Friends Forever

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Alice: How long is forever?

White Rabbit: Sometimes, just a second

Well, it looks it’s all over, more than three days of sharing knowlege, networking and meeting new people.

The Catalan Tourist Board, Lloret de Mar tourism and Costa Brava Girona Tourist Board has worked hard as a team. We hope you enjoyed your tme here as much as we did preparing everything for you.

It’s very emotional to see that our dream, to welcome you at TBEX Costa Brava Catalunya, has come to an end…. but once again, we are wrong. This is not the end. This is the beginning of a long lasting relationship with you.

Sometimes, it’s not all about audiences, numbers, ROI, and not even about the different tourist atractions in a destination,. Sometimes it’s about people. We have met new people, we have shared some smiles and laughter (normally over food and wines from our region), and the most important thing — we have new friends.

Thank you for letting us show you the best of us, not only our land but ourselves.

Please, as our friends, keep in touch with us. We really hope that you’ll come back soon to our area, with your friends and family. We ll be here, waiting for to welcome you with a smile and a glass of cava in our hand.

Gracies amics!


TBEX Europe 2016 to be Held in Stockholm, Sweden.


Today we’ve announced the location for TBEX Europe 2016:  Stockholm, Sweden. The event will be held at the Stockholm Waterfront Congress Centre on July 14-16, 2016.

“In recent years, travel bloggers have become an increasingly important segment in marketing Stockholm as a destination. We’ve wanted to host a conference like TBEX for a long time, because we can see the potential of conferences in Stockholm’s strongest industries. We also share the same values, such as innovation and openness, which makes us especially happy,” says Karin Mäntymäki, Director of Meetings, Conferences and Events and Stockholm Convention Bureau, Stockholm Visitors Board.

The city itself, with its blend of beauty and creativity, modern conference facilities and excellent social media skills, is why Stockholm was chosen to host the meeting.

Rick Calvert, CEO & Co-founder New Media Expo, and CEO of TBEX explain why Stockholm is a great choice:  “We chose Stockholm for several simple but important reasons. We know this will be the first time many of our attendees have visited Stockholm and they are going to be overwhelmed by how much this city has to offer.  The conference facility is very modern and fits the tech centered culture of our community of travel content creators perfectly. Lastly and very importantly the Stockholm Visitors Board truly understand how important this shift to new media is and they are doing a great work with digital influencers and for their city. We think they are a perfect organization to showcase what TBEX is all about.”

Registration for TBEX Europe 2016 in Stockholm is now open. Super early bird prices are $97 for bloggers and $397 for travel. This the lowest price that will be offered; no discounts apply. Super early bird prices will end on Monday, May 18th at 5 pm Pacific Time. These discounted tickets are non-refundable and non-transferrable.


I Want to Go There: How To Use Findery as a Tool for Travel Blogging

Get a jump on your research using Findery

As soon as you’ve decided where you’re jetting off to next, you probably take a preliminary, virtual trip online to scout out the lay of the land. Notes on Findery have been left by both locals and travelers, and both can give you a sense of the place.

Did you know? Findery users have already left over 100,000 notes around the world, and have notes in every single country. If you’re going somewhere, odds are high we have some notes there for you to explore.

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 Image: Map of Barcelona on Findery

Plan your visit

Where will you eat? What will you see? What should you be sure not to miss? Start working on your plan of attack long before you even pack your bags. Create a Findery Notemap to plan your trip, adding notes to the places you want to go. A map will be created to help you, and on your mobile app you can get directions of how to get there.

Did you know? Following a contributor on Findery sends you a notification on your phone whenever you pass by one of their notes. Find a local expert in the area you’re visiting and you’ll get a ping as you wander through their part of the world!

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Image: Notemap by @JessicaJ

Record your visit while it’s happening

When you arrive is when the real fun begins. So many new discoveries, so many things to take note of. Most of the time you just want to jot down a thought or two for a blog post later. Snap a picture, place it on the map, write a few words, and presto, you’ll never forget where you had that amazing pizza or saw that beautiful mural.

Did you know? It takes less than a minute to leave a note! We have Android, iOS, and Apple Watch apps to keep you always connected on the go.

Share more in-depth stories when you get home

When you’re home, on the couch, flipping through photos, is when some of the longer, more in depth stories come out. Findery is a fantastic place to put those stories. Think of it as creating a map and a photo album of your trip. A place where the stories and the photos cohabitate in perfect harmony.

Did you know? Bloggers are always welcome to add a link to blog posts about their travels to their notes!

Decide where you’re going next

Where to next? Doesn’t take long for wanderlust to strike again. Findery features notes from all around the world, even Antarctica! It’s just enough to get your exploration juices bubbling all over again. So, where’s your next destination? Spin the map, see where it stops, then hop on down the Findery rabbit hole and discover the next place you want to explore in person.

Did you know? Findery has a passionate network of users. Need suggestions for where to go? They can help you decide!

