What's new at SATW? We share our latest announcements, industry and member news,and member-contributed articles here.

SATW Members’ Advice on Polite, Efficient Travel

Dec 5, 2014 By SATW

By Diana Lambdin Meyer Conde Nast Traveler, a solid voice in travel communication, posted a story by Hanya Yanagihara on November 19th entitled How to Get Off the Airplane and Through Immigration in 12 Minutes. Members of the Society of American Travel Writers, people who spend a lot of time on airplanes and moving through the Customs and Immigration process, were [...]

SATW Hires Kellen Company As Its New Management Organization

Nov 20, 2014 By SATW

The Society of American Travel Writers has hired Kellen Company, a global, employee-owned professional services company, as its new association management company. A committee of past presidents and former board members of SATW asked 21 different prospective association management companies to bid on the account.  The current board of directors vetted each bid, conducted...

Carnival Corporation Supports Lowell Thomas Travel Journalism Competition

Nov 19, 2014 By SATW

Carnival Corporation, the world’s largest cruise company, is teaming up with the Society of American Travel Writers (SATW) Foundation as the first Gold supporter of the annual Lowell Thomas Travel Journalism Competition. As a Gold supporter, Carnival Corporation will donate $40,000 a year for three years to help sustain the premier competition in North America in the [...]

Winners of the 2014 Teen Travel Writing Scholarship Announced

Nov 19, 2014 By SATW

The Society of American Travel Writers (SATW), in partnership with Family Travel Forum (FTF), the award-winning resource for family vacation information, has announced the winners of the eighth annual FTF Teen Travel Writing Scholarship.  The annual contest encourages teens to share their travel experiences through words and videos to win cash merit scholarships from [...]

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

Oct 29, 2014 By SATW

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 [...]

TBEX In Athens

Oct 17, 2014 By SATW

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 [...]

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

Oct 2, 2014 By SATW

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 [...]

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

Sep 30, 2014 By SATW

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 [...]

SATW Iceland Annual Convention Recap

Sep 26, 2014 By SATW

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 [...]

Annette Thompson Named President of SATW for 2014-15

Sep 23, 2014 By SATW

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 [...]

Four Outstanding Tourism Projects Receive 2014 Phoenix Awards

Sep 16, 2014 By SATW

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 [...]

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

Sep 16, 2014 By SATW

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 [...]

Lowell Thomas Travel Journalism Competition Winners Announced

Sep 16, 2014 By SATW

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 [...]

SATW Iceland Professional Development Schedule

Sep 15, 2014 By SATW

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 [...]

Look Before You Book: The Professional Opinion Should Matter Most

Aug 29, 2014 By SATW

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 [...]

SATW Welcomes New Executive Director Michael Mathy

Jul 15, 2014 By SATW

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 [...]

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

Jul 10, 2014 By SATW

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 [...]

SATW Takes Atlantic City: Eastern Chapter Meeting 2014

Jun 26, 2014 By SATW

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 [...]

PRSA Travel + Tourism Conference 2014: Key Learnings

Jun 23, 2014 By SATW

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 [...]

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

May 20, 2014 By SATW

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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