By Toby Saltzman In a hub of SATW members, would you recognize the veteran whose...
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It’s the relationships I develop through engagement at SATW events that truly bears fruit. With my journalist friends, sometimes the fruit is a listening ear for a story idea I’m pondering and sometimes its an actual media placement. With my associate friends – sometimes the fruit is the brainstormed solution to a business challenge or learning about a best practice. Dollar for dollar– I have yet to find another organization that provides such a strong ROI.
On the recommendation of a fellow member, I joined SATW 24 years ago. I have learned so much from attending SATW events and being involved with the organization. The many wonderful friendships and connections made through the years have greatly benefited me professionally and personally.
The more I participate in SATW, the more I realize the value is in the expertise of fellow members. It's a good education and good fun to be surrounded by accomplished and generous writers, photographers, publishers, marketers, and travelers.
When I joined SATW in 1986 -- attending my first chapter meeting in Wyoming and my first Society meeting aboard the QE2, I had no idea the organization I'd joined for its renowned professional development and networking would produce so many lifelong friendships. Nowhere have I found industry colleagues so welcoming!
A huge benefit of SATW membership: Street cred. To editors and the travel industry, you will never be mistaken for one of the army of amateur/ bogus travel writers out there.
Since joining SATW nine years ago I have had the opportunity to meet many interesting journalists and destination representatives. One of the benefits of an SATW membership for me includes access to membership lists. The lists are helpful because the specialties of each member is displayed. This is important when offering story ideas. I have had the pleasure of hosting numerous SATW members who produced beautiful stories about Birmingham.