Our second speaker announcement for TBEX Europe 2018 includes many highly skilled professionals who will provide bloggers, influencers and travel media with advanced, specific and practical information to turn their passion for travel into a business. #TBEXOstrava2018 will also provide a wealth of information to travel and tourism providers on how to develop an effective online presence.
Yeison Kim has a degree in business administration and more than ten years of tourism experience in both the field and in the office, and he has mixed my passions for travel, technology and business to become hise day job. After several years working the typical Costa Rican job with minimal salary, he decided to create the travel blog Mytanfeet with Samantha Wei to become their full time job. In addition to the travel blog, he also does internet marketing, consultations and videography.
Yeison will show how to build a 6 digit travel blog.
Gemma Armit is the fingers and lens behind the travel website Two Scots Abroad. Although only a part-time digital content creator, Gemma tripled her page views using her proven SEO strategy. Gemma is now the editor of two SEO guides for bloggers, co-owner for the SEO support and consultancy site, Make Traffic Happen, presenter (including TBEX Ireland 2017), teacher, and administrator of the popular MTH Facebook group.
Laura Lynch is a full-time digital content creator of five successful websites, and author of two SEO guides for bloggers. She has been building her business since 2014, when she created the food-focused blog, Savored Journeys. Since achieving success as a blogger, she has been focused on helping others build successful blogging careers, through her co-owned website, Make Traffic Happen and accompanying Facebook group. She has previously attended 5 TBEX conferences, including Ireland ’17 where she co-represented on SEO and gaining more traffic.
Gemma and Laura will share their knowledge on SEO.
Gianni Bianchini is an Italian-born travel photographer and blogger with more than 20 years of experience behind the camera. A perpetual nomad, he has spent time traveling in a number of countries, involving himself in other cultures, and absorbing as much from the local inhabitants as he can. To Gianni, his camera equipment is not as important as the people he works with. His aim is to capture the thoughts, stories and experiences of humanity. Since 2013 he runs the popular travel blog Nomad is Beautiful, traveling full time around the world with a carry-on backpack.
Gianni will talk on storytelling in photography.
Lydia Yang is a Singaporean female adventurer who loves to travel the world and inspire others to do the same through her travel page Lydiascapes.com. She spend 6 years doing marketing and branding for top marketing brands including 7-Eleven, Sony and Marriott International, but in 2018, she moved out to be an independent digital marketing consultant, managing her digital projects/ clients remotely and finding time to pursue her love for travel, blogging and speaking. In her free time, she loves rock climbing and doing crazy outdoor activities.
Lydia will share how the largest hotel chain in the world deciphers the travel market, and reaches and converts their potential consumers.
Palle Bo is a radio veteran, author, and podcaster since 2006. In his radio career since 1985, he’s been a morning host, sales manager, station manager and co-founder of radio stations.
Currently, he is traveling around the world on a quest to visit every country in the world and documenting everything in The Radio Vagabond podcast.
At the same time, he is producing radio advertising and sound design in his award-winning production company, RadioGuru. Also, he’s given talks about radio, creativity, and podcasting in Finland, Great Britain, The Nederlands, Germany, India, Iran, Iraq, Russia, Greenland, Canada and South Africa.
Palle will discuss the art of storytelling in podcasts.
Julia Jerg is a social media marketing and public relations consultant, copywriter and blogger from Germany. In 2011 she left her corporate job, sold all her stuff, bought a one-way ticket and turned into a successful digital nomad. Since then, she has travelled, lived and worked remotely in over 80 countries. On her blog, Jey Jetter, she shares her love for travel and knowledge of long-term travel, personal freedom and location independence. She wants to inspire aspiring digital nomads and everyone who fears to take the step to go from 9-5 to a digital nomad life.
Julia will explain how to use Social Media hacks to direct traffic to your website.
Laurence Norah is a full time professional travel photographer and blogger who has been travelling the world since 2009, and taking as many pictures of beautiful places as possible. Laurence runs two travel blogs with his wife Jessica: the photography and adventure focused Finding the Universe, and a couples-focused travel blog, Independent Travel Cats.
Laurence will talk about composition in photography.
Tyra Hughley Smith is a Jill of many trades. She is the creator of BarrisTourista, a premier travel and foodie blog that highlights travel experiences, foodie recommendations, and being a digital nomad.
