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Donegal to Host TBEX 2025, the World’s Largest Travel Blogger Conference in 2025

County Donegal has been named this morning (Friday 31st May) as the host destination for TBEX (Travel Blog Exchange) 2025, the world’s largest conference and community of travel creators and influencers. Donegal County Council, in association with Donegal Tourism, considers this to be a major coup for the Irish tourism sector.

TBEX is the world’s largest travel conference for travel bloggers, writers, photographers, videographers, YouTubers, Instagrammers, TikTokers, social media influencers and other travel creators. The conference provides a platform for travel creators to connect with destinations, travel brands, and industry professionals. TBEX offers a variety of educational sessions, networking events, and familiarisation trips.

The TBEX community includes tens of thousands of travel bloggers, writers, photographers, YouTubers, Instagrammers, TikTokers, social media influencers and other travel creators from around the world.  The conference will be held in September 2025 and is expected to attract over 500 attendees for a week of education, networking, and destination exploration.

Speaking following the announcement, Cathaoirleach of Donegal County Council, Cllr. Martin Harley commented, “I am delighted with the news that Donegal will be hosting the prestigious TBEX conference in 2025! I am confident that TBEX attendees will be impressed by Donegal’s stunning scenery, rich culture, and warm hospitality. This event will help to further position Donegal as a world-class travel destination.

“We are thrilled to be welcoming TBEX to Donegal in 2025,” said Mr. John G. McLaughlin, Chief Executive of Donegal County Council and Chair of Donegal Tourism. “This is a fantastic opportunity to showcase the beauty and diversity of our county to a global audience of travel enthusiasts. TBEX will generate significant economic benefits for Donegal, as well as raise our profile as a must-visit destination, which of course, endorses the renowned Lonely Planet accolade for 2024 as one of the best regions in the world to visit.”

Donegal is a stunning region on the northwest coast of Ireland, renowned for its dramatic cliffs, pristine beaches, rugged mountains, and charming villages. The county is also home to a rich cultural heritage, with ancient castles, traditional music, and a vibrant food scene.

TBEX CEO Rick Calvert said, “We have been working on bringing TBEX to Donegal for years. The TBEX community loves Ireland and they cannot wait to come explore Donegal and share the regions stories with travellers around the world. This will be our third time in Ireland. We expect TBEX Europe 2025 in Donegal to sell out as it did for Dublin in 2015, and for Killarney in 2019. “

(Source: Donegal County Council)

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