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.