August 1: Letter from NATJA CEO Helen Hernandez

August 1: Last Days of Summer

Greetings! We hope you are all enjoying the last full month of summer. Perhaps you are among the millions of people who are taking advantage of this time to travel and explore the world or taking it easy, connecting with family and enjoying the great outdoors. Before we know it, fall will be here and…

July 16: Letter from NATJA CEO Helen Hernandez

July 16: Travel, Fairbanks, TWI and more!

Happy Summer! We are now well into the summer season and indicators are that travel has surpassed pre-Covid levels in many parts of the world. For our members, it means more travel content and promotion for destinations. There are countless media outlets from traditional publications to consumer-favorite blogs and podcasts. This is a great time to…

June 16: Letter from NATJA CEO Helen Hernandez

June 16: Letter from NATJA’s CEO

“June is bustin’ out all over!! You can feel it in your heart. You can see it on the ground.“ Oscar Hammerstein II wrote these lyrics many years ago and that’s what I see as the summer travel season begins. The camping tents in the graphic above speak to enjoying nature and feeling free again…

June 1: Letter from NATJA CEO Helen Hernandez

June 1: Letter from NATJA’s CEO

Today marks the 1st day of June and the unofficial beginning of summer. Normally, this time of the year graduates are donning their caps and gowns, children are getting out of school, parents are planning family vacations, and generally, life beats on at a different pace. Tragically, gun violence in the United States has irreparably changed many…

NATJA Notes May 16 Letter from NATJA CEO Helen Hernandez

May 16: Letter from NATJA’s CEO

Greetings! We are back from an exciting conference in Puerto Rico.  NATJA would like to thank the Discover Puerto Rico team led by Brad Dean and Leah Chandler for providing an entertaining and educational experience. They pulled out all the stops to share the beauty that Puerto Rico has to offer.  Check out photos and videos…

April 16: A Letter From NATJA’s CEO

Dear NATJA Family, As spring sets in, this is the time of year for renewal and celebration, and more than ever, looking forward to spending time with our families without the dark cloud of the pandemic looming above.   In 2 short weeks, our 19th Annual NATJA Conference & Marketplace will be in full swing in…

April 01: A Letter From NATJA’s CEO

Happy Spring! The snow is melting and flowers are blooming with an anticipation of warm days ahead. This is the time to make travel plans to spend time with loved ones, celebrate graduations, or simply enjoy some respite from the intensity that we have all experienced the last two years.  What a joyful time! The…

March 16: A Letter From NATJA’s CEO

Dear NATJA Family, As I write this message, we are only days away from welcoming the Spring season. The ground awakens from a winter’s nap with beautiful flowers, carpets of grass, critters running up and down trees, and the excitement of planning future travel. It is one of the most beautiful times of the year.Here at…

Congratulations to the winners of the 30th Annual NATJA Awards Competition!

North American Travel Journalists Association Announces 30th Annual Award Winners for Excellence In Travel Journalism

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  February 28, 2022 PASADENA, CALIF. – The North American Travel Journalists Association (NATJA) announced the winners of the 30th Annual NATJA Travel Media Awards Competition. Awards were made to publications, travel journalists and photographers, and destination marketing organizations. Winning entries from major publications included Condé Nast Traveler, National Geographic Travel, Travel + Leisure, Matador Network, and Air…

February 16: A Letter From NATJA’s CEO

Dear NATJA Family, On Groundhog Day, Punxsutawney Phil predicted 6 more weeks of winter, so we are hunkering down, hoping for more rain and snow in California, and dreaming of beachside cocktails in Puerto Rico this May. The final preparations for the Puerto Rico conference are moving forward, with afternoon tours and our speaker lineup…