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ASTW Member Named “Best Travel Writer” at National Travel Industry Awards

July 25, 2017 Accolades No Comments Email Email

Australian Society of Travel Writers (ASTW) member Julie Miller has been named “Best Travel Writer – Consumer” in the annual National Travel Industry Awards (NTIA), hosted by the Australian Federation of Travel Agents on Saturday, July 22.  

Julie was one of four ASTW members to be named a finalist in the award category. Other nominees included Andrew Bain, Beverley Malzard and Christine Retschlag.

The winning article “Elephant in the Room” featured in Get Up and Go magazine. It reviewed elephant tourism in Thailand and how the travel industry can contribute towards the ethical treatment of these beautiful animals.


“I was thrilled but also very surprised to be named the Best Travel Writer, considering the calibre of the other writers I was up against! It’s very gratifying to be acknowledged for a subject I have a particular passion for and have spent the last 10 years writing about,” said Julie Miller.

Julie is a freelance travel writer, author and scriptwriter who makes a living doing the things she loves best – travelling, getting out into nature and writing. She is widely published in Australia and internationally and is the author of four non-fiction books.

ASTW President, Danielle Lancaster said: “Congratulations to Julie and all the finalists on behalf of the ASTW community. We are thrilled at the recognition of talent within the Society and encourage members to take opportunities such as NTIA to profile their work”.

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

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