Jessica Parker

Jessica Parker

Account Director, HL Group

Based in New York City, Jessica has worked in travel public relations for notable brands such as Singapore Airlines, The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism, Rand McNally and InterContinental Hotels Group. She has recently joined HL Group to work with Expedia and Hilton Luxury Brands.

Over the years, she has orchestrated major campaigns including celebrities, worked with national media outlets and bloggers, planned events, and managed and counseled several social media communities.

She is an avid traveler and honorary #AvGeek. Next big trip: South America.

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Michael Collins

Michael Collins

Founder and Managing Director, TravelMedia.ie


Michael loves to travel. He is based between Dublin and Paris. Michael has worked in the Irish travel and media industry for 13 years. During this time he has worked as a travel journalist, editor and publisher, editing and publishing the magazines Backpacker Europe, Abroad and Irish Business Traveller. He has also worked in television and radio as a presenter and travel expert. Today Michael runs TravelMedia.ie, representing international tourist boards, hotels, airlines and tour operators in the Irish market.

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Kerwin McKenzie

Kerwin McKenzie

Founder/Travel Concierge, Cruisinaltitude.com, LLC


Kerwin is an ex-airline employee who gives travel tips to airline employees, and their families and friends. He also does trip planning and helps travel bloggers setup their online presence.

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Ian Cleary

Ian Cleary

CEO, Razorsocial


Ian Cleary runs a Digital Agency in Ireland and a blog focussed on Social Media Tools called RazorSocial. Within 6 months of launching RazorSocial it was listed as one of the top 10 Social Media blogs by a global competition run by Social Media Examiner.

As well as writing for Razorsocial, Ian now writes monthly for Social Media Examiner and has guest posted on other leading blogs including Huffington Post, Technorati, Convince and Convert and Busineses Grow.

Ian regularly speaks internationally on his area of passion – Social Media Tools. He has worked extensively in the Tourism Sector.

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Gary Arndt

Gary Arndt

Blogger, Everything Everywhere


Gary Arndt has been traveling the world non stop since 2007. During that time he has visited over 125 countries and territories and all 7 continents.

He is one of the most popular and honored travel bloggers in the world and was named by Time Magazine as having one of the top 25 blogs in the world in 2010.

His travel journalism has also been recognized with a Lowell Thomas Award, NATJA Gold Medal, Northern Lights Award, and a Travel + Leisure SMITTY Award.

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Don George

Don George

Editor and Writer, National Geographic/Gadling/Lonely Planet


Don George is the author of Lonely Planet’s Guide to Travel Writing, whose thoroughly updated third edition will be published in Sept. 2013. A 25-year veteran travel writer/editor, Don is Editor at Large and Columnist for National Geographic’s Traveler magazine and Intelligent Traveler blog, and Features Editor and Blogger for Gadling.com. Formerly travel editor for the SF Chronicle and Salon.com and Global Travel Editor for Lonely Planet, Don has edited nine acclaimed literary travel anthologies for Lonely Planet, and is a renowned speaker on travel and travel writing. He co-founded and chairs the Book Passage Travel Writers and Photographers Conference.

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Amy Jackson

Amy Jackson

Director of Public Relations, TripIt


Amy Jackson is the director of public relations for TripIt and Concur Traveler Services. For more than 10 years, she’s generated national media coverage and pioneered social media programs for award-winning technology and consumer brands. Amy is a frequent traveler and a reward point geek. She’s especially passionate about mobile apps that make life easier, 5-star hotels and local cuisine.

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Laurence Norah

Laurence Norah

Photographer/Writer/Editor, Finding the Universe

A photographer, writer and traveler, Laurence has spent much of the last four years on the road, documenting his journeys and adventures at his popular travel & photography blog: Finding the Universe.

He shares his tales of adventures alongside tips on photography and travel, all wrapped up with a good dose of fun.

