One of the best ways to achieve your travel blogging resolutions for the new year is by attending travel blogging conferences. There are scores of different conferences held around the world each year, but some are better than others, particularly for different stages in your blogging career. These are some of the best travel blogging conferences for 2016 that are guaranteed to connect you with travel experts, other bloggers, industry professionals and inspiring individuals. They also teach you new skills to improve your business…. plus they usually have parties!
MATKA Nordic Travel Fair. Helsinki, Finland.
MATKA is the largest travel event in Northern Europe with over 1,000 trade professionals from 80 different countries attending the conference annually. The conference is a great way to get inspiration for your next trip and meet industry experts that you may be able to connect with professionally.
Each year they attract hundreds of professional travel bloggers who are interested in learning more about Helsinki and Finland. In 2015, they selected 40 travel bloggers, writing in 13 different languages, to attend the Fair. This included a focus on participation from Asian bloggers. The selected bloggers also participated in FAM trips around Finland to explore the incredible nature and unique culture of the country.
Interested? Mari from All the Million Pieces wrote an article about her time at MATKA 2014 where she met incredible Finnish travel bloggers and learnt more about how to use Instagram to promote her brand!
ITB. Berlin, Germany
ITB Berlin emphasises experience and experts, bringing together country, city and regional tourism representatives, tour operators, online booking operators, hotels, and travel service providers from over 180 countries. This conference provides attendees with the opportunity to interact with international professionals while learning about the latest travel trends and establishing global contacts.
Travel bloggers are able to attend press conferences, background talks, product presentations, keynotes, interviews, speed dating sessions and discussions with travel experts. Plus there is a party held by Travel Massive!
Tickets are already on sale for the 2016 event, starting at 12 euros. Make sure you visit their website for more information and to purchase your ticket.
Interested? Victoria from The British Berliner has been attending this event for the last few years and has developed a comprehensive guide for first time and veteran attendees alike!
Women in Travel Summit. Irvine, USA
The Women in Travel Summit hosted by Wanderful is the first and only travel blogging summit by women, for women. They aim to provide female travellers with the tools, connections and resources required to improve their travel blogs while also connecting travel companies with bloggers who may help enhance their online presence.
The Summit is a way for professional women and entrepreneurs in the travel industry to share their experiences through hands-on workshops and networking opportunities to empower and encourage women to develop their skills. A few of the speakers this year include Evita Robinson from Nomadness Travel Tribe, Sherry Ott from Ottsworld and Erin Bender from Travel with Bender!
Register now for advance tickets and perhaps I will see you there!
Interested? Ana from The City Sidewalks, and Katelyn from Diaries of a Wandering Lobster have both written about their experiences at the 2015 Summit in Boston. Learn what it is like attending a conference as a newbie!
Traverse. Cardiff, Wales
Traverse is the biggest weekend travel blogging conference in the UK. The conference includes a range of events, lectures and workshops as well as a big party!
TBEX North America. Bloomington, USA
TBEX North America is one of the best known, and largest, travel blogging conferences in the world. It brings together travel bloggers, international travel journalists, vloggers, travel brands and industry professionals to share ideas and knowledge.
TBEX holds seminars, workshops, speed networking sessions, keynotes and discussions on a wide range of topics including social media, SEO, responsible tourism, and monetising your blog. But best of all are the pre/post-TBEX tours and opening and closing parties!
Register now to save your spot!
Interested? For new attendees Justin and Lauren from Justin+Lauren, and Victoria and Katja from Globetotting, TBEX North America was a great way to meet travel bloggers and industry professionals. The content of the lectures, however, may be geared more towards newer bloggers, so if you are a well established blogger, make sure you read about Jeremy’s experience on his site Living the Dream RTW.
TBC Asia. Colombo, Sri Lanka
TBC Asia is the result of a collaboration between Cinnamon Hotels and Resorts, Sri Lankan airlines and the Professional Travel Bloggers Association.
