Applications for TBEX Asia 2015 Blogger FAM Trips Now Open

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The application for the TBEX Asia 2015 Blogger FAM trips are now open. The dates for the trips are October 19th-21st.

There are 10 trips to choose from, each one highlighting a part of the country and culture. There will be a maximum of five bloggers on each trip, helping to insure a immersive experience for all participants. All transportation and accommodations while on the FAM trip will be covered. You are resposible for hotel nights before and after the trip

These trips are by invitation only following an application process.

Do not apply for a Blogger FAM trip until you have read and understood the following information:

  • You must be a blogger or other content creator to participate. No industry representatives are allowed on these trips. No spouses, partners, or friends may accompany the blogger on these trips (unless they have applied and been invited).
  • You must be registered to attend TBEX to apply for these trips.
  • All participants in the Blogger FAM trips must be 18 years of age or older. No children of any age are permitted on these trips. There is no family themed trip available.
  • If you blog as a couple or group, each person must apply separately for the trips. Please understand that space on these trips are limited and there is no guarantee that you can be accommodated on the same trip. There is no group or couple application form.
  • You may select a first, second, and third choice of trips.

The deadline to apply for these trips is September 18th, 5 pm Pacific Time.

At that time, the application process will be closed, organized, and submitted to our hosts in Thailand. They will go through their selection process and advise us bloggers selected to participate. We will extend invitations to bloggers just as soon as we get this list.

We understand that you need to make travel plans and arrangements, and everyone involved in the process is committed to expediting the process to the extent possible.

Go to the list of Blogger FAM trips NOW

Still More Speakers for TBEX Asia 2015

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We’ve got another round up of speakers for TBEX Asia 2015 to share with you today. The program is shaping up, and we update the session page every day or so, so check regularly.

Please join in in welcoming the following speakers:

Alexandra Baackes

Alexandra Baackes is a travel writer and blogger with a passion for sharing colorful stories and energizing images. A New York native with a background in design, she’s spent the past four years living and traveling around the world, and sharing her globetrotting tales with a loyal audience of blog readers. Alex has returned to Thailand over and over again since 2009, making it a home away from home — and thus a meaningful location for her first speaking position at TBEX.

Alexandra will be speaking about brand/blogger relationships.

Andrew Chow

Andrew Chow is a passionate social media and public relations strategist, entrepreneur, speaker and author of Social Media 247 and Public Relations 247. Based in Singapore, his insights into social media strategy, public relations and entrepreneurship have made him a popular speaker across Asia, His mission is to educate professionals on how to leverage social channels for tangible results. Andrew’s career of 27 years has seen him work with an array of clients including BBC, Abbot Medical Optics, Singtel and Sony Pictures.

Andrew will be speaking in the Industry track on using social media for crisis management.

Katie Hammel

Katie Hammel is Viator’s Senior Travel Editor. She manages the Viator blog network and Viator’s blogger ambassador program.

Katie will be speaking about brand/blogger relationships.

Maggie Wu

Maggie Wu is the founder of Fly with Maggie, a conscious and successful effort at enriching the travel sensibilities of modern Chinese travellers. Through her work, Maggie covers a wide spectrum of thoughts that highlight the adventure aspect of travel and the exclusivity of luxurious and exotic getaways. Her goal is to bring like-minded people together and providing with great ways to enjoy culturally rich experiences. With eight years of marketing and PR experience, Maggie is now an entrepreneur creating her own travel brand/

Maggie will be on a panel about the challenges and opportunities about blogging in Asia.

Matt Ridings

Matt Ridings is the former CEO of SideraWorks, and is an entrepreneur, business strategist and speaker who has worked in digital on both the agency and enterprise side since 1994. He ran interactive for the marketing agency of record for such established brands as Levi’s, Cisco, and British Airways as well as the launch of ventures such as Jet Blue and RedSpark. His work over the last 10 years has focused primarily in developing innovation cultures, change management initiatives, and specialized market research.

Matt will be speaking in the Industry track on market research and data.

