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SATW Iceland Professional Development Schedule

Posted by on Sep 15, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Professional development at the Iceland Convention will follow six tracks: Track One: Iceland – Destination and Culture A collection of local experts and interview-worthy individuals will provide background and current information on attractions, culture, music, and cuisine. Iceland is widely known for its cutting-edge fashion, music and literature. Major food trends...

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Look Before You Book: The Professional Opinion Should Matter Most

Posted by on Aug 29, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

SATW member, Nancy Vaughn, weighs-in on the value of travel review sites and the importance of thorough research when booking travel.  Why are so many travelers relying on comments written about any part of a travel experience on social media sites?  A negative review could come from a disgruntled employee or even someone who had not visited the destination or hotel....

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SATW Welcomes New Executive Director Michael Mathy

Posted by on Jul 15, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

The Society of American Travel Writers (SATW) recently welcomed Michael Mathy as the organization’s new executive director. In this position, Mathy will work closely with SATW’s Executive Committee and Board of Directors along with various sub-committees to strategize and execute innovative initiatives for the organization. “It is my philosophy that opportunities...

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Fodor’s Travel VP, Arabella Bowen, To Speak At MeetingsNet Beyond Boarders Summit

Posted by on Jul 10, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Representing more than 1,000 professional journalists, photographers, and media relations professionals in North America, SATW offers professional support and development for our members and provides an extensive network of travel industry professionals. From speaking engagements to travel resources, SATW offers the unique opportunity to connect with the nation’s...

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SATW Takes Atlantic City: Eastern Chapter Meeting 2014

Posted by on Jun 26, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

From aviation history lessons and boardwalk games to dolphin cruises and cotton candy cocktails, the SATW Eastern Chapter Meeting held in Atlantic City last week was entertaining to say the least! Members enjoyed professional development sessions and networking opportunities in addition to exploring all that Atlantic City has to offer. Here are just a few highlights...

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PRSA Travel + Tourism Conference 2014: Key Learnings

Posted by on Jun 23, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

SATW associate and Turner Public Relations VP, Angela Berardino, joined a number of SATW members a few days ago in Tampa, Florida for the 2014 Public Relations Society of America Travel Conference. Angela is no rookie when it comes to these types of industry events, as she has been attending (and sometimes speaking) at these conferences for at least a decade. So what...

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SATW Supports the Next Generation of Great Travel Writers Through FTF Teen Travel Writing Scholarship

Posted by on May 20, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Colorado, Cambodia, Haiti and Afghanistan are just a few of the destinations that FTF Teen Travel Writing Scholarship winners have highlighted in the past. This scholarship, sponsored by SATW, offers students a valuable opportunity to express their love for travel writing and continue their education. This year, the Family Travel Forum is taking things up a notch with...

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SATW Editors Council Meeting: The Cleveland Takeover In Review

Posted by on May 12, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

SATW Active and Executive Editor of SmarterTravel.com, Anne Banas highlights last weekend’s Editors Council meeting in Cleveland, Ohio.       The Editors Council meeting in Cleveland, held May 1 – 4, was a huge success. While dozens of travel editors gathered for networking and our usual stellar professional development, we also got an inside look...

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Talking Immersive Travel at The New York Travel Festival

Posted by on Apr 30, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

SATW Active and Travel & Tourism PR Consultant, Chuck Mardiks, recaps his experience at the New York Travel Festival last weekend. He was included on Saturday’s expert panel discussing how DMOs and media work together (and what they can do to improve those relationships).    In more than two decades of working in the travel public relations space, I’ve...

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Last-Minute Bidding on Travel Deals You Don’t Want to Miss

Posted by on Nov 13, 2013 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Everyone loves finding a great deal when it comes to vacations and leisure travel. How would you feel about a Caribbean getaway including lodging at beautiful resort for less than half the original cost? SATW is now offering the perfect opportunity to catch some serious travel steals, just in time for the holidays! Right now (and only until this Friday), the Society of...

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U.S. Government Sees Travel & Tourism As A Priority For Economy Commerce, State, Homeland Officials Tell SATW Travel Writers

Posted by on Nov 12, 2013 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Global Entry, TSA Trusted Traveler Programs Working, but Need More Personnel BILOXI, MS (Nov. 6, 2013) – Government officials told attendees at the recent annual Society of American Travel Writers (SATW) Convention in Biloxi, MS that travel and tourism is an essential part of the U.S. economy and that many government agencies are working together to ensure growth,...

