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Airbnb's growth

Has Airbnb’s Explosive Growth Finally Slowed?

Airbnb is projected to hit 38.4 Million users in the United States this year. That is up more than 13% over 2017 but far less than the originally projected 43.2 million users. e-marketer is predicting that growth to slow even more with Airbnb adding just 6.1 million more users by 2021. You may say 43 […]

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Would You Pay To Have Facebook Stop Invading Your Privacy?

Facebook recently conducted some market research to see if consumers would pay for an ad-free subscription version of its social media platform. e-Marketer did their own analysis and came up with the number of $7.63 (US) a month to replace Facebook’s nearly TWELVE BILLION  DOLLARS (and climbing) annual ad revenue.   Mark Zuckerberg is on […]

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Dave & Deb of The Planet D

Dave And Deb from The Planet D! To Keynote TBEX North America 2018 in Finger Lakes!

We are thrilled to announce TBEX North America 2018 Keynote Speakers Dave and Deb from ThePlanetD! Dave and Deb have been attending and speaking at TBEX for many years. This is in keeping with their well-established record of taking part in and giving back to the Travel Blogging community as a whole. They keynoted their […]

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Cory Lee, Curb Free With Cory Lee

Cory Lee To Keynote TBEX North America 2018

We are very excited to announce Cory Lee from Curb Free with Cory Lee as our first Keynote Speaker for TBEX North America 2018 at the Corning Museum of Glass in Finger Lakes. Cory’s keynote address promises to be inspiring and informative, and it will show our conference attendees that there are no limits, whether […]

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Announcing Two New Conference Directors Tim Leffel and Shane Dallas

To answer the burning question so many have been asking us; we have two new Conference Director’s joining TBEX. Many of you already know them well as frequent TBEX speakers. Tim Leffel Is Our New Conference Director For TBEX North America Tim has already deep into planning our program for Huntsville this May and has […]

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TV host Samantha Brown

Samantha Brown To Keynote TBEX North America 2017 in Huntsville

We have been working on this for quite some time, and are very excited to announce our morning keynote speaker on May 6th will be world traveler, television host, and self-proclaimed ‘airport geek’, SAMANTHA BROWN! Samantha Brown, is a world-renowned traveler and American television host, notable for her work as the host of many Travel Channel shows including  Great Hotels, Passport […]

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First Round Of TBEX International 2017 Speakers Announced

Please join us and welcome this first round of great speakers for TBEX International 2017 in Jerusalem.   Ajay Sood Ajay Sood is a Canon Photo Mentor and Photo Tour Leader who has led photo tours to Tanzania, Goa, Ladakh, and countless iconic destinations. A Photo Educator, Ajay also conduct MasterClasses on Photography across India. He is also […]

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TBEX Press Trip to Jerusalem

What Do Travel Bloggers Think About Jerusalem?

By: Jan Petersen, TBEX Blog Administrator (and fortunate ‘Press Tripper’) Last month 21 travel blogging nomads converged on Jerusalem for a 3-day press trip to explore the Eternal City and all it has to offer. The Jerusalem Development Authority (iTravelJerusalem), host sponsor for TBEX International 2017, arranged and escorted us on a whirlwind tour of the Israeli capital, and in a nutshell, […]

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Bruce Poon Tip

Bruce Poon Tip to Keynote TBEX North America in Huntsville

We are honored to announce Bruce Poon Tip as our opening keynote speaker for TBEX North America 2017 in Huntsville.   Bruce is a TBEX alumni speaker, and his company G Adventures has supported TBEX for many years. Here is his bio: Entrepreneur, leader and philanthropist Bruce Poon Tip is the founder of adventure travel […]

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PRE- & POST-BEX ACTIVITIES TBEX North America 2017 Huntsville Alabama

If you have never been to the Rocket City, you are in for a world of surprises! The high-tech city of Huntsville, which sprawls at the foot of a mountain in North Alabama, is equally at home in the 19th century or the 21st. Huntsville’s tourist attractions reflect the heritage of Alabama’s first English-speaking city, […]

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