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Carol Cain

Carol Cain

Publisher/Freelance Blogger, GirlGoneTravel.com

Carol Cain is a former PR Pro turned award-winning travel and food blogger. She enjoys sharing her adventures, with or without her beautiful family in tow, in the hopes of inspiring and motivating others to travel.

Originally from Brooklyn, Carol has studied and lived abroad, experiences that have nourished her wanderlust.

Her travel stories have appeared in publications for Forbes Travel Guide, American Airlines, G Adventures, and Lifetime Digital Media, as well as New York Family and Better Homes and Gardens magazines. She has appeared on broadcast outlets for both Spanish and English media, including Telemundo, CBS, NBC, and ABC.

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Fionn Davenport

Fionn Davenport

Broadcaster & Writer

Fionn has been a Lonely Planet author for nearly 20 years. For the last 10 years, he’s been a broadcaster, dispensing weekly travel advice on radio and also on TV. He’s a regular contributor to the Irish Times, for whom he’s launched his latest venture – a new weekly online radio travel programme called Taking Off.

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Kash Bhattacharya

Kash Bhattacharya

Founder and Publisher, BudgetTraveller

Kash Bhattacharya has been travelling on a budget for the last 4 years, blogging about his adventures at BudgetTraveller.org. He has been featured in the New York Times, Guardian, Vanity Fair & National Geographic. Kash is the author & creator of the ‘Luxury Hostels in Europe’ guide. He has just produced a guide to Germany for the German National Tourism Office. Kash has helped develop a number of award-winning campaigns like #BlogVille for the Emilia Romagna Tourism Board and #Blogmanay for Unique Events. Kash this year also helped develop FilmTraveller Cote D’Azur, a blog about film tourism in Cote D’Azur.

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Martin Macdonald

Martin Macdonald

Director of Inbound Marketing, Expedia EAN

Martin is an experienced digital marketer.

He has specifically focus on organic SEO for much of the last decade, but not exclusively, having also managed over $40mm in paid search spend, and extensive social media campaigns.

Martin has been referenced by Forbes Magazine, The Guardian, the Chicago Tribune, TechCrunch, TheNextWeb, the LA Times, and many others.

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Heather Greenwood Davis

Heather Greenwood Davis

Founder/ Blogger, Globetrotting Mama

Heather Greenwood Davis is an award-winning travel writer and journalist with more than 20 years of story-telling experience. Her stories have appeared in O Magazine, National Geographic Traveler’s Intelligent Travel, Travel Channel.com, Canadian Family and more. She has also been a guest expert on radio and television programs including NPRWeekend, Marilyn, CBC, Global Morning and others. Recently Greenwood Davis and her family were named “Travelers of the Year” by National Geographic Traveler for their yearlong trip around the world. When not writing you can find her plotting out the next trip and trying to remember where she hid the chocolate.

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Chris Christensen

Chris Christensen

CEO, Amateur Traveler

Chris is the owner of BloggerBridge.com which connects bloggers and industry contacts.

He is the owner of the AmateurTraveler.com which is a popular online travel show and blog that focus primarily on travel destinations. He is also a co-host on This Week in Travel.

Chris has worked for years in technology startups in Silicon Valley. He was formerly the Director of Engineering for TripAdvisor’s New Initiatives group and was the EVP Engineering at LiveWorld where his team built and ran online communities and events for companies including eBay, HBO, Expedia, Marriott, NBC, ABC, Disney, History Channel, Microsoft, and American Express.

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Diane Letulle

Diane Letulle

Owner, Wine Lover’s Journal

Diane Letulle has written Wine Lover’s Journal, a wine and travel blog, for over six years. She has visited vineyards in the U.S., Canada, France, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Hungary, Austria, and the Republic of Georgia. Diane spoke at the International Wine Tourism Conference in Zagreb in 2013 and in Perugia in 2012. Her Zagreb presentation was so well received that the Douro Valley Wine Tourism Conference asked her to reprise it in Lamego. Diane’s story “Cabin Pressure” was selected for the travel anthology, Leave the Lipstick, Take the Iguana. She is currently writing a memoir based on her wine journeys.

