TBEX 2014 Is Heading To Cancun

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

TBEX 2014 North American Heading To Cancun

It’s official, TBEX North America 2014 is heading to Cancun and will take place from September 11 -14. It was recently announced that TBEX North America 2014, the world’s largest conference for travel bloggers, is heading south of the border (the U.S. border that is) to Cancun, Mexico, this year, this after being held in Canadian locations two of the last three years (Vancouver and Toronto in 2011 and 2013 respectively; Colorado in 2012).

Though rumors surfaced earlier this year in February that the conference was going to be held in Las Vegas after a blog post on the TBEX web site was inadvertently published, it appears that after winnowing the selection down to three potential locations, Cancun was chosen. A Louisiana location, reportedly Baton Rouge, was set to be announced shortly after last year’s conference in Toronto, but concerns about the proposed venue’s Wi-Fi capabilities caused the deal to fall through.

Having traveled to Cancun myself in 2012 with a healthy dose of skepticism beforehand, I can safely say that Cancun is much more than hotels and spring break, and I was pleasantly surprised at how much the region itself had to offer for travelers. Nearby sights including Chichen Itza, Playa del Carmen, Tulum, Isla Mujeres, downtown Cancun and the area’s numerous cenotes will likely be offered as related trips before and after the conference.

The conference itself will be held at the Moon Palace Golf & Spa Resort, about 18 miles south of the well-known “Hotel Zone” (or an approximately 30-minute drive to the center of that area, which, unofficially, is Coco Bongo at last check).

Upon hearing of the news, the mood around TheExpeditioner headquarters was one of general approval and contentment, with one staffer responding when learning of the news, “Cool, I like the beach.”

[TBEX 2014 North America]


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  • BWRick

    So now it is official Matt scooped us on our own news. The dates are September 11 – 14. Day trips and opening night party on the 11th. Main conference days Sept 12 and 13, post show workshops and trips start Sept 14.

    The conference will be held at the Moon Palace Resort. It is a 5 star all inclusive property and we will be announcing an amazing rate for TBEX attendees next week. There will be several other hotels with discounted rates available for attendees.

  • I really wish they solidified the decision much earlier. You’re right, it’s already June. Alaska or Cancun is good for me, but I’d hope more for Alaska. It’s a cheap flight for me. ;)

  • MikesRoadTrip

    Look at you Matt…scooping everyone! :-)

    • MattStabile

      Well, we’ll see . . .

  • Pointsandtravel

    I would love to go to Alaska! But I will take Mexico any day of the week!

    • MattStabile

      Me too, I’m always up for a location known for great food.

    • MikesRoadTrip

      I would much prefer Alaska…one of only 4 states I’ve not yet been to.

  • BWRick

    Wait a minute, I heard it was Anchorage?

    • Pointsandtravel

      yippee! Let’s go there!

      • MattStabile

        Ha, I’ve actually heard great things about Alaska too, although for a fall destination I would prefer Mexico.

  • Nothing like leaving it to the last minute but that certainly is a fantastic part of Mexico. I approve of the location choice as well.

    • Pointsandtravel

      I love Mexico too!

      • MattStabile

        Me too, I think this will be a fun spot to have it.

  • Kara Williams

    An official announcement with dates would be grand!

    • MattStabile

      Coming soon Kara, coming soon . . .

  • baseballmh1012

    I heard Isla Mujeres, but I guess we are in the same general area! In mid-July.

    • MattStabile

      Well,yeah, Isla Mujeres is just off the Cancun coast, but it definitely does not have a large convention center/hall.

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