THE TBEX STORY

TBEX is the largest conference and community of travel creators, and influencers in the world.

The first TBEX was held in 2009 in Chicago, Illinois, after Kim Mance sent an email to six of her travel blogger friends. (Back then we just called it Travel Blogging.)  The idea was to meet up, network and learn the latest trends, strategies and tactics from each other. To become better creators, grow our audiences and of course make more money blogging. AKA Monetizing our content.

Then something magic happened. Those six friends told more friends about it and 250 people showed up!…. And TBEX was born.

Today; TBEX conferences attract 500-700 of the top travel and lifestyle creators  from around the world. The mission is the same but TBEX and the universe of travel creators have grown…. A LOT!!!

We have in depth workshops and breakout sessions about Story Telling, Writing, Photography, Video Creation, Podcasting, SEO, and A LOT MORE!

DMO’s and travel brands are welcome at TBEX.  They come to TBEX looking to work with travel  creators. They also learn the best practices in Social Media, Influencer, and Content Marketing.  Our Industry professional attendees tell us our workshops and breakout sessions are years ahead of typical travel conferences. 

Each year, TBEX partners with fantastic Host destinations in North America, Europe and Asia to bring the travel industry’s most creative minds together to learn, network and do business.

Our Host destinations do an amazing job providing memorable activities, day trips and FAM trips both before and after the main conference. 

Oh and we have some pretty awesome parties…..networking events.

If you want to meet up with your Creator peers, meet people who love travel as much as you do, make new lifelong friends, learn how to take your content and business to the next level and have a ton of fun doing it…………………Then you are the kind of person we love having at TBEX.

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Creators

 

• Improve your content creation and business skills
• Learn what’s new, what works, and what doesn’t work any more
• Network and learn from your creator peers
• Rub shoulders with the top travel creators, travel industry and social media experts
• Meet tourist boards and travel brands who are looking to work with creators like you
• Become a better writer, broadcaster, photographer and video creator
• Learn from experts in and outside the travel industry
• Make connections and friendships with peers who love travel as much as you do!
• Explore a destination that loves working with travel creators
• Have tons of fun!!!
• Go home inspired to take your business to the next level!

Industry Professionals

• Improve your skills in Content, Influencer, Social Media and Email Marketing
• Meet top bloggers and travel creators from around the world
• Network with industry professionals that share your passion for influencer marketing
• Learn about the latest social media platforms and hot new trends
• Network with top experts inside and outside the travel industry
• Find out what other top DMO’s and Travel Brands are doing to stay ahead of the competition
• Learn what works and what doesn’t in Influencer Marketing
• Have a ton of fun!!!
• Go home and impress your colleagues and boss with your new insider knowledge
• Set your brand apart from your competition

TBEX is the best conference that I have ever been to. And I go to a lot throughout the year. I do everything I can to learn, get better and be the best content creator I can be. I was very impressed on every level with TBEX.

Martinique Lewis
Marty San Diego / Black Travel Alliance

I am a big fan of TBEX. I have attended every year since 2013. I have been a speaker, sponsor, co-presenter, panel moderator and regular attendee. I love the peer networking but most of all I love learning from speakers, attendees and destinations. In the world of social media marketing one is forever learning. Nothing beats learning from one’s peers and niche experts.

Michael Collins
Founder/Managing Director of TravelMedia.ie and TTR

TBEX is the best conference I’ve ever attended. I’ve attended dozens of conferences in and outside the travel industry. In terms of a straight return on investment, it was easily the most productive conference I’ve ever attended.

Gary Arndt
Gary Arndt, Travel Blogger, Everything-Everywhere.com

Have questions about TBEX? Here are answers to the most frequently asked questions attendees have!

Where and when is TBEX?

We hold multiple TBEX events every year. You can see the current list of TBEX events here.

What Do I Get With My Ticket?

Your ticket includes all of our keynote sessions, all of our educational breakout sessions, access to the expo floor, morning and afternoon coffee / snack breaks, group lunches, world-class networking with your peers, the ability to meet with tourism boards and leading travel brands, speed networking appointments for qualified creators, entry to all official TBEX after hours meet ups, parties and networking events, access to our Pre-BEX day trips, access to our virtual ticket (so you can catch any of the sessions you missed during the show), and three full days of inspiration learning and fun!

I am an industry professional is TBEX for me?