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Eduardo Perez

Eduardo Perez

Founder, hombrelobo.com

After 24 years working in Shipping for Chemical companies, Eduardo decided to pursue his passion and started working full time in travel blogging.

Although he now work longer hours, he managed to combine pleasure and business and met fantastic people on the way.

Now, Eduardo have a videoblog with more than 1600 short videos that he personally recorded in 35 countries. Several thousand people follow him around the world.

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Gina Tarnacki

Gina Tarnacki

Owner, Tarnacki Marketing

Gina has worked as a marketer in the travel industry for nearly six years. For over five years, she was the Director of Marketing for RevAgency / Avoya Travel (www.AvoyaTravel.com), a large, award-winning online travel agency. Gina oversaw all the marketing and media buying for Avoya Travel. In early 2013, she left RevAgency / Avoya Travel to focus on Tarnacki Marketing, the company she launched in 2012. Tarnacki Marketing (www.TarnackiMarketing.com) is a boutique online marketing and writing company. The majority of her clients are in the travel space. Gina also blogs at www.OneDayinaCity.com.

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Shane Dallas

Shane Dallas

Community Manager, Travelblog.org

Shane Dallas is a passionate traveller who has explored and immersed himself in more than 70 countries and territories. Shane’s experiences allow him to increase his understanding and share knowledge about the different people and cultures of this diverse planet.

Shane has been travel blogging under the pseudonym “The Travel Camel” on the Travelblog website for almost eight years, where he is their longest-serving Community Manager. He also hosts his own website that details his travels to countries not frequented by fellow travellers such as Afghanistan, Iraq, Yemen and North Korea.

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Vanessa Chiasson

Vanessa Chiasson

Writer, Turnipseed Travel

Vanessa Chiasson is TurnipseedTravel’s creator and writer – a former Maritimer now settled as a freelance writer in Ottawa. Her diverse travels include Paris, where she ran a marathon, the coffee farms of Hawaii, and Malawi’s national parks. Next up? A round-the-world trip with 9 stops, including Turkey, Myanmar, and Australia.

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Alastair McKenzie

Alastair McKenzie

Editor/Owner, Travel-Lists

Alastair McKenzie is a travel journalist and ‘influencer’ with one foot in traditional media and the other in social media. A local and national (Classic FM) radio travel presenter since 1989, he moved online just before the millennium and has been a freelance digital travel journalist ever since. He has been Webmaster and a regular committee member of the British Guild of Travel Writers since 2002, and an active member of the travel blogger community since 2010, speaking at travel related social media events, and advising the travel & tourism industry on blogging and soicial media.

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Mona Wise

Mona Wise

Owner, WiseWords

A mature student, having just completed the BA connect course (Creative Writing, English and German) at NUIG, Mona has been writing for her local village newsletter for 5 years (An Nuacht Chlair) and also is a regular contributor to the Galway Now Magazine. She and her husband co-write a weekly recipe/food column for the Sunday Times.

Mona also writes an award winning blog at WiseWords.ie and has led several workshops and talks on blogging around the country. Mona has just entered into the MA in (Food) Journalism at NUIG.

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Cédric Giorgi

Cédric Giorgi

CEO and Co-Founder, Cookening

Cédric Giorgi is the Co-Founder and CEO of Cookening, a global marketplace that brings together locals and foreigners during home cooked meals. Founded in 2012, Cookening’s mission is to connect people and cultures through food.

Before becoming an entrepreneur, Cédric worked at several startups, as Europe Director for Seesmic and Marketing Director for Goojet/Scoop.it. In addition to these positions, Cédric has been highly involved in the startup ecosystem, through blogging on his own blog and as the Co-Editor and Conference Organizer for Techcrunch France. He also helped with the content development of the LeWeb conference in 2011 and 2012.

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David Tutin

David Tutin

Senior SEO Manager, Expedia.com Ltd.