Michael Collins

Michael Collins has worked in the travel and media industry for 15 years, working as a travel journalist, editor and publisher, In 2006 he founded, a travel specialist PR and representation company. work with airlines, tourist boards, travel agents, hotels and other travel suppliers in Ireland, the UK and Europe. Michael sits on the International Advisory Committee for the French Tourist Board in Paris, advising them of global trends in media, PR and tourism.

Michael willbe speaking in the Industry track about how to integrate media experiences to maximize global trends.

Mitch Canter

Mitch Canter is a digital strategist, WordPress developer, and web designer. He currently works for UpTrending, a Silicon Valley based web design agency. Mitch is also an internationally renowned speaker, traveling across the world to teach people about WordPress and the technologies of the web. He is also a “sometimes-podcaster”, video and text blogger, technology enthusiast, wanna-be swashbuckler and “spoony bard”.

Mitch will be speaking in the Industry track about site usability.

Samantha Wei

Samantha Wei is the co-founder (along with Yeison Kim) of the travel blog My Tan Feet, originally started as a way to document her expat life in Costa Rica and her travels around the country. The blog transitioned into a way to help other travelers experience Costa Rica, as well as to help expats who are considering moving the the country. The blog is now her full time job, sustaining her living expenses and travel habits.

Samantha will be speaking about how to develop an affiliate program.

Yeison Kim

Yeison Kim has a degree in business administration and more than ten years of tourism experience in both the field and in the office. He has mixed his passion for travel, technology, and business in co-founding the travel blog, My Tan Feet (along with Samantha Wei). The blog has now become his full time job, alongside some additional work at internet marketing, web design and consultations.

Yeison will be speaking about how to develop an affiliate program.

We’re still wrapping up a few remaining speaker spots and details and should have the final speaker announcement for you next week. We’re very excited about how the program is shaping up and hoping you’ll find sessions that can help you improve your craft, grow your business, create community, and meet your business goals. See you there!


Kei Shibata to Keynote at TBEX Asia 2015

kei_shibata_photoWe are excited to announce that Kei Shibata will keynote at TBEX Asia 2015 in Bangkok, Thailand.

Talking about TBEX gives us the opportunity to meet and talk with a lot of interesting people, and after talking with Kei we knew that his knowledge of technology and travel, along with his infectious way of sharing it , was something that we wanted to share with you.

Kei co-founded and runs Venture Republic Inc., the company that owns Japan’s largest online travel search engine and online travel guide media “”. As CEO, he took the company public in 2008 (2177. JASDAQ) after 7 years of operations.

A seasoned executive with extensive knowledge of online media, online travel and e-commerce, Kei is responsible for driving the company by shaping its strategy, making commercialization efforts and building organization.

While running the company, he serves as an active investor and board member of various tech startups including Flocations (Singapore), Telunjuk (Indonesia) and Allstay (South Korea). Previously, Kei worked at Mitsubishi Corporation, Japan’s leading trading & investment firm.

He received a BA of Laws from Keio University and an MBA from the Harvard Business School. He also serves as co-founder of WIT (Web in Travel) Japan, President of Venture Mitakai at Keio University, and Executive Committee Member of Harvard Business School Club of Japan.

Please join us at TBEX Asia 2015 to hear Kei talk about the intersection of travel and technology, his predictions for future growth, and what that means to travel bloggers.

See you there!

Register for TBEX Travel Writing Workshop at TBEX Asia 2015

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Don George wrote the book on travel writing. Literally. And as the co-founder and chairman of the acclaimed Book Passage Travel Writers and Photographers Conference, he knows a thing or two about teaching travel writing.

Don is returning to TBEX to teach this small group travel writing workshop, and we open registration for it today.

During the workshop, Don  will focus on the art and craft of travel writing: how to find, shape and build a successful travel story. You’ll learn what can make your travel story stand out from the crowd.  He’ll cover some of the practicalities of being a travel writer in the field – what to do when you land in a place, how to move through it, how to process what are you looking for.

