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Sunday, April 19 • 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Being the Face of a Brand

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What is it like to be a writer, blogger or public relations specialist who becomes associated with a destination and company?  We will find out from several experts, some of whom have contracted with companies and destinations to represent them, along with others who work behind the scenes.  Some simply become the famous the face of a destination by their expertise in writing on it.

Takeaways that people can expect from session:

  • ways to contract with destinations and companies
  • the ins & outs and pros & cons of promoting brands on your personal blog 
  • in this day and age when writing pays less and less, can this be a sustainable way to make a living and still travel the world

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Michael Luongo

Freelance journalist, editor and photographer
@michaelluongoFreelance journalist, editor and photographer Michael Luongo’s travel adventures in over 85 countries and all 7 continents frequently make the New York Post’s Page Six gossip columns. His 15 books include Frommers Buenos Aires, Routledge’s Gay Travels in the Muslim World, and... Read More →

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Lee Abbamonte

@LeeAbbamonteAs the youngest American to have visited every country in the world, Lee Abbamonte is one of the world’s most traveled people. He has been featured in publications, including Huffington Post, OK! Magazine, and The New York Times, and has appeared on the Travel Channel, NBC, CB... Read More →
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Marian Goldberg

Founder and Principal, Goldberg on Travel
@mariangoldbergI Love the culture and people of Japan, Mexico, and New York, and the flavorful food of Thailand, Mexico, and India. I've been to 54 countries and am now sharing my experiences on BoomerTravelPatrol.com. I was the US-based PR Manager for Japan Tourism for 11 years, the US Representative for Kyoto for 2 years, the US Representative for the meta-search engine momondo(dot)com for four years. I'm the Asia Correspondent for Jax Fax Travel Marketing Magazine, a luxury travel consultan... Read More →
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Nikki Vargas

Travel Editor, The Pin the Map Project
Nikki Vargas is a Travel Journalist with bylines in Vice, Roads & Kingdoms, Food & Wine, INSIDER Travel, Matador Network, The Huffington Post and more. Previously, Nikki was the Travel Editor of Culture Trip, overseeing US editorial operations for the travel genre. As Travel Editor... Read More →

Sunday April 19, 2015 4:00pm - 5:00pm EDT
SoHo Room - Hostelling International-New York City 891 Amsterdam Ave. NY, NY 10025

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