TBEX: Questions & Answers About the Acquisition by BlogWorld

We were pleased that the recent announcement about being acquired by BlogWorld was met with a ton of support and positive feedback.  There were also a lot of questions.  Our goal is to keep everyone as informed as possible, so we put together this Q&A of the most common questions that we were asked.  If you have any other questions, please feel free to leave them in the comments and we will make sure to address them.

How many TBEX events will there be each year, and will TBEX be held outside the US too?

One event for 2012 in the US is confirmed at this time (Keystone, CO). International TBEX events have been held in the past (Canada and Denmark), and planning for new international events is taking place currently. Expect announcements in the future with dates and details for upcoming TBEX events. Frequency of TBEX events in the US and internationally will be detailed in announcements over the next few weeks.

Will the TBEX event stay in Colorado beyond this year, or are there plans to move it to different venues?

TBEX events typically visit different destination venues each year. With the diverse selection of travel destinations, a repeat visit to Colorado in the future is possible.

Will TBEX be folded into BlogWorld?

TBEX will remain a separate event, in separate destination venues, on different dates from BlogWorld.

Will TBEX clash with the Travel Track at BlogWorld?

There is no travel track at BlogWorld 2012 in NY, so no clash.

How will speakers and sessions be planned for TBEX events?

Conference session planning for the upcoming TBEX event will be taken over by BlogWorld and overseen by a small planning committee from BlogWorld and TBEX, more details to be announced early next week.

Will TBEX continue to be affordably priced for travel bloggers?

BlogWorld will keep the TBEX event affordable for travel bloggers. For reference, BlogWorld made a lower priced pass–including an extra event day too–for bloggers, podcasters and Web TV content producers at the upcoming BlogWorld event in NY–specifically to bring more value at an affordable price for new media content creators. That mantra of high value and rich content for an affordable price will be applied to TBEX, so travel bloggers can expect a great experience that won’t break the bank.

Will TBEX be more like BlogWorld & New Media Expo than in previous years?

The BlogWorld team will apply their expertise to provide a smooth-running, organized and professional event for new media travel writers to enjoy. The TBEX event is a distinctly different event from BlogWorld & New Media Expo, however, with TBEX maintaining a comprehensive focus on educational, business and networking benefits for travel bloggers. TBEX will continue to have tabletop exhibits featuring travel industry resources, educational conference sessions and networking events focused on furthering travel bloggers’ success, and you can expect the number of attendees and exhibitors will increase. BlogWorld’s longstanding mission for new media content creators will be applied to TBEX: to help new media content creators learn how to create better content, grow their audiences and distribution, and monetize in smart, sustainable ways.

Will celebrity appearances be a focus?

The focus is on quality content, education and networking benefits for the travel blogging community. If there is a celebrity with direct relevance to travel bloggers’ interests who wants to present, they will be considered. But the content quality and needs of travel bloggers will guide all speaker selections.

BlogWorld Acquires TBEX

BlogWorld is pleased to announce the acquisition of the world’s largest conference for travel bloggers, TBEX (Travel Blog Exchange). BlogWorld will take over all production and operations for TBEX events and use our experience to help TBEX and the travel blogging community grow. Travel bloggers can expect to see the same commitment to quality educational sessions and networking at TBEX events that BlogWorld has become known for, and TBEX will continue to be held at unique travel destination venues.

While this may seem like a surprise move for BlogWorld to some, it’s really a no brainer. In fact, the TBEX story shared some similarity to BlogWorld’s at its inception.

Kim Mance, TBEX’s founder explains, “When I first got into travel blogging, I was amazed by the friendliness of this community of people with a similar passion online. After a couple of years, I was dying to meet many of the bloggers I already ‘knew’ virtually, as well as be face-to-face with members of the industry I’d worked with. It turned out others felt the same…and an event was born, which doubled in size each year.”

Putting together a conference each year became a challenge for Kim, however. “As a writer with a love for new media, event planning was just never my strong point, and it became clear we needed to get some pros to come in and save the day with logistics and planning. To my delight, while looking at hiring event planners, I got a call from BlogWorld’s CEO, Rick, and we began to talk about TBEX instead being acquired and run by a group who could really help take the event to the next level. ”

“BlogWorld’s mission has always been to help all bloggers, podcasters and WebTV producers succeed and grow their businesses,” says Rick. “We approached Kim about making TBEX a part of the BlogWorld family because it is the largest and best travel blogging event in the world. We think it’s a perfect fit, and we think we can help TBEX continue on its amazing growth path here in the United States and around the world.”

So far the reaction among travel bloggers has been favorable. Mary Jo Manzanares, a travel blogger, flight attendant and Track Leader at BlogWorld L.A.’s Travel Track in 2011 sees it as a positive beginning, “Entrepreneurial spirit meets travel passion in this acquisition, and the result is a winning combination for travel bloggers. With BlogWorld we can be assured of a professionally run, top-notch event, providing us with unparalleled opportunities to learn, share, and grow. There are exciting times ahead of us.”

Andy Hayes, also known online as “That Travel Guy” concurs, “I’m excited about the TBEX announcement.” he said, “Blogworld has always been a place for online publishers of all kinds to come together to share ideas and innovations; this move will be a huge boon to the travel blogging industry.”

BlogWorld will now take over regular operations of all TBEX accounts including Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn and we’re already working on a plan for Pinterest. We look forward to spending time getting to know the TBEX community as we move forward to our first event as the new owners of TBEX. We hope all travel bloggers will join us June 15 – 17 in Keystone, CO, at the Keystone Resort & Convention Center.

“I think TBEX + BlogWorld is a win for everyone in the travel blogging community, many of whom are really looking to make this their full-time career if it isn’t already,” says Kim. “Having the preeminent and largest travel blogging conference in the world now run by event professionals passionate about new media is a perfect fit. It not only ups everyone’s visibility and credibility, but things will be run more smoothly, allowing attendees to really maximize all the learning and networking opportunities at the TBEX events. I’m excited.”

We’re excited too.