The workshop will be a mix of lectures and in-the-field writing exercises and discussion.

Don’s goal – and ours – is for you to come away from this workshop with a clear sense of your options for travel publishing, how to construct a compelling travel story, what it takes to break into different media and how to move from one level to the next, and how to apprehend and evoke a place most effectively as a travel writer.

This small group session is limited to a maximum of 10 participants, and is open to registered TBEX Asia 2015 attendees only. Add on workshop fee is $200.

Register for the Travel Writing Workshop at TBEX Asia 2015 here.


Jodi Ettenberg to Keynote at TBEX Asia 2015

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We are excited to announce that Jodi Ettenberg will be the closing keynote at TBEX Asia 2015.

Jodi is a writer, photographer, and food-obsessed traveler who has been exploring the world since she quit her job as a lawyer in April 2008. Jodi founded Legal Nomads to tell the stories of the places she visits, often through food. She is also the author of The Food Traveler’s Handbook, and runs small-group food walks in Saigon, Vietnam, during the winter months. She has been featured in the New York Times, National Geographic, BBC Travel, Singapore Airlines, CNN Travel and more. She gets the shakes if she goes too long without sticky rice.

Jodi is a consummate story teller, and her closing keynote will focus on the power of story to build better businesses and more human connections with the communities behind them.

We know  you’ll want to be in the audience to hear Jodi’s story. Register here for TBEX Asia today. See you there!

More Speakers Announced for TBEX Asia 2015

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Please join with us in welcoming the following speakers to TBEX Asia 2015. We know you’ll be excited to hear what they have to share:

Amber Hoffman

After 10 years as an attorney, Amber left her job at the largest law firm in the world and decided to start living her life. She is now a recovering tax lawyer, travel writer, photographer, speaker, and eater, traveling the world With Husband In Tow. Amber’s passion lies in understanding the link between food and travel.

Amber will be leading as session designed for first time TBEX attendees, helping them learn how to get the most out of the experience.

Chris Christensen

Chris is the host of the Amateur Traveler, a popular online travel website that focuses primarily on travel destinations. It includes a weekly audio podcast, a video podcast, and a blog. In 2014 Chris won a Lowell Thomas Award from the SATW (Society of American Travel Writers) and a SMITTY (Social Media in Travel and Tourism) award as the Best Independent Travel Journalist from Travel + Leisure. Chris now owns and runs, a startup connecting bloggers and industry contacts.

Chris will be leading a session about how to maximize the use of Blogger Bridge.

Ciaran Blumenfeld

Ciaran Blumenfeld is a full time marketer and co-founder of, a popular hashtag analytics service widely used in the travel industry. She is also the creator of, a popular family lifestyle blog offering travel advice. Ciaran’s talents like in digital storytelling and helping brands, bloggers and individuals make powerful, authentic connections. When she’s not working on new technology and innovative client marketing campaigns, her passions are family travel and photograpy.

Ciaran will be speaking in the Industry Track on how to grow engaged communities.

 Engin Kaban

Engin is currently full-time traveler and travel writer who has traveled to 57 countries. He is the author of the book Practical Travel Guide of A Traveler, and writes for newspapers, magazines and websites. He is a former mechanical engineer with master’s degree in Innovation Studies.

Engin will be speaking on creating a travel community.

Evo Terra

Evo and his wife travel full time and are known as The Opportunistic Travelers, telling stories through podcasting, videos, and photography. He was one of the first dozen podcasters, a field now exceeding a million, and remains a vocal advocate of building businesses with “free” at their core, has authored 2.5 books in the “for Dummies” series, and continues to pen various non-fiction titles. Evo is a parallel entrepreneur, proud early adopter, and a staunch supporter of science and critical thinking.

Evo will be speaking on how to be a create a distinctive voice.