After 7 years in the SEO industry, primarily working for agencies such as MediaVest (now Carat), iSpy Marketing and Vervesearch, I made the leap to go client side and am now heading up the SEO for Expedia UK & Ireland. I have extensive experience across several industry sectors but my main passion is travel hence when it came to Expedia I jumped at the chance to work with one of the biggest online travel agents in the world. In my spare time I can be found one of the many beaches outside London kitesurfing or traveling the globe!

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Audrey Scott

Audrey Scott

Uncornered Market, Co-Founder and Editor


Audrey Scott is a writer, digital storyteller, speaker and consultant. She is one half of the husband-and-wife team behind Uncornered Market, a blog that inspires people to follow their curiosity and create a story-filled life.

Audrey and Dan have spoken at UNWTO Tourism and the Media, ITB Berlin, INDABA and inspirational venues like WDS and TEDx Warsaw. They have consulted organizations like the UN Foundation’s GSTC and others on how to use storytelling and social media techniques in responsible tourism.

Audrey harbors an obsession with artichokes and can bake a devastating pan of brownies.

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Christine Cantera

Christine Cantera

Freelance Writer, Miss Expatria


Besides being fabulous, which frankly is a full-time job, Christine gets paid to write, edit, and/or translate all kinds of things, which have included EU labor law, dating and relationship advice, how to buy vintage Air Jordan sneakers, “Internet Marketing,” mortgage refinancing, gambling software, and travel. She’s pretty good with the SEO. Christine blogs and tweets about travel and expat life in France and Italy under the name Miss Expatria.

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Colm Hanratty

Colm Hanratty

Content and Social Media Manager, Hostelworld.com

Colm has been an active member of Ireland’s travel community for over 12 years. He first entered the industry via a personal website about Australia which was shortlisted for ‘Best Personal Website’ at Ireland’s premier internet awards ‘The Eircom Golden Spiders’ in 2001. This lead to his next position as Content and Social Media Manager for Hostelworld.com where he worked for almost 11 years. In that time he won awards for podcasting and social media, as well as Ireland’s only Webby Award for his travel videos in 2009, one of which now has over 1.3 million views on YouTube. He is a familiar face in the travel blogging community and has collaborated with many of bloggers over the past three and a half years. His next venture is his own digital marketing agency – sixtwo digital – which he will be launching before the end of the year.

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Corey Taratuta

Corey Taratuta

Host and Founder, Irish Fireside Podcast & Blog/Ireland Travel Kit

Best known as the host of the Irish Fireside Podcast, Corey’s “previous life” included days (and nights) as the senior member of a museum creative team, a newspaper features editor, and an unenthusiastic cowhand on his family’s dairy farm. After launching the podcast in 2006, he set out on a 40-day, cross-country trek meeting fans and telling the story through video and words. He now works as a freelance writer and designer specializing in e-mail marketing and online content. He unveiled the Ireland Travel Kit app in 2013, and his first book on Irish travel goes to press next year.

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Daniel Nahabedian

Daniel Nahabedian

Travel & Culture Photographer, Canvas of Light Photography


Previously an HR generalist, Daniel Nahabedian is now a full-time freelance travel photographer, and a photography/Lightroom instructor, organizing workshops in various locations around the world.

His 5-language speaking skills and multicultural background lead him to different countries with his trusty camera, documenting cultures and traditions while sampling various street food and never missing the opportunity to capture a sunset shot.

After 3 years in Chiang Mai – Thailand, he now lives in sunny Granada in Spain, enjoying tapas and planning big (and often overwhelming) projects.

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Daniel Noll

Daniel Noll

Uncornered Market, Co-Founder & Chief Storyteller


Daniel Noll is a writer, digital storyteller, speaker and consultant. Together with his wife Audrey Scott, he is co-founder of Uncornered Market, a blog that inspires readers to create a story-filled life.

Dan and Audrey have spoken at UNWTO Tourism & Media, ITB, INDABA, ESTC, and inspirational venues like WDS and TEDx Warsaw. They have consulted to the U.N. Foundation Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) and others on the effective use of storytelling in marketing responsible tourism.

