We know we’ve taken some time, but that’s because all of you are awesome!
The Travel Bloggers Conference Asia- more commonly known as TBCasia, was initiated and conceptualized by Cinnamon Hotels & Resorts in collaboration with the Professional Travel Bloggers Association (PTBA). In 2014, Cinnamon Hotels & Resorts together with Sri Lankan Airlines organized Asia’s first ever Travel Blogger Conference in Colombo Sri Lanka.
The second edition of TBCasia will be executed in June this year, but this time Cinnamon has integrated yet another component, namely Cinnamon Travel Blogger awards to recognize the contribution and role that travel bloggers play in the travel & tourism industry.
In the initial stage there was an overwhelming 700 applications for the awards, received from travel bloggers across the globe. This record number of applications is one of the highest ever documented for a travel blogger awards programme globally.
Preliminary screening was conducted using a series of statistical tools, equations for quantitative scoring and by meticulously analysing each proposal in order to evaluate them qualitatively as well.
100 applications were selected through this screening procedure and handed over to an independent judging panel for the final selection. An online judging portal was also created for the judges and the panel consisted of Mario Hardy – the Chief Executive Officer PATA; Jens Thraenhart – the Founder of Digital Innovation Asia (DIA); Jan Tissera – President – TravelClick International; Sally Davey – Founder Tripbod.com; Debbie Hindle – Managing Director – Four Communications and Dileep Mudadeniya – Head of Brand Marketing – Cinnamon Hotels & Resorts who played a moderator role in the judging process.
Once this was completed, 30 bloggers have now been selected and they will be hosted in Sri Lanka by Cinnamon Hotels & Resorts for TBCasia 2016!
“We were simply overwhelmed by the surge of applications that came in for the Cinnamon Travel Blogger Awards and the amazing quality of travel blogging that was evident across all participants. We conceptualized this event as a second phase to the very successful TBCasia held in 2014, to attract the best bloggers to our destination and thereby showcase the best of Sri Lanka to a global audience.” said Dileep Mudadeniya, Head of Brand Marketing, Cinnamon Hotels & Resorts.
“The PTBA is thrilled to be partnering with Cinnamon Hotels & Resorts to reward the best travel bloggers and travel blogging content out there with the Cinnamon Travel Blogger awards. Over the last few years, it’s been wonderful to see travel blogging transition from being a niche hobby to a professional career, and providing the industry and bloggers with education on how to work better together. Travel bloggers today are seen as trusted influencers by their readers, who often number in the hundreds of thousands. It’s about time that they were recognized with their own award!” said Laurence Norah, President of the Professional Travel Bloggers Association (PTBA).
Apart from the 30 nominations, Cinnamon Hotels & Resorts will select a further 30 more bloggers to be hosted as a part of TBCasia 2016 and the Pre-Conference Tour. Apply now to be a tour participant at http://www.tbcasia.com/tour-participant-apply.php
The 30 nominated bloggers have been listed below. See you in Sri Lanka!
|Best travel blog of the year (Overall Award)||The Blonde Abroad||Kiersten Rich|
|The Planet D||Dave Bouskill & Debra Corbeil|
|Young Adventuress||Liz Carlson|
|Best up-coming travel blogger||In A Faraway Land||Marta Kulesza|
|Polkadot Passport||Nicola Easterby|
|Journalist On The Run||Janet Newenham|
|Best writing in a blog||Be My Travel Muse||Kristin Addis|
|Borders of Adventure||Becki Enright|
|The Expeditioner||Matt Stabile|
|Best travel photography blog||Getting Stamped||Hannah Lukaszewicz|
|Finding The Universe||Laurence Norah|
|Aviators and a Camera||Kirsten Alana|
|Best travel video blog||Stoked for Saturday||Jordan Poste & Jenna Cock|
|Best food blog||Eat Like a Girl||Niamh Shields|
|Legal Nomads||Jodi Ettenberg|
|My darling Lemon Thyme||Emma Galloway|
|Best luxury travel blog||Girl Tweets World||Jayne Gorman|
|Velvet Escape||Keith Jenkins|
|The Copenhagen Traveler||Regitse Cecillie Rosenvinge|
|Best airline blog||Alvinology||Alvin Lim|
|Urban Eye by Riaan George||Riaan George|
|Best optimization of social media||Traveldudes||Melvin Böcher & Keith Jenkins|
|The Blonde Abroad||Kiersten Rich|
|Best responsible tourism award||Travel For Wildlife||Cristina Garcia & Hal Brindley|
|Global Help Swap||Paul Farrugia & Karen Sargent|
|The Travel Word||Ethan Gelber|