| “This is a world first”: Craig Martin
An interview with the President of the Professional Travel Bloggers Association
Cinnamon Hotels & Resorts in partnership with SriLankan Airlines will be hosting Asia’s first-ever Travel Bloggers Conference (TBC Asia) on 18 November, at Cinnamon Lakeside Colombo.
In organising the above, Cinnamon Hotels & Resorts together with the Professional Travel Bloggers Association (PTBA) selected 50 of the best travel bloggers who will also tour around Sri Lanka prior to the conference as a pre-conference tour.
Speaking about the event, Craig Martin, the President of the Professional Travel Bloggers Association, was interviewed. Following are excerpts:
Q: What are your sentiments about speaking at the Travel Bloggers Conference?
A: I am very excited about attending the first TBC Asia conference, hosted by Cinnamon Hotels & Resorts and SriLankan Airlines. This is the first time the PTBA has partnered with the conference and we look forward very much to coming to Sri Lanka and seeing everything the country has to offer.
In addition to the formal conference, we provide learning opportunities in writing, photography, videography, embedded in a trip around the country. To our knowledge, this is a world first and we thank our airline sponsor, SriLankan Airlines, and Cinnamon Hotels & Resorts for the opportunity to bring some of the world’s best bloggers to your shores.
Q: What are the topics of discussion?
A: TBC Asia will cover a wide variety of topics of interest to the tourism and new media sectors. Both industries are seeing a convergence of the passion and skills that we seek to nurture at this event.
On the business side, we will be discussing how Sri Lanka and the Asian region can improve tourism by working with professional bloggers. We will also be catering to innovative, upcoming Sri Lankan bloggers and providing professional development for those more established names coming from overseas.