Right now, six months before our 2018 TBEX conference, all of us in the Czech Republic are excited to welcome you to OSTRAVA!!! Did we need to say that in all caps with three exclamation marks? Absolutely, because that happens to be Ostrava’s official logo which you will soon find everywhere, from T-shirts to garbage trucks to signage throughout our beautiful city. And it is the only logo in the world that you can write as a text message: OSTRAVA!!! (You’re welcome.)

Masaryk Square, Ostrava CZ

Ostrava’s Masaryk Square

From now until you gather for TBEX Europe 2018 in Ostrava, Czech Republic this July, you’ll be hearing from us every month. We’ll bring you some hot news, practical information about transportation, accomodations, tips on what to drink and eat, cool things to do while in Ostrava and the Czech Republic, and much more. We will also teach you one Czech word at a time. This first one “ahoj” [a·hoy], is an everyday greeting used all over our landlocked country, and is one of many Czech phrases you’ll surely fall in love with.

Gong Center, Ostrava, Czech Republic

Gong, the main venue for TBEX Europe 2018 in Ostrava, CZ

Ostrava, the third largest city in the Czech Republic and the capital of Moravian-Silesian Region, resembles a place portrayed in a Jules Verne novel. Traditionally, the city has been known as an industrial city, and is often called the “Steel Heart” of the Czech Republic. But Ostrava has undergone a major transformation over the past several years. A city that is still proud of its mining-industrial past, we are now heading in new directions: innovative (our Ostrava supercomputer ranks among the top 100 most powerful computers in the world), environmentally-friendly (a candidate for the European Green City 2020), inspiring (Lower Vítkovice Area, a UNESCO World Heritage Site candidate), and an all-around a great place to live, as you will soon discover for yourself.

Lower Vitkovice Area in Ostrava, CZ

Lower Vitkovice Area, post-industrial setting for #TBEXOstrava2018 and Colours of Ostrava Music Festival

The timing of the conference could not have been better as 2018 marks the 100th anniversary of the independence of Czechoslovakia, a country that existed for 75 years until 1993, when it peacefully split into two sovereign states: Czech Republic and Slovakia. The conference also takes place shortly after the internationally acclaimed annual multi-genre music festival Colours of Ostrava, with over 20 stages and 350+ program items, which you’ll have a chance to attend if you arrive a week before TBEX.

Dlouhe Strane Hydropowerplant, CZ

Dlouhe Strane Hydropowerplant with 16 km downhill bike trail

Ostrava is also an ideal place for TBEX Europe 2018 because of the surrounding landscape which is world-famous for its beautiful, unspoiled nature. You will have a chance to venture out to the Jeseníky and Beskydy mountains where you’ll inhale the cleanest air in Central Europe. You can also bike, hike and raft there! For those who are looking for a place where the word “tradition” isn’t an empty advertising cliché, the region offers traditional folklore in the Těšín area and the folk architecture of Moravian Wallachia. To make this even more interesting, the region tops everything off with a wide selection of various regional culinary specials and craft beers and liquors, including absinthe.

Stramberk, Moravian-Silesian Region

Stramberk, one of many picturesque small towns in Moravian-Silesian Region

While visiting us, surely pay a visit to other parts of the Czech Republic. You can do that by planning some extra days to explore our beautiful country at your own leisure. We will also announce several FAM trips soon, and as a TBEX delegate we encourage you to apply for a spot on one of these FAMs. Of course these hosted trips are limited availability, and we must select the best applicants for each FAM trip, but we promise to do our due-diligence and review each application thoroughly and objectively.

Bohemian Switzerland National Park

Bohemian Switzerland National Park, CZ

From the cosmopolitan capital of Prague to the historic villages of Bohemia and Moravia, the Czech Republic’s cultural variety satisfies the most discerning traveler. Although the Czech Republic ranks among one of the smallest countries in Europe, its rich cultural heritage and natural beauty makes it one of the most visited European destinations. The country boasts 12 UNESCO World Heritage sites, world-renowned spa towns, and national parks. Apart from producing some of the best beers in the world, the Czech Republic also harvests great wine varietals in Moravia. So what are you waiting for?

Jan Nepomuk Church, CZ

Jan Nepomuk Church, UNESCO Heritage Site

We all are thrilled to host you in the Czech Republic for #TBEXOstrava2018 this July!

Register now for TBEX Europe 2018 in Ostrava, then join us for an event that will offer fantastic opportunities for improving your blogging and content skills, learning the latest and best practices, and for connecting with hundreds of other travel influencers, bloggers, photographers and more. Yes – we’ve got big things in the works!

Prague, CZ

Prague, capital of the Czech Republic

Karlovy Vary in West Bohemia

Karlovy Vary, famous spa town in West Bohemia where James Bond: Casino Royale was filmed