Michael Ball from Traverse said: “Sage Gateshead is the ideal venue for Traverse 14 because it provides a unique, creative and vibrant space, perfect for delivering an inspiring conference. Our attendees are used to travelling the world and seeing amazing sights so we wanted to make sure that we had a stunning venue with a great backdrop, with the Sage Gateshead and the River Tyne we have both of those elements, while NewcastleGateshead gives us the vibrant, energy filled, fun destination we were looking for.”
Brighton hosted the inaugural event in 2013 and has benefited from a series of blog posts and social media buzz following the conference, and already Traverse 14 in NewcastleGateshead is attracting interest from some of the industry’s biggest travel bloggers.
On the bill is Kash Bhattacharya, a VisitBritain Superblogger, better known as the ‘Budget Traveller’, as well as Portuguese Anna Silva O’Reilly creator of the award-winning luxury travel blog ‘Mrs O’ Around the World’. Both bloggers will be sharing their expertise with delegates throughout the conference program.
Sarah Stewart, chief executive of destination management and marketing organisation NewcastleGateshead Initiative, said: “The opportunity to host Traverse 14 is truly exciting. Not only is it testament to our credentials as a conference and events destination, but evidence that NewcastleGateshead is a dynamic place with a vibrant and famously friendly personality that is a constant draw for city-breakers. We can’t wait to welcome traverse and the many travel bloggers set to descend in February.”
The conference will be centred around the destination’s famous quayside. A welcome reception will take place on Friday 21 February on the BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art’s river terrace, affording spectacular views across the Gateshead Millennium Bridge and River Tyne.
Sage Gateshead will host the main conference programme throughout the day on Saturday 22 February, Anna Stacy head of conference and events at Sage Gateshead, commented: “Sage Gateshead is delighted to have been selected to host this prestigious conference. We’re excited to welcome the delegates and are confident that we will provide the perfect creative home for the UK’s leading bloggers, PRs, tourist boards and travel companies in attendance.
“We’ll be listening closely to the top tips being shared and you can be sure we’ll also be tweeting about what is set to be a fantastic three day event!”
The event programme will wrap up with a working breakfast on Sunday morning.