Are you joining us in Athens for TBEX? If you are, then this is the post you need most! Here, you’ll find all the information about TBEX 2014 in Athens, either listed or linked below, so you can make sure you didn’t miss a single pre-conference announcement.

The Conference:

  • TBEX 2014 in Athens runs from October 23rd-25th at the Megaron Athens International Conference Centre Leoforos Vasilissis Sofias and Kokkali 1, Athens 115 21, Greece (Tel: +30 21 0728 2156)
  • If you didn’t get a ticket to Athens, be sure to sign up for our email newsletter (form on the right side) so you don’t miss out on future TBEX conferences.
  • The complete conference schedule is available here.
  • Our newbie guide to TBEX is available here.
  • None of this would be possible without our sponsors. Check out the full list of TBEX Athens sponsors and be sure to thank them when you see them in Athens!
  • Who will be speaking? See the complete list of Athens speakers here.
  • Connect with TBEX on Twitter @TBEXevents
  • We use the hashtag #TBEX and also support Athens with their hashtag #ThisisAthens.
  • We have a TBEX app on iTunes. You can use this link, or just search the app stores using TBEX.

DAY ONE – Tuesday, October 21, 2014: Multi Day Workshops, PreBEX Tours, City Link Event

Multi Day Workshops:

  • The Travel Writing Workshop, Photo Workshop & Walk, and the Hands on Blog Design and Technology Workshop will be located at the St. George Lycabettus Hotel: 2, Kleomenous st., 106 75, Athens, Greece in the Phaedra Hall.  There will be a sign in front of the rooms for the workshop. (Note: Workshops are not being held at the Megaron).
  • The workshops will run from 10 am -4 pm, unless the times are adjusted by the instructor. You will be contacted by your workshop leader to confirm itinerary and details.
  • More information about the PreBEX Workshops is here.
  • Plan to arrive in Athens no later than October 20th if you’ll be attending a workshop
  • Currently the Travel Writing workshop is sold out.  You can still sign up for the other pre-event workshops here.

PreBEX Tours and Activities:

  • More information about Athens PreBEX Tours on October 21st-27th is available here (including the departure times and locations).
  • Information on today’s PreBEX tours and activities can be found here.
  • Tour departure times and locations vary depending on the tour.
  • Sign ups for these tours occurred prior to the event, and they are now sold out.

City Link Event:

  • City Link invites TBEX Athens attendees to visit their shopping & culture destination in the center of Athens. Special drinks and gift bags for all TBEX attendees.
  • The event will be located at the City Bar cafe-restaurant located within Spyromiliou Arcade on October 21st, 6-8pm.  For more details check here.

DAY TWO – Wednesday, October 22, 2014: Multi Day Workshops, Pre-BEX Tours & Travel Massive Party

Multi Day Workshops:

  • The Travel Writing Workshop, Photo Workshop & Walk, and the Hands on Blog Design and Technology Workshop will all be located at the St. George Lycabettus Hotel: 2, Kleomenous st., 106 75, Athens, Greece in the Phaedra Hall.  There will be a sign in front of the room for the workshop. (Note: Workshops are NOT being held at the Megaron).
  • The workshops will run from 10 am -4 pm, unless the times are adjusted by the instructor. You will be contacted by your workshop leader to confirm itinerary and details.
  • More information about the Workshops is here

PreBEX Tours and Activities:

  • Information on today’s PreBEX tours and activities can be found  here.
  • If you haven’t signed up for an activity and are interested in participating, you can stop by the city center Infopoint booth to see what available. Sign up after 9 am for the day’s activities.

Travel Massive Party:

  • The Travel Massive Party is from 8:30 pm-11:30 pm held at the Impact HUB Athens, 28 Karaiskaki, Athens. Please RSVP here.
  • The Travel Massive Party is currently sold out. Admission is now on a standby basis.

