This October, TBC Asia 2018 will bring to you the Pre-tour, Conference and Awards in a bi-annual event which will be in its third installment since its launch in 2014.
As the first-ever online influencer conference to be held in the Asian region in 2014, TBC Asia gained momentum with the addition of the awards in 2016 which recognized some of the most influential travel bloggers in the world today.
The conference brings together the combined power of the world’s best online influencers as well as industry practitioners who have transformed the creation of content and marketing in the digital era, to present its participants with a charged and intimate session on topics that are of direct relevance in today’s context of travel.
The conference is also open to the travel bloggers’ awards which recognizes the most influential online contributors in the digital travel content phase.
Best Travel Blog of the Year 2016
California native, Kiersten Rich is a former financial professional turned travel blogger. Her journey around the world has earned her thousands of followers through her The Blonde Abroad brand. She has traveled to over 50 countries and have knocked some big adventures off her bucket list. Her travel and adventure blog accompanied with the similarly titled YouTube channel has resulted in hundreds of thousands of followers across multiple social media platforms.
The Blonde Abroad - www.theblondeabroad.com
Dave Bouskill & Debra Corbeil
Best Travel Blog of the Year 2016
"Fortysomething husband and wife team Dave Bouskill and Debra Corbeil launched their website in 2007 when they took part in the 7,500-mile Tour d'Afrique cycling adventure from Cairo to Capetown. The Toronto film industry veterans soon began traveling all winter, when work was slow, blogging along the way. Today, they run a fully-fledged media company, partnering with the likes of American Express and Cathay Pacific."
The Planet D - www.theplanetd.com
Best Up Coming Travel Blogger 2016
Marta Kulesza is Polish travel photographer who has been living, travelling and working around the globe since she turned 18. A few years ago, during one of her trips to Scotland, she bought her first DSLR and her adventure with photography began. When she is not stuck to her computer editing photos, you can find her hiking somewhere in the mountains.
In A Faraway Land - www.inafarawayland.com
Best writing in a blog 2016
An investment banker turned travel writer, Kristin Addis has been traveling the globe nonstop since 2012 documenting her adventures on her popular blog Be My Travel Muse. Kristin has traveled the world mostly alone, hitchhiking on every continent except for Antarctica. She recently also authored the popular book, Conquering Mountains, How To Solo Travel The World Fearlessly, with the intention of encouraging women to travel solo.
Be My Travel Muse - www.bemytravelmuse.com
Best travel photography blog 2016
Hannah & Adam are a Wisconsin couple who left behind the American dream to travel the world and chase our own dreams.
Getting Stamped captures the crazy life of travel started about 6 years ago because of a chance conversation with total strangers. Hannah and Adam both had been working their careers for nearly a decade and the ripe ole’ age of 30 was rapidly approaching. A series of events lead them to question “Is this all there is to life?”.
Getting Stamped - www.gettingstamped.com/blog
Stoked for Saturday
Best Travel Video Blog 2016
Jordan and Jenna are an adventurous Canadian couple who love being active and sharing our adventures with others! Their journey started in September 2013 when they quit their jobs, sold their houses, cars and belongings in Canada – packed their bags and moved to the other side of the world! Looking for adventure, while still pursuing their careers, they set off for New Zealand to experience ‘Living a Kiwi Life’.
Stoked for Saturday - www.stokedforsaturday.com
Best Food Blog 2016
Niamh Shields is an Irish based in London, a scientist turned food writer via a career in New Media. She started her blog in 2007, with food and travel bringing her much joy. She loves to meet people when she travels, learn their recipes, eat in their restaurants and wander their streets. When not wandering, she can be found in my kitchen or in a restaurant, possibly a wine bar too.
Eat Like a Girl - www.eatlikeagirl.com/about
Best Food Blog 2016
Jodi Ettenberg used to be a lawyer but now tells stories through food. 9 years ago, she quit her job as a corporate attorney to visit Siberia. She thought she would take a sabbatical from the law, making that Siberia trip into a round-the-world adventure. Legal Nomads turned into a new career. Food became her obsession, and the best way she could connect to others in a new place.
Legal Nomads - www.legalnomads.com
Best luxury travel blog 2016
Jayne Gorman is an award-winning travel blogger currently blogging her way around forty countries before her 30th birthday. A social media expert as well as a travel buff, her travel style is boutique hotels meets street eats. She has been blogging since 2010.