Lee Abbamonte

Lee Abbamonte is the youngest American to visit every country in the world, and is one of the world’s most-traveled people. Lee is a successful entrepreneur, travel television personality, speaker, travel writer, travel expert and global adventurer. He appears regularly on air on Fox News, Bloomberg, HLN, Travel Channel, NBC, ABC, CBS, CNN, and others. Lee has also been featured in the New York Times, Washington Post, Conde Nast Traveler, Huffington Post, Yahoo, Today and more.

Lee will be speaking about the importance of sales skills in building a business.

Lola Akinmade Akerstrom

As a Stockholm-based writer and photographer, Lola’s work has appeared in National Geographic Traveler, BBC, CNN, The Guardian, Travel + Leisure, Slate, Lonely Planet, Fodor’s, several in-flight magazines, and many more. She was also in South Africa on a photography assignment for National Geographic Channel and was featured in a vignette called “Through The Lens” which airs on Nat Geo channel across the globe. Her photography is represented by National Geographic Creative.

Lola will be speaking on photography.

Ralph Velasco

Ralph Velasco is a professional travel photographer and the President/Founder/Lead Instructor of PhotoEnrichment Programs, Inc. (PEP). He’s organized and led more than 50 cultural photo tours around the world, including to Cambodia, Vietnam, Morocco, Egypt, Iceland, Bhutan, Nepal, Mexico, the Adriatic, Cuba (14 times), Tuscany, Spain, Central Europe and others. Ralph is the creator of the My Shot Lists for Travel app for iOS devices, which is available for free on iTunes. …thHe is also the author of two books on photography.

Ralph will be speaking about developing a shot list.

Sara Meaney

In her role as Managing Director of BVK, a Milwaukee, Wisconsin-based independent advertising agency with deep experience in the travel and tourism industry, Sara oversees the earned media service offerings, which include the agency’s public relations, social media, experiential marketing and promotions teams. She is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin–Madison and has completed executive education programs at Harvard Business School and Kellogg School of Management.

Sara will be speaking in the Industry Track on how travel consumers make buying decisions.

Speaker Lineup for TBEX Asia 2015

TBEX Asia2015 speakers We’ve got our first speaker announcements for our inaugural TBEX Asia, to be held at the Queen Sirikit Convention Center in Bangkok, Thailand. It’s a great mix of new and returning speakers, and we think you’ll like this first peek at our TBEX Asia 2015 programming. The following speakers have been confirmed:

Diana Edelman

Diana Edelman is a travel writer. the voice behind d travels ’round and a responsible animal tourism expert. For more than two years she studied with renowned elephant conservationist Sangduen “Lek” Chailert at Elephant Nature Park/Save Elephant Foundation in Thailand. While there, she traveled SE Asia learning and observing elephants in captivity. She has been an outspoken advocate for elephants and has served as an expert on the topic for numerous print, radio, television and documentaries. Diana is also co-founder of the Responsible Travel & Tourism Collective (which includes a twice-weekly Twitter chat, #RTTC focusing on responsible tourism), a group of responsible tourism experts working with the travel industry to help raise awareness and shape the future of responsible tourism and responsible tourism initiatives.

Diana will be speaking on Responsible Tourism

Ethan Gelber

Ethan Gelber is a freelance writer, editor, communications strategist, content marketer and translator of more than 20 years and scores of projects focused on travel, culture and education. He specializes in responsible and sustainable travel practices, keeping things local, and quality and relevance in publishing and destination marketing. His written work, including as a Lonely Planet author, AFAR Ambassador, Huffington Post blogger and Open Places eco-columnist, has appeared (credited and uncredited) in dozens of magazines and websites. “Adventures Less Ordinary: How to Travel and Do Good“, an anthology he edited about volunteer and philanthropic travel, was recently released by Horizon Travel Press.

Ethan will be speaking on Responsible Tourism

Ian Ord

Having spent more than half his life on the road, Ian has developed an insatiable thirst for travel. His love for the road less travelled is complimented by his passion the planet, its people, and the place tourism will responsibly fit within that realm. Travel blogger for Where Sidewalks End, board member for the Responsible Travel & Tourism Collective (#RTTC) and the Professional Travel Bloggers Association (PTBA), chapter leader of the Bangkok Travel Massive, and founder of the boutique travel company: WSE Travel Inc. and the TRIP Foundation; Ian plays a very active role in helping bring global awareness, education and experience to those looking to travel responsibly.