DAY THREE – Thursday, October 23, 2014: Registration, Video Workshop, Pre-BEX Tours& Opening Night Party

  • Make sure to stop by the Megaron and pick up your registration badge. Registration hours are 8 am-5 pm daily.
  • Information on today’s PreBEX tours and activities can be found here.
  • If you haven’t signed up for an activity and are interested in participating, you can stop by the city center Infopoint booth to see what available. Sign up after 9 am for the day’s activities.

Video Workshop:

  • The Video Workshop is from 10 am-2p m at the St. George Lycabettus Hotel: 2, Kleomenous st., 106 75, Athens, Greece in the Phaedra Hall.  There will be a sign in front of the room for the workshop. (Note: Workshops are not held at the Megaron).
  • Additional information for the video workshop can be found here.
  • Sign ups for the PreBEX video workshop occurred prior to the event and it is now full. You are welcome to stand by should any openings occur.

Opening Night Party:

  • Our opening night party is hosted by City of Athens, ACVB.  It will be held at the City of Athens Technopolis, the Athens’ Natural Gazi museum from 7 pm-12 midnight. NOTE:  This is a time change.
  • Use your provided metro pass to get to the opening night part, getting off at the Kerameikos Station, exit: Technopolis.
  • This event is open to registered TBEX attendees only. Badges are required. We will have a registration booth open at Technopolis if you didn’t pick up your badge earlier in the day.

DAY FOUR – Friday, October 24, 2014: TBEX Educational Sessions & Expedia Party

  • TBEX registration is open from 8 am-5 pm at the Megaron.
  • The Opening Session with Rick Calvert and Keynote with Jaume Marin & Chris Christensen starts at 9:15 am.
  • The breakout sessions start at 10:45 am.
  • There will be a break for lunch at 1:00 pm.
  • The breakout sessions continue from 2:30-3:30 pm.
  • Speed Networking is from 3:45-5:45 pm. More information here.

Expedia Party:

  • Our evening event is the Expedia Party, “Appy Hour” sponsored by our global partner, Expedia. Hours:  from 7:00-10:00 pm.
  • The Expedia Party will be at the SkyFall Bar, with cocktails and light appetizers available.
  • Access the SkyFall Bar using your provided Metro pass. Address:  Markou Mousourou 1, Athens 116 36, Greece.
  • The Expedia App will be your ticket to get in.  Please download it to your smart phone or mobile in advance to show at the door. This event is open to registered TBEX attendees only. Badges are required. (NOTE:  Accommodations will be made for those attendees who do not have access to a smart phone.)
  • Don’t forget to use the official hashtags: #ExpediaTBEX and #TBEX for this party.

DAY FIVE – Saturday, October 25, 2014: TBEX Educational Sessions & Farewell Street Event

  • TBEX registration is open from 8 am-5 pm at the Megaron.
  • The Opening Session with Mary Jo Manzanares and keynote with Paula Froelich and Captain & Clark start at 9:15 am.
  • The breakout sessions start at 10:45 am.
  • There will be a break for lunch at 1:00 pm.
  • The breakout sessions continue from 2:30-3:30 pm.
  • Speed Networking begins at 3:15. More information here.
  • The Closing Session with Rick Calvert and keynote Robert Reid begins at 5:30pm.
  • Information on today’s PreBEX Tour can be found here.

Farewell Street Event:

  • The Farewell Street Event is at the Pandrossou Street Market located right in the heart of the historic center of Athens and directly beneath the Acropolis. More info here
  • The closing event will be directly following the closing session, and run 7-9 pm.
  • After 9 pm,  you’re invited to visit nearby Aghia Irini Square and have a free drink offered by the neighboring bars and restaurants that surround Saint Irene’s church.
  • You will need to wear your TBEX badge to enjoy all the features of the street party.

