Rick Calvert, the chief executive of TBEX, a community of travel bloggers, said, ‘We are very excited to have chosen as the destination for our event in October, 2013. We’ll be hosting hundreds of travel bloggers and travel industry professionals from all over the world for two days of comprehensive educational programming and engaging networking events.
Our delegates will be sharing their unique Dublin discoveries and experiences with the world online. We couldn’t have chosen a better destination, as Dublin is the European headquarters of companies like Google, Facebook, LinkedIn, Zynga and Twitter; it’s a thriving social media hub. 2013 is also the year of The Gathering in Ireland and TBEX is proud to be a part of it.’
The Irish minister of state for tourism, Michael Ring TD, said, ‘This is a great achievement for tourism and Ireland. Thanks to the efforts of Failte Ireland, we have won a conference, which will deliver up to 450 travel bloggers to our shores in October 2013. This could not happen at a better time. By that time, The Gathering will be in full swing and I can guarantee that all who attend will experience Ireland at its best and most lively.’
TBEX aims to provide travel bloggers with opportunities for career growth in professional travel media through education and networking with travel industry professionals and direct marketing agencies.
For international travel bloggers, Dublin offers a location to explore and a chance to meet and exchange ideas.
Mary Jo Manzanares, the conference director for TBEX, said, ‘With its history, architecture and culture providing a backdrop to modern city life, Dublin offers something for every travel blogging niche and every travel blogger budget. Failte Ireland with support from Tourism Ireland is rolling out the red carpet to welcome our attendees to their home, and I’m very excited for October.’