Definitely! If you are an industry professional who wants to learn the skills of SEO, Content, Social, Influencer and Email Marketing from experts who actually do it for a living then TBEX is the event you have been looking for. By the way, you’ll also get to network with the top bloggers and travel influencers in the world at TBEX.

I am an industry professional is TBEX for me?

Definitely! If you are an industry professional who wants to learn the skills of SEO, Content, Social, Influencer and Email Marketing from experts who actually do it for a living then TBEX is the event you have been looking for. By the way, you’ll also get to network with the top bloggers and travel influencers in the world at TBEX.

Can I apply to speak at TBEX?

Absolutely, we are always looking for new speakers with expert content to offer our Creator and Industry Professional attendees. We post a call for speakers for every TBEX event and we encourage you to apply. Please know that we do not allow sales pitches or offer pay to play speaking opportunities.  Out of fairness to our sponsors, if you represent a travel brand, we will require you to be a sponsor to consider your speaker application.

I have other questions, who do I contact?

Email donna@tbexcon.com and Donna or another member of the team will get back to you right away.

How many tickets are available for sale?

Tickets to each TBEX event are limited and will vary a bit between each event based on the size of the conference center hosting us. Typically around 600 but never more than 800 tickets will be sold for any TBEX event.

Are tickets refundable or transferrable?

Tickets are not refundable but are transferable up to 30 days before the event takes place to any other TBEX event so if your plans change; we’ll happily switch the registration!

I've been creating travel content for years, what can TBEX teach me?

A LOT!! TBEX was built by pioneering travel bloggers (we just called it blogging back in the day; 2009). TBEX is a place where experienced creators come together to meet, network and learn from each other. We are proud of our educational content because it is the best there is, but you cannot underestimate how much you are going to learn in the hallways and after hours from your peers.

Most of our educational content is built for intermediate and advanced level creators.  Every hour of TBEX is packed with advanced sessions for veteran creators who are looking for cutting edge skills to take their business to the next level. We also offer advanced breakouts and in-depth workshops on monetization, SEO, Content, Social, Influencer and Email Marketing best practices, content skills including writing, podcasting, photography and video production that will keep your website and media business growing and ahead of the competition.

Can I sponsor TBEX?

Yes, we love introducing leading DMO’s and travel brands to our creators. Click here to message us to get involved and learn about our sponsor opportunities.

Will the conference be live streamed?

No but we have virtual ticket where you can view all the talks online once the event is over!

How long will the sessions be?

The keynote talks and educational break-out are about an hour long. Our In-Depth WorkShop sessions are between four and eight hours long.

Is there an expo hall? Will there be a media marketplace?

Yes, we have expo hall that features our sponsoring tourist boards, travel brands, PR firms, and tech companies.

I'm a new content creator. Is TBEX for me?

Yes! You can attend and are welcome as a beginner, we even have an early first timer session where you can meet other TBEX newbies; make new friends with creators like you who can share your journey as a new travel creator. We do have beginner level sessions where you can learn from experts who have been doing this for years and will teach you proven tactics and strategies.

I'm a new content creator. Is TBEX for me?

Yes! You can attend and are welcome as a beginner, we even have an early first timer session where you can meet other TBEX newbies; make new friends with creators like you who can share your journey as a new travel creator. We do have beginner level sessions where you can learn from experts who have been doing this for years and will teach you proven tactics and strategies.

Can I participate in Speed Networking?

All TBEX Creators are included in our speed networking software and can participate. Industry Professionals must be a sponsor to participate in speed networking.

How do the Pre-BEX Day Trips and Post-TBEX FAM Trips work?

All TBEX attendees are allowed to attend our half day Pre-BEX Day Trips. We offer a large selection of day trips in and around our host city’s including food, wine and beer tastings, history tours, walking, bike and bus tours, to more adventurous activities like hiking, kayaking and rock climbing. These day trips are offered by our host destinations and their local industry partners and will vary depending on the individual personality of our host cities. These day trips are assigned on a first come first serve basis.

The Post-TBEX FAM Trips are only offered to TBEX Creator attendees and there is an application process. These trips last between three and seven days. These trips will typically feature cities and attractions around the state or country where TBEX is hosted. They are typically limited to 10 people or less per trip. Our host destinations and their partners make the decision on who to invite and which applications are approved.

