Travel Blog Exchange (TBEX) Conference Comes to Billings

Billings Highlights

Billings, MT, August 30, 2019: The Travel Blog Exchange (TBEX) Conference will bring 500 of the world’s travel bloggers, journalists, influencers and industry professionals to Billings September 10-13, 2019. TBEX is the largest conference and networking event of its kind.

Over the last 13 months, Visit Billings staff and partners have been planning for the TBEX Conference including its many associated tours and events. As a destination marketing organization (DMO), Visit Billings is charged with representing Billings as a tourism destination by promoting the city as a preferred travel stop for leisure, business, and sports visitors. This conference is important for Billings and southeast Montana as it will elevate the region to visitors while strengthening the local economy by filling hotels, motels, restaurants, and attractions. Many TBEX attendees have a strong impact on the travel industry with hundreds of thousands of followers and massive influence to help promote Billings and the state of Montana.

Visit Billings has coordinated 38 pre-conference tours for 400 of the TBEX attendees. Each tour will begin and end at Montana’s Trailhead. The tours will give local businesses and tourism partners the opportunity to showcase Billings as an exceptional travel destination, highlighting the arts and culture scene, the numerous outdoor recreational options, historical significance, and the proximity to state treasures such as the Beartooth Scenic Highway, Pompeys Pillar and Little Bighorn National Monuments, State Parks, and Yellowstone National Park.

In addition to the pre-conference tours on 9/10-11, Visit Billings and partner sponsors will be hosting four night parties for the TBEX attendees:
• Tuesday, September 10th: VIP Reception hosted by the Billings Cultural Partners (BCP) at the Yellowstone Art Museum. This evening will give attendees a first glimpse of the BCP’s North by Northwest (NXNW) ten day event series.
• Wednesday, September 11th: TBEX Opening Night Party sponsored and hosted by the Montana Office of Tourism and Business Development (MOTBD) at Camelot Ranch. This MONTANA themed event will inspire attendees to find their #MontanaMoments.
• Thursday, September 12th: Attendees will be hosted by Visit Big Sky and Yellowstone Country Montana at The Pub Station. This unique party will showcase areas surrounding Big Sky and Yellowstone National Park.
• Friday, September 13th: Onward! Visit Billings and Visit Southeast Montana will send off attendees following a grand party at the Historic Billings Depot. This party is a final opportunity to showcase the region and all it has to offer with Dino digs, a mini brew-fest, historic tours, and music.
The conference itself will take place at the Billings Hotel and Convention Center 9/12-13 featuring various breakout sessions and keynote speakers on subjects relevant to the travel and tourism industry.

For more information about Visit Billings or TBEX NA 2019, please contact alyson@visitbillings.com.

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