Media Membership



NATJA is the one of the premiere professional associations that is redefining professional development for the travel industry. More than just an association, however, NATJA prides itself in being a welcoming community of travel journalists and destination marketing organizations that aims to enrich careers and lives by working together and helping each other achieve educational and professional goals.

NATJA media membership includes:

  • NATJA-issued media badge, which can be used worldwide for media discounts to confirm your status as active media

  • Opportunity to participate in press trips exclusively offered to NATJA members

  • Connect with destination members through the NATJA website, through our Facebook Group or in person at the NATJA Conference

  • Post on the members-only Facebook Group, ask questions, get tips from fellow members and share your stories on Twitter Tuesday and Facebook Friday!

  • Create your own profile, showcase your work, search our destination members directory, connect with other media, and more

  • Share your news with fellow members and over 3,000 media and destination subscribers in our semi-monthly e-newsletter, NATJA Notes

  • Member discount to the annual NATJA Conference & Marketplace, which includes hotel room, FAM trips, professional development, and opportunities to network with CVBs/DMOs! Members have the option of registering using an interest-free monthly payment plan.

  • Online access to complimentary webinars and up-to-date professional development at the annual conference as well as past conferences through the NATJA website

  • Submit for the opportunity to be recognized among the best travel media in the industry. Members can submit at the special rate of $40USD per entry for the annual NATJA Awards Competition, compared with $85USD for non-members!

  • Submit story pitches for consideration to TravelWorld International magazine, NATJA’s magazine written and photographed by members which publishes four times per year.


What Our Members Say About NATJA

NATJA always felt to me like the more welcoming, inclusive, clued-in community.
Tim Leffel,,
(Read Tim's full article here)

I have only been a NATJA member for a couple of years, and attended my first NATJA conference last year in Puerto Vallarta. Meeting my fellow NATJA members was as much of a blessing as returning to Mexico. I’ve made solid friendships via my interactions with members while together at the conference, and those continue through our online interactions on the NATJA Facebook page and privately. I’ve learned many travel tips from my NATJA friends, and this week, was referred to a prestigious travel publication for a terrific assignment for which a fellow member personally endorsed me. In the short time I have been part of the NATJA family, I feel I have found my new tribe among this eclectic group of travelers.
Doreen Pendgracs

Eligibility Requirements for Media

To qualify for NATJA's media membership, you must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • You must be an established journalist and/or content creator for print or digital media platform(s), publication or CVB/DMO.
  • Content must encompass some element of travel or the travel experience.
  • Travel media must provide clippings, videos, blogs, photos, website URLs, apps, or other media from content published within the last 12 months.
  • Agree and uphold the NATJA Code of Ethics.
  • Dues for new members are $175USD ($150USD annual dues plus $25USD application fee). To remain in good standing, media members must pay $150USD annual dues by their one-year anniversary date. Quarterly payment plans for new and renewing members are available.
  • Members of BATW, IFWTWA, MTWA, PWAC, SATW, TMAC and other writing organizations are pre-qualified for NATJA membership.

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