About Greece

 

Greece is a country of beautiful contradictions, a constant journey in time. Walk through the country’s groves and archaeological sites; visit groups of islands, get to know the beaches and mountains, enjoy the breathtaking scenery and enjoy the Greek culinary delights.

A World of Destinations

Greek cities offer a host of choices to visitors all year round. They combine modern conference facilities, interesting museums, archaeological sites, shopping areas and amazing nightlife.

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The islands are the main characteristic of Greece’s morphology and an integral part of the country’s culture across the ages. The country includes 6,000 islands and islets scattered in the Greek Seas, of which only 227 islands are inhabited.

The Greek coastline offers a diverse landscape:  beaches stretching over many kilometres, sheltered bays and coves, sandy beaches, sand-dunes, pebble beaches, wetlands and deltas, caves formed by seawater, and dark-coloured sand in volcanic areas.

On mainland Greece there’s a lot to be said about the lovely mountainous areas – most of them only a breath away from the sea!

Meet the Origins of Western Civilization

Archaeological sites in Greece attract every year large numbers of visitors. The sites discovered on Greek land date as far back as the Prehistoric and Archaic Periods, unique monuments from the Classical, Hellenistic, Medieval and Byzantine periods, and recent history.

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Greece boasts monuments as well as entire towns that enjoy the status of a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. What’s more, is that the country is the proud owner of 100 Archaeological museums, over 25 Byzantine and post-Byzantine museums. There are over 50 History and Folk Art museums. They come in all sizes across the land.

Visit Greece all Year Round

When the dim skies of winter change with the bright light of spring, multicoloured fields are a source of inspiration to us all; they invite us to marvel at the feast of nature and to be part of it.

In summer get acquainted with the fascinating world of Greek antiquities, enjoy the deep blue waters of the Greek seas, bask in the Greek sun as turquoise waters wash upon white, black, pebbly, rocky or sandy beaches, admire the unique whitewashed island architecture, ride the waves, or go on a day excursion in the countryside – but don’t forget to save some energy for your wild nights!

The mellow golden hues combined with pleasant temperatures make autumn the best season of the year for many people. The Greek countryside is at its best.

The heart of Greek winter beats on snow-capped mountains, where ski enthusiasts can experience the adrenalin rush. Visit idyllic white mountains and feel the vigour of the mountains’ cool fresh air.

Taste Greece

Greek cuisine, with its wide variety of high quality ingredients and its wise and nutritious combinations, has been handed down from generation to generatio. It’s made a major contribution to the global culinary culture. Scientific studies have shown the positive effect of a balanced Greek diet on a person’s health, beauty and longevity.

The notion of friends gathering around the table socializing while eating and drinking wine is a typical Greek habit reminiscent of the ancient Greek feasts. Greek wines are known worldwide for their variety in flavour and they have earned international awards for their quality. Greek beer, produced in local breweries, comes in an incredible variety of flavours, colours and aromas. Ouzo, tsipouro, raki are the best known strong traditional drinks across the country.

In Greece you will find products of unique quality and high nutritional value, such as olives, extra virgin olive oil, dairy products, honey, ouzo, fish, nuts, wines, mastic from Chios, crocus from Kozani and many more.

Greece is an enchanting destination; a crossroad of colours, cultures, aromas and flavours. Large cities, teeming with life, alternate with small traditional villages that retain the colour of another era. Lofty mountains sweep down to crystal seas. The mainland is encircled by a delicate natural circlet of islands. Greece opens its arms to all, an eternal host welcoming you.  In Greece the succession of images is not just our imagination; it is a reality!

Greece is waiting for you. . . .

Special Offer on Airport Transfers for TBEX Cancun Attendees

Best Day

IMPORTANT UPDATE 9/19/14:

We’ve just been notified that you MUST make reservations in advance, whether for a private van or shared transportation. Cancun Airport Authority has a strict policy that prohibits Best Day from accepting payment at the airport for ground transportation. To make your reservation call 1-800-593-6259 and request the TBEX rate.

 

In just a little over a week, travel bloggers and representatives of the travel and tourism industry will be flying into Cancun International Airport for TBEX North America 2014. With the support of TBEX Cancun sponsor Best Day, we have arranged a deeply discounted price on ground transportation for TBEX attendees.

The reduced rate will be available for ground transportation to and from the airpot and hotels located in the Hotel Zone.

