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2019 ASTW Convention, proudly sponsored by Tourism Tropical North Queensland

October 18, 2019 - October 20, 2019

- Free

The Australian Society of Travel Writers Committee is thrilled to invite members to attend the 2019 Convention in Cairns. This year’s convention will feature 14 exciting pre and post famil options, an array of inspiring speaker sessions and workshops, our annual general meeting, and the 2019 Awards for Excellence Gala Dinner.

Date: Friday 18 October – Sunday 20 October 2019
Venue: Riley, a Crystalbrook Collection Resort

Important: Bookings will close on 30 June 2019. 50% deposit is required at time of booking, with final payment due by 30 July 2019.


Day 1: Friday 18 October

  • Arrival of all delegates

  • Conference registration and check-in

  • Lunch and afternoon conference sessions

  • Welcome Cocktail Reception

Day 2: Saturday 19 October

  • Breakfast at hotel or Cairns Aquarium

  • All day conference and AGM, including lunch

  • ASTW Awards for Excellence Gala Dinner

Day 3: Sunday 20 October

  • Breakfast at hotel

  • Departure of members on post tours or to return home

* A more detailed program will be released over the coming months.


Beautiful and chic, yet sustainably modern, Riley’s got it all. Some hotel brands will tell you that their rooms and suites feel like a “home away from home”. Riley thinks your hotel experience should feel better than being at home. That’s sort of the point, right? Their collection of 311 rooms and suites give this traditional model a much-needed update. Enjoy a playful sophistication that features elegance, contemporary design, and a splash of fun all in one go. Recharge in their luxury Cairns accommodation with fun surprises in unlikely places.

Click here to visit Riley’s website for more hotel information.


The conference rate of $145 per night including breakfast for two is available to ASTW conference delegates three days prior and three days post conference. This can be booked direct with the Hotel’s Inhouse Reservations team.

Contact: Katherine Plohl, Reservations Manager
Email: riley@crystalbrookcollection.com


Cairns Aquarium is delighted to invite ASTW convention delegates to breakfast on Saturday 19 October.

Enjoy a roving breakfast in the Oceanarium after exploring the only aquarium in the world dedicated exclusively to the habitats and species of Tropical North Queensland. The Cairns Aquarium connects visitors with the natural wonders of The Great Barrier Reef, The Wet Tropics, The Gulf Savannah and Cape York regions. With over 16,000 animals and unique opportunities to move up close to some of the world’s most fascinating, elusive or deadly creatures, every visit is unforgettable.

Time: 7am depart from hotel, returning at 8:30am in time for 9am convention start time.

Location: The aquarium is a 5 minute walk from hotel. Meet in hotel lobby.

This breakfast event is optional. It is essential to RSVP to confirm your attendance at the Aquarium breakfast at time of booking. Sorry, late bookings cannot be accepted.

A $25pp fee will be charged to the delegate should you book and not attend the optional Cairns Aquarium breakfast.


Please provide your flight number, arrival date and time to book your airport transfer to the hotel to Kelsey Andersen at kelsey.andersen@ttnq.org.au, by Friday 20th September.


A comprehensive pre and post famil program for ASTW members and partners is available with a selection of 14 itineraries on offer. Each famil differs in length, from 1-night to 3-night options. Please select up to THREE preferences from the pre and post famil options. Tourism Tropical North Queensland will do their best to confirm your first choice! Famil preferencing will close on 30 June 2019.

Please click here to view famil options and register your famil preferences.

Tourism Tropical North Queensland will provide confirmation of your famil from 8 July 2019.


What’s a conference in Cairns without visiting the World Heritage listed, Great Barrier Reef. We invite you to experience the Great Barrier Reef with a complimentary trip the day before or the day after the conference. There are a range of tour options ranging from small sailing vessels through to large catamarans that provide you with the opportunity to swim, snorkel, scuba dive, helmet dive or just relax in the sun!

Click here for more information and to book your reef experience.


  • 2 nights’ accommodation at Riley, a Crystalbrook Collection Resort

  • Breakfast daily

  • Welcome Cocktail Reception

  • ASTW conference and AGM, including lunch

  • Awards for Excellence Gala Dinner

  • One pre or post famil

  • Return airport transfers


  • Digital Influencer Member: $550

    • Booking codes
      • CON19-DD – Deposit
      • CON19-DF – Final payment
      • CON19-DFP – Full payment
  • Friend of the ASTW: $850

    • Booking codes
      • CON19-FD – Deposit
      • CON19-FF – Final payment
      • CON19-FFP – Full payment
  • PR Member: $700

    • Booking codes
      • CON19-PRD – Deposit
      • CON19-PRF – Final payment
      • CON19-PRFP – Full payment
  • Writer Member (Associate and Full): $550

    • Booking codes
      • CON19-WD – Deposit
      • CON19-WF – Final payment
      • CON19-WFP – Full payment
  • Partner: $850

    • Booking codes
      • CON19-PD – Deposit
      • CON19-PF – Final payment
      • CON19-PFP – Full payment
  • Life and Honorary Members. Please book based on your membership type eg Writer or PR member.

***Bookings will close on 30 June 2019. Final payment due by 30 July 2019.***

Conditions: A 50% NON-REFUNDABLE deposit is required to secure your booking. Payment accepted by Visa or MasterCard only. Bookings close on 30 June 2019, with final payment due by 30 July 2019. No refunds will be issued after 30 July 2019. TRAVEL INSURANCE IS RECOMMENDED for any unforeseen cancellations. A $25pp fee will be charged to the delegate should you book and not attend the optional Cairns Aquarium breakfast.


Bookings close: Sunday 30 June 2019 (min. 50% deposit due)

Famil preferences close: Sunday 30 June 2019

Famil confirmation advised by TTNQ: from Monday 8 July 2019

Final payment due by: Tuesday 30 July 2019

Flight details to be provided to TTNQ by: Friday 20 September 2019



October 18, 2019
October 20, 2019
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Tourism Tropical North Queensland


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