LAS VEGAS, Nevada – Tripatini.com CEO David Paul Appell today announced the successful completion of final preparations for TheTravelBloggerShow, to be held for the second year in conjunction with the American Society of Travel Agents at ASTA’s annual THETRADESHOW. “Last year in Orlando, Florida, we made quite a splash in the travel blogging world with speakers such as Chris Elliott, ‘Nomadic’ Matt Kepnis, Edward Hasbrouck, and Kim Mance,” commented Appell, “and this year we’re proud to be able to add exciting new sponsors, speakers, events, perks, and prizes to take it all to the next level, as well as to a new audience out west.”
Co-sponsored by AOL Travel’s popular travel site, Gadling.com, and Access America Travel Insurance, the main event will be a day-long conference at the Las Vegas Convention Center, aimed at both experienced and novice bloggers, whether their interest is purely travel journalism or blogging as part of a travel trade business. Speakers and topics include:
Beth Whitman, founder of WanderlustandLipstick.com – “Making Your Blog Pop: Five Steps to a Killer Travel Blog”
Ben Reed, founder of AdventuresWithBen.com – “Beyond Guest Posting: Broadening Your Audience Through Increasing Brand Awareness”
George Oberle, founder of ReviewResorts.com and TravelBlogProject.com – “Search Engine Optimization (SEO): Optimize Your Blog, Maximize Your Reach”
George Hobica, founder of Expedia’s AirfareWatchdog.com – “Marketing and Publicizing Your Blog: How to Take It Viral and Spread Your Content Across the Globe”
Wil Klass of SpotCoolStuff.com – “Monetizing Your Blog: How to Turn Your Blog into a Money Machine”
Grant Martin, editor in chief of Gadling.com – moderates panel of all of our speakers, on the topic, “Where to Next? Surviving in the Fast-evolving World of Travel Blogging”
In addition to the above and to events open to all ASTA THETRADESHOW attendees, other TBS events/perks include: cocktail parties hosted by the Platinum Hotel, Nikki Café at the Tropicana and downtown’s Sidebar; free passes to Studio 54, the Las Vegas Monorail, and the Blue Man Group; and a hardhat-tour sneak peek at the Mob Museum, opening this coming February. More than 15 exciting travel prizes will also be given away in random drawings. Attached is a list of more details on venues and donors of prizes and perks.
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The mission of the American Society of Travel Agents (ASTA) is to facilitate the business of selling travel through effective representation, shared knowledge, and the enhancement of professionalism. ASTA seeks a retail travel marketplace that is profitable and growing and a rewarding field in which to work, invest, and do business.