Ian will be speaking on Responsible Tourism

Jeff Dobbins

Jeff Dobbins is a freelance writer, tour guide and publisher of Adventures in Culture. Before entering the blogosphere, Jeff had a career in the New York theater industry, working as a performer, lyricist, scriptwriter, press rep and manager of theaters on Broadway and in Lincoln Center. Jeff’s first blog, NYCxplorer, led to collaboration with Walks of New York in which he wrote and edited their blog, served as Social Media Manager, created tours and managed tour operations. Currently, in addition to freelance writing, Jeff is exploring and writing about global cultures, crafting private walking tours of New York City and developing video projects.

Jeff will be speaking on Finding a Revenue Model that Works for You

Mariellen Ward

Mariellen Ward is a professional travel writer and blogger based in Toronto and Delhi. Her award-winning blog Breathe Dream Go is one of the world’s leading travel blogs about India. She has been featured in India Today, BBC Travel, Conde Nast Traveller India and on many lists of top bloggers, and she writes for many online and offline publications. A significant travel influencer, Mariellen co-founded the Toronto and Delhi Travel Massives and founded the WeGoSolo online community for female solo travellers. Mariellen is a Kensington Tours Explorer-in-Residence. Canadian by birth, Mariellen considers India to be her “soul culture.”

Mariellen will be speaking about the state of Travel Blogging in Asia.

Natalie DiScala

Natalie DiScala is an editor and writer who has 15 years of experience as the Digital Editor of leading design magazine, Style at Home. An avid traveler who has been to 50+ countries, she is also the Editor of Oh! Travelissima, a website dedicated to luxury travel and style. Natalie is a frequent speaker at digital conferences, focusing largely on travel and social media strategy and she freelances for a number of publications, covering fashion, beauty, health, wellness, travel and design. Natalie also has a public relations background, having worked in the consumer marketing practice of a global PR firm.

Natalie will speaking on how to maximize your use of Pinterest.

Scott Eddy

Scott Eddy has a background in investment banking in Miami and New York, resigning after 10 years, and since then has been traveling overseas. He now consults with travel companies about strategies and developing relationships, including such clients as Marriott, Starwood, etc.

Scott will be speaking in our TBEX Business, our travel industry track.

Tammilee Tillison

Tammilee Tillison is a professional US blogger that resides in the state of Washington. Using her Masters of Business Administration degree, Tammilee has moved from the corporate world to the blogging world with smooth and accurate precision. Over the past 6 years her blog has grown and thrived in the competitive blogging world. Tammilee Tips receives over 500K page views a month and has readers in over 170 countries. Her social media outreach encompasses over 250K fans. Tammilee has a passion for food, travel and helping others.

Tammilee will be speaking on productivity tips.

Tim Leffel

Tim Leffel is an award-winning travel writer and editor who publishes multiple websites and blogs. He has spoken to large crowds at several previous TBEX events and is the author of five books including Travel Writing 2.0. He is frequently quoted in the media as a travel expert and has contributed to a wide variety of magazines and online publications.

Tim will be speaking on creating multiple revenue streams.

We’ll have another speaker announcement in a couple of days, and will have announcements about TBEX North America in Ft. Lauderdale coming up soon as well.

Announcing Anton Diaz as Opening Keynote Speaker for TBEX Asia 2015


antondiazheadshotWe are very excited to announce that Anton Diaz will be the Opening Keynote Speaker TBEX Asia 2015 in Bangkok, Thailand. 

Anton worked for the biggest multinational company in the Philippines for 12+ years, straight out of college, before becoming a full time Online Entrepreneur. He was the Chief Information Officer of Procter & Gamble Philippines when he finally quit his day job and decided to take his blog, Our Awesome Planet, to the next level in 2008.

