Here's our list of travel writing conferences you should check out for 2017.
At the time of publication a few conference dates had not been announced. Please check back via the link to the organization’s website in a month or so to get updates.
The Center for Literary Arts is presenting its first-ever writers’ conference, dedicated to the far-flung nonfiction artists who chronicle the globe in all its glory. According to their website, "We’ll hear stories of life on the road (as well as what our adventurers eat along the way). Our panelists will also offer a plethora of practical advice for the would-be travel writers in the audience."
The Canada Media Marketplace annual event "brings together the best in US travel media with provincial/territorial and regional Canadian tourism organizations, major hotel properties, attractions and transportation companies. Gather new story ideas and background information, develop personal relationships with Canadian media-representatives, and network with other American and Canadian media." Free to journalists.
In April, “thought-leaders and practitioners in the adventure travel industry will come together on the shores of lake Coeur d’Alene at Coeur d’Alene Resort for the third annual Adventure Elevate Conference. Three hundred delegates — mostly representatives of North American-based tour operators, travel advisors, media and outdoor gear companies — will dive into our theme Future Together through educational sessions, workshops, and creative networking.”
The Pacific Northwest's only travel writers conference, Travel and Words, is "produced by a group of freelance writers, bloggers, editors, publishers, and travel and tourism professionals who live and work in the Northwest and volunteer our time for this excellent event."
"There’s no better way to stay in the loop of major magazine markets, as you enhance your career with great writing assignments. Travel Classics Writer's Conference International is unlike any other conference on Earth."
U.S. Travel Association’s International Pow Wow (IPW) is "the travel industry’s premier international marketplace and the largest generator of travel to the U.S. – it is NOT a typical trade show.
In just three days of intensive pre-scheduled business appointments, more than 1,000 U.S. travel organizations from every region of the USA (representing all industry category components), and more than 1,300 international and domestic buyers from more than 70 countries conduct business negotiations that result in the generation of more than $4.7 billion in future Visit USA travel. At IPW, buyers and sellers are able to conduct business that would otherwise be generated only through an exhaustive number of around-the-world trips."
"Join your OWAA colleagues, June 24-26, 2017, in Duluth, Minnesota, for our 90th Annual OWAA conference. The Outdoor Writers Association of America has selected Duluth, Minnesota for three jam-packed days of sessions, demos, hospitalities and more." Details will be posted on the OWAA website as they become available.
At the Beer Bloggers and Writers Conference, “We chose an interesting place, full of beer history and a phenomenal beer scenes Milwaukee has an abundance of both and we are really excited to be there and know attendees will also be."
"Through workshops, panels, and evening events, with ample free
time for informal conversation on the piazza, the Book Passage Travel Writers and Photographers Conference offers participants a rich mix of information and inspiration; we cover how to shape a compelling travel story, how to shoot a transporting travel photo, how to successfully pitch an editor, how to maximize social media, how to jumpstart your writing and photography, how to leap to the next level, and much, much more."
Details aren’t yet available for The ASTW Convention. Check their website at a later date.
Travel Media Showcase hasn't posted details yet. Check their website at a later date.
"Every year, representatives from the adventure travel industry come together at the Adventure Travel World Summit (ATWS) to talk shop, get inspired and enjoy a decidedly adventurous destination anywhere in the world. Produced by the Adventure Travel Trade Association, the Summit is for tour operators, adventure travel writers and influencers, tourism boards and industry partners.
More than just a conference, the Summit is a global gathering of an industry that works hard and plays hard, offering deep-dive educational content, big name keynote speakers and endless networking opportunities – both structured and off-site — including a Tour Operator MARKETPLACE with a globally diverse group of businesses and destinations and a MediaConnect session where delegates can pitch story ideas to over 40 international editors."
Dates location and detailed information for VEMEX 2017 will be posted on their website in April.
TravMedia International Media Marketplace (IMM) "is now established as the industry’s leading platform for travel and tourism brands to meet media. Exhibitors each enjoy a dedicated branded table where they can brief top-flight travel journalists, editors and broadcasters on their forthcoming news, events and developments. As a single-day networking and relationship-building opportunity for travel & tourism brands and journalists, IMM is unmatched."
Plans are underway for the Society of American Travel Writers Annual Conference. Details along with pre and post tour dates will be announced on their website when available.
Details are not yet available for Travel Classics West. Check their website at a later date.
"IFWTWA is a non-profit global network of journalists who cover the hospitality and lifestyle fields, and the people who promote them. Our members cover a broad spectrum of travel destination attractions, such as active and passive adventure activities, ecology, historical, culture, fairs, festivals, business events and special events. The IFWTWA Conference is hybrid, since half is professional development and half is a media trip experience."
Information for the 2017 Symposium is not yet available, but here's a link to the 2016 Symposium. Check back every month or so for updates on their website.
The Shawguides website has a comprehensive list of writing workshops, many with travel writing components. "Established in 1988 as a publisher of comprehensive worldwide guides to educational travel and creative career programs, ShawGuides has offered free online access to the unabridged, continually updated content of each guide since 1995."
"TBEX is the largest conference and networking event for travel bloggers, online travel journalists, new media content creators, travel brands and industry professionals. Each year, TBEX partners with fantastic host destinations in North America, Europe and Asia Pacific to bring the travel industry’s most creative minds together to learn, network and do business. " (See listings below for links to North America and Europe events.)
The Women in Travel Summit is "the premier event for women travel influencers and industry members, organized by Wanderful. Our goal is to provide our attendees with the tools, connections, and resources they need to become better travel bloggers and influencers."
Eye for Travel San Francisco is "not a normal conference. Our mission is to enable you to compete for bookings like a natural born digital brand and build the tech driven, insight inspired distribution partnerships that will provide services travelers want."
TBEX North America is "a conference and networking event for travel bloggers, online travel journalists, new media content creators, travel brands and industry professionals. Each year, TBEX partners with fantastic host destinations in North America to bring the travel industry’s most creative minds together to learn, network and do business."
TBEX Europe is "a conference and networking event for travel bloggers, online travel journalists, new media content creators, travel brands and industry professionals. Each year, TBEX partners with fantastic host destinations in Europe to bring the travel industry’s most creative minds together to learn, network and do business."
Roy Stevenson is a professional travel writer and the author of www.PitchTravelWrite.com. Over the past nine years, he’s had more than 1000 articles published in 200 magazines, trade and specialty journals, in-flights, on-boards, blogs and websites and has traveled on assignment around the U.S. and to dozens of international destinations.