The Travel Bloggers Show
The first travel industry conference for travel bloggers is being held in Orlando on September 11-12 in conjunction with North America’s top travel conference, THETRADESHOW. The 2-day event will bring together travel bloggers from across the world to network and learn from one another. Participants will have the chance to experience some of Orlando’s most popular attractions as well as learn new skills thanks to a dynamic series of targeted educational seminars and panels.
|Featuring travel expert Chris Elliott:
Travel blog & website www.elliott.org
Schedule of Events *subject to change
|Saturday, September 11|
|Enjoy special VIP Perks to include discounts to area attractions|
|Sunday, September 12|
|9am – 9:45am||Seminar: A Top Travel Blogger Shares How He Does It
Presenter: Chris Elliott
Whether you’re just starting your life as a travel blogger or already consider yourself a veteran, this seminar will offer new insight into how to take your blog from zero to 60. Attendees will learn the ins and outs of producing a blog that is on everyone’s must-read list.
|10am – 10:45am||Seminar: Working with travel marketers and P.R. agencies
Presenter: Edward Hasbrouck
Some travel bloggers depend on publicists for access to travel information and experiences to write about, and value their news tips. Other bloggers dismiss publicists and marketers as time-wasting spammers. In this session, we’ll explore the sources of misunderstanding and some of the win- win ways that travel bloggers, publicists, and marketers can fulfill our differing goals and roles while helping, instead of angering, each other.
|11am – 11:45am||Panel Seminar: One Subject, One Blog: Do’s and Don’ts for Niche Blogging
Moderator: Kim Mance
Panelists: Matt Kepnes, Janice Waugh, Jeanine Barone, Beth Whitman
Whatever it is—cruising, the culinary traditions of Italy, backpacking—you’re passionate about it. But how do you keep the content fresh when you’re only covering one subject, and sometimes a narrowly focused subject at that? Attendees of this panel discussion will hear from niche travel bloggers about their trials and travails when it comes to providing new content with a creative spin.
|2pm – 5pm||Trade Show – meet one on one with travel industry suppliers and destinations|
Monday & Tuesday – see THETRADESHOW Schedule of Events
Registration fee of $35 includes access to THE TRAVEL BLOGGERS SHOW educational sessions, badge to attend THETRADESHOW including all educational seminars, trade show and delegate functions (excluding private events). Registrants can also take advantage of complimentary tickets to Orlando theme parks including Universal Studios Florida, Universal Islands of Adventure, Disney Parks, SeaWorld Orlando and Aquatica.
Speakers and presenters:
Chris Elliott is a consumer advocate for MSNBC, National Geographic Traveler, Tribune Media Services and The Washington Post. He’s best known as an advocate for travelers, as the author of the weekly syndicated Travel Troubleshooter column and this site.
Edward Hasbrouck writes the “Practical Nomad” blog at www.hasbrouck.org/blog, providing how-to tips and consumer advice for an audience that ranges from backpackers to business travellers.
Kim Mance is editor of GoGalavanting.com and blogs about travel for various outlets like Marie Claire’s Travel Diaries. She is also founder TBEX, the definitive hub for travel bloggers online, which hosts annual conferences in North America and Europe.
Janice Waugh is the Publisher, Editor & Writer of Solo Traveler http://solotravelerblog.com, co-founder of the Global Bloggers Network http://globalbloggersnetwork.com and Toronto organizer of Meet Plan Go http://meetplango.com.
Matt Kepnes is founder and author of Nomadic Matt’s Travel Site, http://www.nomadicmatt.com/ a backpacking and budget travel website dedicated to showing people how to travel longer on less money.
Jeanine Barone is a nationally published travel writer who also guest blogs and pens the “J The Travel Authority” blog at www.jthetravelauthority.com which provides suggestions on under-the-radar venues around the world as well as travel product reviews and savvy travel tips.
Beth Whitman is the founder of Wanderlust and Lipstick, which includes the website http://WanderlustAndLipstick.com, guidebook series and tours, all dedicated to encouraging women to pursue their dream journeys. She’s also the Women’s Travel Editor at Transitions Abroad and a contributor to Perceptive Travel.