First Round of Speakers for TBEX Asia 2022 Announced

The first round of speakers at TBEX Asia 2022 in Phuket, Thailand is a collection of 6 highly
skilled professionals who will provide travel media – including tourism brands, content
creators, influencers and vloggers – with constructive information, tools, and innovative
strategies for success in the current travel and tourism space. TBEX’s 24th travel bloggers
conference in Phuket, Thailand will also provide a wealth of information for industry
travel and tourism providers on how to develop an effective online presence and work
effectively with content creators.

Hendric Tay is a co-founder of The Travel Intern – a community of storytellers and explorers based in Singapore. It provides travel inspiration and information through writing, photography and video for people seeking new experiences. The Travel Intern reaches 2.9M people a month across all of its channels. Hendric is currently participating in Airbnb’s Live Anywhere Programme. He is 1 of only 12 people selected out of 314,000 applications to live remotely for a year.

Hendric will explain how to monetise your content & work with brands.

Shivya Nath is the founder of The Shooting Star, which was awarded gold for best communication at the WTM Responsible Tourism Awards India in 2020. Shivya believes in slow and sustainable travel, embracing local ways of life, spending time with local communities, exploring places off the beaten path and minimizing her environmental impact. Shivya hopes to inspire her audience to step out of their comfort zone and experience the world.

In 2020, Shivya co-founded Voices of Rural India – a novel, not-for-profit platform that creates digital storytelling opportunities for rural communities affected by the tourism shutdown following Covid-19.

Mariellen Ward has a BA in Journalism from Ryerson University in Toronto and writes for leading international newspapers, magazines and online sites. She is also a seasoned communications professional, copywriter, and editor. She has been travelling & blogging since 2005. Mariellen is based in India, and her blog is based on her extensive travels through India and South Asia.

In 2019, she won the National Tourism Award for Best Foreign Travel Journalist / Blogger from Incredible India Tourism (2019), and she has been short-listed several times for responsible tourism awards — most recently for the Outlook Indian Responsible Tourism Award (2020) for Best Communicator.

Shivya and Mariellen will discuss how to tell great travel stories that support local communities.

Trinity Traveler is Indonesia’s leading travel writer and blogger with 15 national best-selling books, including The Naked Traveler series, which has been adapted into two movies. In 2005, she started Indonesia’s first travel blog at, which by 2007 had attracted the notice of publishers. Her debut book The Naked Traveler was a compilation of thoughtful but hilarious short stories from her adventure around the world. The book inspired many Indonesians, especially young people, to travel, which was still quite rare at the time.

Trinity will show how to write a compelling long-form travel story.

Matt Gibson is the former President of the Professional Travel Bloggers Association, an award-winning travel writer, blogger, and photographer, a member of the Mekong Tourism Advisory Group, and CEO of UpThink, a digital agency specializing in influencer marketing, content creation, and SEO for travel brands.

Matt has helped to organize events and campaigns that have brought hundreds of bloggers to destinations like Sri Lanka, Nepal, Kyrgyzstan, and Malaysia. Matt regularly speaks about influencers and blogging at events including ITB Berlin, ITB Asia, Arabian Travel Mart, HSMAI, and PATA Mart, and has been featured in publications such as Business Insider, AFAR, and the Singapore Straits Times.

Matt will share his industry that shows the current trends and the importance of partnerships.

Sean Si is an established motivational speaker, serial entrepreneur, published author, and angel investor. He is the founder and CEO of SEO Hacker, an SEO and internet marketing company, and the host of the Leadership Stack podcast. The SEO Hacker Blog provides the latest information in the SEO industry – including information about Google, Facebook, and YouTube – due to the rising necessity of SEO in Asia and the rest of the world. Sean has helped some of the Philippines’ most recognizable brands grow their online presence.

Sean will explain how to rank highly using SEO.

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