Tyra also created WanderAway travel subscription box that brings the world to your doorstep by featuring goods from the world over to inspire wanderlust for those who cannot travel as much as they’d like due to family, career, or finances.
Tyra is a practicing attorney in copyright, trademark, and business law. Her firm, Hughley Smith Law, helps creators and small business owners get their legal houses in order.
Tomiko Harvey is a wannabe nomadic traveler but otherwise a Tennessee based Digital Marketer, and the creator of Passports And Grub, an award-winning blogosphere and resource for the independent and curious traveler who seeks out culture and adventure in every destination.
She is a source of inspiration that covers everything from travel, cuisine, and fashion to home and beauty.
Tomiko is on a journey to unravel the secrets of the world’s most unique, under-the-radar and beautiful places. Whether you are a lover of boutique hotels, street food, luxury travel or just prefer to relax on the beach away from the crowds.
Tyra and Tomiko will discuss the importance of culinary tourism and how to promote it.
Ed Giansante is the founder and CEO of E-Dublin, the largest source of information to Brazilian expats in Ireland. In its 10 years of existence, E-Dublin has helped millions of Brazilians through interactive content, daily publications and offline events. E-Dublin has been multi-awarded globally for its work.
Ed will discuss how to build authority and influence.
Cillian Murphy co-founded Loop Head Tourism to ensure tourism development of Ireland’s Loop Head Peninsula would take place in a responsible manner. Under his leadership the peninsula has won national and international recognition for how it has developed.
Cillian believes community involvement in tourism development is key to a sustainable industry. He has spoken many times on this topic including at WTM London, The World Bank Group, #TBEXIreland, and keynote at Central Counties Tourism Symposium, Ontario.
Since retiring as chair of Loop Head Tourism to set up his own consultancy business, CillianMurphyConsulting, he has worked with communities within Ireland as well as internationally.
Cillian will discuss the issue of tourism pressures on local communities.
Susan Schwartz is the founder of the luxury travel blog, Best Bits Worldwide, for those who savor the authentic and love the luxurious. Her work has been also seen in many off-line and online publications including: Condé Nast Traveler, Grazia UK, Mail on Sunday, and others. She is a member of Professional Travel Bloggers Association and British Guild of Travel Writers.
Susan also created an all-drinks website, A Lush Life Manual, and hosts Lush Life Podcast, an interview show where you can discover how to live life one cocktail at a time by the modern day alchemists behind the cocktails.
Alexandra Delf came from a career in law but decided to pursue her love of languages and travel by working abroad in Italy and Australia. As Account Director of a Luxury Travel PR firm in London, she has had exposure to a wide variety of leading international hotel, spa, design and lifestyle clients and has subsequently developed a creative and progressive approach to communications and PR. She has enjoyed speaking at blogging conferences on the relationship between PRs and bloggers for the last 2 years.
Susan and Alexandra will show how work with PR firms and how to maintain a lasting relationship.
Michael Collins has worked in the travel and media industries for 18 years. Prior to setting up TravelMedia.ie he was a travel publisher and editor.
TravelMedia.ie is a digital first travel specialist PR agency. Michael leads a teams of travel and social media experts covering SEO, PPC, SEM, Facebook and digital advertising, YouTube management, SEO, video production and Content Marketing.
Clients include National Geographic UK, Business Traveller, Travelopia, Atout France, Couples Resorts Jamaica, the GoHop Group, TMB and the British Guild of Travel Writers.
Michael will demonstrate how to win at Search Engine Marketing (SEM).
Register for TBEX Europe 2018 in Ostrava, CZ and join us for the Opening Keynote address from Yaya and Lloyd Griffiths of Hand Luggage Only, as well as two full days of invaluable breakout sessions led by this first round of speakers. TBEX conferences also offer prime speed networking opportunities with dozens of travel brands. Dozens of additional speakers – including our first round – are also ready to share their expertise. Stay tuned for more announcements!
Our gracious hosts at VisitCZ, Ostrava!!! and Moravian-Silesian Region are planning spectacular opening and closing night parties, and you’ll have incredible opportunities to grow your brand/blog as well as plenty of networking with hundreds of other travel media attendees! Until then we’ll see you at #TBEXOstrava2018 in July!