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“Where’s TBEX going to be in 2014?”

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This Week in Travel records at NMX 2014
This Week in Travel records at NMX 2014 (photo by Mary Jo Manzanares)

There’s been a theme to questions and comments on the TBEX social streams lately. “Hey, where’s TBEX going to be in 2014?” “Have you guys already announced the 2014 TBEX locations yet?” And, one of my personal favorites, this one has come up several times: “Oh, you know where it’s going to be already and you’re just not telling us!

To which I say, with a heavy smirk, “If we knew, we’d be encouraging you to buy tickets.”

There is, of course, some backstory here. In the past, we’ve been able to announce upcoming TBEX conference destinations at the close of each event. It’s a bit of an Olympic passing-of-the-torch thing, when the next host gets to take the stage and invite attendees to join them in their lovely part of the world for the next TBEX. We love the reveal, and we think you love the anticipation of the announcement, too.

Unfortunately, the front-runner location for TBEX 2014 in North America was basically all ready to go – we were just about to book flights for our final site visit – when they decided they had to cancel their bid. After hearing about the bandwidth TBEXers have been using at recent conferences, they realized they didn’t think they could deliver the kind of internet support we require. That meant an 11th hour return to the drawing board – and that’s where we still are today.

We’ll be doing final site visits very soon, and we really hope we can choose a location and make our announcement by the middle of February (if not sooner). You guys have been extremely patient, and we appreciate that – we know you’re trying to plan your 2014 travels, and we would very much like to be included in your trip planning for the year. We’ll get the word out just as soon as we possibly can. To be sure you’re notified when we do announce the 2014 location, make sure you’re signed up to receive our e-newsletter (the sign-up form is on the right-hand column of the TBEX blog), you subscribe to the TBEX blog RSS feed, and you follow us on social media. Trust me – we’ll be shouting it from every available rooftop once we’ve got dates and a destination.

We also want to let you know that we’ve got solid interest from (and are in the midst of ongoing negotiations with) several destinations for 2015 and beyond, both in North America and Europe, and that we’re planning to expand to a third continent by 2015. (Oooh – intrigue! Let the speculation begin!)

And despite what Rick and Mary Jo said on the episode of This Week in Travel recorded at NMX (link when it’s been posted online), neither this year’s TBEX nor any future edition will be held in Rick’s living room.

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Megan
Megan
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January 7, 2014 4:41 pm

I’m looking forward to the announcement. Unfortunately, I have to plan everything far in advance due to my day job and already have 2014 mapped out. Hopefully it’s something I can fit into my plans already! If not, 2015 🙂

Jessica
Jessica
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Reply to  Megan
January 8, 2014 1:46 pm

We hope you’ll be able to join us, too, Megan. 🙂

Jim
Jim
Guest
January 7, 2014 7:43 pm

If you guys would foot the bill for a bit of the conference, I doubt you would have trouble finding a location. But since you ask for everything for free, I’m not surprised you’ve been hearing crickets in return.

Kara Williams
Kara Williams
Guest
January 8, 2014 6:24 am

I appreciate the explanation. Not having enough bandwith *is* a valid reason to drop out. Could you imagine the backlash if 1000 bloggers were all complaining about not being able to get onto wi-fi? Could be ugly!

Jessica
Jessica
Guest
Reply to  Kara Williams
January 8, 2014 1:46 pm

Absolutely. It’s great that they knew in advance – and who knows? Maybe they’ll come back to bid for a future year when they’ve got more WiFi infrastructure in place.

EuroTripTips
EuroTripTips
Guest
January 8, 2014 9:11 am

I definitely appreciate the explanation and honesty. Happy to know we you guys are at and looking forward to more details later this month.

Josh Brownlee
Josh Brownlee
Guest
January 8, 2014 12:06 pm

Thanks so much for the update. I met some other attendees for lunch just yesterday in Atlanta and we were discussing this with wonder. Looking forward to hearing about destinations for 2014 and 2015!

Dave
Dave
Guest
January 8, 2014 2:09 pm

Fingers crossed the 3rd continent is South America! We need some Latin flavor!

Pal
Pal
Guest
January 9, 2014 4:25 pm

Hm. Before the wifi days, did people actually manage to meet up with other people…? Talk even and not just type away? Scary old world.

While it sounds like a valid enough reason, really, it’s still an F- for humanity that it has to be this way. But as they say, times are changing, everything has a price. Still, I doubt that the world would go under if a blogger would miss the tweet of another blogger just steps away…

Challenge out there: Who’s gonna organise the first ever wifi-free bloggers conference I wonder?

Cindy
Cindy
Guest
January 10, 2014 7:07 pm

Thanks for the update. I figured something had to have gone wrong – it’s nice to know what it is. I hope all goes smoothly with your back-up. . . and start working a couple years ahead!! (I know, easy to say, hard to do.)

Pedro Ramirez
Pedro Ramirez
Guest
January 13, 2014 10:31 am

This will be our first TBEX because last year we were in Europe during the Toronto’s TBEX and in New York during the Dublin one ha ha! Now we’ll schedule it better and we’ll try to assist! Looking forward to meeting the world travel bloggers!

Lindsay
Lindsay
Guest
January 16, 2014 2:15 pm

Thanks for the update! Do we know what month it’ll be in at least? I don’t want to overbook myself 🙂

Tawanna
Tawanna
Guest
January 17, 2014 9:35 pm

Thank you for the update!

Eva
Eva
Guest
January 22, 2014 8:36 pm

Please no more out of the way mountain destinations, which is the only way I would believe lack of bandwidth.

Kathy (Will Run For Miles)
Kathy (Will Run For Miles)
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February 5, 2014 9:40 am

are we any closer to knowing?

Lance
Lance
Guest
February 9, 2014 9:06 pm

It’s been another month. What’s the status? Will there be a TBEX in 2014?

Eric
Eric
Guest
February 26, 2014 4:03 am

Is there an update? I believe one of the blog posts mentioned a mid-February announcement. I think ANY update (even if nothing is firm) is better than no information.

For instance:

1) Will there even be a North American TBEX meeting?
2) If so, what months are being considered? If we at least know when it MAY be or when it WON’T be, we can have some ideas on how to plan.
3) Will there be a TBEX outside of North America this year? Might that be before the North American meeting? Is there anything you can share on a TBEX meeting outside of North America? I, for one, may be more interested in attending a conference in a foreign city than attending a conference in a city (in North America) I am not as excited about.
4) What cities in North America are currently under consideration?

Eric
Eric
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Reply to  rick
March 4, 2014 1:27 pm

Thank you for your response. You have answered my questions.

Eric
Eric
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Reply to  rick
March 18, 2014 12:59 pm

Will we know the North American location before the discount expires for the European location? For those of us who may be forced to choose location or the other, it would be helpful to know where/when in North America so we can make an informed decision.

Amber
Amber
Guest
March 2, 2014 3:08 pm

This will be my first time attending a travel meetup of any sort, so have been anxiously checking for updates. Looking forward to hearing more! 🙂

Joe M
Joe M
Guest
March 9, 2014 11:02 pm

Oh man, if it ends up being Vegas, that would be awesome. Perfect location, and not too far away from our city. Hoping to find out soon 🙂

Daniel
Daniel
Guest
March 10, 2014 3:39 pm

Is New Orleans one of the finalists? I ask because I know the prices drop dramatically here in the Big Easy, once the summer hits. Can find some amazing deals on hotels and the restaurants start offering some pretty cool discounts.

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