2017 Conferences for Travel Bloggers & Media Professionals

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Conferences have a way of sneaking up on us. So we’re helping you get a jump start on your the 2017 calendar of conferences for travel bloggers and media professionals. Whether you’re a travel blogger, writer, podcaster, photographer, videographer, influencer, or something new we haven’t yet thought of, you’ll find opportunities in this list to network and learn from peers and leaders in your industry.

Get those business cards and elevator pitches ready! It’ll be time to pack your bag for these travel and media conferences before you know it.

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Build Your Blog Conference — February 3-4, Salt Lake City, Utah

  • Focus: Blogging
  • Attendees: Bloggers and brands
  • From their website: “We set out to create the best conference for blogs to actually learn and get inspired. After years of going to conferences where the networking was great but the actual content was lacking, we decided to start our own conference where the speakers, classes and even the interaction with brands was all solely devoted to building your blog.”

Southern C Conference — February 8-10, Sea Island, Georgia

  • Focus: Southern U.S.
  • Attendees: Influencers, entrepreneurs, and bloggers with focus on the southern states
  • From their website: The Southern C Summit is a niche multi-day conference filled with networking opportunities and educational sessions from the best and the brightest. Attendees, presenters and sponsors connect through carefully crafted events and unique experiences that create meaningful conversations and provide memorable takeaway.

Travel and Adventure Show  — February 18-19, Los Angeles, California

  • Focus: Adventure Travel
  • Attendees: Travelers and industry professionals
  • From their website: “At the Travel & Adventure Show, the #1 series of travel shows in the U.S., you never know who you are going to meet. Come face-to-face with some of your favorite celebrity travel speakers such as Samantha Brown, Rick Steves and Peter Greenberg. Get expert packing tips, technology trends and budget travel hacks on the Savvy Traveler Theater. Talk to local destination experts who have the inside knowledge of where to go and what to do at the Destination Theater.”

ITB Berlin — March 8-12, Berlin, Germany

  • Focus: Global travel
  • Attendees: Influencers and industry professionals
  • From their website: “As the Leading Travel Trade Show, ITB Berlin is the foremost business platform for global touristic offers.

TBEX International — March 20-22, Jerusalem Israel

  • Focus: Travel blogging
  • Attendees: Travel bloggers, brands, and influencers
  • From their website: “TBEX is the largest conference and networking event for travel bloggers, online travel journalists, new media content creators, travel brands and industry professionals. Each year, TBEX partners with fantastic host destinations in North America, Europe and Asia Pacific to bring the travel industry’s most creative minds together to learn, network and do business.”

BinderCon —  April 1-2, Los Angeles, California

  • Focus: Writing
  • Attendees: Women and gender non-conforming writers
  • From their website: “Out of the Binders is a 501c3 nonprofit that provides content, community, and career development for 35,000 women and gender non-conforming writers. BinderCon is our bicoastal professional development conference, helping women and gender non-conforming writers gain the tools, strategies, and connections they need to advance their careers.”

World Travel Market — April 4-6, Sao Paolo, Brazil 

  • Focus: Latin American travel
  • Attendees: Industry professionals, businesses, destinations, and influencers
  • From their website: “WTM Latin America is the three day must-attend business-to-business (B2B) event which brings the world to Latin America and promotes Latin America to the world. Through its industry networks, unrivalled global reach, WTM Latin America creates personal and business opportunities, providing customers with quality contacts, content and communities.The show, now in its 5th year, attracts over 6,500 influential visitors and 700 exhibiting companies during the three day event to network, negotiate and discover the latest industry news.

Skift Global Forum: Europe — April 4, Tobacco Duck, London 

  • Focus: Global travel industry
  • Attendees: Travel industry professionals
  • From their website: “Skift Global Forum is the largest creative business gathering in the global travel industry. It is the first conference series focused on top Marketers, Strategists and Technologists in travel – the people creating and defining the future of travel.

Women in Travel Summit — April 21-23, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

  • Focus: Travel blogging for women
  • Attendees: Women travel influencers, creators, and brands.
  • From their website: “The Women in Travel Summit is the premier event for women travel influencers and industry members, organized by Wanderful. Our goal is to provide our attendees with the tools, connections, and resources they need to become better travel bloggers and influencers and to equip great brands with partnerships that can help them enhance their digital presence and meet their business goals, all while growing our global sisterhood of dedicated women who travel.

B Connected — April 22-23, Toronto, Canada

  • Focus: Blogging and social media
  • Attendees: Canadian bloggers, influencers, and brands
  • From their website: “The BConnected Conference, Canada’s Digital Influencer Conference, is open to bloggers, digital influencers, Vloggers, Instagramers, business owners, brands, charitables organizations, and not for profit associations looking to enhance their social media and blogging skills. BDigital. BInfluential. BConnected!”

Eye for Travel Summit — April 24-25, San Francisco, California

  • Focus: Social media for travel
  • From their website: “EyeforTravel San Francisco is not a normal conference. Our mission is to enable you to compete for bookings like a natural born digital brand and build the tech driven, insight inspired distribution partnerships that will provide services travelers want.”

Travel and Words: Northwest Travel Writing Conference — April 23-25, Salem, Oregon

  • Focus: Travel Writing
  • Attendees: Northwest travel writers
  • From their website: “We are a group of freelance writers, bloggers, editors, publishers, and travel and tourism professionals who live and work in the Northwest and volunteer our time to produce the Northwest’s only travel writers conference: Travel and Words.”

