You can find, below, a list of sessions that were covered at TBC Asia, 2014, together with Powerpoint Presentations and live streams of the conference.

This experience has enlightened traditional thinking in a way that makes it near invisible. It has painted brainpower in a shade of glamour and made the world at large not so large -- the number of hotels in attendance spoke volumes to this.

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Allison Busacca
BBC Travel

Steeve Keenan
Former Travel Editor
The Times of London

Dave and Deb
The PlanetD

Younes Hammoumi
Revinate - Director Strategic Operations
Asia Pacific

Sarah Mathews
Trip Advisor
Destination Marketing Senior Sales Manager APAC

Craig Martin
Proffessional Travel Bloggers Association

Jerome Wise
Vice President, E-Commerce

Sara Whines
Associate Director at Four bgb

Khurram Jamali
Industry Manager

David Sottimano
Senior Consultant


The first instalment of TBCAsia saw the engagement between travel bloggers, writers, hotels, PR agencies, social and digital media experts, startup bloggers, destination marketers, hotels and more. In short: SOMETHING WAS STARTED, HISTORY WAS MADE, WE WERE THERE.

Given below is a full list of attendees and watch this page for information on how to register for TBCAsia, 2016 or mail us on


  • Theva Residency
  • Galle Fort Hotel
  • Asia Leisure
  • Jetwing Hotels
  • Edge Leisure
  • Galle Face Hotel
  • Siddhalepa Resort
  • Uga Escapes
  • Serendib Leisure
  • 98acres
  • Kingsbury Hotel
  • Fortress Resorts and Spa World link- Amaya
  • SKy Hotels
  • Mahaweli Reach
  • Anantaya
  • Barberyn Ayurveda Resorts
  • Anilana
  • Connaissance De Ceylan
  • Resplendent Ceylon Pvt Ltd
  • Aitken Spence Hotels
  • Browns Hotels & Resorts
  • Cocoon Resorts/Sumanagiri Lanka Pvt Ltd
  • Ceylon Hotels Investment
  • Mount Lavinia Hotel
  • Templeberg
  • Jetwing
  • Citrus
  • Leisure Luxe
  • Gal oya lodge
  • Rainforest
  • Unwatuna Beach Resort


  • E Marketing Eye
  • 247 Techies Pvt Ltd

Tours/Travels Companies

  • Look Asia
  • Siri Nature Tour
  • Alohil Travels
  • Delux Vacations
  • OV Holidays/Viluxur
  • Yala Sri Lanka
  • Shanti Travel
  • Miracle Sri Lanka
  • Red dot tours
  • I am Sri lanka
  • Aitken Spence Travels
  • Different Discovery
  • ECO Team Pvt Ltd
  • NKAR Travels
  • Ebert Silva
  • Pearl Ceylon
  • Pan lanka
  • Srilanka in style


  • Ceylon Arrack
  • Sifani Jewellers

Travel Bloggers

The definition of cool is currently being rewritten by these people

Check out the awesome travel bloggers who participated in the first ever Travel Bloggers Conference

Tawny Clark

Christopher Staudinger

Laurence Norah

Sofie Couwenbergh

Mariellen Ward

Leif Harum

Clelia Mattana

Katelyn McCulley

Michael Turtle

Jeremy Jones

Craig Martin

Rebecca Enright

Elizabeth Carlson

Sherry Ott

Stephanie Yoder

Laurel Robbins

Maria Maciocha

Cacinda Maloney

Jessica Korteman

Hai Huynh



Ferrari Enzo

Kerwin McKenzie

Travis Ball

Dave Bouskill

Debra Corbeil

Annette White

Jeffrey Johns

Marina Dominguez

Katja Presnal

Erwin Morata


Nicole Smith

Huang Baoxuan, Nellie

Derek Freal

Inmaculada Gregorio Gomez

Daniela Heinrich

Paul Farrugia

Erin Bender

Katie Sasha Nadworny

Brock Anthony

Steve Hänisch

Danyella Colares


Time Bloggers Track Speakers Time Industry Participants Track Speakers
0830hrs 0900hrs Registration
0900hrs 0905hrs  Ice Breaker and curtain raiser videos - SL Tourism Video, Tour Video, Sri Lankan Airlines Video
0905hrs 0910hrs Welcome Speeches Craig Martin, President-PTBA
0910hrs 0920hrs Nishantha Wickramasinghe, Chairman -SriLankan Airlines
0920hrs 0925hrs Bashwara Gunaratne, Chairman- Sri Lanka Tourism
0925hrs 0930hrs Ranjith Rubasinghe, CEO - Mobitel
0930hrs 0933hrs Ajit Gunewardene, Deputy Chairman - John Keells Group
0935hrs 1005hrs Key Note Address - 'Content Isn't King, Good Content Is' - Insight to Travel Media & Blogging Allison Busacca, Editor-BBC Travel
1005hrs 1035hrs Digital Story Telling - Why a Blog Post isn't enough Dave & Debrah, Planet D
1035hrs 1115hrs Coffee break and Initial Networking session
1115hrs 1145hrs 1115hrs-1145hrs Effective use of Travel Blogging - 4 Case Studies. Hotel, Destination, Airline, DMC Kate Mcculley, Laurel Robbins, Sara Whines + Craig Martin (Moderator)
1145hrs 1215hrs Importance of SEO and PPC for Travel Bloggers Karthik Venkat, Industry Manager UK & India Hotels -Google 1145hrs-1215hrs How to find and work with Travel Bloggers Laurence Norah, Elizabeth Carlson - PTBA
1215hrs 1315hrs Ethical concerns in blogging Steeve Keenan, Times of London / Allison Busaca, BBC / Craig Martin, President PTBA 1215hrs-1245hrs Video Blogging in collaboration with Brands & DMOs Steve Hanisch, Tawny Clarke, Christopher Staudinger
1245hrs-1315hrs Optmize your search engine to maxmize visibility' - The importance of SEO and PPC's in the new age Karthik Venkat, Industry Manager UK & India Hotels -Google
1315hrs 1400hrs Lunch break
1400hrs 1430hrs Advanced google analytics for Bloggers David Sottymano, Senior Consultant- Distilled 1400hrs-1430hrs Blogging for better SEO optimization Rajitha Dahanayake- CEO E-Marketing Eye
1430hrs 1530hrs Industry Talks Back: Advice to Bloggers Sara Whines, FourGB PR - Associate Director(Interview format with PTBA moderator) 1430hrs-1500hrs Get Your Web Right, Optimize your Clicks' - How make best use of your Website Jerome, Vice President Ecommerce-Travel Click
1500hrs-1530hrs Why Blog about your Destination - Impact of Blogging on your business Sarah Mathews, Destination Marketing Senior Sales Manager-Trip Advisor
1530hrs 1600hrs Advanced, actionable SEO Advise for Travel Bloggers David Sottymano, Senior Consultant- Distilled 1530hrs-1600hrs 'Good Digital Reputation, Great Tangible Revenue' - Driving Sales through Reputation Management and Effective use of Digital Marketing Younes Hammoumi, Director Strategic Operations- Revinate
1600hrs 1700hrs Role of Blogging in Sales & Marketing for Your Business Panel Discussion by Trip Advisor, FourGB PR, PTBA Chairman, Dileep Mudadeniya - Cinnamon Hotels & Resorts (moderated by Nisthar Cassim - Editor Daily FT)
1700hrs 1715hrs Tea / Coffee Break
1715hrs 1830hrs Speed Networking session

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