OurAwesomePlanet, which he started in 2005, is the number #1 food and travel blog in the Philippines with close to 1,000,000 visits each month, 120,000+ followers and 10,200+ readers, and is still growing. His advocacy is to promote the “Food and Travel Secrets in the Philippines” and to inspire Filipinos that living in the Philippines is truly awesome! Our Awesome Planet is recognized as one of the Top Travel Blogs in the world.

Anton was recognized as Go Negosyo’s Inspiring Young Filipino Entrepreneur Award in 2010. He was featured in Go Negosyo’s 7th book: “Go Negosyo’s 50 Inspiring Stories of Young Entrepreneurs” in 2011. Recently, he is the co-founder of the successful weekend markets called Mercato Centrale at Bonifacio Global City,  Mezza Norte at Trinoma, Cucina Andare – the first Food Truck Market, and Levante at Eastwood City.

Anton is the Chief Chowzter of Manila at, which is given to the top food blogger in the city who curates the tastiest feast in Manila since 2013. In 2014 he was elected as a Board Member of theProfessional Travel Bloggers Association, representing Asia and the rest of the world.

In 2015, Anton received the first Tourism Star Award for media awarded by the Department of Tourism for his valuable contribution in promoting Philippine cuisine and destinations through his blog, thereby encouraging tourists to visit and taste the best in what the Philippines has to offer.

We met Anton in Athens, and knew that he would be the perfect person to be the very first speaker and our very first event in Asia. We think you will too, so be sure to register and join us at the very first TBEX Asia.

TBEX Asia 2015 Call for Speakers

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Today we are opening the Call for Speakers for TBEX Asia 2015 in Bangkok, Thailand. We are very excited to be heading to Asi for the very first time, and know that you’ll want to be a part of this inaugural program.

TBEX Asia 2015 will be held October 15-17 in Bangkok, Thailand, at the Queen Sirikit National Convention Center in Bangkok, Thailand.

For planning purposes, and to maximize your TBEX experience, we recommend speakers and attendees allow a few days before and after the conference dates to enjoy the pre- and post- tours and activities, along with FAM/press trips. More information about this additional TBEX programming will be announced as it becomes available; this general timeframe is provided to help you decide if you can commit to the dates and schedule.

If you are interested in speaking at TBEX Asia 2015, please read this information in its entirety. It will help you understand our programming needs and help you submit a successful proposal. Your submission is your chance to make a great first impression, and here are some tips to help you. If you’ve submitted for past TBEX events, please read as there have been some changes.

  • Think about your topic with a laser-like focus, narrowing it down to a manageable amount of information.  On the submission form you will need to provide a brief description of your topic that explains what you can teach and share in a one-hour session (leaving time for questions and answers). You will also need to list specific takeaways that will help attendees create better content, build stronger communities, and/or develop better businesses. We are looking for narrow topics, rather than general.
  • Consider the best format and presentation style for your session. We can accommodate solo presentations, co-presentations, and panels. For presentations with multiple speakers, we prefer to have speakers from different blogs, businesses, etc., as it provides differing opinions and viewpoints on a topic. Keep in mind that we may suggest a co-presenter who we think can help round out the information.
  • There are a variety of things that we look for in selecting speakers. It’s helps to be an expert on your topic, but that alone isn’t enough. You also need to be great speaker. We recognize that there are a number of different speaking styles, just as there a number of different learning styles, and we don’t want carbon copies on the stage. If you know that you’re a subject matter expert with little speaking experience, partner up with someone who has that speaking experience, even if they might not be as knowledgeable as you on the topic. If you’re an experienced speaker, but new to TBEX, consider partnering with a speaker who might have a better understanding of what we’re looking for.
  • Specify a knowledge level that your session designed for. We are not looking for basic or beginner level sessions. The knowledge base of travel bloggers has grown, and we’ve found that most attendees at TBEX are at an intermediate level. We are looking for intermediate and advanced sessions only. Intermediate sessions are designed for attendees who have some knowledge of the topic and who are looking to develop further competency in that area. Most sessions will likely be at this level. Advanced sessions are for attendees who have mastered core competencies in a subject matter, who have likely been blogging for some time, and who have created a business that incorporates their blogging activities in some way. Advanced sessions are designed for bloggers who are looking to fine tune their businesses, a chance to discover one little thing that can tweak and improve what they are already successful at. Think of an advanced session as a training camp for Olympic athletes. If you can present at this level, please consider submitting an advanced proposal.
  • Please remember that we are a media conference, not a consumer one. We do not schedule consumer travel content.
  • Let us know how you can help promote TBEX Asia and your session. We expect speakers to submit a guest blog post for the TBEX blog, and hope you are interested in helping us expand our community of travel bloggers, industry representatives, and attendees.
  • The ultimate decision maker of what is a great session is our attendees. When preparing your speaker submission, we encourage you to think like an attendee, asking yourself what an attendee would want to learn about your topic idea.

