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!
Matka Nordic Travel Fair. Helsinki, Finland (19-22 January)
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)
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!
Women’s Travel Fest. New Orleans, Louisianna, USA (3-5 March)
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)
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)
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.
World Travel Market. Sao Paulo, Brazil (4-6 April)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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!
TBEX North America. Huntsville, Alabama, USA (4-6 May)
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!
BlogHer. Orlando, Florida, USA (22-24 June)
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.
Blog IT. New Delhi, India (22-24 September)
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.
TBEX Europe. Killarney, Ireland (3-5 October)
Adventure Travel World Summit. Salta, Argentina (16-19 October)
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.
World Travel Market. London, UK (6-8 November)
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.
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.