Travel Blogging Conferences 2017

If you were lucky enough to attend some Travel Blogging Conferences in 2016, or alternatively you are kicking yourself because you missed out, then luckily I have compiled this list of the best travel blogging conferences in 2017 to keep you connected, motivated and travelling!

January

Matka Nordic Travel Fair. Helsinki, Finland (19-22 January)

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Promising to be a conference ‘where the whole world meets’, Matka is the largest travel fair in Northern Europe. Each year, over 1,000 trade professionals from 80 different countries attend the conference and it 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 Matka attracts hundreds of professional travel bloggers who are interested in learning more about Finland and Scandinavia. In 2015, they selected 40 travel bloggers, writing in 13 different languages, to attend the fair. Their selected bloggers participated in FAM trips around Finland to explore the incredible nature and unique culture of the country and shared their experiences. This could you be you!

New York Times Travel Show. NYC, USA (27-29 January)

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The New York Times Travel Show is the largest consumer travel show in North America which showcases over 500 destinations and suppliers. There will be travel seminars, a culinary travel showcase, wellness travel pavilion, family travel pavilion, cultural stages, and opportunities for book signings and meetings with experts.

With seminars on topics such as LGBT travel, photography, cruises, festivals, Japan, family vacations, and earning travel miles, there is sure to be something to interest even the fussiest of travellers!

March

Women’s Travel Fest. New Orleans, Louisianna, USA (3-5 March)

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The Women’s Travel Fest is all about solo female travellers. They aim to inspire, empower and celebrate women’s travel because they understand the different travel experience that women face. Many women attend the event who want to travel, but they’re afraid, or they don’t think they’re brave enough to go solo, or they’re intimidated by the prospect of being alone abroad.

Speakers this year include Alyssa Ramos, Daria Rebenok, Nneya Richards, and Cassie de Pecol.

ITB Berlin. Berlin, Germany (8-12 March)

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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 and 5 continents. This conference provides attendees with the opportunity to interact with international professionals while learning about the latest travel trends and establishing global contacts.

This year, the conference focus is on safety and security, digitalisation and artificial intelligence. For anyone interested in efforts from the tourist industry to increase security or the rise of technology, then this is the conference for you. Don’t forget to wear your walking shoes because the conference is spread over 160,000 square metres!

TBEX International. Jerusalem, Israel (20-22 March)

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TBEX is the largest conference and networking event for travel bloggers, online travel journalists, new media content creators, travel brands and industry professionals.

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!

Speakers at TBEX International in Jerusalem include the award-winning photographer Gary Arndt, Bill Fink, and Chris Christensen.

April

World Travel Market. Sao Paulo, Brazil (4-6 April)

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The World Travel Market Latin America is an event which promotes Latin America to the world. The 700 exhibitors include tourism boards, hotels, luxury travel businesses, airlines and cruise liners. The conference includes speeches and seminars on the latest trends, while a speed networking session gives bloggers the chance to connect with travel influencers.

Women in Travel Summit. Milwaukee, USA (21-23 April)

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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. The schedule for 2017 hasn’t been released yet, but examples of previous speakers include Evita Robinson from Nomadness Travel Tribe, Sherry Ott from Ottsworld and Erin Bender from Travel with Bender!

Arabian Travel Market. Dubai , UAE (24-27 April)

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The Arabian Travel Market is the leading event for both inbound and outbound Middle East travel. Over 2,800 products and destinations are featured this year representing 87 countries. Visitors can attend seminars and conferences, while up to 40 bloggers have the opportunity to take part in speed networking sessions with exhibitors.

The Travel Bootcamp. Melbourne, Australia (29 April)

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The Travel Bootcamp is an intensive one-day conference that aims to show you how to make an income as an instagrammer, blogger or writer. ‘No fluff: just the real strategies, steps and secrets to turning your passion into a career, from three people who’ve done it.’ Tickets are very pricey, but this is a chance for Aussie bloggers to attend a conference without having to buy an international flight.

Traverse. London, UK (29-30 April)

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Traverse is a global gathering of digital influencers for everyone from new bloggers to experienced vloggers to learn, experience create and connect.

After a spectacular conference in Cardiff last year, Traverse will finally be held in their hometown of London. Pre-conference events such as tours and classes will be held from the 24th of April so make sure you get there early!

