on geocaching in the swamps and shares where to find the best local frog legs. She also explains why you should visit Naples during the off-season.

 

 

Pete DiMaria, Fire Chief of Naples Fire-Rescue Department, talks about last year’s Hurricane Irma and shares what hazards are most common in Naples. DiMaria also explains what should be your first response to a fire alarm.

 

 

Jack Mulvena, President and CEO of Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens, shares how Naples Zoo brings its visitors as close to the animals as possible. The zoo is based on interactive experiences. Its visitors even get to feed the giraffes. He also talks about the zoo’s recent thought-provoking way to make you reconsider your use of plastic.

 

 

John Telischak, Education Manager of Naples Historical Society, tells fascinating stories associated with the Naples Historical Society. His favorite story involves a good friend of Mark Twain. John also discusses the peculiar transformations that the society’s building underwent throughout its long history.

 

 

Patrick Smith, Airline Pilot, Author, & Travel Blogger, explains his frustration with VIP lounges at the airports. Although the lounges are supposed to be luxurious and exclusive, he shares how they can be even less relaxing and comfortable than the common waiting areas. It might surprise you to find out which airport lounge disappointed him the most. He then gives his tip on how to get free WiFi at some airports.

 

 

Eric Vasta, Executive Chef of JW Marriott Marco Island Beach Resort, talks about unusual dishes served at JW Marriott’s 10 restaurants and names the most popular order. He then shares which dish failed despite his high expectations (it also happened to be Peter’s favorite meal).

 

 

Captain Tom Williams, Author and Captain on Marco Island, talks about the treasures of Marco Island’s shores and shares his favorite accessible diving spots.

 

 

Dr. Kris Naudts, CEO & Founder of Culture Trip, talks about his travel media startup and reveals what the site’s most successful video is so far. He then shares one of his favorite destinations with an amazing music and fashion scene, which might surprise you.

 

 

Pat Rutledge, Executive Director of the Marco Island Historical Society, shares interesting facts about the history of Marco Island. The biggest challenge for Marco Island Historical Society is to preserve the artifacts found. Many of them are buried in oxygen-deprived muck. Once the artifacts made contact with air, they almost immediately start to disintegrate.

 

 

Scott McCartney, Travel Editor ofThe Wall Street Journal, joins the program with the update on the world’s longest flight.

 

By Alisa Sokolova for PeterGreenberg.com

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