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Travel Writers and Communicators Aim to Find Inspiration and Happiness in Fiji

August 29, 2014 Association No Comments Email Email

Members of the Australian Society of Travel Writers (ASTW) will gather in Fiji in October for their annual convention, incorporating the society’s annual general meeting (AGM) and 2014 Travel Journalism Awards for Excellence (TJAE).

Partnering with Tourism Fiji, ASTW members will stay for two nights at the InterContinental Golf Resort & Spa, participate in a program of networking and professional development seminars with keynote speakers including Neal Mann, the Multimedia Innovations Editor at the Wall Street Journal, who is regarded as the most influential UK journalist on Twitter, and Lauren Bath, Australia’s first professional Instagrammer and ASTW member.

Longstanding ASTW partner TravMedia is again supporting the convention, and following the TJAE, members will then have the option to explore some of the 322 islands of Fiji on a variety of tourism product familiarisations.

The decision to travel to Fiji has been in the making for many months, with ASTW president Kerry Heaney and Tourism Fiji Regional Director Australia Carlah Walton commencing plans following the successful 2013 convention held at the Palazzo Versace on Australia’s Gold Coast.

“Tourism Fiji is delighted to have been chosen to host the 2014 convention and AGM,” Ms Walton said.  “It’s a fantastic opportunity to showcase the range of experiences available to Australians visiting Fiji through the ASTW’s influential membership.”

“We’re looking forward to the membership discovering a sample of what Fiji has to offer – from world class beaches and diving to hot springs and mud baths – right through to culinary delights and cultural displays. There’s a very good reason Fiji is the place where happiness finds you, and it’s a secret we’re very keen to share!”

As the world’s media landscape continues to undergo extensive changes, ASTW president Kerry Heaney is acutely aware of the importance of offering the country’s leading travel writers and communicators an opportunity to engage with each other, voice ideas and provide input into the future of the society.

“It is an energising time to be a part of Australia’s travel communications industry,” Ms Heaney said. “As the media landscape evolves across the globe, so too does our membership profile and the chance to come together in a setting that inspires creativity and happiness such as Fiji is extremely important.”

“We highly value our partnership with Tourism Fiji and their tourism industry partners. The committee encourages as many members as possible to join the convention and explore the idyllic island atmosphere. We look forward to an engaging and memorable convention.”

The 2014 TJAE will comprise of 17categories for writer and PR members, including new categories, which include:

  • Best Adventure Travel Story
  • Best Cruise Travel Story
  • Best Food Travel Story
  • Best Family Travel Story
  • Best Luxury Travel Story

Entries for the awards are now open.

“The awards also provide an opportunity to celebrate the hard work of our members and what our society stands for – honest and ethical travel reporting and communication,” Ms Heaney said.

Previous ASTW convention locations have included Lombok, Rotorua, New Caledonia, Sydney, Wellington, China, Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia and South Korea to name but a few. These are the destinations that have enjoyed the support of Australia’s leading travel writers and public relations experts.

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