Called the ‘Social Travel Summit', the event will see more than 40 bloggers from 14 countries join travel delegates from across the globe to discuss innovations in digital travel marketing, and hear from experts about the latest trends in the industry.
The bloggers, who are attending from some of Britain’s largest and most valuable inbound visitor markets including Europe and the USA, as well as China, India and Australia, will also share their own experiences of influencer travel marketing in peer-to-peer sessions.
Sponsored by Britain’s national tourism agency VisitBritain, the Social Travel Summit is being organised by travel influencer network iambassador in partnership with Tourism Northern Ireland and will be held at The Merchant Hotel from the 25 to 26 of September.
Emma Mead Head of Global PR at VisitBritain said:
“We are really excited to be working in partnership with Tourism Northern Ireland and iambassador to bring the Social Travel Summit to Belfast. We know influencers can play a powerful role in promoting the UK to overseas visitors. We are looking forward to working with the bloggers and vloggers to shine the global spotlight on Belfast, as well as showcasing the huge variety of experiences that can be had across the UK.”
iambassador Chief Executive Keith Jenkins said:
“We're especially proud of the programme and events we have lined up this year in Belfast for what is shaping up to be the most exciting Social Travel Summit yet! We're confident that Social Travel Summit Belfast will be another milestone in terms of digital and influencer marketing insights and innovative ideas.
"Delegates can look forward to a range of events that showcase the wealth of culinary and cultural delights in Northern Ireland and Great Britain. The iambassador team is very much looking forward to the Social Travel Summit Belfast and I hope many people will follow the summit via social media using #STSBelfast.”
Tourism Northern Ireland Director of Marketing Naomi Waite said:
“Tourism NI is delighted to partner with VisitBritain to bring the world’s leading travel bloggers to Belfast. Northern Ireland has much to offer the international visitor, from a high standard and variety of accommodation to award-winning and unique visitor attractions and activities.
"The Social Travel Summit is a fantastic opportunity to showcase what we offer to this important group of world-class travel influencers and give them compelling reasons to promote Northern Ireland. To compete on a global scale, and attract more international visitors, we must bring innovative thinking to all that we do and this means embracing the power of social media and its influence on people’s decisions to travel here.”
The bloggers will also take part in educational trips across the UK to see first-hand the tourism experiences on offer. Individual itineraries have been created with destination partners including; Bath and Bristol, Exeter, Leeds, London, Manchester, Newcastle, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland, to promote the UK to international visitors.
The trips will highlight the lesser-known experiences and less-explored destinations, alongside globally renowned and iconic landmarks and attractions – aligning with VisitBritain’s global campaign, I Travel For. Social media plays an important role in VisitBritain’s campaign, based on its global research into motivations, passions and inspiration for travel including adventure, fun, relaxation, discovery, culture, food and drink and the unexpected.
Tourism is worth £127 billion to the UK economy, creating jobs and boosting economic growth across its nations and regions.
For more information about the Social Travel Summit please see http://thesocialtravelsummit.com
Notes to editors:
iambassador is an online digital marketing consultancy and the world’s leading network of travel influencers. Established in 2011, iambassador creates, plans and executes successful online marketing campaigns which harness the reach and influence of several thousand of the most popular professional bloggers, photographers, videographers and social media personalities in the global travel industry.
Tourism Northern Ireland
Tourism Northern Ireland (TNI) is responsible for the development of tourism and the marketing of Northern Ireland as a tourist destination to domestic tourists from within Northern Ireland, and to visitors from the Republic of Ireland. A non-departmental public body of the Department for the Economy, Tourism NI works closely with other tourism bodies to help develop the visitor economy and to market Northern Ireland to incoming visitors.
For press enquiries or to arrange a photo opportunity / interview with the influencers during the Social Travel Summit, please contact Debby McAllister at VisitBritain: firstname.lastname@example.org / 020 7578 1096 / 07769 671411