The ONE thing to  avoid when you’re putting together your speaker submission:

  • Your session should not be a product pitch, nor promotional for your blog, company, or services. Promotion and buzz about your company will naturally flow from delivering a high quality session. Rick always says, and it bears repeating here,  “The stage is for education, not selling.”

Other helpful information about speaking at TBEX:

  • All speaker submissions must be submitted via the submission form.
  • If you have an idea for a educational session and want some help in narrowing it down, crafting a better angle, etc., I am happy to discuss ideas with you before you fill out the form. You can email me here, and we can discuss via email, phone call, or Skype chat.
  • Preference is given to speakers who will attend and participate in the entire TBEX event. If for some reason you are not able to do so, please make a note of this in your submission form.  We also expect that speakers will not promote or attend any event that conflicts with official TBEX programming.
  • We do not pay a speaker fee.
  • All speakers receive complimentary registration. We do not cover expenses beyond registration for industry attendees.
  • Coverage of blogger expenses (economy class transportation and accommodations) will be discussed upon confirmation of a speaking slot. Should you not need travel expenses covered, please let us know in your submission.

Please be patient as we work through all the speaker submission forms and create our program. I used to think selecting speakers was easy, until I had to do it. Now I realize that creating a great program is like one giant game of Tetris, with each decision having to fit together as part of a balanced whole. It takes time, but we continue to streamline the process and are able to respond more quickly than in previous years.

And the most important thing to know about speaking at TBEX:

It’s fun!

Talk to anyone who has been a speaker and they’ll tell you they had a great time. Speaking at TBEX is a wonderful way to increase your influence, highlight your expertise, and to learn. We want the experience to be just as enjoyable for you as a speaker as it is for all of our attendees.

What are you waiting for? Get all your thoughts together and then head over to the submission page.

Submit your TBEX Speaker Submission Form here. Submission deadline is February 5, 2015, midnight Pacific Time.

TBEX Announces Dates for TBEX Asia and TBEX Europe 2015

TBEX is excited to announce part of its 2015 programming line up, including the first TBEX ever to be held in Asia. Start planning now to attend one of these TBEX events.

TBEX Europe 2015

TBEX Europe 2015 will be held in Lloret de Mar, Costa Brava, Spain, on April 30-May 2, 2015. Jaume Marin, Marketing Director at the Costa Brava Girona Tourist Board, has enticed us back to the beautiful Costa Brava. Attendees who enjoyed TBEX Girona will be anxious to further explore this beautiful region of Catalonia. Registration is now open.

TBEX Asia 2015

TBEX is going to Asia – Bangkok, Thailand – on October 15-17, 2015. Our hosts in Thailand are rolling out the red carpet for our first trip to Asia, and we hope many of our travel blogging community members in Southeast Asia will attend. Registration is now open for TBEX Asia.

TBEX North America 2015

No, we haven’t forgotten our roots here in North America. And yes, there will be a TBEX North America. We’re just not quite ready to share all the details. Look for an announcement coming soon.

Please note: Registration is not refundable. NEW FOR 2015, registrations will not be transferable.