New York Travel Writers Association

FAQ

How does the New York Travel Writers Association differ from other organizations for travel journalists?

In operation since 1946, NYTWA is a society for journalists only, rather than a mix of journalists and marketing or public relations professionals. NYTWA’s bylaws cap the membership at 80 working journalists, so this is an elite group whose geographically concentrated roster enables members to meet with each other regularly. Monthly meetings are in New York City; NYTWA does not sponsor meetings in far-off places. (If an NYTWA member needs to research a story in India or Indiana, he or she is generally able to find a way to get there without the Association.)

Aren’t there some public-relations professionals in NYTWA?

Yes, a few, but they were full-time editors and writers when they joined the Association.

How does NYTWA serve its members?

This not-for-profit organization facilitates networking within and beyond its membership. NYTWA holds regular meetings that help members stay up to date with news, people, and events in travel and journalism. Its website and social-media outlets serve as membership marketing tools. NYTWA also hosts an annual holiday party for members, friends, and associates.

As an editor who does not belong to NYTWA, how can I make use of this website?

Travel professionals may search for journalists according to their specialties and other areas of expertise—for example, individuals who cover business travel, cruises, or resort travel in the Caribbean. Your search results will lead you to member profiles with links to journalists’ work, and contact information. Visitors may also access NYTWA’s calendar, which includes events sponsored by NYTWA and partners.

If NYTWA’s calendar features a meeting I’d like to attend, how can I request an invitation?

Please send an email to a member of your acquaintance, or an officer. (See About Us page for contact information.)

How can I join NYTWA?

You must be a travel journalist, whether in print or in the electronic media, consumer or trade, and be invited by two members. Your sponsors will request an application from the Membership Committee and then submit it for their consideration. (See About Us page for contact information.)

What are the annual dues?

$60 (there is no initiation fee for new members).

How can a public-relations or marketing professional make use of this website?

Travel professionals may search for experienced journalists with specific qualifications and regional or niche expertise. Your search results will yield detailed profiles, links to journalists’ work, and contact information. Marketing professionals may also view our calendar and submit events for possible inclusion by contacting an officer or editor.

Can marketing professionals host NYTWA meetings?

Yes. If a travel- or tourism-related organization would like to host us or share something of potential interest to our members, please contact Clint Brownfield (clintenyc [@] aol.com) or Pat Canole (patcanole [@] aol.com).