The one-way rates are:

  • Private van for 7 Passengers: $84 USD per van
  • Private van for 9 Passengers:  $106 USD per van
  • Shared transportation: $20 USD per person

Private vans should be resered in advanced by calling Best Day at 1-800-593-6259 and requesting the TBEX rate. This makes sense if you know the arrival times of your friends and colleagues, and can bring the price down as low as $11-12/person, depending on van size.

For shared transportation, no reservations is required.

photo (1)To take advantage of this great discount, you’ll need to go to the Best Day desk at the Cancun Airport. After you arrive at the airport, and process through customs and immigrations, you will proceed out of the secure area into the lobbyof the international arrivals. Ignore all the drivers shouting for your business, proceed to the Best Day desk and tell them you’re attending TBEX. Their friendly staff will get you fixed right up.

If you don’t see a Best Day desk inside, step outside and find someone holding this sign and they’ll help you out.

Best Day will have a desk at the Moon Palace Arena, our conference venue, and you can make arrangements there for a departure shuttle. You do not need to purchase round trip transportation to take advantage of this great discount.

If you’re staying in the Cancun area for awhile, and have interest in transportation for other explorations, Best Day is offering other discounts for TBEX attendees. These can also be booked at the desk at the Moon Palace Arena.

More TBEX Cancun Speakers Added

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As we’re heading into the countdown for TBEX Cancun, it’s time to announce our most recent speaker additions. Check out the full list of TBEX Cancun speakers and the complete schedule. We’re all looking forward to seeing you there!

Amie O’Shaughnessy

Amie O’Shaughnessy is the Managing Editor of Ciao Bambino, a popular family travel planning website. She is a longtime authoritative and well-respected voice in the online travel community and runs a multi-author blog powered by a team of family travel experts who provide credible tips on everything from ranch vacations and luxury beach resorts, to European villa rentals, to the best of US cities with kids, to Disney, to family-focused adventure travel.

Caroline Michaud

Caroline Michaud is Director of Public Relations for Preferred Hotel Group. She is responsible for developing and executing the company’s corporate media relations strategy across all regions and optimizing coverage of Preferred Hotel Group, its programs, and its member hotels in media outlets across the Americas. In addition, Caroline manages the company’s relationships with key family travel bloggers, designing both non-paid ongoing engagement programs and sponsored campaign tactics to successfully increase awareness for Preferred Hotel Group’s innovative Preferred Family program and drive increased traffic to its dedicated website (www.PreferredFamily.com).

David Lee

David Lee is the Co-Founder of Travel Blog Success, a leading online course and community to educate travelers on how to build, promote and make money from their blogs. He turned a 20-month dream trip around the world into a new career as a blogger and author. He’s traveled to more than 50 countries across six continents, founded two popular blogs, GoBackpacking.com and MedellínLiving.com, and written several books. David is based in Medellín, Colombia.

Dorian Nunez

Dorian Nuñez is a native of Ambergris Caye, Belize, and runs the Ambergris Today newspaper on the island. For 15 years, Ambergris Today has been informing the community and visitors on the happenings of Ambergris Caye, the number one tourist destination in Belize, and on the country as a whole. Keeping ahead of the fast development of the tourism industry in the country, Ambergris Today was the first newspaper in Belize to fully integrate itself online, providing daily, on demand news articles and promoting tourism in the country and region, with featured articles and blogs about travel, food and adventure.

Enid Hwang

Enid Hwang has been the Community Manager at Pinterest since 2011, when she was the sixth person on the team. In the past few years, she’s had her hand in virtually every non-engineering aspect of Pinterest, from launching new features to expanding the company internationally. Currently, her focus is working with power Pinners, bloggers and influencers to get more out of Pinterest and help spread the love.

Erin De Santiago

Erin is a freelance writer and blogger based primarily in Belize. She’s traveled to 60 countries and lived in Asia, Europe, and now Central America. Erin is a Certified Specialist in Wine (CSW) and covers a wide range of topics – including Belize, culinary travel, and international Disney Theme Parks. She is AFAR’s Belize Expert, wrote the AFAR Guide to Belize, and was the primary author for Belize’s official visitor magazine in 2013. Erin is the publisher of Our Tasty Travels blog, has a new Belize destination site launching soon, and writes for other publications like Viator and Roam Right.

