For Immediate Release

Anietra HamperSATW Communications Manager
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Destination announced at Annual Convention in Portland, Oregon

November 2, 2017 (Portland, Ore.) – The Society of American Travel Writers (SATW) has selected the island of Barbados as the host destination for its 2018 annual convention. The core convention dates are September 23-27, 2018. The announcement was made at the 2017 SATW Annual Convention held in Portland, Oregon.

SATW is a professional association comprised of 1,100 writers, photographers, editors, broadcast/video/film producers, bloggers, website owners, public relations experts and hospitality industry representatives from the United States and Canada. Founded in 1955, the society’s members represent some of the most influential content producers in the travel industry with work that can be seen throughout all print, digital and broadcast platforms. 

“Barbados is a world class destination that is uniquely suited to host the conference in 2018. Despite the intense competition to host our organization, Barbados’ reputation as a bastion of story ideas for travel editors – both those in the U.S. and Canada – propelled its bid to the winning position. From its hotels to its unique attributes, we knew it was a place that would be interesting to our members,” said SATW President, Barbara Ramsay Orr.

Each journalist will be taken on thematic tours of the island, so that they can pursue story ideas for their print, broadcast and online media outlets, which will result in editorial coverage that tells the Barbados story to consumers for years to come.

Not only will BTMI leverage this platform to tell Barbados’ story, but BTMI is inviting Caribbean nations harmed during the 2017 hurricane season, who will be on the road to recovery by September 2018, to host pre/post trips as part of the official conference program.

“Hosting this convention in September 2018 will allow us to stimulate immediate social media coverage of Barbados prior to the kick-off of the winter travel season,” noted Petra Roach, Director, U.S., Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc. (BTMI). “These delegates influence thousands of our target consumers via their social media platforms every day, and we are designing our conference to maximize social media conversations.”

Barbados has one of the strongest dollars in the Caribbean, a great education system, relatively low unemployment and is one of the safest Caribbean islands for visitors. These characteristics underscore a travel experience where visitors can enjoy rich authentic experiences. Barbados is replete with luxury hotels, unique attractions and beautiful beaches and hosts festivals throughout the year with everything from polo events in the winter and spring to its renowned Food & Rum Festival in the fall.

The mission of SATW is To Inspire Travel Through Responsible Journalism and the organization looks forward to the many stories that Barbados is certain to generate for members.

SATW is a nonprofit 501(c)(6) professional association.

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