The inaugural Global Travel Awards, presented by the Global Travel Media Alliance, is open for entries through March 9, 2020, 11:59 p.m. HST. The alliance will present three awards, based on 2019 work:


  • 2020 Global Travel Writer – Prize: a five-night stay at Raffles in Singapore, sponsored by Accor
  • 2020 Global Travel Photographer – Prize: a 15-day Arctic cruise sponsored by Abercrombie & Kent
  • 2020 Global Travel Communicator (for Associate members) – Prize: a $5,000 Apple gift card, sponsored by TravMedia

Submissions are open only to members of SATW, ASTW and BGTW. Judging will be by an independent panel, three per category (nine total) of top travel editors, photographers, and PR professionals representing the US-Canada, Great Britain, and Australia.

Winners will be announced on May 12, 2020.  To see contest rules and submission information visit


Abercrombie & Kent pioneered luxury adventure travel with their first african safaris in 1962. Today, their award winning travel services extend around the world to more than one hundred countries on all seven continents. A&K’s custom itineraries and small-group journies offer one-of-a-kind inspiring experiences, while their more than 55 on-site offices ensure invitation-only access to the people and places that make every destination unique.


Expedition cruising, A&K style, is designed for the culturally-curious traveller. Each voyage brings together a carefully-selected small ship with A&K’s unparalleled Expedition Team, the best of the best in their respective fields: marine biologists; ornathologists; historians; geologists and archaeologists whose education, field research and personal accomplishments, are unmatched.


Accor is a world-leading travel & lifestyle group and digital innovator offering unique experiences in their hotels, resorts and residences across 100 countries. Its internationally renowned hotel brands encompass the entire range from luxury to economy, from upscale to lifestyle.


Accor has successfully expanded its range of services, becoming the world leader in luxury private residence rental with more than 10,000 stunning properties around the world. The Group is also active in the fields of concierge services, co-working, dining, events management and digital solutions. Accor is committed to playing an active role in its local communities and promoting sustainable development wherever it operates.


Established in 1999 by Nick Wayland, a former travel editor seeking a better way to research and report travel news, TravMedia now delivers a social network for business, that enables PR professionals and media in the travel space, to share content, coverage and collaborate like never before.


TravMedia currently operates in 10 countries – Australia, United Kingdom, United States, China, Germany, United Arab Emirates, Canada, India, New Zealand, and South Africa – with a community of over 40,000 media and PR members.


TravMedia operates sister company Food4Media. Food4Media distributes food-related press releases, videos and information on the food industry. TravMedia also pioneered the technology that powers and

What is the Global Travel Media Alliance?
The GTMA is a collaboration between the Society of American Travel Writers (SATW), the British Guild of Travel Writers (BGTW) and the Australian Society of Travel Writers (ASTW). In September 2018, the three organizations, which represent the top travel writers, photographers, and PR professionals in three regions of the world, signed an agreement to identify synergies, to share best practices, and to collaborate on bi-national projects. The Global Travel Awards, open to members of SATW, BGTW and ASTW, represents a significant initiative. Thank you to Barbara Orr and David Swanson for their many hours of work on the Global Travel Media Alliance and the Global Travel Awards to bring new collaborations to the members of SATW.