What are people saying about partnering with TBEX?

Hosting TBEX North America 2017 was a truly unique opportunity where planners were not only concentrated on the event’s success in the eyes of their team, their sponsors and their attendees, but were equally, if not more so, focused on ensuring that we as the host city received every opportunity and desired gain from hosting the event. The outstanding team at TBEX worked tirelessly to fully understand and assist in sharing Huntsville’s story as a community and as a travel destination.

Leslie Walker
Huntsville/Madison Co. CVB

TBEX is the world’s main meeting point for travel bloggers, writers and new media content creators, and for Costa Brava being the host of the event has been a huge opportunity, incomparable to any other. Celebrating TBEX in our area has allowed us to greet travel bloggers from all around the world that specialize in all kinds of subjects. During and after TBEX, we realized how successful the event had been in terms of promotion, as the destination achieved a lot of exposure and coverage all over the globe.

Jaume Marin
Marketing Director Costa Brava Board of Tourism

Working with the TBEX team was truly an experience of a lifetime for Vail Resorts. The passion and enthusiasm that they brought to the event was visible throughout the planning and execution of the conference. With over 700 attendees you could feel the progress being made and practically seeing the inspiration flying around, passing between attendees, speakers and sponsors. It was an honor for Vail Resorts and Keystone to host such an influential group of forward-thinking individuals and it was amazing to see the results happen instantaneously, with literally millions of social impressions and hundreds of blogs logged even before the weekend event was over.

Kelly Ladyga
VP, Corporate Communications Vail Resorts, Inc.

Who comes to TBEX? Here are just a few of the 20,000 TBEXers who have joined us over the years.

CREATORS

TRAVEL INDUSTRY

A Brit and A Southerner
A Cook Not Mad
A Little Adrift
A Nerd at Large
Adventurous Kate
Ain’t That A Trip?
Airport Lifestyle
Alex in Wanderland
All Things Cruise
Amateur Traveler
Andrewchow.sg
Angloitalian
Anita’s Feast
Around the world in 80 jobs
Art of Backpacking
As We Saw It
Ask Men
Aussie on the Road
Away She Goes
Backpacker Planet
Backroad Planet
Bad Latitude TV
Beers and Beans
Bitten by the Travel Bug
Blonde Brunette Travel
Bly on the Fly
Boarding Area
Bohemian Traveler
Boomeresque
BootsnAll Travel Network
Breathe Dream Go
Brooklyn Chick Travels
Brown Girls Fly
Budget Travel Adventures
Button and Bly’s Travel Show
Calculated Traveller
Canadian Living
Candice Does the World
Captain & Clark
Carmen’s Luxury Travel
Caroline in the City
Carpe Travel
Changes In Longitude
Chasing the Donkey
Cheapest Destinations Blog
China National Geographic
Chris Ducker
Ciao Bambino!
Como Viaja!
Crazy Sexy Fun Traveler
Cruise Maven
Cruisewise
Cruisin Altitude
Cultural Xplorer
Curb Free with Cory Lee
Curious Cat Expat
D travels ’round
Delicious Baby
Detroit Mommies
Dobbernation LOVES
Dream of Italy Travel Newsletter
DutchifiedBlog
EarthXplorer
El Mundo
Elite Traveler
Europe Diaries
Europe Up Close
Evelyn Kanter
Everything Everywhere
Everywhereist
Examiner
Expert Vagabond
ExplorerDad
Family on Bikes
Family Travel Network
Farsighted Fly Girl
Family Travel Magazine

