Have you ever found yourself in such a happy state of contentment that you think: “I make good life choices”? This was the running theme of Stacey and Jen’s road trip to one of the cutest towns you can find in the Finger Lakes Wine Country: Corning, NY. Yes, it IS the home of Corning Inc. the makers of CorningWare, Pyrex, and other well-known glass brands. It is also home to friendly people, delicious wines and spirits, wholesome homegrown food, and the Corning Museum of Glass.
This museum was the main venue for this year’s TBEX North America, and the reason for our expedition across the border from Sept 11th – 14th, 2018.
TBEX (Travel Blog Exchange) is the largest conference and networking event for travel bloggers, online travel journalists, new media content creators, travel brands and industry professionals. Each year, TBEX partners with fantastic host destinations in North America, Europe and Asia Pacific to bring the travel industry’s most creative minds together to learn, network and do business.
Our beloved client, Sue, turned us on to this event after having attended TBEX in Ireland last year. This is where she learned all about the blogging influencer market that it is disrupting how travel destinations create and distribute marketing content.
The way TBEX is formatted is unique and makes it an event that anyone who works in the tourism marketing field should not miss. Arrive a couple of days early, and you can take part in the Pre-Bex tours that bring delegates together through experiential tourism.
Can’t make it early? No problem.
Peppered throughout the conference are events and workshops that offer plenty of opportunities to make important business connections while actually having fun.
What better place to bond with a fellow traveller than in the Finger Lakes Wine Country of upper New York State? Every excursion treated us to rolling vistas of hills and valleys with lakes and vineyards nestled among the landscape.
We really appreciated that the creative folks at #myFLXtbex (FLX = Finger Lakes) put some real thought and creativity into selecting the venues for the various sessions and workshops. They even arranged things so that we could attend sessions out in the courtyard.
Despite the risk of thunder showers due to Hurricane Florence hitting the East Coast, weather worked out in our favour. It’s a good thing too, because lunch on day 2 was a food truck frenzy.
I’m not going to lie; this fun picnic table lunch might be where we made some of our best connections – and at the parties, of course, where we wined and dined and schmoozed it up!
We fully enjoyed all of the food we sampled while in Corning. This place is a real foodie destination and you should put it on your bucket list. Be sure to check out The Cellar and Hand + Foot down on Market St. while you’re there. My only regret is that we didn't have enough time to sample even more of the local fare.
We must admit, the highlight of the trip was touring the event’s main venue itself: the Corning Museum of Glass. Wow! We were totally blown away. Get it?!? Blown?!? That’s a glass joke...
We spent an entire morning perusing the collection and took so many pictures that we have dedicated an entire blog post to the museum's collection itself.
Thanks for the great time #myFLXtbex. The Mavens will be back!