TBEX North America — May 4-6, Huntsville, Alabama

  • Focus: Travel blogging
  • Attendees: Travel bloggers, brands, and influencers
  • From their website: “TBEX is the largest conference and networking event for travel bloggers, online travel journalists, new media content creators, travel brands and industry professionals. Each year, TBEX partners with fantastic host destinations in North America, Europe and Asia Pacific to bring the travel industry’s most creative minds together to learn, network and do business.”

Travel Classics Writer’s Conference — May 18-21, Ireland

  • Focus: Travel journalism
  • Attendees: Travel writers and editors
  • From their website: “There’s no better way to stay in the loop of major magazine markets, as you enhance your career with great writing assignments. Travel Classics is unlike any other conference on Earth.”

International Pow Wow — June 3-7, Washington, DC

  • Focus: U.S. Travel
  • Attendees: Travel destinations and oragizations
  • From their website: “U.S. Travel Association’s IPW is the travel industry’s premier international marketplace and the largest generator of travel to the U.S. – it is NOT a typical trade show. In just three days of intensive pre-scheduled business appointments, more than 1,000 U.S. travel organizations from every region of the USA (representing all industry category components), and more than 1,300 international and domestic buyers from more than 70 countries conduct business negotiations that result in the generation of more than $4.7 billion in future Visit USA travel. At IPW, buyers and sellers are able to conduct business that would otherwise be generated only through an exhaustive number of around-the-world trips.”

VidCon US — June 21-24, Anaheim, California

  • Focus: Videography
  • Attendees: Videographers
  • From their website: “To bring together all of the people who are shaping, growing, and participating in the rapidly growing realm of online video entertainment”

#BlogHer — June 22-24, Orlando, Florida

  • Focus: Blogging and social media
  • Attendees: Online content creators (mostly women)
  • From their website: “#BlogHer17 is open to anyone and everyone who considers themselves part of the social media and online content creator space. #BlogHer17 is particularly focused on highlighting the skills and talents of women who are rising their voices and creating content online. All genders, ages, ethnicities, interests and levels of blogging experience are encouraged to attend! We promise there’s something for everyone. (And in case you’re curious, about 10-15% of attendees are men.)”

World Domination Summit  — July 11-17, Portland, Oregon

  • Focus: Community, adventure, and service
  • Attendees: Travelers, adventurers, entrepreneurs, etc.
  • From their website: “Since 2011, WDS has brought together more than 10,000 remarkable people from all 50 states and more than 40 countries. Our mission is to explore community, to undertake an adventure, and to be of service to all those around us.

Beer Bloggers and Writers Conference — August 3-6, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

  • Focus: Beer
  • Attendees: Beer writers, bloggers, brewers, and brands
  • From their website: “In determining where to locate the conference, we look at dozens of potential locations and include a number of criteria. The will of our attendees is very important but, sometimes, we also like to choose interesting places that are full of beer history and have phenomenal beer scenes.  Milwaukee has an abundance of both and we are really excited to be there and know attendees will also.”

Book Passage: Travel Writers and Photographers Conference — August 10-13, Corte Madera, California

  • Focus: Travel writing and photography
  • Attendees: Travel writers, authors, journalists, bloggers, editors, and photographers
  • From their website: “Through workshops, panels, and evening events, with ample free time for informal conversation on the piazza, the conference offers participants a rich mix of information and inspiration; we cover how to shape a compelling travel story, how to shoot a transporting travel photo, how to successfully pitch an editor, how to maximize social media, how to jumpstart your writing and photography, how to leap to the next level, and much, much more.”

Podcast Movement — August 23-25, Anaheim, California

  • Focus: Podcasting
  • Attendees: Podcasters
  • From their website: “Attendees will have the opportunity to participate in their choice of over 80 breakout sessions and panels, including sessions on the Technical Track, Creators Track, Business Track, Industry Track, and more!” 

Do you know of a conference for travel bloggers that we should add to our list? Please let us know in the comments section, below! 

Recent Comments

  • I hadnt heard of most of these. Great call out. Will be looking into the ones in Europe as they are easy to fly to from the UK.

  • This is a neat list. I did not recognize most of these. I know blogging about travel is a highly consumable content, but it is even much larger than I thought. I appreciate the list!

  • Not sure they count as “conferences” but a few fantastic events are NY Travel Fest, The NY Times Travel Show, and Travel + Social Good.
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  • Great round up. Here are a few more:

    Pacific Asia Travel Association puts on a number of conferences each year: https://www.pata.org
    TBEX International will be in Africa next year: http://tbexcon.com/2018-Africa/events/tbex-africa-2018

    And then there is the Himalayan Travel Mart in Nepal. http://htmnepal.com/

    Oh, and INDABA in South Africa: http://www.indaba-southafrica.co.za

    • great addition Mike! thanks!

  • Is there a 2018 line up yet?

  • Thanks for this list! I’m interested in attending Vidcon this year in Los Angeles CA. I just started a travel channel on Youtube called “Nate & Adriana” where we give travel tips & advice for budget travelers. We hope to meet more like-minded travelers at these conferences. Thanks again! 🙂