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1.7m Impressions of La Champagne & L’Ardenne

Last week, just under 90 BGTW travel writers, bloggers, photographers & broadcasters visited Reims in Northern France for our Annual General Meeting, and afterwards around 60 stayed on to explore both La Champagne and Ardenne. While we were there, many of our members were busy posting across numerous social media platforms using the #BGTWvisitLaChampagne hashtag,…

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The Guild AGM – It’s a military operation!

This weekend, the advance guard of the BGTW will be heading out to Reims in France at the start of this year’s Annual General Meeting (AGM). The Guild AGM is a calendar highlight for Guild members. There are meetings and events every month, but the AGM is where the highest number of members gather together…

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Glittering Prizes: The winners of the 2016 BGTW awards

The BGTW’s annual awards for the best developments in tourism are always eagerly awaited. Here’s a full list of the winners and the highly commended – voted for by our members – plus all the winners of our members writing and photography awards and those who generously sponsored their prizes: Best UK Tourism Awards Project…

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Charity Raffle prize generosity raises £4067

To all the generous providers of prizes for the charity raffle at our annual gala awards dinner – a big thank you. A mighty big thank you too from Survival International, which benefitted to the tune of £4067. The cheque was handed over to the charity’s founding trustee, travel writer Robin Hanbury-Tenison, during the event…

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Guild members scoop top Travel Media Awards

Two Guild members took top honours in this year’s Travel Media Awards at a ceremony at London’s ME Hotel James Lowen emerged as the winner in the Travel Guidebook of the Year category with A Summer of British Wildlife, published by Bradt. Peter Ellegard was named Travel Trade Writer of the Year. And Selling Travel –…

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BGTW members honoured

Two Guild members were honoured in this years Travel Writer of of the Year awards organised by AITO (Association of Independent Tour operators. Aaron Millar came second in the Travel Writer of the Year (under 1500 words) category with his piece on Wyoming in The Times. The judges said is provided a “real wow factor” with…

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Twitter & Instagram for beginners

Though it was designed for the uninitiated the Guild’s latest tutorial on social media – “Twitter & Instagram for Beginners” – might have produced the odd nugget for old hands, too, reports Yasamen Kaner-White. Did you know, for example, that Twitter announced in May it would free up space in tweets, so, unlike before, a photo, link, #,…

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Top US awards for Guild writers

Kathy Arnold and Paul Wade – “aka Team Wade” – have won Visit USA’s Travel Writer of the Year 2016 award for their “outstanding” coverage of the country, including an article citing 50 reasons to go there, published in the Daily Telegraph. See a video of their acceptance here: IMG_0483. And another Guild member Aaron Millar,…

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BritMums Live! in its 5th Year

The founders of BritMums, Jennifer Howze and Susanna Scott, both members of the BGTW, turned to another BritMum and BGTW member, Kirstie Pelling, to open the annual BritMums Live! (#BML16) conference yesterday, with a specially commissioned poem marking its fifth year, ‘BritMums We Are Live’. They certainly are. The sell-out one day conference offered a…

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Lindsay Sutton scoops top US award

A piece on the birth of America’s National Parks has won Guild member Lindsay Sutton top honours in the US Travel Association and Brand USA’s 2016 IPW Travel Writer Awards competition, sponsored by CityPASS. Because of the high quality of entries his was one of two voted best US travel destination feature*.  On the 100th anniversary of President Theodore…

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How to Monetise your Blog – A BGTW Masterclass

Whether by accident or design – I like to think the latter – there was a perfect match between the two presenters at the BGTW Masterclass on How to Monetise your Blog on Thursday evening at our regular venue, the Arts Workers Guild in central London. Together they covered both the ‘mindset’ needed to be…

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John A. Harrison now shortlisted for Welsh award

The odds are reducing for Guild travel writer, John Harrison, who has now been shortlisted with two other entrants for the New Welsh Writing Awards 2016. New Welsh Review, in association with the University of South Wales and CADCentre, announced the shortlist for the New Welsh Writing Awards 2016: University of South Wales Prize for…

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Lifetime Award for Gerry Benson

Guild member Gerry Benson has won Ireland’s prestigious Travel Media Lifetime Achievement Award. Dublin based Gerry is a former travel agent turned publisher and editor of Travelbiz, the country’s most widely read travel trade publication, which he founded in 2000. He is also a three times past president of the Irish Travel Agents Association. Winners…

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Landscape study – Guild visits Blenheim Palace

Gillian Thornton reports on a Guild tour of Blenheim Palace:  As thank you presents go, Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire ranks up there with the very best. A gift to military commander John Churchill by a grateful Queen Anne, this 18th century extravaganza of golden stone would top anybody’s wish list. Last year, Blenheim Palace celebrated…

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Bush fire – image shortlisted for award

Isabel Conway’s image of Maasai warriors making fire in Amboseli National Reserve Kenya has been shortlisted for the inaugural Travel Media Ireland travel photo of the year. Three other photographs were also shortlisted and the winner will be announced at the annual Travel Media awards in Dublin on May 20. She writes:  “No wonder Amboseli…