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Travel Industry Resources

Associations

American Hotel & Lodging Association
AH&LA is the voice of the lodging industry, an outspoken advocate and indispensable resource for the $113 billion sector. Members benefit from product and service discounts, world-class training, in-depth information, fast research support and a wealth of other resources.

Association of Travel Marketing Executives (ATME)
The Association of Travel Marketing Executives (ATME) is a 25-year-old professional association made up of senior level travel industry marketers representing all segments including: airlines, hotels and resorts, cruise lines, tour operators, online travel, international tourist offices, CVBs, state and local tourism offices, car rental companies, technology providers, etc. ATME is the only worldwide organization of its kind to provide members with an ongoing forum for the exchange of creative ideas and effective marketing solutions.

Cruise Line Industry Association (CLIA)
The official trade organization of the cruise industry, Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) also works in partnership with nearly 17,000 affiliated travel agencies throughout North America to ensure the highest caliber of cruise sales expertise and service for cruise vacationers.

Destination Marketing Association International (formerly the International Association of Convention & Visitors Bureaus)
Members of IACVB can take advantage of its new Web page that hosts, “The Latest and Greatest Industry News” from destination management organizations worldwide.

Travel Industry Association (TIA)
The Travel Industry Association of America is a nonprofit trade organization that represents and speaks for the common interests and concerns of the entire U.S. travel industry. TIA promotes increased travel to and within the United States through marketing initiatives, and is the authoritative and recognized source of travel research, arming its members with powerful and exclusive statistics and analyses on the size and economic impact of the industry as well as in marketing and other areas. Send an email TravelNewsLink@tia.org to subscribe to the free service offered to TIA members.

  • International Pow Wow  Join them for the 38th annual International Pow Wow and be part of the travel industry's premier international marketplace and the largest generator of Visit USA travel!

American Automobile Association (AAA)
Since its founding in 1902 as the American Automobile Association, this association of independent clubs has been an advocate for the motorist and traveler. AAA has nearly 50 million members and is made up of more than 1,100 motor clubs and more than 1,000 travel agencies. Contact AAA if you need information on: auto travel, international travel, travel agent-related news, summer travel, gas prices and driving vacations.

U.S. Chamber of Commerce
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is the world’s largest business federation representing more than 3 million businesses of all sizes, sectors and regions. It includes hundreds of associations, thousands of local chambers and more than 100 American Chambers of Commerce in 91 countries. Whether you own a business, represent one, lead a corporate office or manage an association, the Chamber of Commerce of the United States of America® provides you with a voice of experience and influence in Washington, D.C. and around the globe. Their core mission is to fight for business and free enterprise before Congress, the White House, regulatory agencies, the courts, the court of public opinion and governments around the world.

General/Consumer Information

Breaking Travel News
Breaking Travel News (BTN) is one of the Internet’s most comprehensive online travel news networks that offers both the travel trade and consumers instant updates on the most significant developments in the travel and tourism sector. BTN delivers news as it breaks via a free daily newsletter and features specialized news, reviews and interviews on major travel industry sectors such as Airlines, Hotels, Spas, Caribbean and Technology.

Frommers.com
Frommers.com is an essential online destination for those planning the perfect travel excursion. Not only can Frommers.com visitors easily find candid, timely articles written by Frommers.com experts, they also can read excerpts from and purchase Frommer's Guidebooks, while gaining additional insights from lively message boards and purchasing travel products and services from high-quality booking partners.

GoGoInfo
GoGoInfo is a Web-based travel directory used by travelers and travel professionals to find contact information of travel service providers. Very simple navigation requiring only a mouse — no typing — makes this site a pleasure to use. Travel service providers are listed for a small fee and benefit from a boost in traffic to their websites and a reduction of contact-info seeking phone inquiries.

Travel Consumer
Travel information for every country in the world.

Lodging

AH&LA
AH&LA is the voice of the lodging industry, an outspoken advocate and indispensable resource for the $113 billion sector. Members benefit from product and service discounts, world-class training, in-depth information, fast research support and a wealth of other resources.

Hotel Business
This vertical portal brings late breaking news and analysis in a real time format — personalized by you to guarantee you get only the news and information you want when you want it.

Hotel Online
Hotel online ranks first among hotel specific news sites. Their target market is hotel/motel/resort/gaming owners, developers, operators and management.