May

TBEX North America. Huntsville, Alabama, USA (4-6 May)

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Whether you are a travel blogging newbie, or a pro who is blogging (or vlogging) full-time, then TBEX North America isn’t a conference that you will want to miss. Conference attendance is limited to bloggers, podcasters and web TV/video producers who focus on travel.

While their schedule and speakers have not been announced yet, it is guaranteed to be a great conference!

June

BlogHer. Orlando, Florida, USA (22-24 June)

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At BlogHer, you have the chance to listen to inspiring lectures and sessions where you will learn about the latest techniques and opportunities to grow and network with your community. Topics include creating best practice for multiple income streams, book publishing, mental health, strategies to improve your personal brand, and the secrets to building Facebook traffic.

September

Blog IT. New Delhi, India (22-24 September)

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Blog IT is a conference for travellers, influencers, photographers, videographers, media, and tourism boards in New Delhi, India. This is an opportunity to network with leaders and pioneers in the tourism industry through lectures, networking sessions, FAM trips, and workshops. Topics this year include responsible and sustainable tourism, marketing, building a blogging business, and how to create the perfect media pitch.

October

TBEX Europe. Killarney, Ireland (3-5 October)

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TBEX Europe is an opportunity for you to connect face-to-face with other top travel bloggers and social media marketing experts from around the globe while also networking with influential travel brands. Learn new tips and strategies to help you take your blog to the next level and attend speed networking sessions that will connect you with brands such as Airbnb, Trip Advisor and Expedia.

Adventure Travel World Summit. Salta, Argentina (16-19 October)

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As always, attending the Adventure Travel World Summit is an adventure in itself. Following on from their success last year in Alaska, the upcoming Summit in Argentina promises to live up to expectations. The theme for this year is ‘Unite. Protect. Lead’ and it was inspired by the gauchos of Salta who united a community with shared values. Together they protected a country they cared for, one renowned for some of the world’s highest biodiversity.

November

World Travel Market. London, UK (6-8 November)

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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 attend 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.

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Do you know of any travel blogging conferences in 2017 that aren’t featured here? Comment below so they can be added to the list. If you have been to any of these conferences, comment below with your tips and advice to help out other bloggers.

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27 Comments
Beerandcroissants

Such a huge list and so many so far away from me. Would love to go to some of these sometimes, but they never seem to line up with my travels. Would be awesome to do one.

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Grassroots Nomad

I know, they always seem to be somewhere I’m not! This is the first time I’ve found one for Australia though which is great… but I don’t live there anymore! Never mind, hopefully your travels align with one soon.

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Jo

This is an amazing list. I was looking to attend some travel conferences this year and I have signed up for two local ones for Feb – BlogX (I am a speaker, its a general blogging conference) and SATTE. I def wanna do TBEX one day but right now WTM and adventure travel summit sound way better to me. Thanks for this great piece.

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Grassroots Nomad

Hey Jo. Thanks for mentioning those other two conferences, I will have to add those into my list. I agree, the Adventure Travel Summit sounds incredible – I would love to go to that one!

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Paige Wunder

This is a great list! I had heard that the travel shows weren’t nearly as good for bloggers or blogging as the blogging conferences are. I wanted to go the TBEX but I have previous engagements that I can’t get out of. I’m hoping next year! Cheers!

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Grassroots Nomad

Thanks Paige! I’ve only been to TBEX before and I had a great time and would love to go again. Maybe we will run into each other next year!

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Grassroots Nomad

Fingers crossed you make it to one soon! They are a great way to connect with bloggers and companies

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Grassroots Nomad

Apparently there is World Travel Market in Sao Paulo in March as well. I’ll add that one in 🙂

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crazytravelista

I loved TBEX Stockholm (my first ever blogger conference). I thought it provided so much value and great connections. I’m almost certain I’ll be going to Killarney, Ireland for the next Europe one in October. YAYYYY

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Grassroots Nomad

Hurrah! TBEX was my first conference too, although I went to the one in Bangkok – I learned so much! Have a great time in Killarney!

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Ella

Just reading this list and knowing that I’m going to my first travel conference this year is already making me excited! I’ll be at TBEX Jerusalem and I’m so looking forward to learning about the industry and how to further my blog. Hopefully it will be a great experience 🙂

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Grassroots Nomad

I loved my first conference – I met so many other bloggers who I’m still friends with. I learned so much and it took my blog to the next level – you are going to love it!!

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Grassroots Nomad

Sadly I don’t think I will make it to either, but I’m so jealous you are going! You are going to have such a great time 🙂

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