Fevered Mutterings
Finding the Universe
Five Dollar Traveller
Flora The Explorer
Fly with Maggie
Four Jandals Adventure Travel Blog
Frommer’s
Frugal Travel Guy
Gary Bembridge Unleashed
Gastronomic Nomad
Gay Travel Herald
Getting Stamped
Girl Gone Travel
Global Adventuress
GlobalGaz
GlobetrottingMama
Gluten Free Family Travel
Go Backpacking
Go Galavanting
GoNOMAD Travel
Green Global Travel
Green With Renvy
Gypsy Nester
Hack My Trip
Happy Hotelier
Have Baby Will Travel
H-Bomb’s Worldwide Karaoke
Heart of a Vagabond
Heather on her travels
Hecktic Travels
Hey Nadine
Indiana Jo
Inside the Travel Lab
Inspiring Travellers
It’s a hoomygumb
Jdomb’s Travels
Jen Leo
Jetset Extra
Jetsetera
Johnny Jet
Journeys With Stephen
Just Travelous
Justin Plus Lauren
Katie Going Global
Kerwin McKenzie
Kidfluential
Kids On A Plane
Kristen Gill
LandLopers
Latin Flyer
LatinAbroad
Leah Travels
Lee Abbamonte
Legal Nomads
Life is a trip
Live. Travel. Now.
LL world tour
Lola Travels
Loyalty Traveler
Luggage and Lipstick
Luxe Adventure Traveler
Luxe Travel Family
Man on the Lam
ManTripping
Marginal Boundaries
MarocMama
Matt Gibson
McCool Travel
Meet Plan Go
Merlot Mommy
MidLife Road Trip
Migrationology
Mike’s Road Trip
Miss Adventures
Mitch Canter
Momfluential
Monkeys and Mountains

Mr Scott Eddy
My Itchy Travel Feet
My Life’s A Trip
My tan feet
My View from the Middle Seat
My Wanderlist
Nature Travellers
Nelson Carvalheiro
Next bite of life
Nick’s Travel Blog
No Checked Bags
No Vacation Required
Nomad Tales
Nomadic boys
Nomadic Matt
Nomadic Notes
Nomadic Texan
Not Without My Passport
Notes of Nomads
Null & Full
NYC Jet Setter
Oh travelissima
Oh, The Places We’ll Go!
On My Feet or In My Mind
On Travel Media
One Weird Globe
Ordinary Traveler
Ottsworld
Our Awesome Planet
Our Oyster
Our Tasty Travels
Over Yonderlust
PassingThru
Passion Passport
Perceptive Travel
Perceptive Travel Blog
Peter Greenberg Worldwide
Peter Parkorr
Pinay on the move
Points and Travel
Pommie Travels
Quirky Travel Guy
Rants of a Sassy Stew
Real Man Travels
Rear View Mirror
Reisefreunde
Reward Expert
Road Trips for Families
Romancing the Globe Travel Blog
RTWgirl
Runaway Juno
Sally Around the World
Samantha Brown
Savoir Faire Abroad
Savored Journeys
Savvy Traveling
Seattle’s Travels
SF Gate
Smart Family Travel
Smart Women Travelers
Smarter Travel
Sober Julie
Solo Traveler
Someday Traveller
Sophie’s World
Spa Travel Gal
Spanish Sabores
Sri Lanka Tourism
Stay Adventurous
Stop Having a Boring Life
Stuck In Customs
Tammilee Tips
That Asian Traveler
The Barefoot Nomad
The Blonde Abroad
The Budget-Minded Traveler
The Constant Rambler
The Daily Travel Podcast

The Explorateur
The Little Kitchen
The Luxury Travel Mom
The Mother of All Trips
The Opportunistic Travelers
The Planet D
The Points Guy
The Professional Hobo
The Rewards Guy
THE ROAMING BOOMERS
The Santa Fe Traveler
The Spain Scoop
The Suitcase Scholar
The Travel Pharmacist
The Travelers Way
The Traveling Dutchman
The Traveling Praters
The Travelling Editor
The Vacation Gals
The Vicki Winters Show
Tieland to Thailand
Time Travel Turtle
Tips For Travellers
Too Many Adapters
Travel & Beer Blogger
Travel Mamas
Travel Past 50
Travel Tales from India
Travel with Teens and Tweens
Travelin’ Gringo
Traveling Canucks
Traveling Well For Less
Traveling with MJ
Traveling With Sweeney
Travelista TV
Travelocafe
TravelPulse
Travis Longmore Photography
Trekaroo
Trip Wellness
Trips By Lance
Turnipseed Travel
Twenty-Something Travel
Two Bad Tourists
Unbrave Girl
Uncornered Market
Unravel Travel
Urban Travel Blog
Vagabrothers
Vagabundo
Vagamundos
Vanilla Sky Dreaming
Velvet Escape
Venturists
Walking On Travels
Wandering Earl
Wandering Kiwi
Wandering Millennial
WanderingTrader
Wanderlust and Lipstick
WDW Radio
We blog the world
Weekend In Paris
What a Trip
What Boundaries Travel
Where Sidewalks End
Where’s Sharon Family Travel Blog
WildJunket
Will Run For Miles
With Husband In Tow
World Domination Summit
World Wide Nate
WorldWideWriter
Writing Travel
XpatMatt
Young Adventuress

