This past Memorial Day weekend, the Mall of America was abuzz when over 500 bloggers gathered for the Travel Blog Exchange (TBEX), the world’s largest gathering of travel bloggers, writers, new media content creators and social media travel industry professionals. Here, bloggers spent the weekend networking with one another, finding out how to keep their blogs relevant, and touring both the new and old gems of the Twin Cities.

MOA partnered with the Bloomington Convention & Visitors Bureau, Radisson Blu MOA, Visit Saint Paul, Meet Minneapolis and Explore Minnesota to host TBEX, making the weekend a showcase of what Minnesota has to offer to bloggers from around the world.

The fact that TBEX took place at a unique Minnesota destination like MOA means great things to the Twin Cities tourism industry. Attendees stayed at the connecting Radisson Blu and got to experience all MOA has to offer. With over 500 attendees, Minnesota is sure to be the talk of the town on numerous blogs, and in turn could bring a wave of new tourists ready to see the sights for themselves. 

Denver-based Dazbog Coffee has delivered a taste of Russia and Colorado through its eye-catching packaging, branding, small-batch roasting and blending of hand-selected coffee from around the globe. Leonid and Anatoly Yuffa immigrated to The Mile High City from St. Petersburg, Russia with their family in 1979 and later combined their skill sets and business savvy to launch Dazbog Coffee in 1996. Today, the company has more than 30 coffee shops across Colorado and Wyoming and a product line with names like KGBlend and White Nights Espresso.

 

The inaugural hot springs connection, a conference designed to build relationships, share ideas and promote thermal mineral water attractions in the U.S., was held in Glenwood Springs last November. The meeting resulted in steps to form a national geothermal trade association and develop a website representing hot springs resorts. The 2019 conference will be Nov. 4-8 in Palm Springs and Desert Springs, California.

 

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