Bloggers threatened by legal bullying

With the continued rise of antagonistic and litigious legal systems, we’re seeing more and more companies trying to take advantage of (largely underfunded) travel bloggers. While some cases are likely to have merit, many aren’t. Without the backing of venture capital, easy access to pro-bono legal counsel, and thin profit margins, what’s an independent publisher […]

Costa Brava Girona Festivals – blog trip opportunity!

PTBA Industry Members Costa Brava Tourism are delighted to announce a festival themed blog trip this August, with two spots reserved exclusively for PTBA members. Details on the trip and information on how to apply have been provided below by Gemma Suñer, of  Costa Brava Tourism. The Costa Brava and Girona’s Pyrenees is a land of festivals, […]

Registration opens for TBC Asia: the first PTBA Conference

The PTBA is delighted to announce that registration for the first ever PTBA conference, TBC Asia, in partnership with Cinnamon Hotels & Resorts and SriLankan Airlines, is now open to PTBA members. Read more about joining the PTBA and sign up as a blogger member here. This is going to be the first travel blogger focused […]

Evolving and Learning from Mistakes: a post about professionalism in travel blogging

A couple weeks back, a PTBA blogger published a post that got some quick attention on Twitter and Facebook as being inappropriate and unprofessional. The post was quickly brought to the attention of the PTBA membership via our Facebook page, the blogger that wrote it replied to the thread discussion, we discussed it there, and […]

The Pro’s and Con’s of being a PTBA board member

So the first year of the PTBA as an official entity with real board members draws to a close, and a new board is in the process of being elected. If you’re one of those who has been nominated, or maybe you are thinking of nominating yourself, I thought I’d take the opportunity to share […]

Nominations Open for the PTBA Board of Directors

  Nominations are now open for positions on the PTBA Board of Directors for 2014 and 2015. Here is a brief overview of the the openings and the process. You can nominate yourself or any other current PTBA member to election for these positions. Any member can serve on any of the three Officer positions […]

Driving Traffic to Your Travel Blog

Guest post by Matthew Barby of Melted Stories.   Since the start of the year I’ve been running my travel blog, Melted Stories. The project started when some friends and I went travelling around East Asia, so we wanted to have a place to share our stories. Since then, the blog has evolved a great […]

Links You Need – December

Every month, we’ll be scouring the web to bring you articles on all things blogging! Watch this space as we highlight new developments and share old tips that are always worthy of repeating.   Have you started making travel plans for 2014? Are any of your plans geared towards “conspicuous leisure” or “multigenerational travel”? If […]

World Travel Market Followup

World Travel Market (WTM) in London was a great success on a number of fronts.  The PTBA partnered up with TBU to allow us to have a representative speak on a couple of the blogging panels there. Board member Laurel Robbins spoke on Finding the Right Travel Blogger for your Brand and Sales and Marketing Tools for Travel Bloggers. She did […]

Why do travel brands curate content and why should travel bloggers care?

Article by guest author Matthew Barker who is a co-founder of As professional bloggers, PTBA members will already be well attuned to the rise of content curation as part of  digital marketing strategies. Travel brands, tourism boards and other travel organisations are very interested in finding relevant content and then sharing it with their audiences. […]