Travel Blog Exchange Special Announcement: Our First Group of TBEX Dublin Speakers!

Today is an exciting day: we’re announcing our first group of speakers for TBEX Dublin! Obviously, we still have a ton of proposals to review, but we want to give a hearty welcome to the following speakers who will be coming to the Dublin stage in October.

If you haven’t picked up your ticket yet, you can do so here. Don’t miss your chance to see this awesome line-up of speakers!

Gary Bembridge

We’re so happy to welcome Gary back to the TBEX stage after a great session in Toronto. He has been blogging since 2005 and traveling every month of every year for 20 years, so we’re excited to have him share his wealth of knowledge with you. More recently, he has also become a successful travel podcaster, and you can listen to his chat with TBEX staff about the future of travel here on the blog.

Learn more about Gary >

Ernest White II

We can’t wait to see Ernest speak at TBEX Dublin. He blogs about international travel from a multicultural perspective at Fly Brother and is also a co-host on the Travel Channel television series “Destination Showdown.” He’ll have lots of good information to share with all of us.

Learn more about Ernest >

Leif Pettersen

Leif’s bio has us cracking up, and you can expect his session to be just as entertaining (no pressure, Leif!). He’s not just funny, though; he also really knows his stuff, which was clear to us after seeing him on stage at TBEX Toronto. He has worked with companies such as Lonely Planet and MSN, as well as running his own blog.

Learn more about Leif >

Mike Sowden

We’re glad Mike will be coming back to the TBEX stage after a great session about storytelling in Toronto. He’s spoken at several other conferences as well and has worked with publications such as Gadling, CNN Travel, and the San Francisco Chronicle. We knew we had to have him back for our European show!

Learn more about Mike >

Ryan Levitt

If you want to learn how bloggers and travel industry professionals can work together, Ryan is your man. He’s the Global PR Director for, one of the world’s largest holiday rental websites. His session in Toronto was extremely valuable, especially for advanced bloggers, so we can’t wait to see the session he’s putting together for TBEX Dublin.

Learn more about Ryan >

William Bakker

With 14 years of experience in destination marketing, William knows a thing or two about working with bloggers. Check out his TBEX guest post, 9 Criteria for Getting Invited on Travel Blog Trips. We’ve loved his sessions in the past and are excited to have him back for TBEX Dublin.

Learn more about William>


  1. These speakers are all guys!! Come on. Who is on the selection committee? You should not have made the announcement until you had achieved some kind of gender balance. Most disappointing.

  2. Cool! All of these speakers sound exciting. I can’t wait to hear them in Dublin! I’m sure I’ll learn a lot.

  3. Good to see some of the speakers – I will see you all in Dublin!

  4. Looking forward to hearing William Bakker speak in Dublin. His presentations in Toronto were a few of the best I attended.

  5. I am intrigued by the promise of laughs with Leif! Don’t disappoint…


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