ASTW are pleased to partner with Visit USA for a third consecutive year

The Australian Society of Travel Writers (ASTW) is pleased to announce that Visit USA Australia (Inc) (Visit USA) have come on board as the sponsor for this year’s coveted Travel Writer of the Year award, announced at the 2019 ASTW Convention. Visit USA previously sponsored the 2017 and 2018 award, which were both won by Catherine Marshall.

Visit USA is a voluntary body that promotes travel to the United States of America. It is funded by individual members from the Australian Travel Trade as well as from associate members in the USA. The Board Members of the organisation work vigorously to promote the US as a desirable destination of choice.

President of the Visit USA organisation Australia, Lucy Rowe said that Visit USA is thrilled to sponsor the ASTW’s Travel Writer of the Year award for the third consecutive year.

She added, “We always enjoy our fantastic partnership with the ASTW on this hotly contested initiative to promote and reward the high level of travel journalism we have in Australia. We look forward to seeing who will take out the award this year”.

The Travel Writer of the Year is awarded to the writer member with the best portfolio of three published travel stories for the judging period. It is the most coveted of the 20 awards presented at the ASTW’s Travel Journalism Awards for Excellence, an annual celebration of outstanding travel writing, photography, and tourism communications.

Established in 1992, this is a closely contested competition among peers, focusing on the very best published work of the year. Recognition of talent, a coveted trophy and prizes are the rewards for the winners.

The 2019 awards will be presented at the annual ASTW Convention in Cairns in October with major sponsor Tourism Tropical North Queensland.

For more information about sponsoring awards, lunches or events; attending events as a member’s guest or for membership enquiries, please view our website for more information or contact secretariat Justine White on

About the ASTW

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

All ASTW members must satisfy strict criteria to join and are obligated to substantiate their membership annually by providing details of their published output or industry participation. They must also adhere to a Code of Ethics. By ensuring that only bona fide applicants are admitted, the ASTW maintains its integrity and the professionalism of the travel industry.

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