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The Bidding Begins! Check Out This Year’s SATW Auction Deals

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

Going once, going twice…! The annual auction for travel bargains from the Society of American Travel Writers (SATW) is open to the public now through November 16th at 11:45 EST. Click here to start browsing and bidding on travel packages, lodging, dining, attractions, gear, books, one-on-one services and online courses. It’s a great – and budget-friendly – way to...

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TBEX In Athens

Posted by on Oct 17, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Hosted in exciting international locations, TBEX ( is a unique event for travel bloggers with all levels of experience and the tourism organizations who want to connect with them. TBEX teaches bloggers the latest blogging, digital content creation and online marketing strategies, including social media and video marketing, and helps them learn to...

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SATW Interns Reflect On Their Experience In The Land Of Fire & Ice

Posted by on Oct 2, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

SATW Iceland Annual Convention intern, Ashley Dunn, offers a recap of her experience in Iceland, as well as some advice for future interns.  My internship experience in Reykjavik, Iceland at the SATW conference was a positively wonderful learning opportunity. My personal favorite professional development session was Icelandic Contrasts: Volcanoes and Culture hosted by...

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The SATW Speakers’ Bureau: The Ultimate Resource For Meeting, Event & Conference Planners

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

The Society of American Travel Writers recently launched its official SATW Speakers Bureau, comprised of members who are available to speak as Travel’s Most Trusted Voices.  More than 100 members are listed on the Speakers Bureau for conference and event planners to reference when seeking expert speakers on specific topics. The SATW Speakers Bureau is comprised of...

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SATW Iceland Annual Convention Recap

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

Iceland welcomed more than 350 active and associate members of the Society of American Travel Writers for the 2014 SATW Annual Convention which took place Sept. 15 – 20 in the capital city of Reykjavik. SATW members, including the travel industry’s most highly regarded writers, photographers, editors, bloggers, broadcasters, video and film producers and public...

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Annette Thompson Named President of SATW for 2014-15

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

The Society of American Travel Writers named Annette Thompson as Society President and leader of the Board of Directors for the 2014-15 membership year. Thompson took office at the SATW Annual Convention, which was held last week in Reykjavik, Iceland. Thompson has been a freelance journalist for four years and a member of SATW since 2000.  She is the author of several...

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Four Outstanding Tourism Projects Receive 2014 Phoenix Awards

Posted by on Sep 16, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

The Society of American Travel Writers presented four tourism projects with its coveted Phoenix Awards this morning at the SATW Annual Convention in Iceland. Winners of the 2014 Phoenix Awards include a non-profit organization aimed at restoring and sustaining the beauty of Hawaii, a foundation with the goal of preserving the renowned art deco-style of architecture in...

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Photographer of the Year, Robert “Bob” Holmes, Wins 2015 Muster Photo Competition

Posted by on Sep 16, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Robert “Bob” Holmes is the 2015 Photographer of the Year and the winner of the annual Muster Photo Competition. The 2014 competition drew more than 1,400 entries and winners were announced at this morning’s awards luncheon in Reykjavik, Iceland at the SATW annual convention. Bob Holmes has over 30 years of experience working in five continents for major...

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Lowell Thomas Travel Journalism Competition Winners Announced

Posted by on Sep 16, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

National Geographic Traveler, Islands, Travel + Leisure, and AFAR magazines are top media winners in the 2014 Society of American Travel Writers (SATW) Foundation 30th Annual Lowell Thomas Travel Journalism Competition. The competition, based on work published between spring 2013 and spring 2014, drew 1,177 entries and was judged by the faculty at the University of North...

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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, 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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