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Walk This Way Tenerife

With more than a decade of accumulated knowledge and thousands of footsore kilometres behind them, Guild member Andrea Montgomery and her husband Jack have just published their latest guide to their adopted home. Walk This Way Tenerife showcases an aspect of the island rarely seen by the millions of holiday makers who annually flock to its shores…

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A wicked Christmas quiz

  For those who missed the Guild Christmas party, here’s a re-run of Roger Bray’s wicked quiz. Answers now follow Part One Can you list the following British rivers in order of length (longest first, shortest last)? Great Ouse, Spey, Wye, Trent Place these countries in order of population (largest population to smallest)  Switzerland, Serbia, Austria,…

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Top German award for Andy Jarosz

An article on Baltic Germany has won Guild member Andy Jarosz top prize in this year’s Germany Travel Writers’ Awards. The piece was published in National Geographic Magazine. The competition is organised annually by the German National Tourist Office. The results were announced at a lunch co-sponsored by the state of Brandenberg. Klaus Lohmann, the GNTGO’s…

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£3724 raised for Railway Children

A fabulous array of raffle prizes* enabled the Guild to raise an impressive £3724 at its annual awards dinner towards the the East Africa appeal launched by  Railway Children. The amount the charity received is doubled by the Government’s under its current Match Aid scheme. The appeal aims to raise £300,000, to reach at least 2,760 children living on the streets…

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2015 BGTW Photographer of the Year – Timothy Bird

BGTW Photographer of the Year Award sponsored by Fuji Film went to Tim Bird who is based in Helsinki. His winning images captured subjects as diverse as boys drumming themselves into a frenzy at a Jaipur festival, fishing nets being emended in a Sarawak longhouse and a light installation in Amsterdam. Timothy has recently produced a multi-media documentary about…

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2015 BGTW Travel Writer of the Year – Jonathan Thompson

BGTW Travel Writer of the Year award, sponsored by Travel PR, went to Jonathan Thompson for a portfolio of travel articles in the Daily Telegraph, Escapism, Metro and the Guardian. They ranged in scope from a visit to Antarctica on the trail of Shackleton, the marriage match corner of Chengdu in Sichuan, a cookery class in Venice, the Bloomingdale Trail – Chicago’s answer to New York’s…

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Best Tourism Projects of 2015 revealed by BGTW

The British Guild of Travel Writers’ annual tourism awards were announced last night on the eve of World Travel Market. Lincoln Castle Revealed & Magna Carta Vault in Lincoln was named best in in the UK category, the Caverne du Pont d’Arc in the Ardèche, France took top honours in the rest of Europe, while…

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Motion Pictures – Birth of an eBook

Want to capture the essence of your travels on camera? Guild member and photographer extraordinaire Tim Bird has produced an e-guide…….. In early 2015 I was flattered to be approached by the Intrepid adventure travel agency who asked me if I would be interested in leading photography tours for groups of photo enthusiasts. I might not be…

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Mastering Twitter: Guild seminar open to non members

Twitter has become the best way to keep up with the news as it happens, find sources, find an audience and even network online. It’s even been known to be fun. Do you use Twitter regularly? Do you want to get more out of it? The British Guild of Travel Writers is hosting an evening Twitter Seminar…

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Behind the scenes at London City

What does the future hold for London City Airport? Plans for expansion – approved by Newham Council but opposed by the capital’s outgoing Mayor Boris Johnson – will be examined at a public inquiry next year. Guild members were given an in depth insight into the proposals during a fascinating visit to Docklands. The airport’s…

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Guild members nominated for Travel Media awards

Guild members are prominently represented among the finalists in the inaugural Travel Media Awards. They include:   NATIONAL CONSUMER TRAVEL FEATURE OF THE YEAR Jeremy Seal for ‘Back to Iran’ in Ultratravel Andrew Eames for ‘Ice ‘N’ Easy’ in The Sunday Times Travel Magazine TRAVEL AND TOURISM PHOTOGRAPHY AWARD Nigel Tisdall for ‘Canada Northwest Passage Cruise’ in the Financial Times TRAVEL…

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Out Now: Skylines by Yolanda Zappaterra and Jan Fuscoe

Members Yolanda Zappaterra and Jan Fuscoe were tasked with describing fifty vibrant, magnificent cityscapes around the globe, spanning every continent. Rather than a book about the world’s most important cities, its biggest, the most well-known, the highest number of visitors, or most architecturally spectacular, they drew up a longlist from their own personal experience and interests, and…

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BBC World News features Chris Coe’s TPOTY

BGTW member, Chris Coe, has over the last 12 years built his Travel Photographer of the Year competition into one which is now recognised the world over, with entrants from more the 100 countries. The winning images for the 2014 competition are now on exhibition at the Royal Geographical Society in London until the 5th of September. Here…

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Members News: Summer 2015

ISSUED BY THE BRITISH GUILD OF TRAVEL WRITERS Issue No.50; August 2015 CHAIRMAN’S MESSAGE This has been an exciting, productive and fun-filled spring/summer season for the 270-member British Guild of Travel Writers. Our 2015-2016 Yearbook – considered the bible of the travel industry – was launched in May at a gala event staged at the…

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Kew for a party – The BGTW celebrates summer in the gardens

The Guild held its annual summer party at Kew Gardens. Neil Taylor reports: Travel writers are well used to exaggeration, both in what they read in press releases and therefore perhaps in what they subsequently write. “Magnificent” “outstanding” and “unique” are some of the several bland descriptions we have to face on a daily basis.…