Have you ever had the pleasure of watching a light bulb go off over someone’s head?

When we’re in the bubble of a TBEX conference, everyone buzzing about the new people they’ve met or the food at the parties or how much they’ve learned, it’s hard to imagine that there are travel bloggers out there who are entirely unaware of TBEX’s existence. But y’know what? We’re still a very small fish, and when Mary Jo and I recently worked at the New Media Expo (NMX) conference in Las Vegas, a phrase we heard repeatedly was, “I had no idea there was a whole conference just for travel blogging!”

As we would fill them in on TBEX, it was great fun to watch that proverbial light bulb go off again and again.

Champagne in a Caesars suite - photo by Jessica Spiegel

Champagne in a Caesars suite – photo by Jessica Spiegel

We had some help reinforcing that light bulb, too. When the fine folks at Caesars Entertainment wanted to organize a small group of luxury travel bloggers for a tour of the new Octavius Tower at Caesars Palace, followed by a delicious dinner at Gordon Ramsay Pub & Grill, we were able to find just the right people for their needs (and we had a great time on the tour, which was conducted by a white-gloved butler named – appropriately – Cesar). The following day, the Caesars folks offered some fantastic prizes to bloggers who attended our TBEX meet up at the Rio and answered our Twitter questions – including dinner at another Gordon Ramsay restaurant and a stay at Caesars Palace.

Of course, you don’t have to take our word for it. Here’s a round-up of some of the posts from those events:

Gordon Ramsay Pub & Grill - photo by Jessica Spiegel

Gordon Ramsay Pub & Grill – photos by Jessica Spiegel

All in all, we made some great new travel bloggy friends at NMX, got to spend more quality time with some TBEXers we never seem to see often enough, and – it must be said – got a little bit excited looking around at the big NMX crowds, thinking of how big TBEX could be. We’re dreaming of grandeur, you guys, and we’d love for you to join us.

We’re full steam ahead planning for this year’s TBEX conferences in Toronto and Dublin, and we hope to see some of our new travel bloggy friends in attendance!

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