ASTW Calls Members to Substantiate for 2018-19 Membership

The Australian Society of Travel Writers committee invites current members to substantiate for 2018-19 memberships. Writer, PR and Digital Influencers are required to complete the online substantiation form between 1-30 April. Prospective members are invited to apply via the online registration form.

Members substantiate annually to demonstrate they are actively involved in the travel industry. This ensures the credibility of the ASTW as an association that represents travel media professionals. All members must satisfy strict criteria to join and provide details of their published output or industry participation.

Life Members, Friends of the ASTW and new members who joined from 1 May, 2017 are not required to substantiate.

For more information, please see Substantiation Guidelines or Frequently Asked Questions on the ASTW website.

The ASTW is a 300-strong group of travel writers, editors, radio and television broadcasters, digital influencers, bloggers, guide book authors, photographers and travel industry public relations professionals whose work appears regularly in major newspapers, magazines, airwaves and websites across Australia and the world.

Member benefits include networking with like-minded industry professionals at regular events in Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne; professional development seminars; the ASTW Awards for Excellence; access to member contact details and TravMedia; and travel industry discounts and deals. The highlight of the ASTW calendar is the annual convention and famil program held between August and November in Australia or overseas.

For more information about the ASTW or to become a member, please visit How to apply or contact Secretariat, Justine White, on

Registration and Famil Preferences Open for 2018 Thailand Convention

Registration for the Australian Society of Travel Writers 2018 Convention in Thailand is now open. The program, sponsored by Tourism Authority of Thailand, features an array of inspiring speaker sessions, the annual general meeting, Awards for Excellence gala dinner, and an impressive choice of famil destinations.

Providing excellent value, the cost of $950 for writer members and $1,050 for PR members includes flights with Thai Airways International; accommodation at a choice of two 5-star hotels, Anantara Riverside Bangkok Resort or AVANI Riverside Bangkok Hotel; the convention program; networking events; plus a three day famil itinerary, available to both writer and PR members.

Tourism Authority of Thailand’s comprehensive pre or post famil program is themed around “Unique Thai Local Experiences” with a selection of 11 itineraries that span the country – from hillside villages to national parks and island retreats.

Explore Chiang Mai’s beautiful temples, local arts and crafts and the award-winning Mae Kampong Eco Village on the “Cultural Treasures, The Highest Summit, The Best Eco Village” itinerary. Tour Phrae and Nan, historic towns known for Lanna temples, beautiful teak mansions and tranquil lifestyle on the “Tranquil Old Towns with Unique Thai – Laos Culture” itinerary. Or discover white sandy beaches, dramatic rock features and turquoise waters dotted with shallow coral reefs on the “Krabi’s Green and Local Tourism & Bangkok’s All Time Favourites” itinerary.

Convention bookings and famil preferences close on 15 April, 2018 with members notified of their allocated famil from 4 May. Flight bookings close 30 June.

To register for the convention and submit famil preferences, visit 2018 ASTW Convention bookings.

Non-members interested in joining the ASTW can join this month and may be eligible to attend the convention.

For more information about the ASTW or to become a member, visit How to apply to join the ASTW or contact Secretariat, Justine White, on

ASTW Announces 2018 Convention Key Dates, Hotel & Airline Partners

The Australian Society of Travel Writers (ASTW) announces key dates and event partners for the 2018 Convention, ahead of registrations opening next week. Sponsored by Tourism Authority of Thailand, the convention will be held in Bangkok from 16-19 August at Anantara Riverside Hotels and Avani Riverside with an exclusive flight offer available from Thai Airways International.

Registration and flight bookings open 5 March via Key dates include:

  • Convention registration: 5 March-15 April
  • Flight bookings: 5 March-30 June
  • Members notified of famils: from 4 May
  • Convention: 16-19 August 

The 2018 Convention consists of a three-day program of events; including speaker sessions and workshops, the annual general meeting, and events culminating in the Awards for Excellence gala dinner.

Award sponsorships and speaking opportunities are available for members and non-members. For sponsor enquiries, please contact For speaking opportunities, please send a pitch to

Tourism Authority of Thailand’s 2018 messaging “Open to the New Shades of Thailand” showcases the depth of Thailand’s tourism as a land of amazing diversity worth discovering further. A comprehensive pre and post famil program for media and PR members is themed around “Unique Thai Local Experiences” with a selection of 11 itineraries, from hillside villages to national parks and island retreats.

Set on the banks of the grand Chao Phraya River, Anantara Riverside Bangkok Resort is a thriving oasis offering a unique way to experience the City of Angels. Majestic palms swaying in the breeze. Spa treatments hidden within lush tropical gardens. Luxurious suites lit by the twinkle of the city skyline. Delectable meals fusing tastes from around the globe.

At AVANI Riverside Bangkok Hotel, wake up in rooms and suites with arresting views – each and every one looks over the river and the city skyline. Wine and dine sky high and toast to the City of Angels taking in the panoramic views of the city’s skyscape. Treat yourself to a spa day or lounge by the rooftop infinity pool.

During 2018, Thai Airways International celebrates 58 years flying travellers from the heart of Asia across the world and 47 years connecting Australians with the world’s favourite Asian city, Bangkok. THAI now flies 39 times a week from Australia with daily services from Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth and connections through its global hub, Suvarnabhumi Bangkok International Airport, to popular destinations in Thailand and across Asia to India and Europe.

For more information about ASTW or to become a member, visit or contact Secretariat, Justine White, on