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Historic Mississippi Gulf Coast, Emphasis On New Media Attracts Greater Number Of SATW Members For 2013 Annual Convention

Posted by on Oct 29, 2013 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

The Mississippi Gulf Coast hosted 317 active and associate members of the Society of American Travel Writers (SATW) — travel’s most trusted voices — for the 2013 SATW Annual Convention held at the Beau Rivage Resort & Casino in Biloxi, MS.  SATW members were drawn not just for the history and attractions of the Mississippi Gulf Coast but also for the...

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Gary Arndt Named 2014 Photographer of the Year In Annual SATW Muster Photo Competition

Posted by on Oct 25, 2013 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

The Society of American Travel Writers (SATW) presented Gary Arndt with the award for 2014 Photographer of the Year through the organization’s annual Muster Photo Competition during its convention which took place Oct. 20-25 at the Beau Rivage Resort & Casino in the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Marlene Goldman was the Silver Award winner and Eric Lindberg took home the...

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SATW Members Win 7 Gold Lowell Thomas Awards, 23 Places in All

Posted by on Oct 21, 2013 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

SATW members Catharine Hamm, Kendra Williams, Toby Saltzman, Andrew McCarthy, Rick Steves and Richard Bangs all won gold awards in the 2013 SATW Foundation Lowell Thomas Travel Journalism Competition. Actor-writer McCarthy took two golds. Saltzman and silver winner Spud Hilton were present at the awards luncheon during the SATW conference in Biloxi, MS. SATW Foundation...

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To Do This Week: Explore #MSGulfCoastSATW

Posted by on Oct 21, 2013 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Welcome to the 2013 SATW Convention on the Mississippi Gulf Coast! We’re looking forward to a week full of awards, discussions, meet-ups and professional development. More than 50 Mississippi Gulf Coast attractions are excited to welcome SATW to the region and hope to make your visit both enjoyable and productive by showcasing the best travel the area has to offer. Here...

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Gary McKechnie “Launches” the 5th Edition of Great American Motorcycle Tours

Posted by on Sep 6, 2013 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

SATW new member and guest blogger, Gary McKechnie, highlights the literal launching of the 5th edition of his book, Great American Motorcycle Tours:  When you get a travel guide published, sometimes people make a big fuss about it. But add an extra decade and rack up a few more editions and the once-anticipated release lacks luster. But after recently spending several...

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Cruise Industry Continues Uphill Battle to Recover Tarnished Reputation

Posted by on Jul 18, 2013 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

In January 2012, cruise ship Costa Concordia struck a rock and turned on its side off the shore of the Italian island of Giglio killing 32 people. Barely more than one year later in February 2013, Carnival Triumph cruise liner experienced a fire in the engine room, knocking out all of the ship’s engines, electricity and air conditioning. Passengers and crew members...

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Submission Deadline is Fast Approaching for the FTF Teen Travel Writing Scholarship

Posted by on Jul 17, 2013 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

There’s still time to submit an essay for the seventh annual Teen Travel Writing Scholarship sponsored by the Family Travel Forum (FTF) in association with Society of American Travel Writers.  Submission deadline is July 22, 2013.  FTF encourages young writers to share experiences and images in an essay for a chance to win scholarships, grants and gifts. This year’s...

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What I Learned at TBEX: SATW’r Insights

Posted by on Jun 20, 2013 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Wondering what an SATW’r might have to learn from TBEX? Wonder no longer: 10 things SATW members brought back from Toronto. Laura Bly, Bly on the Fly  Wendy Haase, Director of Tourism Marketing, Destination Irvine (Irvine CVB)   Doug O’Neill, Executive Editor, Canadian Living   Diana Lambdin Meyer, Mojo Traveler John DiScala,  Johnny Jet     Matt Owen,...

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Why TBEX?…Part 2

Posted by on Jun 14, 2013 in Uncategorized | 1 comment

Written By SATW Member Barbara Orr  Concrete Take-Aways from TBEX: One interesting and ironic bit of advice offered by Ryan Levitt in the session on Creative Pitching For Experienced Travel Bloggers  – “Try to be more like print journalists.  Query newspapers and magazines to sell your stories, as well as featuring them on your blog. After all, they (that would...

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