HOTELS
The online magazine of the worldwide hotel industry.

 Media

Bay Area Travel Writers
Bay Area Travel Writers, Inc., based in San Francisco, Calif., is a not-for-profit, professional association of writers and photographers with outstanding achievements in travel journalism. These professionals share their unique stories in newspapers, magazines, and books and in travel industry publications.

International Food, Wine, and Travel Writers Association
The IFWTWA is a global network of journalists, broadcasters, culinary professionals, PR specialists, tourist boards and CVBs.  Our members contribute to many publications, including The New York Times, Chicago Sun-Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Miami Herald, etc. Their outstanding newsletter lists job leads, invitations, networking and learning opportunities and media trips.

Len-Net Entertainment Web
Provides links to the websites for tons of daily newspapers throughout the U.S.

Midwest Travel Writers Association
Midwest Travel Writers Association (MTWA) is an organization of travel professionals whose purpose is to protect and upgrade travel writing as a profession by exchanging ideas, encouraging high professional ideals, fostering communications between travel writers and readers, and championing the cause of travelers from the Midwest.

Newseum
Posts the front pages of newspapers from around the world. Great way to get a top-line snapshot of the news of the day in any area of the world.

North American Travel Journalists Association
The North American Travel Journalists Association is the premier professional association of writers, photographers and editors dedicated to redefining professional development for the travel industry.

Outdoor Writers Association of America
OWAA is an international, professional association of outdoor communicators, outdoor companies and outdoor industry service providers.

Society of American Travel Writers
SATW is a tax-exempt professional association whose purpose is to promote responsible journalism, provide professional support and development for members, and encourage the conservation and preservation of travel resources worldwide.

Travel Intelligence
Travel Intelligence was founded in 2000 by travel writers for travel writers. TI is a small, independent, privately-funded company with a handful of staff, offices in London and Amsterdam and a representative in Boston, U.S. The primary aim is to provide an outlet for high quality travel writing. They now represent over 100 top travel writers in the U.K., U.S., Australia, Canada, New Zealand and elsewhere. Each of these, their “core” writers, has a page on their website displaying articles they have that are available for syndication, what books they’ve published, a short biography, a picture of them and so on.

Travel Media Association of Canada (TMAC)
TMAC, the premier travel media association in Canada, brings together travel media and tourism industry members to foster excellence, uphold ethical standards and promote professional development.

Travelwriters.com
A community of 10,000+ professional travel writers, Travelwriters.com is based on a simple principle: to connect top-tier travel writers with editors, PR agencies, tourism professionals, CVBs and tour operators, nurturing the important link that so heavily influences the travel media.

Writer’s Marketplace
World’s leading online place of business for travel writers, editors, photographers, broadcasters, and PR professionals.

PR-Specific

PRSA
The Public Relations Society of America (www.prsa.org), based in New York City, is the world’s largest organization for public relations professionals. The Society has more than 29,000 professional and student members. PRSA is organized into 112 Chapters nationwide, 19 Professional Interest Sections, along with Affinity Groups, which represent business and industry, counseling firms, independent practitioners, military, government, associations, hospitals, schools, professional services firms and nonprofit organizations. The Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) has 272 Chapters at colleges and universities throughout the United States.

  • PRSA Travel and Tourism Section  The Travel and Tourism Section offers ideas and support for public relations professionals involved in travel-related organizations, including state and national tourism offices, convention and visitors bureaus, hotels, resorts, airlines, cruise lines, rental car companies, attractions, museums, historic sites, theme parks, tour operators and public relations agencies that represent such clients. The Section sponsors an annual conference, hosts a website and e-group, provides a Section membership directory, offers reduced registration fees for Section teleseminars and the Section conference, publishes a calendar of travel industry media and PR events, and schedules networking opportunities at the Section’s professional development session and dinner during the PRSA International Conference.
  • PRSA’s JobCenter  At PRSA’s JobCenter you can view job openings in the profession, post your resume or post a job opening.
  • PRSA Professional Development  PRSA PD gives you the highest value at the most reasonable prices for on-site seminars and conferences, teleseminars and e-Learning. 
  • PRSA’s Professional Resource Center (PRC) PRC Search is a quick and easy research method accessible right from your desk. The PRC maintains bibliographic references to thousands of editorial abstracts from the Society’s periodicals and publications, including more than 4,000 Silver and Bronze Anvil campaign profiles.
  • PR Issues and Trends  This daily news monitoring service reports on industry trends, advocacy and other issues impacting the profession and the professional.  It is a review of the day’s most relevant stories, and is emailed to members each business day.
  • PRSA’s Award-Winning Media  The Strategist is a must-read quarterly magazine for senior-level practitioners, and Public Relations Tactics is a wide-ranging monthly tabloid newspaper written by seasoned professionals in a snappy, easy-to-read format. Now also available online at www.prsa.org.

