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Sue Watt wins at Atta Media Awards

The winners of the 2019 Atta Media Awards were announced at the Campfire Tales event on the 26th June and BGTW member Sue Watt won the Best Wildlife & Nature Feature (Newspaper) award for her piece Zimbabwe: From Victoria Falls to the big five – all aboard the safari express published in The Times. TV personality and motorbike-enthusiast, Charley…

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BGTW member talks on TRT World

I was invited to talk on a travel panel recently by TRT World – the ‘World Service’ of the Turkish Broadcasting Corporation – facilitated by Rob from the BGTW Secretariat.

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BGTW member Hilary Bradt honoured by LATA

BGTW is delighted to congratulate longtime member Hilary Bradt MBE, co-founder of Bradt Travel Guides, for being inducted into the Latin American Travel Association (LATA) Hall of Fame. The ceremony took place at the House of Commons and is an honour awarded to key British figures who have contributed significantly to the image of Latin…

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25 years of Essentially America – and of Mary Moore Mason as editor

Mary Moore Mason, BGTW member and former chair, was congratulated for her 25 years as editor of Essentially America magazine at a London event, attended by 40-some UK travel industry leaders, on 31 January. USA-based colleague Larry Cohen told the group, meeting in a private room in Notting Hill’s Walmer Castle pub, that Mary Moore and…

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In the spotlight: Geoff Moore’s insider view of travel blogging

Here’s a video view of some of the exploits and work of a typical travel blogger these days, from Geoff Moore  a travel photographer-turned-blogger whom now is more often seen shooting video along with his stills as well as writing these days. Being multi-skilled is certainly an advantage in the current world of media; video…

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Guild members win top awards

Adrian Phillips was named Consumer Writer of the Year in the 2018  Travel Media Awards while Jonathan Thompson took top honours for Regional Publication Feature of the Year for his article “Make mine a Scottish mini break” in Metro. An in the latest annual AITO (Association of Independent Tour Operators) travel writing awards, Kerry Christiani…

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Members’ News: Summer 2018

ISSUED BY THE BRITISH GUILD OF TRAVEL WRITERS Issue No.58; September 2018 CHAIRMAN’S MESSAGE Welcome to our latest news briefing on what our members are up to. It’s been a busy three months since the last edition. We have now published our Directory. You may remember that last year we published a booklet, just listing…

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Roly Smith publishes ‘Wonders of the Peak: Then and Now’

Everyone who knows the Peak District – Britain’s first and most popular National Park – knows that it’s wonderful. From the brooding Dark Peak moorlands to the sylvan limestone dales, everyone has their favourite spots. The ‘Wonders of the Peak’ have been extolled by writers since the 14th century, but it was the first popular…

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Members scoop USA honours

Two Guild members were honoured in the 2018  Visit USA (UK) Association media awards . They were: Aaron Millar, winner in the Consumer Travel Magazine category with “Hoodoo, Voodoo, Ghosts and Graves”, published in National Geographic Traveller. The subject of his article was the Louisiana bayou, ancestral home of the Choctaw and Houma Native American…

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LATA Awards 2018 dominated by Guild members

Once again, Guild members reigned supreme at a media awards event – this time, the event in question was the LATA Media Awards on 23 May, with headline sponsor Wendy Wu Tours. Here’s a rundown of the winners: Best Online Blog Feature of the Year Award, sponsored by Las Iguanas Winner: Abigail King, ‘Pre-Columbian art…

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Members’ News: Spring 2018

ISSUED BY THE BRITISH GUILD OF TRAVEL WRITERS Issue No.57; May 2018 CHAIRMAN’S MESSAGE Welcome to our latest quarterly news briefing on what our members are up to. These days the Guild membership is smaller and more elite. Over the last two years we’ve been applying stronger criteria for judging applications from new members. Applicants…

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Holland awards for Guild members

Three Guild members were winners at this year’s France Travel Media Awards (FTMA), held at Carousel in Marylebone on Tuesday 27 February.

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Guild shines at FTMA: three categories out of seven won by BGTW members

Three Guild members were winners at this year’s France Travel Media Awards (FTMA), held at Carousel in Marylebone on Tuesday 27 February.

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In the Spotlight: Claire Dodd

New member Claire Dodd recently won the Caribbean Tourism Organization’s Best Online Feature award for 2017. Read it here: http://www.independent.co.uk/travel/americas/haiti-tourism-travel-best-bits-facts-attractions-gain-more-travellers-a7723706.html. We asked her to introduce herself: When and why did you join the Guild? I’m a very new member to the Guild, having joined in November. I’ve now been freelance for six years – longer than…

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Award for Peter Ellegard

Guild member Peter Ellegard has won the Best Travel Trade Feature category in the 2017 Caribbean Tourism Organisation Awards – for the second time in three years. His winning article was on tourism in Trinidad and Tobago.