IFWTWA Mission Statement


To be the organization of choice for food, wine, and travel writers. We create programs and services to enhance professional development and facilitate networking while creating a marketplace for destinations, brands, and media professionals to collaborate. We strive to meet the dynamic needs of our writers' community making a lasting impact on the careers of our members. 

April 2021 Featured Member and Banner Photograph

Charbroiling oysters at Drago's in New Orleans by Therese IknoianCharbroiling Oysters at Drago's in New Orleans by Therese Iknoian
Drago’s Seafood Restaurant of New Orleans is known for its “original charbroiled oysters” which are devoured by the hundreds each night in a show of dancing flames and speedy shucking skills. As a travel journalist, you are expected to try the house specialty, right? But what if you haven’t touched an oyster in decades due to a “bad experience?” Since it’s your job, you do the polite thing. Well, I ended up reaching for a couple more, too! Bathed in butter, garlic, parmesan and lemon, and hot from the grill, they really are pretty dang yummy. And a show to enjoy!



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Every year, IFWTWA members submit their best work to the Excellence in Journalism Award competition. In 2020, there were more entries than ever before, making it a very competitive award year. Once again, the Excellence in Journalism Award competition showed the professionalism and high journalistic standards of IFWTWA members. But only one entry can rise to the top and receive the award. 

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Congratulations, Valerie Fortney Schneider!
Winner of IFWTWA’s 2020 Excellence in Journalism Award

Valerie skillfully sets the scene in her opening sentence: “Glamorous and gritty, beautiful and brash, there is nothing shy about Naples.” Throughout the article, Chasing Glamour and Grit in Unforgettable Naples, she combines rich descriptions with practical details for the traveler, making this both an entertaining read and a functional guide that whisks you into hidden corners of vibrant, in-your-face Naples.

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IFWTWA Webinar Series

You may not be able to travel right now but IFWTWA takes you on journeys to various locations and wineries through our Webinar Series. Visit Palm Springs, Medford or the San Juan Islands. Discover the Malbec grape or learn about the wines of Rioja. If food is your thing, discover interesting things about chocolate. Our members enjoy interactive journeys, wine tastings, professional development tips and much more with their IFWTWA membership.    

We Don't Just Talk. We Do.

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We provide engaging conferences, enriching media trips, regional events, public profiles, private social community, and custom discounts from Digiprove, Hertz, and MedjetAssist.

You gain the opportunity to learn from and network with colleagues daily, publish in Food Wine Travel Magazine, record podcasts for radio credits, listen to our Professional Development Webinar Series, grow your brand on social media, and establish valuable lifetime connections.



Excellent ROI for DMOs.

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You’re a travel or hospitality industry pro who knows your venue: city, region, country, and what makes your destination desirable. You need quality, thought-provoking, compelling stories, and recurring return on investment.

We make it easy for the industry, tourism, destination management organizations and our sponsors to find vetted professionals. IFWTWA members publish, broadcast, share, promote, tweet, and repeat to boost your worldwide visibility.