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Image: Exotic Bali by @Skimbaco




TBEX Europe 2015: Friday Night Sangria Reception Sponsored by Eurail

TBEX Europe 2015 Attendees, join us tonight on the rooftop deck at the Evenia Conference Center for a Sangria Recpetion at 6 pm, following today’s TBEX Speed Networking session. The reception is hosted by our sponsor, Eurail.

To access the rooftop deck, use the stairways located at off the lobby or in the hallway where the profesional development sessions are held. There will be signage and staff to help point the way.

Sangria is a classic Spanish beverage and you can enjoy sipping it and looking at the pool and deck area at Evenia.

See you there at 6 pm

A very big thank you to our sponsor, Eurail.


TBEX Europe 2015 Opening Night Party Update

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We’re having a party and you’re invited!

Join us tonight, April 30th, 2015, for a party in the sand at Santa Cristina Beach in front of the Hotel Santa Marta.  Here is some updated information about how you can join us. Please note that there have been some changes and it is important that you read all the information below.

First of all, this is an official TBEX event and a registration badge is required to participate. Stop by the TBEX registration desk at the Evenia to check in and receive your badge and program. Registration will be open util 4:30 pm and will reopen at the Town Hall at 5:30 pm. Wear you badge to our beach party tonight. For those of you who can’t make it to the Evenia today, or are arriving later and going directly to the party, we will have a registration desk at the Town Hall departure location (more info on that below). Please arrive early to process your check in and pick up your registration badge. You will need it to get on the boat or bus.

The party is on a sandy beach. Beach attire and appropriate shoes are recommended. We strongly recommend that you bring a jacket or sweater as it get chilly in the evening, especially when near the water. Back up plans have been made in case of inclement weather.

Departure Location

We’ll meet at, and depart from, the Lloret de Mar Town Hall (map here). If you’re staying at one of the Evenia properties, you may want to catch a shuttle down to the Town Hall. We have two scheduled, one at 5:45 pm and the second at 6:15 pm. These shuttle will transport you to the Town Hall, but you are, of course, welcome to head there on your own.

From the Town Hall there will be Two choices on how to get to the party. They are listed below so you can choose the option that best meets your personal schedule and needs.  These are departure times, so plan to arrive early to board and get ready to go.

By Boat

  • 6:30 pm departure –  Travel by boat to Santa Cristina beach via a scenic sailing along the coastline. This longer itinerary allows for more time on the water for coastal sightseeing.
  • 7:00 pm departure – Direct sailing to Santa Cristina beach (sailing time approximately 15 minutes).
  • 7:30 pm departure – Same itinerary as at 7:15 pm.

There will be a number of boats making the trip, and can accommodate anyone wanting the scenic sailing or the direct transport. Please be on time.

By Bus

If you don’t want to travel to the party by boat, or if you’re arriving into Lloret de Mar a little bit later, there will also be a bus to take you to the party.

We will have one bus departure at 7:45 pm from the Lloret de Mar Town Hall.

The Party Ends

All good things must end, and so must our opening night party. The party will end at 11:30 pm, with bus transportation back to the center of Lloret de Mar for the first drop off, then continuing on to a drop off at Evenia.

Get a good night’s sleep and we’ll see you in the morning for our Opening Session kick off featuring a keynote with Jose Borralho, Nelson Carvalheiro, and Gary Bembridge.


City Tourism: Is the Beaten Path a Thing of the Past?

120519_panorama_pb_0326As we get close to TBEX Europe 2015 and the coastal scenery of Lloret de Mar in Catalonia, Spain, it seems like a perfect time to think about what makes an authentic experience in the case of city tourism. How does technology affect the way travelers visit places and how do cities respond to this technological revolution? What does the transition from the Internet of Things to the Internet of Everything really mean and in what way sharing economy redefines the traditional tourism distribution model?

The more contemporary travelers tend to enjoy the wealth of options provided by urban centers, the more the discovery of unknown parts of a city does not entail that travelers risk missing places that are genuinely great. Under the influence of the powerful interplay between the physical and the digital world, travelers tend to think more of the things they want to do (and feel) than the places they want to go.

In each city, a balance is necessary between the overwhelming variety of available options and the digital solutions which the tourism sector and competent authorities can afford to implement. Crucially, real-time experiences will determine to what extent a city destination has become SMARTer than its competitors without sacrificing the unique values and attractions to which it owes its fame. In a world where travelers have so much information at their fingertips, destinations may need to make their product more personal and easy to use, so that visitors take to it naturally wherever they ‘re from.

However, in times of uncertainty, the physical-digital integration can provide fertile ground for tourism businesses and the public sector to pursue innovation and develop new skills and services.

Want to gain some more insight into destination experiences? Save the date! Friday, 1st of May, don’t miss Manolis Psarros presentation on city tourism.

Author Bio:  Manolis is a tourism destination management and marketing consultant whose experience mainly focuses on tourism boards and DMOs strategic planning & operations support, place marketing strategies & campaign management, product development, digital tourism strategies and EU-funded tourism-related programs. He has been directly involved in shaping the first DMO (City of Athens CVB) in Greece, which he served as a Tourism Development Director. He is the founder and Managing Director of TOPOSOPHY, an international destination management & marketing consultancy. His international experience includes programs and consultancies in Greece, Italy, Portugal, France, Finland, Denmark, Slovenia, Russia, Mexico, Armenia and Kenya among others.

