BlogWorld Acquires TBEX Travel Blogger’s Conference

BlogWorld is pleased to announce the acquisition of the world’s largest conference for travel bloggers, TBEX (Travel Blog Exchange). BlogWorld will take over all production and operations for TBEX events and use our experience to help TBEX and the travel blogging community grow. Travel bloggers can expect to see the same commitment to quality educational sessions and networking at TBEX events that BlogWorld has become known for, and TBEX will continue to be held at unique travel destination venues.

While this may seem like a surprise move for BlogWorld to some, it’s really a no brainer. In fact, the TBEX story shared some similarity to BlogWorld’s at its inception.

Kim Mance, TBEX’s founder explains, “When I first got into travel blogging, I was amazed by the friendliness of this community of people with a similar passion online. After a couple of years, I was dying to meet many of the bloggers I already ‘knew’ virtually, as well as be face-to-face with members of the industry I’d worked with. It turned out others felt the same…and an event was born, which doubled in size each year.”

Putting together a conference each year became a challenge for Kim, however. “As a writer with a love for new media, event planning was just never my strong point, and it became clear we needed to get some pros to come in and save the day with logistics and planning. To my delight, while looking at hiring event planners, I got a call from BlogWorld’s CEO, Rick, and we began to talk about TBEX instead being acquired and run by a group who could really help take the event to the next level. ”

“BlogWorld’s mission has always been to help all bloggers, podcasters and WebTV producers succeed and grow their businesses,” says Rick. “We approached Kim about making TBEX a part of the BlogWorld family because it is the largest and best travel blogging event in the world. We think it’s a perfect fit, and we think we can help TBEX continue on its amazing growth path here in the United States and around the world.”

So far the reaction among travel bloggers has been favorable. Mary Jo Manzanares, a travel blogger, flight attendant and Track Leader at BlogWorld L.A.’s Travel Track in 2011 sees it as a positive beginning, “Entrepreneurial spirit meets travel passion in this acquisition, and the result is a winning combination for travel bloggers. With BlogWorld we can be assured of a professionally run, top-notch event, providing us with unparalleled opportunities to learn, share, and grow. There are exciting times ahead of us.”

Andy Hayes, also known online as “That Travel Guy” concurs, “I’m excited about the TBEX announcement.” he said, “Blogworld has always been a place for online publishers of all kinds to come together to share ideas and innovations; this move will be a huge boon to the travel blogging industry.”

Beth Whitman, a travel blogger who attends both TBEX and BlogWorld also feels the acquisition is a good move. “The acquisition of TBEX by Blog World Expo makes perfect sense. This will give TBEX the chance to grow into a world class blogging event while increasing BWE’s reach deeper into a niche it is already working with. ” Beth adds, “I’m thrilled to see the marriage of these two great organizations – a large network of travel bloggers with a well-established event that can offer professional resources that will ultimately help this community grow their businesses. ”

Jennifer Miner, one of the industry’s most followed travel bloggers, and past speaker at both BlogWorld and TBEX said, “It’s wonderful news that Blog World has bought TBEX and will now run the annual travel bloggers’ conference. It’s not often that two companies I enjoy so greatly come together like this. As an organized person, I’ve often thought that TBEX could benefit from a more precise approach to conference-running. As a travel blogger, I’ve often thought that BlogWorld could benefit from, well, more travel bloggers! We’re a lively bunch, after all. The synergy of the two groups is exciting. We travel bloggers are about to see what it’s like to have an internationally respected, well-run, and important conference all our own. The new ownership ensures that travel bloggers and bloggers of other niches can learn from each other, enhance our professional skills, and continue to grow.”

BlogWorld will now take over regular operations of all TBEX accounts including Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn and we’re already working on a plan for Pinterest. We look forward to spending time getting to know the TBEX community as we move forward to our first event as the new owners of TBEX. We hope all travel bloggers will join us June 15 – 17 in Keystone, CO, at the Keystone Resort & Convention Center.

“I think TBEX + BlogWorld is a win for everyone in the travel blogging community, many of whom are really looking to make this their full-time career if it isn’t already,” says Kim. “Having the preeminent and largest travel blogging conference in the world now run by event professionals passionate about new media is a perfect fit. It not only ups everyone’s visibility and credibility, but things will be run more smoothly, allowing attendees to really maximize all the learning and networking opportunities at the TBEX events. I’m excited.”

We’re excited too.

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About Deb Ng

Deb is the NMX Director of Community, author of "Online Community Management for Dummies," the 2nd edition of "Social Media Marketing All in One for Dummies," and blogs at Kommein. Feel free to follow her @debng and @NewMediaExpo


  1. blogworldexpo says:

    @reese305 We’re looking forward to meeting you at #TBEX!