Meet Our Team

Tim Leffel

Marketing Guru

Shane Dallas

Online Marketer

Tomiko Harvey

CEO Of Netflix

Patti Hosking

Marketing Manager

Rick Calvert

Communication Manager

TERMS & CONDITIONS

A. Registration Process and Payment Methods
Pricing for Travel Blog Exchange (TBEX) passes are tiered to provide several discount opportunities for purchasing early. Payments must be received before the corresponding deadlines to qualify for discount rates. If payment has not been received by midnight PST of the deadline date, registrants will be charged the next tier pricing. This applies to registrants submitting checks, and credit card payments that are denied.
Discount Codes are assigned by TBEX. TBEX reserves the right to cancel any registrants using unauthorized discount codes.

Conference registrations will not be confirmed until the completed form and the correct payment is received and processed by TBEX.

Registrants should obtain confirmation before committing to other travel arrangements.
TBEX cannot be responsible for your spam filters blocking your confirmation email. Please be sure your spam filters will allow mail from tbexcon.com.

Your conference registration fee DOES NOT INCLUDE HOTEL ACCOMMODATION costs. Attendees are responsible for making their own lodging arrangements. You can save significantly on your hotel rates by reserving a room at one of our official hotel partners.
Payment of on-site registration must be made using a credit card only. No cash or check payments will be accepted on-site.

B. Cancellation Policy

Registration is not refundable.

Registrations will not be transferable.

C. Conference program
Conference program is subject to change

D. Participation and Behavior
TBEX attendees are expected to behave professionally. Excessive use of obscene language, abusive behavior, or threatening behavior directed to any other conference attendee is not conducive to a learning environment and will result in banning from the event.

Suitcasing: Attendee agrees they will not distribute, or permit to be distributed, any advertising matter, literature, souvenir items or promotional materials in or about the show area under any circumstances. Attendee agrees to not post any signs, advertisements, show bills, lithograph posters or cards of any description on any part of the premises of the Facility. Attendee agrees to not to promote any business or even that is not an official sponsor of TBEX. All of this activity is defined as “Suitcasing” and will result in immediate removal from the premises without warning. Attendee will be required to forfeit their badge immediately and no refunds will be given.

E. TBEX-provided Internet Access
The following uses of TBEX-provided Internet access are not permitted:

To violate any statutes of the host country & region;
To vandalize, damage, or disable the property of another individual or organization;
To access another individual’s materials, information, or files without permission;
To use scanning or hacking exploit tools on public networks; and,
To violate copyright or otherwise use the intellectual property of another individual or organization without permission.

F. Personal Property
TBEX accepts no responsibility for loss or damage to personal property.

G. Image Rights Release
As a participant in TBEX, upon the terms herewith stated, I hereby give to TBEX, their heirs, legal representatives and assigns, and those acting with his/her authority and permission:

The unrestricted right and permission to copyright and use, re-use, sales through any visual or audio media, publish, live streaming and broadcast video or pictures of me or in which I may be included intact or in part, composite or distorted in character or form, without restriction as to changes or transformations in conjunction with my own or a fictitious name, or reproduction hereof in color or otherwise, made through any and all media now or hereafter known for illustration, art, promotion, advertising, trade, or any other purpose whatsoever.

I also permit the use of any printed material in connection therewith.

I hereby relinquish any right that I may have to examine or approve the completed product or products or the advertising copy or printed matter that may be used in conjunction therewith or the use to which it may be applied.

I hereby release, discharge and agree to save harmless TBEX, their heirs, legal representatives or assigns, and all persons functioning under their permission or authority, or those for whom they are functioning, from any liability by virtue of any blurring, distortion, alteration, optical illusion, or use in composite form whether intentional or otherwise, that may occur or be produced in the taking of said picture or in any subsequent processing thereof, as well as any publication thereof, including without limitation any claims for libel or invasion of privacy.

I hereby affirm that I am over the age of majority and have the right to contract in my own name. I have read the above authorization, release and agreement, prior to its execution; I fully understand the contents thereof. This agreement shall be binding upon me and my heirs, legal representatives and assigns.