Gregor Perotto

Gregor Perotto is head of corporate marketing at DocuSign. He sets strategy and leads execution for corporate and marketing communications; public, media, and analyst relations; brand and reputation management; social media; and employee engagement and internal communications. Gregor has helped the company accelerate growth to more than 40 million users across 188 countries and earn recognition as a ‘Next Big Thing’ by the Wall Street Journal, “The New Sexy” by Bloomberg BusinessWeek, and top rankings in independent third party research reports, including Forrester, Gartner, OmBud, G2 Crowd, and Aragon Research.

Jade Broadus

Jade Broadus is a writer, videographer, creative director and social media manager working with InsideOut Media, Expedia, About.com, Bedandbreakfast.com and AOL Travel. Currently she is the social media and marketing manager at TravelMindset.com. Creating an online influencer network, TravelMindset.com connects tourism boards and travel brands with influencers to create compelling, authentic and unique storytelling with large scale social media experiences. Campaigns include #MakeSummerLast with Tennessee Tourism & #PCBeachBucketList with Panama City Beach, Florida. When she’s not traveling, she is one part of the blogging duo at Vagabond3.com, creating travel videos geared towards the adventure traveler.

Jeffrey DeKorte

Jeff DeKorte is Vice President of Digital Marketing at Royal Caribbean International. Throughout his career he has led digital marketing and eCommerce efforts for well known brands including US Airways, AOL and Rand McNally. His passion is finding ways to use technology to connect businesses and customers, specifically in the travel industry. He is a graduate of Lehigh University and received his MBA from New York University’s Stern School of Business. He also studied at Erasmus University in Rotterdam. A native of the New York area and long-time resident of Washington, DC, he currently resides in Miami Beach, FL.

Jessica Skelton

Jessica manages social media and content marketing for TripIt, the world’s highest-rated travel organizing app from Concur. She has spent the last six years of her career launching social media and content marketing programs for consumer travel brands, including Room 77 and TravelMuse. Jessica loves to travel and try new foods, and most recently visited Japan, Hong Kong, and Macau. She currently lives in San Francisco, California, with her boyfriend and beloved pet cat.

Jyl Johnson Pattee

Jyl Johnson Pattee is the founder of Mom It Forward Media and Family Forward Events and sits on the Mom Advisory Council for ONE.org. She was the co-founder of the evo Conference (2010-12), was on the founding board of the Social Media Club of Salt Lake City (2010-11), was named one of Parent Magazine’s Top 10 Power Moms, and is on Babble’s list of Top Twitter Moms. An award-winning copywriter and former designer of corporate training programs, Jyl is married to @TroyPattee; a mom to two boys; loves cheese, dancing, and traveling; and lives in the beautiful Rocky Mountains.

Kelly McLaughlin

Kelly McLaughlin is a Canadian woman who has been living in Mexico since 2003. Her blogging and social media journey began in 2007 with her blog “A Canuck in Cancun”, chronicles of life as an adventurous ex-pat mom. She is an ambassador for all things Mexico, having worked for the Mexican federal tourism board and as one of the founders of the monthly #mexchat Twitter party. It’s all about the amor (and the fiesta of course!)

Lisa Schwartz

Born and raised in Montreal, Canada, Lisa Schwartz attended Concordia University where she studied Journalism and Communications before realizing public relations was her true calling. Schwartz began her PR career in New York City, learning the ropes of the entertainment and lifestyle industries. Heading south to Los Angeles next, Schwartz represented major entertainment brands such as Paramount Digital Entertainment, Warner Bros. Pictures, Lionsgate and Hulu, among others. In December 2011, Schwartz made another career move and joined Diamond Public Relations in Miami, a boutique luxury travel and tourism PR firm that represents hotels, resorts and destinations around the world.

Teresa Villarreal

Teresa has an impressive background in tourism, working for both public and private sectors. Before joining Newlink, Teresa held the position of Director of the Mexico Tourism Board, where she designed strategies to drive tourism to Mexican destinations. She also represented Mexico during trade events and fairs throughout North America and was a liaison between cruise industry leaders and Mexican ports. Teresa also served as cultural attaché at the Consulate General of Mexico. As the leader of Newlink’s Tourism practice, Teresa applies her industry knowledge to develop cutting-edge, communications programs for clients including hotels, online tour operators, destinations and airlines.