In his spare time, Dan enjoys keeping his friends guessing as to whether he’s actually employed by the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA).

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David Farley

David Farley

Author, Journalist, Editor

David Farley is the author the travel memoir/narrative history “An Irreverent Curiosity” (Penguin, 2010), which is currently being made into a documentary by the National Geographic Channel. He’s a Contributing Editor at AFAR magazine and his work also appears in the New York Times, National Geographic Traveler, the San Francisco Chronicle, and Gadling.com, among other publications. He teaches writing at New York University.

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Ernest White II

Ernest White II

Publisher, Fly-Brother.com


Ernest White II is a travel journalist and educator currently based in Miami. The native Floridian has lived and worked in the Dominican Republic, Colombia, Brazil, and Germany, and has more than once spent his rent money on plane tickets. His blog, Fly-Brother.com, tackles international travel from a multicultural perspective, with an emphasis on encouraging more African-Americans to travel abroad. Ernest’s writing has appeared in numerous print and online travel publications, and he is a co-host on the Travel Channel television series “Destination Showdown.” His obsessions include electronic music, Thai iced tea, São Paulo, and Rita Hayworth.

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Gary Bembridge

Gary Bembridge

Founder, Tips for Travellers

Gary was born and grew up in Zimbabwe, and been based in London since 1987. He has been traveling every month of every year for 20 years, in his full time job as a global marketer at companies like Unilever and Johnson & Johnson and now as an independent consultant. In 2005 he launched the tipsfortravellers.com Blog & Podcast to share his learning on how to get the most out of every destination he visited. He launched the travelbloggerspodcast.com in 2012 to help bloggers become better and more effective

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Heather Cowper

Heather Cowper

Writer, Photographer, Blogger, and Consultant, Freelance / Geotraveler Media


Heather is a travel blogger and editor at Heatheronhertravels.com. She covers inspirational travel destinations in Europe and around the world with travel tales, photos, videos and podcasts

Heather also shares insights on how to build a better travel blog at MyBloggingJourney.com

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Johnny Jet

Johnny Jet

Editor-In-Chief, JohnnyJet.com


Johnny Jet travels around 175,000 miles and visits over 20 countries each year. He and his website JohnnyJet.com have been featured over 3,000 times in major publications, including USA Today, Time, Fortune and The New York Times, and he has appeared on ABC, CBS, CNBC, CNN, FOX, MSNBC, NBC, PBS and recently hosted “Hot Spots 2012” on the Travel Channel.

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Katja Presnal

Katja Presnal

Editor-in-Chief/Owner, Skimbaco

Katja Presnal owns SkimbacoLifestyle.com online magazine. She leads an international team of writers with a passion to inspire people to live life to the fullest. Katja is an Addy Award-winning social media strategist who has worked with some of the largest brands in the US. Featured in NY Times, Forbes, Glamour among other publications, and a respected speaker internationally. Her first book “Instagram as your Guide to the World – How, What and Who to Search and Follow on Instagram to Help You Travel the World” published in May 2013.

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Leif Pettersen

Leif Pettersen

Pope, Leif Pettersen Media Amazingness


Leif Pettersen is a freelance writer, humorist, world traveler, polyglot, “slightly caustic” blogger and wino from Minneapolis, Minn. He has traveled through 51 countries and lived in Spain, Romania and Italy.

Pettersen has been a juggler since he was 12 years old, loves chocolate, hates pickles, types with exactly four fingers, and can escape from a straitjacket. He has not vomited since 1993, making him a consummate travel journalist and excellent party guest.

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Lola 	Akinmade Akerstrom

Lola Akinmade Akerstrom

Writer, Photographer, Blogger, and Consultant, Freelance / Geotraveler Media

Lola Akinmade Åkerström is an award-winning writer, photographer, and blogger based in Stockholm, Sweden. Her work regularly appears in many major travel publications around the world such as National Geographic Traveler, BBC, CNN, Guardian UK, Travel + Leisure, and many more.