One of the highlights of the conference this year will be the first ever Cinnamon Travel Blogger Awards which recognises the style, adaptability and interest in travel of influential bloggers around the world. Make sure you keep your eyes peeled for Jules and Christine from Don’t forget to Move who have been shortlisted for an award!!
Register your interest to attend the event as well as the pre-Conference tour.
Interested? Jeremy from Living the Dream RTW attended the conference in 2014 and highlighted its benefits, particularly for a more experienced blogger, as the topics were quite advanced.
TBEX Europe. Stockholm, Sweden
As in North America, TBEX Europe is a place for travel bloggers to learn, network and hone their skills to take their travel blogs to the next level.
Details about speakers and workshops for 2016 are not yet available, so make sure you keep an eye on their website for more information as it becomes available.
Interested? I met a lot of bloggers at TBEX Asia who had been to TBEX Costa Brava and they certainly had some stories to tell! Jane from Scarlet Jones Travel talks about her experiences at the conference and Lance from Travel Addicts talks about attending as a seasoned blogger.
Adventure Travel World Summit. Anchorage, USA
Attending the Adventure Travel World Summit is an adventure in itself. This year it will be held in Alaska, which is home to 3 million lakes, 300,000 glaciers, mountain ranges, over 100 native languages, and millions of acres of protected parkland.
The Summit includes panel discussions, lectures and keynote addresses which teach participants how to turn their adventures into a successful, inpiring and sustainable business. Networking sessions allow writers, bloggers and photographers to connect with local and international tour operators and accommodation providers. Pre-Summit tours will be held all over Alaska so bloggers can get out there and explore their surroundings.
Register now to reserve your spot!
Interested? Dave and Deb from theplanetD attended in 2012 where they spoke about the theme Prosper with Purpose.
TBEX Asia. Manilla, Philippines
Details have not been released yet for the TBEX Asia conference in the Philippines, but if their 2015 conference is anything to go by, then it isn’t one to be missed!
TBEX Asia 2015 was my first travel blogging conference and, as I had only been blogging for 3 months, I had a lot to learn! Since attending the conference, I have improved my writing, SEO, actually have set up a Pinterest account, and have further increased my presence on Instagram. Best of all, was the connections that I made with other travel bloggers, particularly vlogger Mari Johnson, Jess from Missadventure Travel, Natasha from Artist Explores the World, and Jane from Scarlet Jones Travel.
While I haven’t written about my experiences, you can read/watch their experiences on the links above!
Outdoor Blogger Summit with SHIFT. Jackson Hole, USA
The Outdoor Blogger Summit is held annually at the SHIFT Festival in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.
The Festival brings together speakers, outdoor adventurers, conservationists and travellers with food, film, speakers, workshops and outdoor adventures. At the Summit, bloggers will learn how to drive traffic, monetise their blog, leveraging your social clout, as well as improving sustainable access to public lands and waters.
Registration is not yet open, but will be available in the near future.
Interested? Watch this video which wraps up the 2015 event perfectly!
World Travel Market. London, England
The World Travel Market (WTM) is held annually in London where it brings together international businesses within the travel industry. The event is a great opportunity for global travel businesses to meet and network while discussing the latest travel trends and opinions.
WTM Bloggers are able to attended the conference and participate in speed networking sessions with key exhibitors. Bloggers also have access to WTM press releases, photography, diary of events and the Press Centre.
You can register your interest now for the next WTM.
Interested? Jess from Love and London, has prepared an incredibly comprehensive guide for first timers attending the conference. A must read before attending!!
TBC Travel Blogging Conferences
Other conferences with no confirmed date for 2016 include:
- The Hive – Dublin, Ireland. Spring 2016
- Blogstock – London, England. In 2015, this event was held in early September
- Social Travel Summit – In 2015, this event was held in Hamburg, Germany on 20-22 April.
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