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Save the Date: TBEX Athens FAM Trips

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Dates and destinations have been announced for five TBEX Athens FAM trips. Although we don’t have a lot of specifics yet, meaning that we don’t yet have itineraries, trip theme, or activities, we know you’ve been anxious for some information about what’s in store for post-TBEX activities. Europe’s August holidays will be over soon, and we’ll update the FAM information with more information just as soon as it becomes available.

Here are the destinations and dates:

  • Epirus:  October 26-29th
  • Meteora:  October 26-28th
  • Pelion:  October 26-28th
  • Peloponnese:  October 26-28th
  • Thessaloniki:  October 26-28th

More info here.

Evie Robinson discusses Building the Nomadness Travel Tribe

Evie Robinson’s Interview on Building a Tribe

Evie Robinson Nomadness

Evie’s success has been quite phenomenal. In this interview, she shares what has worked for her to increase her reach and build her community of travel bloggers.

@TBEXevents: What does the word “tribe” mean to you?

@evierobbie: Tribe has a direct connotation to ‘family’ for me. In regards to Nomadness Travel Tribe, it’s about me building an international community of like-minded travelers.  

@TBEXevents: What were you dissatisfied about or super-passionate about that triggered your idea to create Nomadness?

@evierobbie: As a twenty-something year old African American woman, I felt that there was no representation of us, in the travel community, in mass media.  I kept seeing the same demographic, doing the same thing, on the same channels, and I felt it was a rather miniscule view into who travelers are. Backpacking and living in Asia, I saw a more diverse representation of who we are, and I wanted to create a space where we could come together. 

@TBEXevents: What gave you the clarity that there was a niche to carve out for yourself?

@evierobbie: The reaction people gave to my first webseries episodes. The actual production was horrible, but I was doing what I could with what I had while living in Japan. It was the content and my own unique point of view that resonated with people. I realized there was an opening there and built on it.  

@TBEXevents: What are the main topics you’ve used to rally your tribe to you?

@evierobbie: Travel is the glue that binds. It is the parent topic to any other conversations that we engage in on the day-to-day.  

@TBEXevents: How long has it taken to develop a significant following once you were clear on your target market and what you had to offer? Or did those two things happen separately (developing the target market and developing your value to that market)?

@evierobbie: I was clear on my market going into it, because I AM my market. I knew what my peers and I needed so it was easy to connect.

Nomadness grew very, very fast. It started with 100 people. Now we have grown to more than 8000 in less than three years. Our first meet-up was three weeks after starting in NYC, and almost 40 people came out.

That was when I knew something was brewing. Three months later we were on our first trip together, in Panama. Five months after, we were featured in Ebony Magazine. The press came fast and we have had a large following ever since.

@TBEXevents: What have you been able to accomplish with this tribe?

@evierobbie: We have over 8000 members, living in over three dozen countries around the world. We have been able to crowdfund over $40,000 through three successful campaigns on Kickstarter.com, which has also led to my being a consultant with Crowdfunding Mastermind.

We have a successful online store with apparel that members have used to identify other members all around the world. Our most popular is the shirt “I have more passport stamps than you.”

We have done a cross country College RV Tour, speaking to college students about diversity and travel. We are approaching our 14th group trip in three years, and almost 100 meet ups around the world. 

@TBEXevents: What digital platforms do you focus on to grow and reach your tribe? Why?

@evierobbie:Facebook is our main platform while we build our own social network site. We have recently started our Nomadness #NMDN Monthly Twitter Chat series as well. And Instagram has been great for us because we have amazing travel photography from our trips. It’s great to have a visual platform.  

@TBEXevents: Do you outsource parts of your business?

@evierobbie: The only outsourcing that happens currently is merchandise manufacturing. It’s necessary to having top quality and still keeping your balance. You can’t do everything and be effective.  

@TBEXevents: What has been the most difficult part of building your community?

@evierobbie: Dealing with 8000 personalities on any given day.  

@TBEXevents: What has surprised you about the process?

@evierobbie: The speed of growth has been surprising. I simply started a Tribe to have a place to vent about what I was going through after living abroad. I had no idea I was creating a business model. 

@TBEXevents: What keeps you going when you’re tired, discouraged or disappointed?

@evierobbie: Passion.  A dedication to living life my way. 