Bulldog Reporter
By providing an inside view into the workings of journalists and top media organizations, Bulldog Reporter helps PR practitioners increase their effectiveness in gaining positive coverage. In addition, Bulldog Reporter offers a repository of insight into media relations “best practices”— techniques and technologies that increase PR professionals’ success in developing long-term relationships with the press, building brands, measuring results, and cultivating respect from upper management for the public relations functions. In short, their media relations products and services provide the most useful, most comprehensive and most accurate information about media relations available to public relations practitioners.

Institute for Public Relations
The Institute for Public Relations is focused on the science beneath the art of public relations. It exists to expand and document the intellectual foundations of public relations, and to make this knowledge available and useful to all practitioners, educators, researchers and the corporate/institutional clients they serve.

 Media Bistro
Mediabistro.com
is dedicated to anyone who creates or works with content, or who is a non-creative professional working in a content/creative industry. That includes editors, writers, television producers, graphic designers, book publishers, people in production, and circulation departments — in industries including magazines, television, radio, newspapers, book publishing, online media, advertising, PR and graphic design. Its mission is to provide opportunities (both on- and offline) for you to meet each other, share resources, become informed of job opportunities and interesting projects, improve your career skills, and showcase your work.

PR News
Details the latest news and strategies in PR and marketing.

Trend Watching
Trendwatching.com
and its 8,000+ trend spotters scan the globe for emerging consumer trends. We report on findings in free, opinionated Trend Briefings, turning observations into trends like INSPERIENCES, TWINSUMER, and GENERATION C.  Subscribers in 120+ countries use these trends to dream up new goods, services and experiences for (or with) their customers.

Publicity Hound
Publicity expert Joan Stewart shows you how to use free publicity to establish your credibility, enhance your reputation, position yourself as an expert, sell more products and services, promote a favorite cause or issue, and position your company as an employer of choice.

Word of Mouth Marketing Association
WOMMA members are building a prosperous word of mouth (WOM) marketing profession. Thriving markets are built on best practices, effective standards, and ethical leadership.  Those are the qualities that bring WOMMA members together — and they hope that you will join them if you share these values.

Young PR Pros
Message board for those starting out in PR.

AP Stylebook
Paid subscription to online stylebook.

U.S. Sponsorship
Place to post sponsorship needs for companies to sponsor as well as some resources to find potential sponsorship opportunities.

CleanPix
CleanPix allows you to look after your company's most important asset — your brand. It is simple to use and ensures correct usage of your logos and marketing materials. You can organize and distribute your marketing materials easily and conveniently (logos, color ads, photos, media kit files, etc.). By subscribing to CleanPix you get your own secure account. You have access to your account anytime, anywhere, ensuring that the right file is available every time.

YouSendIt
Started in 2003 to solve a simple problem — to get big files to other folks reliably, without email limits, firewall constraints, esoteric FTP or “briefcase” contortions. Simpler than email, yet as secure and dependable as FedEx.

Newsletters

ASTA SmartBrief
Fives times a week email news briefing created for travel agents with news from hundreds of top sources.

BTBTravel.com
BTBTravel Website Newsletter
announces destinations news and is compiled from a selection of news items from the editorial archives of its rapidly expanding series of global “business travel” websites, including Asia Pacific News, Europe News and North America News.

Bulldog Reporter’s PR Agency News
Online newsletter detailing news on accounts and accomplishments at top U.S. PR agencies.

eTurboNews
eTurboNews, a
flagship news service, is a daily bulletin of reports written by a global team of contributing editors, writers, guest analysts and occasional correspondents, focused on events, company news, market trends, new routes and services, political and legislative developments relevant to travel, transport and tourism, and issues relating to tourism’s role in the fight against poverty, and the industry’s responsibility for the environment and human rights.

