Heading to Malaysia for the International Tourism Bloggers Conference

Beautiful colors in Malaysia (courtesy MITBCA on Facebook)

I’m honored and excited to announce that I’ve been asked to speak at the MITBCA (Malaysia International Tourism Bloggers Conference and Awards) event, May 8-9, 2012 in Kuala Lumpur.

Since the other speakers include the Hon. YB Dato’ Sri Dr. Ng Yen Yen, Malaysia’s Minister of Tourism, it promises to be a pretty high-level conference, and I look forward to learning more about travel and tourism blogging in that part of Asia.

My topics include how to find and connect with bloggers outside of the travel blogging scene, and how social media can help any destination play in the “big time” across continents and time zones in a way that hasn’t been possible until now, unless you had a lot of money and a large staff.

Nominations are also open for Malaysian tourism-related blogs across many categories, and I’ll be attending the awards ceremony for the eventual winners. Yes, there’s a little scrambling going on in my closet right now for evening wear. :)

You can follow MITBCA 2012 on Twitter and on the MITBCA Facebook Page.

Of course, I’m working to connect with Tourism Malaysia and hopefully add one day to see some of the sights after the conference. Anyone have any ideas for me?  Give a shout down in the comments!

Update: some conference takeaways and impressions in my MITBCA 2012 wrap-up post.

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By Sheila on April 13, 2012 · Posted in Blogs, Meetings and Conferences, Reaching out to bloggers and travel media, Tourism Currents, Tourism Marketing on the Web, Travel and Travel Media, Web Communications

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zahari says:

I was browsing for the Conference website and found your blog. Well, welcome to Malaysia. I have registered to attend the Conference and hope we can meet when you are here during the event.

Posted on April 17th, 2012

Sheila says:

Thank you, zahari, I am really looking forward to it. See you soon!

Posted on April 18th, 2012

Duncan says:

Hi Sheila, I have also submitted my blog to MITBCA under the category “Malaysia International Tourism Destination Blog”. I’m an English expat and have been living in Kuantan, Malaysia for almost 6 years. Hopefully I’ll see you in KL on 8th and 9th May. I’ve been asked to speak but have had no more follow-up from MITBCA yet.
Duncan In Kuantan
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Posted on April 19th, 2012

Sheila says:

Hi Duncan, hope I meet you, too!

Posted on April 19th, 2012

Jeanne @soultravelers3 says:

Hey Sheila, that is wonderful! I really hope you have a ball and get a chance to come up to Penang to visit us!
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Sen says:

Welcome to Malaysia Sheila…!

Posted on May 7th, 2012

Sheila says:

Thank you, Sen. I’m enjoying it!

Posted on May 8th, 2012

zahari says:

Hello,
It was nice to be able to meet you at MITBCA2012 and hope you enjoyed your stay with the Malaysian hospitality.

Posted on May 9th, 2012

Sheila says:

Thank you, Zahari, it has been delightful. I hope to come back soon. :)

Posted on May 10th, 2012

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Ade Sobanjo says:

Hi Sheila,

When I read posts like this, I am encouraged to continue to work hard on developing my blogs. You never know when it will take you overseas. I hope to visit Malaysia soon.

Posted on December 4th, 2012

Manjulika Pramod says:

I am reading late… I am sure you had great fun. I wanna attend a seminar as such some day..
I am blogger from India who loves doing book reviews and travelogues.
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