Second Round of Speakers for TBEX Europe 2022 in Marbella, Spain Announced


The second round of speakers at TBEX Europe 2022 is a collection of eight highly skilled professionals who will provide travel media – including tourism brands, content creators, influencers and travel media – with constructive information, tools, and innovative strategies for success in the current travel and tourism space. TBEX’s 22nd travel bloggers conference in Marbella, Spain 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.

Max Hartshorne is the editor and publisher of the travel website. Over the past two decades, he has had the privilege of working with writers and publishing travel articles about nearly every country in the world. Max worked for daily, weekly newspapers and magazines for 20 years before buying GoNOMAD and becoming a web publisher in 2002. He has also been a consistent world traveler, writing hundreds of his own travel stories and posting daily blogs from the 10 or more yearly international trips he takes around the world. 

Max has been a featured speaker for more than ten years at the NY Times Travel Show, spoken about the business of blogging at TBEX in 2012 and 2014-15, 2017, Traverse19 in 2019 and 2021 and at many PRSA’s Travel Conferences.

Max will share his knowledge about travel writing for bloggers and social pros.

Fierita Catalano is the winner of the 2021 MoJo Travel Journalism prize from Agencia EFE, Universitat Oberta de Catalunya and Vueling, Fierita Catalano went from a 20 year career in mainstream television in Argentina (that included hosting game shows and a sports broadcaster), and shifted to an interactive travel format through his Decidilo website and Social Media. Fierita has travelled through 39 countries with no external funding, and he built up a community of more than one million followers.

Fierita will discuss the benefits of livestreaming, including how to use it to build a community.

Silvia Romao is a storyteller with many years experience in the art of telling stories. Storytelling is her purpose and with every purpose, comes great responsibility. She uses the power of telling unique narratives to empower people and inspire readers. Siliva believes that everybody has a powerful story the world needs to hear, and she will show how to do it efficiently.

Silvia will disucss how to find and create powerful stories in your writing.

Zaakirah Muhammad has more than 10 years of professional photography and branding experience. She empowers people to step outside of their comfort zone through Zaakirah’s gift of visual storytelling. Zaakirah is also the CEO and founder of Phocused Media Group that empowers and supports the growth of minority-owned businesses. Zaakirah has overcome many challenges, including cancer, to establish herself as an innovative voice in the marketing industry.

Zaakirah will demonstrate the power of branding and storytelling using photography.

Francis Tapon is author of “Hike Your Own Hike” and “The Hidden Europe”, and is creating a TV series and book called “The Unseen Africa”, which is based on his five-year journey across all 54 African countries. He has walked across America four times, Spain twice, and Madagascar once. In 2019, he was inducted into the California Outdoors Hall of Fame.

Francis is a three-time TEDx speaker, and an MBA graduate from the Harvard Business School.

Francis will reveal how to build a cohesive strategy for your brand.

Anton Diaz 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., which Anton started in 2005, is the number #1 food and travel media in the Philippines with millions of followers and readers, and is still organically 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! He was recognized as Go Negosyo’s Inspiring Young Filipino Entrepreneur Award in 2010, and was featured in Go Negosyo’s 7th book: “”Go Negosyo’s 50 Inspiring Stories of Young Entrepreneurs”” in 2011.

In 2015, Anton Diaz received the first Tourism Star Award for media by the Department of Tourism for his valuable contribution in promoting Philippine cuisine and destinations through his blog Our Awesome Planet, thereby encouraging tourists to visit and taste the best in what the Philippines has to offer. Our Awesome Planet is recognized as one of the Top 50 Travel Blogs in the world!

Anton will speak about monetizing content campaigns through subscriptions and memberships.

Tomiko Harvey is the owner and creator of Passports & Grub, and a fierce supporter of women who travel and minority travel as a whole. She is a 40+ fun loving and ambitious woman with 20 years experience in sales
and marketing.

Tomiko set up Passports & Grub as a place to document all of her amazing personal and professional travel experiences while hoping to motivate and inspire her community to get out of their comfort zone and see the world. With a goal to inspire travel, Tomiko has visited luxurious hotels and destinations around the world including Amalfi Coast, Florence, Rome, Czech Republic, Belize, Costa Rica, Jamaica, Turks and Caicos.

Tomiko will share her knowledge of strengthening your business through personal branding.

Tim Leffel is the publisher and editor of five online travel magazines and blogs and wins awards each year for his travel writing. He is the author of four books in print and has contributed as a freelancer to multiple publications including Lonely Planet, Outside, American Way, Global Traveler, the Telegraph, and USA Today. He is often quoted in the major media as an expert on travel destinations and living abroad.

Tim will demonstrate how to attract media attention to your website.


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TBEX Europe 2023

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