A sampling of writeups around the web about TBEX:
TravelBlogExchange.com Offers Travel Bloggers an Online Home
Chicago, IL, January 18, 2009 -- Galavanting Productions, the travel media company behind Galavanting.tv and GoGalavanting.com, announced the creation of an all-encompassing travel network, based on the Ning platform, yesterday to a core group of thirty industry bloggers. In less than 24 hours, travel writers, bloggers and photojournalists from all over the world had joined the network, with more joining to share their global experiences every hour.
"There was never really an active place to have travel bloggers congregate," said Kim Mance, founder of TravelBlogExchange and co-founder of Galavanting Productions. "TBEX is an interactive community where bloggers can meet each other; learn more about the art of travel writing as a business; cross connect on other platforms; and locate new audiences and vendors for their blog."
The idea is a by-product of a meetup planned for July 26th, 2009 in Chicago. Debbie Dubrow of DeliciousBaby.com and Mance are co-hosting the event to get travel bloggers together, calling it Travel Blog Exchange '09.
"We had planned on starting a community for GoGalavanting.com that would complement the current community," said Mance. "But in talking it over with our marketing team, realized that the real void was the lack of a community where traveler writers could have a collective voice."
GoGalavanting.com's marketing consult, Maren Hogan, had this to say: "Travel bloggers, writers and photographers all have very different aims but they are brought together my their love of travel and a desire to chronicle those journeys. TBEX gives them a very real way to do that and brings community to wherever in the world they may be."
Galavanting Productions offers travel media solutions for globetrotters the world over. GoGalavanting.com, its flagship online magazine site went live in July of 2008, and is already considered by many to be a "fresh voice for women's travel writing". Galavanting.tv produces a web travel series with destination video guides and tutorials for travelers, which have recently been optioned by a preeminent on-demand media service. TravelBlogExchange, or TBEX, the community for travel writers, went live in January of 2009. Galavanting Productions is based in Chicago.