MSC Welcomes Travel Bloggers Onboard


MSC Cruises is pleased to welcome aboard travel bloggers for a one-day experience on the MSC Fantasia or the MSC Divina. If your readers are itnerested in cruising, this is an opportunity to learn about the ships and about the cruise experience.

The ships will be in port in Barcelona, so if you live in the area, or traveling there, here are the opportunities for your consideration. European based bloggers, this is an opportunity for you!

May 8th – MSC Fantasia Itinerary

  • 17.30 – Embarkation – Muelle adosado Terminal A o B
  • 18.00 -19.00 – MSC Aurea Spa: 10 minutes of massage for each blogguer
  • 19.00 – 21.00 – Dinner at restaurant
  • 21.00 – Show on board at Teatro L’Avanguardia
  • 22.00 – Disembarkation

May 13th – MSC Divina Itinerary

  • 12:30 Embarkation – Muelle adosado Terminal A o B
  • 13:00 – Lunch on board – cod 101
  • 14:30 – Visit and Coffe at MSC Yacht Club
  • 15:00 – MSC Aurea Spa 10 minutes of massage
  • 16:00 – Session of Cinema 4D and formula 1 at Virtual World follow by disembarkation

To sign up for these ship visits go here.

Deadlines are specified for each ship visit and will be strictly enforced. You will need to provide information and pass a security check with the Port Police and the Security Staff onboard the ship. No extension of sign up times can be permitted.



TBEX Europe 2015 Closing Party

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Please join us on Saturday night, May 2nd, at Atics La Carpa, as we say goodbye to friends and celebrate the closing of another TBEX event. . . and get excited for TBEX Europe 2016 in. . . well, you’ll have to attend the closing session to hear that announcement.

The closing party will start at 9 pm, giving you time to relax for awhile after sessions end. There will be a complimentary drink for attendees along with snacks. Please wear your badge for entry.

Atics La Carpa is located at Av. Josep Tarradellas, 1 and it is on the right side of the beach, facing the sea. They have a great rooftop deck as well as indoor space. The TBEX party starts at 9 pm and we know many of you will be continuing to party on into wee hours.

See you there!



TBEX Europe 2015 Infographic

There is so much happening at TBEX Europe 2015 and we know that it can be hard to keep track. Yesterday we published out Ultimate Guide to TBEX Europe 2015 in Lloret de Mar. Today we have this simplified infographic overview.

Are you excited for everything that’s about to happen?

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The Ultimate Guide to TBEX Europe 2015 in Costa Brava

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If you’re joining us for TBEX Europe in Costa Brava next week, you’ll want to pack comfortable shoes and a plan for a full week of activities. There’s plenty to do, and plenty to see, and stilettos aren’t always appropriate. Read on for The Ultimate Guide to TBEX Europe 2015 in Costa Brava.

Pre-Bex Activities

Pre-event activities for April 26th – 30th are filling up fast!

  • Find details for all Pre-Bex activities here.
  • In addition to dates and times, be sure to check pickup locations.
  • Reservations are first come/first served and all tours have a limited number of spaces available.

Pre- Conference Workshops

Workshops provide a hands-on, in depth learning experience than traditional sessions. Come prepared to spend several hours and get your hands dirty.

The Conference

Tours and workshops are fun, but let’s not forget the main reason we’re coming together in Costa Brava. Professional development at TBEX!

Wednesday, April 29th, 2015

Day 1: Thursday, April 30, 2015

In addition to Pre-Bex tours and in depth workshops, you will enjoy the TBEX Europe 2015 opening night party – A Beach Party! Attendees can meet up at Lloret de Mar town hall to depart for the Hotel Santa Marta on Santa Cristina beach where the party is being held. Please see this post on the TBEX blog for details on location,  departure times, and travel options for getting to the party.

Click here for the official schedule for TBEX Europe 2015.

Day 2: Friday, May 1, 2015

It’s a full day at TBEX!

  • The opening keynote and official welcome begins at 9:15 a.m.
  • Attend a variety of breakouts from 10:50 until 1:00 p.m.
  • Enjoy lunch from 1:00 to 2:30
  • Return to breakouts 2:30 to 3:20
  • Speed networking begins at 3:40

Day 3: Saturday, May 2, 2015

Another great day at TBEX!

  • Opening keynote begins at 9:15
  • Attend breakouts from 10: 50 until 1:00
  • Enjoy a lunch break from 1:00 until 2:15
  • Breakouts resume at 2:30
  • Speed networking begins at 3:40
  • Attend the closing keynote at 6:00 p.m.
  • Closing evening party at 9:00 p.m at the Atics La Carpa nightclub.

Post Conference: Sunday May 3 2015

Enjoy a variety of Post TBEX activities keeping in mind that they are filling up quickly!

Some good things to know:

Questions? Not sure of how to get around? Looking for things to do or more details regarding parties and extracurricular activities? There will be a Costa Brava help desk at your service at TBEX.