Individual and group press trips

Every year Maximum Exposure organises dozens of press trips on behalf of our tourism and culture clients and partners. Will you be joining us on an adventure this year?

Some of our press trips are linked to special events. We sent TV explorer Levison Wood to Kenya with Journeysmiths to run in the Safaricom Marathon; we run the international media teams for Driving with Zoe classic car rallies; and many trips are scheduled to coincide with new flight routes, hotel openings, or festivals.

On this page you’ll find dates and details for our forthcoming group trips, which we also share on our Facebook and Twitter accounts. You can also read about our criteria for individual press trips, which take place throughout the year.

Group trips

In 2019, we will be running group press trips in Georgia and in Uzbekistan. We will announce the dates and itineraries here and on social media once they are confirmed. Please contact sophie@maximumexposure.co for more details or to express interest in joining a trip.

Uzbekistan: 22-27 August. Download the itinerary here.

Uzbekistan is hosting the World Influencer Congress (WIC) in Tashkent, immediately followed by the three day “Orient Express” tour of Tashkent, Samarkand, and Bukhara. Trip support (including flights) will be provided to travel and lifestyle bloggers and influencers who can demonstrate their ability to produce high quality content with significant, genuine levels of reach and engagement. Participants already confirmed include food vlogger Mark Wiens, Alesha Bradford of NOMADasaurus, and Mickela Mallozzi, host of Emmy Award winning TV series Bare Feet with Mickela Mallozzi.

Attendance at #WICUzbekistan is by invitation only. If you would like to be considered for trips, please send your Media Kit to steph@maximumexposure.co. Please note that the final decision about who to invite rests with the WIC organisers, not with Maximum Exposure! Invitations will be sent out by the end of June.

Uzbekistan: 17-24 September. Download the itinerary here.

In collaboration with the Regional Government of Navoi, we are delighted to organise an official press trip for five travel journalists based in the UK and Ireland.  Each participating journalist must be able to confirm a commission with a national newspaper or high circulation magazine.

This press trip is currently open for applications.

Uzbekistan: 8-15 November. Itinerary TBC.

Once again we will be hosting a press trip on behalf of Uzbekistan Airways and Veres Vert to promote the direct London Heathrow – Tashkent flight route. There will be six places available. Participating journalists will fly from LHR and must secure a confirmed commission with an agreed UK publication. Print titles are preferred, but high profile online outlets will also be considered.

This press trip is not yet open for applications.

Uzbekistan: Dates and itinerary TBC.

The State Committee for Tourism has asked us to host a small group press trip to coincide with their B2B tourism event in Bukhara (13-15 November). We will post more details about the trip here once we have them.

This press trip is not yet open for applications.

Individual trips

For Uzbekistan, travel journalists and bloggers wishing to travel on an individual press trip should contact Behruz Hamzaev (bhamzaev@gmail.com), Head of Marketing at the State Committee for Tourism.

Audley Travel will consider individual press trip requests from travel journalists who already have a confirmed commission on a case by case basis. Send your enquiries to Chloe Schultz (chloe@cloverpr.co.uk).

Cox & Kings is keen to highlight the traditional cooking classes on their Uzbekistan itineraries, and also the Heart of Central Asia tour. They would love to send a food/travel writer with a suitable commission: email sophie@maximumexposure.co if that might be you!

Jules Verne is very keen to host one or more travel journalists in Uzbekistan this year. Requests should be sent to Prini Patel (prini.patel@vjv.co.uk).

Please note that if you are travelling to Uzbekistan and intend to write or film whist you are there (on a hosted press trip or otherwise), you do require media accreditation from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. This is free but can take six weeks to process. Contact us for details of the application process.

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Africa Exclusive‘s current push destinations for press trips are Botswana, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. They have a targeted media list, which you can view online here. If you are likely to be able to secure a confirmed story commission with one of the target publications (Tier One if you require international flights; Tier Two if you require accommodation only), please contact us to discuss it further.

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Georgia hosts international travel journalists year round. The tourist board will generally support individual press trip requests from journalists with confirmed commissions in national newspapers and high profile travel and lifestyle magazines. Online commissions are sometimes acceptable. Please contact us before you pitch so we can get provisional approval for your outlet.

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Journeysmiths‘ current push destinations for press trips are the Arctic, Bhutan, Latin America, Madagascar, and Namibia. They have a targeted media list, which you can view online here. If you are likely to be able to secure a confirmed story commission with one of the target publications (Tier One if you require international flights; Tier Two if you require accommodation only), please contact us to discuss it further.

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For press trips with our other clients and partners, please contact us.

“Very happy to be back in Kenya… Thank you to Journeysmiths and Maximum Exposure for making this trip possible, can’t wait to see what’s in store.”

Levison Wood, writing for The Sunday Telegraph