Pasadena, CA– The North American Travel Journalists Association (NATJA) today announced that Don Mankin won GOLD place in the 2011 Annual NATJA Awards Competition in the “50+ Travel and Travelers – Print” category. This awards competition, now in its 20th year, honors the “best of the best” in travel writing, photography and promotion that cover all aspects of the travel industry worldwide.
NATJA Awards recognize excellence in travel writing, photojournalism, social media, multimedia platforms, advertising, marketing and public relations for the travel and tourism industry. This year, NATJA received more than 500 submissions from all over the world.
“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. Members are provided with professional development workshops, peer-to-peer evaluation, web tools and networking opportunities. NATJA also publishes TravelWorld International Magazine (www.travelworldmagazine.com).
For more information about NATJA or a complete list of 2011 award winners, visit www.natja.org.