We’re very excited to announce our closing keynote speaker will be one of North America’s most multi-talented and successful travel writers and photographers – Christopher P. Baker.

Christoper P. BakerWinner of the Lowell Thomas Award 2008 Travel Journalist of the Year, Chris Baker is one of the world’s most multi-talented and successful travel writers and photographers. Born and educated in England, he has authored more than 20 books for Frommer’s, Lonely Planet, Moon, National Geographic, etc., including Mi Moto Fidel: Motorcycling Through Castro’s Cuba, winner of two national book awards. His writing and photography have appeared in more than 200 international publications as far-ranging as Caribbean Travel & Life, Elle, Maxim, National Geographic Traveler, National Wildlife, Newsweek, The Robb Report, and CNN Go.

Baker is a Getty Images and National Geographic contributing photographer and has served as a photo instructor for Santa Fe Photographic Workshops. He is considered the world’s foremost authority on travel and tourism to Cuba and Costa Rica and blogs about those countries for Moon.

He has been profiled in USA Today and appears frequently on radio and television talk shows throughout North America. A gifted public speaker, he has been privileged to address such prestigious organizations as the National Press Club, National GeographicLive!, World Affairs Council, and North American Travel Journalist Association Convention. He regularly lectures aboard cruise ships, has been a faculty member of Cunard Cruise Lines and Holland American Cruise Line, and currently escorts tours for National Geographic Expeditions and other organizations.

His many awards include being named ‘Travel Journalist of the Year’ by both the Caribbean Tourism Organization and Jamaica Tourist Board. He has also been honored by the American Catalog Awards, the Direct  Marketing Creative Guild, and Target Marketing for his brochures, catalogs, etc. Baker has been a consultant to such travel industry leaders as Backroads, Mountain Travel-Sobek, and National Geographic Expeditions, as well as for major international corporations such as Intel. He is a member of the American Society of Journalists & Authors and the Society of American Travel Writers.

Chris will be with us for both days of TBEX, giving attendees plenty of time to meet and get to know him. His inspiring closing message will entertain as well as send you home full of motivation to create a game plan for your career.