Who can join ASTW?
The ASTW has seven membership categories:
1. Full Writer members
2. Associate Writer members
3. Public Relations members
4. Digital Publisher members
5. Friends of the ASTW
6. International Affiliate members
7. Life members
Full Writer members are writers, broadcasters or photographers who: (a) are the designated travel editor or broadcaster for a publication, website or station of considerable repute; or (b) write, broadcast, video or photograph professionally in a freelance capacity to an extent that satisfies the ASTW Board (see below for more details).
Associate Writer members are part-time writers whose output of work is less than that of Full members, but who are engaged in professionally producing a sufficient volume of travel matter to warrant Associate membership.
Note: All new writer members will initially be designated Associate Writer members and must have published at least 7,000 words of travel content in the past 12 months. Their membership status is then reviewed during the substantiation process in April the year after they join, to determine if they qualify for full membership.
Public Relations members act on behalf of an airline, tour operator, national tourist office, hotel or other recognised travel industry organisation and must have been in their current position for at least six months to be eligible for membership.
For information on how to join the ASTW, please click here.
Digital Publishers are leaders within their communities with powerful social network and industry-wide credibility across digital platforms including, but not limited to, blogs and Instagram.
Bloggers must provide Google Analytics data proving a minimum of 20,000 unique page views a month over the previous three consecutive months (we recognise the impact COVID-19 has had on travel blogs and will take this into account), must show a minimum of 25 travel-related posts and a minimum 20,000 travel-related words in the previous year and must have a reference from at least one travel-related PR or brand they have worked with on a campaign/trip/famil.
Instagrammers must maintain over 100,000 followers and show evidence of a minimum of 125 travel-related posts over the 12 months with a reasonable level of engagement. Photos count as 250 words. YouTubers must also maintain over 100,000 subscribers and show evidence of a minimum of 12 travel-related videos. Instagrammers and YouTubers must also must have a reference from at least one travel-related PR or brand they have worked with on a campaign/trip/famil.
Friends of the ASTW
Friends of the ASTW are long-time members who have been active members for at least 15 years who may no longer have enough work to substantiate, yet wish to retain their contacts and contribute to the Society. Their membership is at the discretion and invitation of the ASTW Board.
International Affiliate Members
Existing ASTW members who move overseas may become an International Affiliate. They retain the voting rights and privileges of their original category. Other International Affiliates including, but not limited to, Australians working overseas who have not been ASTW members before, may be admitted as determined by the Board and will have rights and privileges similar to those of Associate members.
Awarded to those that have done above and beyond.