  2. blogworldexpo says:

    @nickcicero Thank you!

  3. gnuboss says:

    Congrats on the new acquisition.

  4. gnuboss says:

    Congrats on the new acquisition.

  5. blogworld says:

    @solotraveler hopefully you mean interesting in a good way

  6. juliebonner says:

    RT @blogworldexpo BlogWorld Acquires TBEX Travel Blogger’s Conference #TBEX #TBEX12 #BWENY #BWELA

  7. NicoleTravelBug says:

    Awesome news! Can’t wait to meet the team in Keystone. :)

  8. drewmeyers says:

    @nomadicmatt wow. that’s one way to make some money with a conference.. makes sense for both parties it seems #travel

  9. ShannaQuinn says:

    @marenhogan congrats!!

  10. KimMance says:

    @candicewalsh nice musical addition…

  11. Congratulations to everyone at BlogWorld and TBEX! This is very exiting news and a huge step for both events. The best just got better!! 

    •  @loumongello Thanks, Lou. Will we see you in Colorado?

      •  @debng I’ve been considering TBEX for a while, and this may help push me to go! Any opportunities to submit speaker proposals for TBEX? 

        •  @loumongello We haven’t discussed the speaker selection process at length, but I’ll keep you posted when I find out.

  12. blogworldexpo says:

    .@TravelingAnna we like that combination!

  13. @blogworld Your experience in running top-notch events + @debng + a ton of enthusiastic travel bloggers? #tbex12 @keystonemtn will rock.

  14. @earthXplorer I am far more likely to attend #TBEX now that it has been acquired by @blogworld. Should be better organized (hopefully).

  15. WanderingEds says:

    This is a great move! Looking forward to seeing TBEX grow.

    •  @WanderingEds Thank you so much. Please feel free to share your feedback, comments and questions. We want the travel community to know we’re here for them.

  16. beerundercover says:

    @20sTravel World traveler! Thanks for the birthday wishes! Do a local custom thing in my birthday honor!

    • 20sTravel says:

      @beerundercover I will have a beer in your honor. Although probably not a very good one.

  17. Britopian says:

    @blogworld now that conference just became 100 times better! Hope you are well Rick! Semper Fi

    • blogworld says:

      @Britopian thanks Brian dis you see act of valor yet? It’s great

      • Britopian says:

        @blogworld really did you just call me Brian? i’m hurt, but its okay, you are not the first. Seeing it this weekend and stoked!

        • blogworld says:

          @Britopian sorry I meant Mike. I’m doing the ok run through the airport while typing

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  19. JCreatureTravel says:

    GR8! RT @blogworld RT @Expedia: Big news this morning! – BlogWorld Acquires TBEX Travel Blogger’s Conference #TBEX12

  20. KimMance says:

    Happy @eurocheapo, @travellingeditor, @crozul at al won’t have to SWEAT (literally) helping w/ so many behind the scenes things at #TBEX 12!

  21. Does this mean that the blog posts shared on the TBEX site will become public instead of hidden through a password wall?

    •  @LindaSherman Hi Linda, 
      At the moment we haven’t changed anything at the TBEX website, but we do have plans to get a public blog going for that community. We just need to have a look around and make a plan rather than just jumping into it.

  22. ParisBuFF says:

    rt @budgettravelsac BlogWorld Acquires #TBEX Travel Blogger’s Conference –… (via @blogworld) #travel

  23. blogworld says:

    @joeybear85 thanks Joey, hope to see you there! :) (@dave_blogworld guest tweeting today)

  24. blogworld says:

    @JasonFalls thank you Jason (@dave_blogworld guest tweeting today)

  25. blogworld says:

    @poohstraveler thanks we are excited too

    • poohstraveler says:

      @blogworld I can imagine! :) I think this is a great move & I’m looking forward to an improved conference!

  26. blogworld says:

    @DangerousBiz thank you

  27. ambassadorbruny says:

    @debng that’s awesome news!

  28. JTDabbagian says:

    @debng And so the empire grows. :D CC @blogworldexpo

  29. PanoramaRetreat says:

    @CAMillsap @megpaynor @blogworld Come up and blog from here soon! We’d love to see you.

  30. ecothreesixty says:

    @JulianaP16 thank you for the RT.

  31. Kirk D Rasmussen says:

    Great move BlogWorld, that is awesome.

  32. Chris Gray Faust says:

    This is great news! Looking forward to it.

  33. Blog World & New Media Expo says:

    Thanks guys!

  34. Congratulations to Blog World and TBEX. This looks like a match made in heaven.