@TBEXevents: What’s been the best part of building your community?

@evierobbie: Being an international connector and bringing people from every part of the planet together. I can honestly go to any country now and know at least one person there already.

@TBEXevents: Anything else you think would help other travel bloggers or any other entrepreneur using the leverage of technology and the internet to build their business?

@evierobbie: Find your lane, and stay in it. Don’t split yourself up too much trying to be everything to everyone. Find your niche, and focus.

Thanks, Evie, for your time and insights! You’ve accomplished a lot in a short time. Continued success to you!

More Spaces Available on Cancun FAM trips

 

There have been quite a few new TBEX Cancun regisrations in the last few days, and we’ve heard that some of you have missed out on the opportunity to apply for one of the great post-event FAM trips around the Cancun area.

Our FAM trips hosts have advised that there are a few spots left, and they are willing to accommodate some last minute applications. Priority will be given to last minute registrants, but we do realize that travel bloggers travel, and that means that you may have been traveling – and without internet access – to the application time frame.

Don’t put it off again – applications will close on Thursday at midnight, Pacific Time. Invitations will be extend to invited bloggers on Friday.

For more information and to apply for a FAM trip click here.

 

 

To Eat or Not to Eat? The Great Street Food Debate

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The allure of a country’s cuisine drives many travel decisions. (It’s also the subject of many travel blogs posts.) Ask veteran travelers what their favorite meal was, and you may get an earful. But when it comes to food – particularly street food – there’s a great travel debate: is it safe to eat? Let’s take a look at both sides of this argument.

Opinion #1: Don’t Eat the Codzitos!

Many travelers avoid street food for fear of getting sick. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 20%-50% of international travelers are affected by travelers’ diarrhea each year. It’s so common that it has a number of colorful, regional euphemisms: Montezuma’s Revenge, the Aztec Two Step, Pharaoh’s Revenge, Delhi Belly, and the Rome Run, to name a few.

The most common culprit for food-borne illness is bacteria. The source can often be found in raw and undercooked meats and seafood, unhygienic food preparation conditions, raw fruits, tap water and unpasteurized milk.

The food preparation protocols followed by street food vendors can be more lax than those followed in a restaurant, allowing for more exposure to bacteria. (Although you can still get sick eating in restaurants.) Many travelers who have had a bad bout of this unfortunate illness are likely to limit their exposure by avoiding street food altogether.

Opinion #2: Eat The Huitlacoche! (And the Bessara, the Tam Som, the Roti…)

Street food is an integral part of many cultures – and a requirement for some travelers. One of the perks of street food is that you can watch it being made, something you can’t do in a typical restaurant. It’s also great for travelers on a budget, as it is cheaper than restaurant fare. Finally, many restaurants, particularly in the tourist districts, cater to the tourists’ taste buds. For a truly authentic experience, you should venture away from these areas…or eat the street food.

Veteran travelers know how to find the best street – and safest – street food. They keep a few things in mind to limit their exposure to food-borne illnesses:

  1. Follow the crowd. Even at home, you probably don’t eat someplace that only has one or two customers. Vendors who make their customers ill don’t stay in business for long, and the locals know to avoid them. If a street vendor has a line, chances are the food is delicious – and safe!
  2. Wash your hands. A good rule of thumb, regardless of where you eat.
  3. Default to cooked food. Cooking helps destroy the bacteria that cause food-borne illnesses. If you don’t feel confident in eating raw foods (whether it’s meat, seafood, vegetable or fruit), then your best bet is to find a spot that cooks its food as it’s ordered.

Check out the RoamRight travel insurance blog for more tips on how to avoid food poisoning abroad, as well as plenty of yummy blog posts on food throughout the world.

TBEX Cancun FAM Trip Update

 

Culinary

We have a new itinerary to add to the list of post-TBEX FAM trips, and if you enjoy tequila and mezcal, you’ll love it.

The Cancun Culinary Experience FAM gives you a chance to taste the best of what the region has to offer. Check out the details and apply today.

The addition of this new itinerary will result in some changes in the deadlines for these trips:  The FAM trip application deadline has been extended to Sunday, August 24th, midnight Pacific Time. Bloggers will be notified on Tuesday, August 26th.

You must be registered for TBEX Cancun to be eligible to participate in the FAM trips. You can register here.

