Latest NATJA News

David Noyes to Receive Keith Bellows Award for Excellence in Travel Journalism
Friday, February 16, 2018 06:24 PM
The North American Travel Journalists Association is pleased to announce that David Noyes will receive the Keith Bellows Award for Excellence in Travel Journalism for his outstanding work as a journalist and photographer and his commitment to changing the world through the organization he founded, Innocent Eyes Project. The Keith Bellows Award was established to honor his work as the long time Editor-in-Chief of National Geographic Traveler, as an advocate for the importance of travel and its power to transform and teach about the world, cultures, people, and economies.
2017 NATJA Awards Winners Announced!
Thursday, February 08, 2018 10:00 AM

PASADENA CA - The North American Travel Journalists Association (NATJA) has announced the winners of its 2017 NATJA Travel Media Awards Competition. Awards were given to publications, travel journalists, photographers whose work was published in print and online media from September 2016 through August 2017. Additionally, awards were given to the top destination marketing organizations. The competition, now in its 26th year, honors the “best of the best” in travel media. 

Click here to read the full announcement.

NATJA Advisory Board Meets in Idyllwild, CA
Friday, February 02, 2018 01:05 PM

NATJA Advisory Board Meets in Idyllwild, CA

 Last month, the NATJA Advisory Board held its first annual retreat where they discussed potential new member benefits and exciting professional development sessions for our annual conference. Hosted by NATJA members Marc Kassouf and Nathan DePetris, proprietors of Strawberry Creek Inn and Quiet Creek Inn, the naturally tranquil setting of the retreat created a serene environment, opening the door to innovate conversation and a healthy flow of ideas. The media attendees were Susan Cohn, Tonya Fitzpatrick, Jeffrey Lehmann, Shelly Rivoli, Nathan De Petris, Helen Hatzis & Tim Leffel, alongside attending CVB representatives Jo Duncan - The Beenders Walker Group, Francesca Donlan – Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel, Barbara Marrett – San Juan Islands Visitors Bureau, Charles Winters – Huntsville/Madison County CVB, Kathryn Farrington – Discover Newport, RI. Advisory board not able to attend were Vickie Ashford, Gustavo Rivas-Solis, Dale Sanders, Robert Jerome. A big 'THANK YOU' to Marc and Nathan for hosting and everyone able to attend, we are excited to implement the thought provoking ideas generated from this inspiring retreat.



Advisory Board in Idyllwild, Ca First Annual Advisory Board Retreat   Photo Credit: Jeffrey Lehmann (Left to right:  Tim Leffel, Nathan DePetris, Barbara Marrett, Tonya Fitzpatrick, Yani Leon, Brittney Hernandez, Shelly Rivoli, Kathryn Farrington, Helen Hatzis, Francesca Donlan, Jeffrey  Lehmann, Helen Hernandez, Susan Cohn, Jo Duncan, and Marc Kassouf) 
Advisory Board 'Brain Storm' at Strawberry Creek Inn Bed & Breakfast  Photo Credit: Helen Hernandez [(Left to right) Photo 1 Jo Duncan, Tonya Fitzpatrick, Jeffrey Lehmann, Susan Cohn Photo 2 Shelly Rivoli, Brittney Hernandez, Helen Hatzis, Barbara Marrett, Francesca Donlan, and Yani Leon  Photo 3: Charles Winters, Nathan DePetris, Tim Leffel and Ben Root]



Holiday Greetings from NATJA Members
Friday, December 08, 2017 02:02 PM
With the Holiday Season in full swing, we would like to wish you Happy Holidays and thank you for continuing to be part of the NATJA Family. 
Goodbye, Chapel Hill and See You Next Year In...
Monday, May 22, 2017 05:02 PM

NATJA Thanks Chapel Hill/Orange County for an Amazing Conference

Thank you to Chapel Hill/Orange County Visitors Bureau for all their hard work in making the 2017 NATJA Conference & Marketplace a roaring success. Extra special thanks to Director of Sales Marlene Barbera for her incredible organization and Executive Director Laurie Paolicelli for her leadership on what was undoubtedly one of the best NATJA Conferences yet. And of course, thank you to all of our attendees who joined us in discovering what make Chapel Hill, Carrboro, and Hillsborough such extraordinary towns. We hope you enjoyed every part of this conference as much as we enjoyed having you. 

If you missed all of the fun in Chapel Hill, make sure to check out #OCNC2017 on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook for posts, photos and videos from our attendees. You can also watch clips from the conference on NATJA's Facebook at

Videos of the professional development sessions will be uploaded soon to the website and will be accessible to all of our NATJA members. Not a member? Click here to join!



NATJA 2018: Branson, MO!



It's official - the 2018 NATJA Conference & Marketplace is being held in Branson, Missouri! Winners of the Destination Grand Prize in the 2016 NATJA Awards Competition, the Branson Convention & Visitors Bureau promises to provide an unforgettable experience to NATJA Conference attendees in 2018. We look forward to sharing more information with you in the coming months! 

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