PRWeek
PRWeek
is the voice of the PR industry and is recognized as a credible and respected source of news, analysis and in-depth coverage. It has truly established itself as required reading for today's top communication professionals.

The Wire by Golf Press Association
Golf’s only daily transaction newsletter. Click on link to submit releases. 

Travel Advance
Daily news briefing by subscription.

Travelweek
Canada’s best-read travel trade publication.

Travelwriter Marketletter
The award-winning monthly newsletter of current market information, news, and tips for travelwriters and photographers. THE resource for travel writing, specifically for travel writers, photographers, editors and PR professionals.

USATravelNews
USATravelNews is a periodic email newsletter published by TIA (See “Industry Associations”). Members can submit short ideas to TIA which will be combined and sent out to more than 2,000 journalists overseas.  A selected number of travel news items will be included in each edition of USATravelNews. 

PR-Related Services

Bacon’s
If you subscribe to Bacon’s MediaSource Internet, you will have access to its News Distribution Services. You can distribute your news releases right from MediaSource Internet by broadcast fax, email, or mail. 

GoTravel
A news release distribution service focusing on travel news for editors at consumer and trade magazines, newspapers, syndicates, websites, broadcasters and Web search engines, as well as professional freelance travel writers and broadcasters, worldwide. Reaching more travel editorial specialists than any other service with personalized emailed notifications about new news releases, it delivers news in quality formats, including logos, photos and more — up to eight pages, enough to tell the whole story, for up to sixty days. 

Hospitality 1ST
Services are available to individuals, sales teams, organizations and others sincerely interested in expanding their reach, profitability and recognition. Naturally your inquiry is welcome. There are plenty of reasonably priced options and services to avail yourself of. This site minimizes any graphic intrusions – by specific design. You won't find a bunch of `whirl and twirl´ gimmicks, rotating banner ads or the burdensome `pop-ups´ that so many websites (especially in the hospitality industry) have resorted to.

Media Kitty
Mediakitty.com
is a service designed to unite media with public relations professionals in travel and entertainment industries around the globe. For the tourism and entertainment industry, Media Kitty offers a way to pitch story ideas, connect with journalists from around the world and post media trips.

PRNewswire
Here you can access breaking news from tens of thousands of organizations around the globe, add your news to the world's most comprehensive news and information distribution network, and interact with experts about our services.

  • Media Insider  PR Newswire supports Media Insider as a service to the PR community. They welcome opinion pieces, job notices, calendar items, and announcements of new books and products relevant to the interests of media communications professionals. They also welcome links to items that you think would be of interest to other professional communicators.
  • ProfNet.com  A subsidiary of PR Newswire, Profnet is a collaborative of public relations professionals linked by Internet to provide journalists and authors convenient access to expert sources. Profnet sends daily emails to subscribers with media quieries on various topics, most importantly, travel and tourism. 

PRWeb
PRWeb™ has offered free online press release distribution services since August 1997. Since then, PRWeb™ has gradually made the transition to a fully integrated press release newswire service. It is the largest Newswire catering to small and medium sized companies and organizations and one of the largest online press release newswires.

TravMedia
TravMedia
distributes travel news to the media.  Its service provide journalists with the latest breaking press releases from travel companies and organizations worldwide, together with access to images, company profiles and archive releases, PR contacts, online research tools and much more. Additionally, its 'Journalist Alert' service allows journalists to advise PRs of all their current needs.  For travel companies, organizations and PR agencies, TravMedia offers the complete communications channel to the key media in your region or throughout the world.

Travel PRWire
Here you can read the latest travel news from all over the globe, post your travel news release to the most comprehensive travel news and information distribution network, and access top-notch resources for the travel writing market.

Travel Publicity Leads
Travel Publicity Leads summarizes what professional travel writers and broadcasters need for their writing.  Helps get publicity for travel industry PR and media relations specialists. Each issue includes media profiles and EdCalAlerts™ – which provide timely notice of upcoming topics in major travel media from around the world. Readers also have access to a searchable compilation of editorial calendars of worldwide travel media.  PRSA members can receive a free, ten-issue trial subscription at www.travelpublicityleads.com/prsa. 

U.S. NewsWire
Welcome to U.S. Newswire...the leading news release wire service for public interest news sources, providing unparalleled distribution of news to print, broadcast, and online media worldwide since 1986.

 

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