So, we’re all back from the 3 day whirl that was TBEX Copenhagen and the articles are starting to flow from the many bloggers who attended. From what I’ve read so far, most other bloggers shared my impression of a really enjoyable event in Wonderful Copenhagen set in the unique venue of Wallmans Cirkus, with plenty of social events in stylish locations to enable us to network and meet up with friends we’ve followed (or maybe stalked!) through Twitter, Facebook and our blog comments.
The closing event of the conference was held at Green Square – think of a wonderful antiques shop filled with covetable objects and multiply by several warehouses – I hardly knew where to put my champagne glass for fear of spoiling the polished surface of some gorgeous armoire! We were treated to champagne and canapés showcasing the finest of Danish cuisine hosted by Løgismose who run fine restaurants and hotels, with Oysters and Cranberries from their Kong Hans restaurant, salmon delicacies from the Falsled Kro country hotel outside Copenhagen and chocolates from Summerbird. Unfortunately while my fellow bloggers were happily drinking and tasting all this delicious fare, I barely got a mouthful, as (just for your benefit) I was busy recording the impressions of my fellow bloggers on the events for the video below.
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I asked all the bloggers to answer two questions;
1. What were you hoping to get out of TBEX?
2. What were the highlights for you?
Most bloggers came with a primary aim of meeting up with fellow bloggers, networking and generally learning some new tricks and tips that they could use on their blog. As to the highlights, they were many and varied and a reflection of the variety of options in workshops and Copenhagen experiences that had been organised for us. The highlights that were mentioned most often were;
- Meeting and networking with other bloggers that we’d made friends with in the virtual world but now had a chance to chat to and hang out with and feel part of the travel bloggers’ community.
- The general quality of the workshops and speakers was praised but Andrew Evans and his storytelling and narrative writing session was raved about by so many that I’m kicking myself that I didn’t attend it, and those who took part in the video making workshop also really seemed to enjoy the experience.
- The SEO skit on the Hamlet theme was also enjoyed by us all and learning more about SEO and traffic generation was a general goal for those who wanted to take their blogs to the next level.
- Having the chance to meet PR representatives and find out how to work with them in the future to get more travel opportunities
- Everyone seemed to love Copenhagen, the Wallman’s Cirkus event space (not to mention the sparkly bras in the costume department) and the social events that were laid on for plenty of networking time.
- Last but not least, thanks to Johnny Jet for saying that meeting me was a highlight (I’ll fall for any amount of flattery)
It wasn’t all perfect and the perennial problem of poor wifi in the venue did crop up, and I might mention the coach that dropped us off on one of the trips but then disappeared, leaving us standing on an industrial estate in the dark wondering when the public bus might come (luckily Copenhagen local, David from Momondo took charge and guided us safely back to the centre). But the grumbles did seem to be relatively few and I personally felt the registration fee was incredible value considering the venue, trips, evening receptions and everything else that was laid on with the support of Wonderful Copenhagen and the other sponsors.
So, I’ll definitely be looking forward to next year’s TBEX Europe in another new city to explore and enjoy. If you were at TBEX Copenhagen, do add your highlights (and anything that wasn’t so great) in the comments – and see you all next year.
Many thanks to the bloggers I interviewed;
Lola Akinmade of Matador Goods @LolaAkinmade
John E Discala of JohnnyJet.com @JohnnyJet
Robert Reid of Lonely Planet @reidontravel
Karen Bryan of Europe a la Carte @KarenBryan
Amie O’Shaughnessy of Ciao Bambino! @Ciaobambino
Abigail King of Inside the Travel Lab @abigailking
Matt Preston of Travel with a mate @travelwithamate
Carol Margolis of Smart Women Travelers @smartwomentrav
Andrew Evans of NationalGeographic @WheresAndrew
“Liv” of I Eat my Pigeon @ieatmypigeon
Bart Van Poll of Spotted by Locals @spottedbylocals
Nancy Todd of The Spain Scoop @TheSpainScoop
Jeannie Mark of Nomadic Chick @nomadicchick
Dylan Lowe of The Travelling Editor @TravelingEditor
Kim Mance of Galavanting.tv @KimMance
Shout out to the Sponsors
Part of what made TBEX so enjoyable were the great venues, tours and social events, made possible by the sponsors, so all our thanks to;
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