The Blogger Lounge

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Inspire your adventure travel audience by creating authentic, content-rich travel stories online through bloggers, based on your unique tourism offerings.

The Blogger Lounge brings together travel bloggers pre-screened by the Professional Travel Bloggers Association (PTBA), for pre-scheduled appointments throughout the two-day event at the PATA Travel Mart (PTM) 2016 at the Indonesia Convention Exhibition (ICE) in Greater Jakarta, Indonesia.

Schedule a time slot to meet with the bloggers by clicking on the “Book Appointment” button next to their profiles.

Website: The Midnight Blue Elephant

AnnikaZiehenAnnika Ziehen is an up-and-coming travel blogger who calls the world her home. On her blog, The Midnight Blue Elephant she writes about solo travel, barefoot luxury as well as authentic travel experiences – she likes to go where the wild things go. Topics range from wildlife to street food, from city guides and hotel reviews to the question why travel is so important in today’s world.

Annika has worked with Emirates, Aman Resorts, Intrepid Travel, Scubapro and many more. She also publishes on Travelettes and Huffington Post and is currently writing her first book about solo travel.

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Website: Unbounded Earth

Ben_SaltBen is an adventure traveller and digital storyteller who promotes causes that matter. After completing a chemistry doctorate, Ben did the next obvious thing: he set out to explore the world. He has worked for grassroots NGOs in Latin America and Asia, advocates sustainable tourism and development, and has contributed to a variety of articles and publications, from his website Unbounded Earth to the BBC.

Ben is also a digital marketing consultant, and is developing an agency and social enterprise that helps ethical travel companies exponentially expand their outreach on social media. He has hosted workshops and discussions on inbound marketing, and heads a responsible tourism community that brings together aligned bloggers and travel organisations.

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Website: WSE Travel

Ian-Ord-and-Nest-JangHaving spent more than half his life on the road, Ian has developed an insatiable thirst for travel. His love for the road less travelled is only surpassed by his passion for helping protect this planet and all its earthlings. Travel blogger, board member of the Professional Travel Blogger Association, chapter leader for Travel Massive networking events, host of Responsible Travel & Tourism Collective twitter chats (#RTTC), and founder of the boutique travel company: WSE Travel, Ian plays a very active role in helping bring global awareness, education and experience to those looking to travel sustainably and responsibly. Ian loves spicy food, loud music to dance to – and occasional dresses up in robot costumes for fun.

The better half of WSE Travel, Nest has spent the majority of her adult life working in the educational side of outbound tourism. A social media guru, she manages much of the public relations and marketing campaigns. She is also a leading voice of this dynamic duo for the corporate social responsibility within WSE Travel and the marketing campaigns they work on. Nest loves trying new dishes (and photographing them), and- salsa dancing whenever she can find a dance partner who doesn’t have two left feet…

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Website: Runaway Juno

Juno-KimJuno Kim is the voice of South Korea’s best travel blog Runaway Juno. Juno is a prolific travel blogger, social media strategist, an award-winning visual storyteller. Originally hailing from Seoul, South Korea, Juno set off for the wider world to pursue her passion for international travel and storytelling. Since leaving her engineering job, she has been working as a digital nomad through more than 50 countries for last five years and opened several photo exhibitions. Runaway Juno Media been running numerous new media campaigns as a digital influencer for worldwide clients such as Visit Anchorage, Tourism and Event Queensland, Tourism Chile, Indonesia Tourism, Quebec Tourism, Adventure Travel Mexico, Gogobot, and Adventure Travel Trade Association.

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Website: XpatMatt.comXpat.Media

Matt-Gibson-photo-2Matt Gibson is the Inbound President of the Professional Travel Bloggers Association, a nonprofit organization that works to help travel industry and brands meet and work together. He’s also an adventure travel writer and photographer, award winning blogger, and CEO of Xpat.Media, an agency that helps travel companies develop their blogging and social media marketing strategies and work with travel bloggers. Matt regularly gives seminars and moderates panels about blogging, social media, and inbound marketing for organizations such as ITB Asia, Arabian Travel Mart, HSMAI, and Training Edge Asia.

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Website: Bitten by the Travel Bug

Nicole-SmithNicole Smith is the founder of Bitten by the Travel Bug, one of Australia’s foremost blogs which has emerged as a voice for experiential travellers who are seeking luxury and cultural stories. She has worked on successful campaigns with numerous brands. Among them Boeing, Cathay Pacific, Your Singapore, and Intercontinental Hotels. As a freelance writer her work has been seen in Forbes and AFAR Magazine. Currently based in Melbourne, Nicole works as a community manager for some of Australia and New Zealand’s most prestigious Fortune 500 brands, helps small businesses set-up and develop digital strategies, and speaker on working with influencers and social media.

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Website: GlobalGaz

Ric-GazarianRanked as a Top 100 Travel Blogger by Rise Media (ranked 89th as of July 20th), Ric Gazarian has travelled to over 100 countries and all 7 continents. He blogs at GlobalGaz where he writes about off-the-beaten path locations, unique experiences and must-see places. His photographs have appeared in The Daily Mail, Yahoo Travel, Thrillist, and Oi Magazine. He is a three time published author:Hit The Road: India, 7000 KM To Go, and Photos From Chernobyl. He is also the Executive Producer of Hit The Road: India, and the upcoming adventure-travel documentary, Hit The Road: Cambodia. Ric is the winner of the Most Captivating Digital Story at the 2016 Digital Innovation Asia Awards.

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Website: Love and Road


Nat and Rob are the minds behind Love and Road, a bilingual travel blog that showcases their adventures from over 2 years non-stop traveling.  The mix of personal experiences and travel tips inspire the readers to travel more and better, a unique voice that made Love and Road grow so fast. The blog reaches over 25k Unique Visitors Monthly and combined they have over 80k engaged followers on Social Medias.

Eurail, Langkawi Tourism Board, Buffalo Tours, Onyx Hospitality, Barcelona Tourism Board,Ironman and So Sofitel are some of the brands they worked with. Nat also writes for Huffington Post,  Revista Casamentos (Brazilian wedding magazine) and Diaries of. Rob is a triathlete, marathoner, and surfer. They turned their passion for travel into a business, working as writers, travel influencers and social media consultants.

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