 

Animal Welfare is an Important Component of Responsible Travel

 

Dr. Martha Honey, CREST Co-Director, has been invited to provide the keynote address at TBEX North America, which will be held September 11 – 13, 2014, in Cancun, Mexico. TBEX is the “world’s largest gathering of travel bloggers, writers, new media content creators, and social media savvy travel industry professionals.”

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Dr. Martha Honey, CREST

Dr. Honey was invited by TBEX following backlash from a number of bloggers and industry professionals over TBEX’s inclusion of captive dolphin tours among the pre-onference tours scheduled by the Cancun Convention & Visitors Bureau. A number of potential conference participants were understandably irate about the captive dolphin tours, especially those that involved direct interaction with these extremely intelligent and emotional animals. Eco-blogger Bret Love, who is also a speaker at the conference, worked very hard with the Cancun CVB to request that these tours be removed from the schedule, and most were unaware of his effort behind the scenes. See Bret’s excellent blog post on Green Global Travel explaining the situation and, ultimately, the CVB’s agreement to cancel three dolphin tours.

TBEX invited Dr. Honey to speak in order to discuss this issue and, more broadly, what is responsible travel and what should be the role of travel media in responsible travel. Not only will her address provide a platform for this important conversation, but it should be used as an opportunity to drive change for the future. CREST welcomes the opportunity to participate to encourage meaningful dialogue that supports the CREST mission, to promote responsible tourism policies and practices globally so that local communities may thrive and steward their cultural resources and biodiversity.

CREST has been asked by a number of bloggers to issue a statement on our stance on the captive dolphin tours, which we are happy to do. In recent years, CREST collaborated on several projects with the World Animal Project (formerly WSPA) and through this work we are convinced that respecting animal welfare is an important component of responsible travel. Put succinctly, our position is:

CREST believes wildlife belongs in the wild, and animal welfare is an essential component of responsible travel. As a minimum requirement, we believe in the “Five Freedoms” needed by all animals:

  • Sufficient and good quality food and water
  • A suitable living environment
  • An opportunity to exhibit natural behaviors
  • Protection from fear and distress
  • Good health

Check out Born Free UK’s Guide to the 5 Freedoms, which discusses the Five Freedoms in detail and also in context of captive animals.

Dolphins are extremely complex creatures, and we agree with World Animal Protection in that these animals “deserve to live a life free from captivity, where they can properly fulfill their social and behavioral needs.” A tank simply cannot provide them with the space, environment, and social freedom they need to thrive as they would in the wild. As stated by the tour operator Intrepid Travel, a highly respected leader in responsible travel, it is best to view wildlife where it belongs, but if a zoo or aquarium is ever visited, a visitor should make sure the facility adheres to the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums’ Code of Ethics before entering. What more, interactions with wild animals should never involve physical contact with people, feeding, or other actions that disturb or alter their natural behavior. These actions often cause extreme distress for the animal and is a health risk for both parties.

Finally, CREST works often in close collaboration and partnership with The Ocean Foundation. On the topic of captive marine animals, President Mark Spalding says, “We have admirable facilities that rescue and when possible rehabilitate and release marine mammals, sea birds and sea turtles. Some of these allow the public to visit and volunteer. And, many have advanced our knowledge of marine wildlife through research during their recovery. But like hospitals for humans, this is not where we want wild animals to spend their entire lives. We prefer to see them in the wild where they thrive.” For more information on the topics of marine mammal research, rehabilitation, and the human relationship with marine mammals, see Mr. Spalding’s blog post following the Southern California Marine Mammal Workshop.

CREST looks forward to discussing this and other issues with both bloggers and media professionals, who have at their fingertips a powerful tool for public education, which can ultimately transform the way the world travels.

Author bio:  The Center for Responsible Travel (CREST) is a non-profit research institute with offices in Washington, DC and at Stanford University. Founded in 2003, its mission is to promote responsible tourism policies and practices globally so that local communities may thrive and steward their cultural resources and biodiversity. CREST uses policy-oriented research to design, monitor, evaluate, and improve the social and environmental committments of responsible tourism, as well as to promote sustainable practices and principles within the wider tourism industry. It focuses on tourism’s potential as a tool for poverty alleviation and biodiversity conservation.