Girl Tweets World - www.girltweetsworld.com
Best Airline Blog 2016
Alvin Lim is a digital and social media native. He is a 100% geek who spend too much time online. Alvin is the founder of Alvinology.com and has been blogging since 2007. The site started as a one-man blog and is now a full fledge content portal with a team of professional content staff.
Alvinology - www.alvinology.com
Best optimization of social media 2016
Travel Dudes is a community of travelers whose aim is to assist fellow travelers on their adventures around the world and help enhance their travel experience. Their key ethos is 'For Travelers, By Travelers!'
Traveldudes - www.traveldudes.org
Cristina Garcia & Hal Brindley
Best responsible tourism award 2016
Hal and Cristina are crazy about wildlife. Their passion is to travel and explore the wilderness and all the animals that live in it. The ethos behind their blog is to help plan wildlife adventures.
Travel for Wildlife - www.travel4wildlife.com
Blogger, Foodie and Travel Fanatic
Blogger, foodie, and travel fanatic most well known for hosting the Netflix series Girl Eat World. She also writes for her own self-titled blog documenting her food and travel adventures. In 2013, she became widely known as the winner of the second season of Master Chef South Africa.
Megan Jerrard is an Australian Journalist, and the founder and Senior Editor of Mapping Megan, an award-winning travel blog focused on adventure, discovery, immersion and authentic exploration around the globe. A travel writer since 2007, she has over 10 years experience in the industry and has travelled to 50+ countries across all seven continents, Her articles have been widely published and acknowledged by publications such as National Geographic, the New York Times, Forbes, and British Airways High Life.
Dirk Dallas is a designer, educator and photographer, who has been flying various electric helicopters and RC airplanes for over 10 years. After getting his first drone, he became obsessed with aerial photography and video. He started fromwhereidrone.com to provide a helpful resource for those interested in getting started with aerial photography/cinematography. His site is also a space to find amazing drone imagery, learn from the leaders in the drone world.
Royston Ellis is a novelist, travel writer and erstwhile beat poet, born in Britain, who has lived in Sri Lanka since 1980. At the dawn of the Sixties, Royston found himself in Liverpool. There he fell in with John Lennon. They chewed the fat and told each about their ambitions: Ellis wanted to be a writer; Lennon a pop star. The association had momentous repercussions: Lennon had already thought of a name for his new group but it was Ellis who suggested spelling it with an "a".
He has contributed hundreds of articles about Sri Lanka to UK newspapers and magazines, to airline in-flight magazines, and to Sri Lankan publications, including Explore Sri Lanka, of which he was editorial consultant for 16 years, and to the Sunday Times (Colombo) for whom he reviews Sri Lankan hotels. He is author of Sri Lanka by Rail and India by Rail (and co-author of Bradt’s Maldives and Mauritius, Rodrigues & Réunion.
Dileep Mudadeniya possesses many years of experience in travel, tourism, communications and strategic planning and the founder of center for research and sustainability studies. Currently he is the Head of Brand Marketing –Cinnamon Hotels and Resorts and Vice President- John KEELS Group. He is also a member of the national tourism task force appointed by the Hon. Pri Minister of Sri Lanka.
He was the former Head of Quality Standards, Licensing, Investment Legal and Special Projects of the Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority, has served the Public Sector of Sri Lanka working extensively in the areas of travel and tourism and mass communication.
An alumnus of the University of Colombo, an Attorney-at-Law, and a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Marketing, Chartered Marketer Dileep, holds a MBA in Marketing. He is also the Winner of the ten outstanding young person award (TOYP) for public sector.He is currently reading for his PhD Taoist graduate institute of management - University of Sri Jayawardenapura.
Manager - Media Development, Sri Lankan Airlines
Deepal Perera has been with Sri Lankan Airlines since 2012. He is the current Manager Media Development and overlooks all traditional, digital and social media aspects of Sri Lankan Airlines. He was the former Head of Corporate Communications at LAUGFS Holdings, and prior to that has worked as a Deputy Business Editor, Defense Correspondent, Deputy Features Editor and News Editor for various media publications including the Daily FT and Daily Mirror in Sri Lanka.