Last year, the inaugural Travel Bloggers Conference was really just a tag on to the annual BlogHer Conference.

But this year it’s all on its own and is shaping up to be one heck of a conference, with speakers and panelists creating a real ‘who’s who’ of travel writers and travel bloggers, including two of my co-bloggers here at the Perceptive Travel Blog.

Allison Stein Wellner will be joining Donald George (legendary travel writer),  David Farley (An Irreverent Curiosity), and Jim Benning (WorldHum) on the Saturday morning for the Travel Writing: Upping Your Game panel moderated by World Hum’s Michael Yessis.

And on Sunday,  Sheila Scarborough joins John E. DiScala (Johnny Jet), Pete Meyers, (EuroCheapo), Jen Miner (The Vacation Gals), Matt Kepnes (Nomadic Matt), and Andy Hayes (Sharing Travel Experiences) on the SEO for Travel Blogging & Monetizing Strategies panel moderated by Sean Keener from BootsnAll Travel Network.

These two panels are really just the tip of the iceberg. In all, there will be six panels over the weekend, covering topics ranging from ethics to branding and working with PR.  Check out the TBEX’10 Events Schedule for the full line up.

It’s not all business of course. There’s a Speakers Dinner on Friday night, followed by a Cocktails Around the World event and then later the TBEX’10 Kickoff Party.

And those arriving Thursday or Friday can get a NYC City Pass and take part in the complimentary walking tours of New York City being offered by Context Travel.

TBEX’10 sure sounds like it will be a great success, with plenty of knowledge sharing and partying networking.

So who’s going to be there?

Sadly not me.

I’m holding out for TBEX’11.

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