Important Announcements:

  • TBEX Welcome Kit: The welcome bag can be picked up at the Athens International Airport at the City of Athens Infopoint at Gate A, open from 8 am-8 pm daily, with extended hours of 8 am-10 pm on October 20-22. The welcome kit can be picked up at the airport Infopoint through October 23rd.  Although the Infopoint will have a list of attendees, if you have a hard or digital copy of your registration, it will help speed the process along. There are two information desks – an Airport information desk and an Athens information desk.  You’ll want to go to the ATHENS information desk, keep an eye out for the signs.
  • If you won’t be arriving via the airport and are in Athens early, or are arriving by rail, bus, driving, walking, etc., you may pick up a welcome kit from the City of Athens Infopoint. That location is: the intersection of Amalias Avenue and Dionysiou Areopagitour Street, near Melina’s Statue (Acropolis Metro Station). This Infopoint will be open 9 am-9 pm, October 20-26.
  • You must have your TBEX badge with you for entry into all events, including parties and conference sessions – no exceptions, and we won’t be reprinting badges if you lose them. So hang onto that badge!
  • If you are bringing your children to Athens, anyone over the age of five must be registered.  The opening night party and the Epedia party are not open to anyone under the age of 18.
  • All TBEX events are for registered attendees only, unless it specifically says otherwise in a party or meetup announcement. This means no “plus one” or guests will be allowed entry. There are no one-day or single session badges.

PreBEX Tours:

  • More information about Athens PreBEX Tours on October 21st-27th is available here (including the departure times and locations).
  • Tour departure times and locations vary depending on the tour.
  • Sign ups for these tours occurred prior to the event, however you can visit the city center Infopoint on October 22-23 to sign up for any available opening.

Post-TBEX Athens FAM Trips:

  • The FAM trips (“familiarization” trips, AKA press trips) run from October 26th through the 29th. NOTE:  Athens “falls back” an hour in the early hours of Sunday, October 26th. Make sure to adjust your time so you’re not late for the FAM departure.
  • If you’re going on one of the FAM trips, information about departure points and times is listed here.
  • The Iconic Aegean 4-Day Cruise is from October 27th-31st.  You can get more information about departure points and times here.
  • These FAM trips were by application only, and are already booked.

Speed Networking:

  • What is Speed Networking?
  • Speed Networking is by appointment only, and between bloggers-sponsors only, not bloggers-bloggers or sponsors-sponsors. Request appointments here.
  • If you’ve got a blogger pass, here’s your Speed Networking Guide.
  • If you’ve got an industry pass, here’s your Speed Networking Guide.
  • We published a guide for perfecting your pitch that is helpful for first-time speed daters.
  • We suggest you print out your Speed Networking schedule prior to arriving at TBEX.

About Athens:

  • Eastern European Time Zone (UTC+02:00). Please note that Athens experiences the daylight savings change on Sunday morning at 4 a.m., and “falls back” one hour.
  • Athens weather information is available here.
  • Greece is a member of the European Union and the monetary unit is the Euro.
  • Greece use 2-prong electrical outlets, often called the Schuko plug. If you’re coming from the U.S., you’ll need an adapter.
  • Find more information about Greece at the Visit Greece site.  Find information on Athens events, dining, activities here.
  • Schedule a tour with This is My Athens.  These are local Athenians who enjoy showing off their city to people from around the world for free! 
  • Read a local’s take on what to experience in Athens here.
  • Here are some urban neighborhoods that will give you a well-rounded perspective of the city including where the locals go.  
  • TBEXer (and world traveler) Cacinda Maloney suggests 5 things to do in Athens when you’re not in TBEX sessions.
  • Your Metro card (in your welcome packet) will get you to most venues around Athens. If you want to take a cab anywhere, you might find the Taxi Beat app helpful, as it allows you to order a car in advance and pay by credit card. Look for the app in your app store.

Athens Attendees on Twitter:

Follow TBEX via Social Media:

Don’t forget to use the #TBEX hashtag when you’re posting about TBEX-related events on social media! That means FAM trips, day tours, conference sessions, parties, meetups, etc. Also, the Athens hashtag is #thisisathens.

Any changes to this Ultimate Guide to TBEX Athens will be note at the top of the post with the date and time of the update.