The Greek capital is getting ready to welcome the travel blogger community this Autumn
This October, Athens will host TBEX Europe 2014, the world’s largest gathering of travel bloggers, writers, new media content creators, and social media savvy travel industry professionals.
TBEX is a three-day event, during which a series of meetings, educational seminars and presentations will take place with the participation of internationally renowned experts, social media influencers and celebrities.
The event is accompanied by a rich program of social events and activities that showcase the host destination.
According to the conference director of TBEX, Mary Jo Manzanares, the Greek capital has the editorial content that the attendees of TBEX are looking for, from history to culinary to family-friendly and more.
“The travel bloggers and writers are looking for diversity in all that can be discovered in a city,” Mrs. Manzanares, told GTP.
The choice of Athens to host the TBEX event this year is considered an extremely important development for the city’s placement and image within the international travel and tourism industry.
Mrs. Manzanares underlined that the fact that TBEX will take place in a city that is coming out of tough times is perfect timing for the destination.
“This is one of those situations where you have a great destination, you have a lot of things people are going to want to do there and you really have motivation on the part of the officials to say: This is a chance to turn the corner, and put this to rest – We’re here, we’re open for business, come and visit,” the conference director of TBEX added.
Destinations that host TBEX, receive enormous and immediate promotion through all online platforms for social and professional networking, which aggregate hundreds of millions of views, reports and posts, before, during and after the meeting.
What do travel writers & bloggers think of Athens?
“I think it’s fantastic that the Greek tourism industry is taking blogging seriously. To get 1,000 bloggers to come to the event in October. I think it’s exceptional… Travel bloggers have millions of followers and any type of social media is the new future.” – Andy Mossack, Travel Writer and Broadcaster, BBC, www.TripReporter.co.uk.
“Athens is a very impressive destination. I’ve been travel writing for 30 years and the organization and the welcome here has been tremendous (referring to the Travel Trade Athens event)… I’m genuinely surprised by the feeling of the place… I’m also hoping to come in the summer for a longer stay and see the famous nightlife as well.” – Alan Wright, Freelancer and author, award-winning BBC Radio and TV presenter for over 25 years
“I’ve been to other TBEX events before and Athens is a fabulous city, so I know that travel bloggers are going to love it.” – Dr. Cacinda Maloney, PointsandTravel.com
“I’m already registered and I’m really looking forward to it. I think Athens is a fabulous destination for TBEX.” – Paul H. Johnson, aluxurytravelblog.com
“I think it’s a very good idea that TBEX will be held in Athens from my viewpoint of the cruise industry… The Olympics have changed the city dramatically in many ways…The whole ethos of Athens has changed and that shows by TBEX coming here.” – Steve Newman, World of Cruise Magazine
TBEX Europe 2014 will take place 23-25 October at the Megaron Athens International Conference Center and will be supported by the Greek National Tourism Organization.