Her photography is represented by National Geographic.

She has dispatched from six continents focusing on travel, culture, lifestyle, and food-related stories.

She also shared snapshots of everyday life in photos as a blogger for Sweden’s official site and covered Zulu culture in South Africa on assignment for National Geographic Channel.

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Mike Sowden

Mike Sowden

Freelance Writer/Storytelling Consultant, Mike Sowden Freelance Writing/Fevered Mutterings


An archaeologist turned freelance writer, I’m obsessed with exploration and storytelling. As a freelancer I’ve written for publications including Gadling, CNN Travel and the San Francisco Chronicle, and as a storytelling consultant I’ve spoken at conferences in Europe (TBU Umbria, TBU Porto) and Canada (TBEX Toronto). I’m also self-publishing my work in Kindle format, and exploring my misery tolerence threshold with a bivvy bag on lonely English hillsides.

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Mitch Canter

Mitch Canter

Chief Creative Mercenary, studionashvegas

For nearly 8 years Mitch Canter has built websites for businesses, bloggers, and non-profit/ministry purposes. He has technical-edited over 5 books on WordPress for Wiley Publishing, and continues to push the envelope for visual design on the web. He is currently serving as the senior designer for Medicare.com.

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Natalie Bahadur

Natalie Bahadur

Senior Web Editor, TC Media


Natalie Bahadur is a Toronto-based writer and editor. Currently working for Transcontinental Media, she is the Senior Web Editor for Canada’s leading decorating and design magazine, STYLE AT HOME, managing and writing content for styleathome.com and executing the brand’s social media strategy. She also contributes regularly to all of Transcontinental Media’s leading consumer magazine web sites, including: CanadianLiving.com and ElleCanada.com. Natalie writes for The Huffington Post and writes the blog Oh! Travelissima. She graduated from Ryerson Polytechnic University’s journalism program with a major in print journalism.

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Ryan Levitt

Ryan Levitt

PR Director, HouseTrip


Ryan Levitt is PR Director of HouseTrip.com, one of the world’s largest holiday rental websites offering over 230,000 rentals in more than 19,000 destinations worldwide. Prior to this time, he spent almost a decade in travel PR representing NYC, Bermuda, Mauritius, Queensland, Malaysia and many other destinations, hotels and cruise lines in Europe. Also a former travel journalist, he has written over 20 travel guides and contributed to The Independent on Sunday (UK), Arena Magazine, Wallpaper, South China Morning Post, Toronto Star – and was a guide writer for VisitBritain and the German National Tourist Office.

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Ted Murphy

Ted Murphy

CEO, IZEA

A serial entrepreneur, Edward “Ted” Murphy has founded six companies since 1994. Murphy’s latest venture, IZEA operates a variety of social media properties including Sponsored Tweets, SocialSpark and Staree. Murphy has been called the father of paid blogging and is largely credited for creating the influencer sponsorship industry.

Murphy has consulted for some of the world’s largest marketing organizations including FOX, Bombardier, General Motors, SeaWorld and Disney. He has also negotiated deals with celebrities like Kim Kardashion, Diddy, CeeLo Green and Bob Villa. Murphy is a prominent visionary, speaking and presenting to marketing and Internet professionals around the world.

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William Bakker

William Bakker

Destinations and Blogger Counselling, Think! Social Media


William is a partner at Think! Social Media and was formerly the Director of e-Marketing at Tourism British Columbia He holds over 14 years experience in destination marketing. He is considered an online innovator who continues to challenge the status quo of destination marketing. At Think! he helps DMOs organize blogtrips.

William is a well-recognized keynote speaker and is invited to speak at a wide variety of tourism conferences worldwide including TBEX, Phocuswright, ENTER, the European Travel Commission eBusiness Academy, Online Revealed Canada, Canada-e-Connect, WTM, ITB and TMI.

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