 

 

More Great Speakers Joining TBEX Cancun Lineup

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In a week full of announcements about events and activities at TBEX Cancun, we want to end the week on a high note with the announcemenet of a few more great additions to an already sterling line up of speakers.

Have you registered for TBEX Cancun? It’s less than a month away, so don’t put it off any longer – you know you want to be there, so head on over here and register.

Anne Taylor Hartzell

Anne Taylor Hartzell is a nationally recognized travel expert with a mission to inspire the #welltraveledfamily. An experienced digital marketer by trade, Anne has more than 17 years experience as a brand ambassador and strategist for companies and partners such as Starwood Hotels and Resorts, Expedia, Disney, Alaska Airlines, Bing and others. Anne is a frequent broadcast media guest expert on Q13FOX Seattle, contributor to the Expedia Viewfinder blog and has appeared on the TODAY Show, USA Today, CNN.com, CN Traveler, Radio Disney and more than 30 broadcast TV outlets across the country.

Anne will be speaking in the industry track on the topic of Growth Hacking.

Christian Sullivan

As Promotions Director for Ignite Social Media, Christian is responsible for the strategy and execution of influencer marketing campaigns. Christian has been with the company for nearly six years where one of her primary responsibilities is building influencer relationships on behalf of the brands she represents. She prides herself on serving as an influencer advocate within the agency and with clients as she knows that to have a successful influencer campaign, you must create a program that gets influencers excited about participating which means connecting with influencers regularly and even inviting them to participate in the ideation stage to develop exciting multifaceted programs.

Christian will be speaking in the industry track on partnering with influencers to drive marketing objectives.

Jeremy Jones

Jeremy Jones writes for Living the Dream, a long-term travel blog that focuses on adventure, culinary, and destination specific planning topics. He has traveled to 65 countries since founding the site in 2008. His first book self-published book, The Long-Term Traveler’s Guide, was released in 2012. In his spare time, Jeremy tries to come up with novel ways to use social media to expand his audience. He now reaches just under 30,000 fans on Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest.

Jeremy will be sharing tips and ideas to grow your new social media accounts when all you’re hearing back is crickets.

Mara Gorman

Mara Gorman is a freelance writer and the author of The Family Traveler’s Handbook. Her award–winning blog The Mother of all Trips has inspired families to travel since 2008. In 2012, Mara founded the Back to Ski campaign, which focuses on using social media to get families excited about downhill skiing. She is on the board of the travel blogging fundraiser Passports With Purpose and is an advocate of using social media platforms to improve the lives of women and girls around the globe. Mara lives with her husband and two sons in Delaware.

Mara will be a co-presenter on the top of crafting compelling campaigns.

Matt Villano

Matt Villano has been a freelance writer for 18 years, and proudly never has held a full-time job. In that time, he has written for publications including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, TIME, and more. He also has created content for a variety of corporate entities ranging from Volvo and Mercedes-Benz to Anheuser-Busch, T-Mobile, and Dell (to name a few). Currently Villano serves as senior editor of the Expedia Viewfinder blog. He also blogs about family travel at WanderingPod.com.

Matt will be speaking in our Content track on In Search of the Cash Cow: Corporate Freelancing and Sponsored Content.

Natalie DiScala

Natalie DiScala is a Toronto-based writer and digital editor. Currently working for TC Media, she is the Senior Web Editor for Canada’s leading decorating and design magazine, Style at Home, and manages the editorial content and strategy for the digital brand. Natalie‘s writing has appeared in a number of publications including ElleCanada.com, Canadian Living, Toronto Magazine and Microsoft Home Magazine. She also has a public relations background, having begun her career in the consumer marketing practice at international PR firm Fleishman-Hillard. She graduated from Ryerson Polytechnic University’s journalism program with a major in print journalism.

Natalie will be speaking on how Pinterest can be used as an effective tool to build traffic and expertise.

Tony Perez

Tony is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) at Sucuri, Inc., a leading website security company offering website owners premier website security products. With his business partner, they have been building the largest consumer focused security company dedicated to identifying the latest security threats. Together they have amassed over 20 years of technical expertise in the field and work hard to get in front of thousands of website owners every year to educate and bring awareness to website security.

Tony will be helping us preserve all our great content with a session on 5 Security Tips that Will Save Your Content & Keep Your Readers.

But wait, there’s more. That’s right, there’s still more speaker announcements for TBEX Cancun coming next week.