ABOUT the INTERNATIONAL
FOOD, WINE and TRAVEL WRITERS
ASSOCIATION (IFWTWA)

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The International Food, Wine and Travel Writers Association (IFWTWA) is a mutual benefit not-for-profit corporation with a public charter to evaluate and improve the travel and hospitality industry. Our membership spans two general categories: Regular and Associate, plus we offer a Student membership for those interested in both categories. 

Regular Members: Travel Writers & Content Creators

Our regular members are a global network of storytelling content creators: travel journalists, photojournalists, podcasters, videographers, radio and television hosts who report on the travel and hospitality industry. Many specialize solely in one area of food, wine or travel reporting. Others pursue niches reporting on communications, historic, cultural or other specialty topical areas of interest to the public.

Associate Members: Hosts

Our associate members are also industry professionals. They run hotels, public relations firms, theme attractions, convention and visitors bureaus, destination management organizations, and tourism boards. They contribute the regional and local area knowledge and expertise so vital to fulfilling the mission of our Association. Associate and regular members partner with one another through Association conferences, media trips, and regional events to ensure the global coverage of the industry. 

IFWTWA Mission Statement

To provide guidance to the restaurant, hotel, and travel industries and the bestowing of awards on meritorious organizations and individuals through means of evaluation, articles, education and visitation. Further, to provide scholarships for students in hospitality and travel programs and to provide funds to educational organizations furthering the development and progress of the food, wine, travel and hotel industry.

Our Members: Diverse Backgrounds Ensure Robust Reporting

Our members bring diverse backgrounds to the Association. Many bring lengthy professional experience in the culinary arts and sciences, the wine growing and production, hotel and hospitality management, and public relations disciplines. Other members bring credentials with them from previous careers that enrich their perspective and skill sets to provide them with enormous insight that permeates their investigative reporting.

As of mid-2019, our members reside around the globe: Australia, Brazil, Canada, Germany, Greece, India, Italy, Mexico, New Zealand, Portugal, South Africa, the United Kingdom, and across the United States of America. 

Strict Membership Standards

Regular membership requires applicants provide a evidence by URL reference or digital copy of stories that demonstrate the applicant is actively publishing about the industry for the most recent two years prior to submission of their application. A book link with an ISBN for regular journalists or photographers may serve as a substitute at the discretion of our board of directors. We accept bloggers who write on blog topic a minimum of one-year with a good following. 

We enforce a code of professional conduct and request when members renew they update their profile to reflect current publication outlets.

IFWTWA Purpose Statement

Specific public purposes of the Corporation are to operate a nonprofit organization for the improvement of the hospitality in the restaurant, hotel, and travel industries by means of evaluation, education of the industries and the public, and the bestowing of awards on meritorious organizations and individuals. Further specific public purposes of this organization are to provide scholarships for students preparing themselves for employment in the food, wine, travel, and hostelry industries, and to provide funds to those educational organizations furthering the development and progress of the food, wine, travel, and hostelry industry.

Annual Conference

The association organizes conferences, regional meetings, and press/media trips with Associate Members and other destination management host professionals to provide our members with story opportunities, information, and contacts essential to a successful career in the food, wine, and travel journalism. Correspondingly, these events ensure our Associate member get the topical area coverage they need for destinations in areas of their responsibility. Since 2008, our annual conference has included professional training workshops.

Member-Only Media Trips

We create press trips for our content creators throughout each year. You'll find summaries of our INTERNATIONAL and NORTH AMERICA events on our pages. 

These events stem from collaboration with our Associate members and other partners in convention and visitors bureaus, chambers of commerce, public relations agencies, and marketing and communications personnel of airlines, cruise lines, resorts, hotels, and restaurants. These trips facilitate story opportunities for our members and access for our hosts to working journalists with substantial outlets and mass circulation.

Our content creators must send clips of their stories to the hosts of our press trips and to the Association after each trip. This is an Association policy we oversee and enforce. We realize the importance for return on investment for our sponsors and stress our “no clips, no future trips,” policy to our content creators.

Food Wine Travel Magazine

Our flagship Association publication Food Wine Travel Magazine is our online worldwide consumer magazine and gateway that showcases our members stories and presents their travel experiences to the world.

IFWTWA Membership Requirements >>