Tourism Australia and Tourism New Zealand support ASTW with sponsorship for 2019 convention awards

THE Australian Society of Travel Writers ( is pleased to announce that Tourism Australia and Tourism New Zealand have come on board as sponsors for key writing awards, to be announced at the 2019 ASTW Convention held in Cairns in October.

Helen Hayes, President of the ASTW said that the support of such prestigious tourism authorities is a massive boost for the Society and awards process.

“The support of two of the world’s leading tourism authorities is testament to the credibility of the ASTW Awards for Excellence, and to the high calibre of our members,” she said.

Tourism Australia is sponsoring two categories – Best Australian Story Over 1000 Words and Best Australian Story Under 1000 Words. Tourism New Zealand is sponsoring the Best Food Travel Story.

The 2019 Awards for Excellence are an annual celebration of outstanding travel writing, photography, and tourism communication, and will be presented at the annual ASTW Convention in Cairns, hosted by Tourism Tropical North Queensland. There are 21 categories, open to either writers, digital influencers or public relations members.  New this year is an award for the Best Travel Book – reintroduced after a hiatus of several years.

For more information about sponsoring awards, lunches or events; or for membership enquiries, please visit 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 and producers, 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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