|Vagabonding Lulu and National Geographic Traveler Editor-in-Chief at 2009 NATJA Conference|
PASADENA, CA– The North American Travel Journalists Association (NATJA) today announced that Stacey Wittig of Flagstaff, AZ won a bronze award in the 2010 annual awards competition in the “Byline Travel Column – Less than 250,000 Circulation” category. The competition, now in its 19th year, honors the “best of the best” in travel writing, photography and promotion that cover all aspects of the travel industry worldwide.
Wittig, a freelance writer who has lived in northern Arizona for over 16 years, was chosen for a consecutive year and joins others like Keith Bellows, Editor-in-Chief, National Geographic Traveler and Raphael Kadushin writer for Bon Appétit and Condé Nast Traveler who were distinguished in the most recent competition.
NATJA Awards recognize excellence in travel writing, photojournalism, social media, multimedia platforms, advertising, marketing and public relations for the travel and tourism industry. NATJA received more than 500 submissions.
“We are extremely pleased with this year’s entries; they were outstanding, both in quality of work and range of coverage,” said Helen Hernandez, CEO of the organization. “The number of entries is the largest we have ever received and the level of creativity and professionalism is reflective of the vibrancy of the travel journalists’ community. I also believe this year’s entry pool is an indication of the overall economic recovery and its positive effect on the travel industry.”
NATJA is the second largest travel media association in North America. Members include travel media professionals, convention and visitors bureaus, social media, hotels and attractions, and other travel marketing agencies. NATJA publishes Travelworld International Magazine (www.travelworldmagazine.com). For more information about NATJA or a complete list of 2010 award-winners, visit www.natja.org.