ANNUAL CONFERENCES

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We hold a professional development conference every 12-18 months in either North America or an International location. These events often include press trips, professional training, food and wine tastings, culinary events and attraction tours all rolled into one great event at the destination and the surrounding areas of our conference. 

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Santa Fe, New Mexico
Conference Schedule
November 11-13, 2018


Benefits for Writers & Content Creators

Our conferences pose endless opportunities for our content creators to walk away with a notebook full of stories from any one of our many hosted mini-press tours. Our writers often opportunities usually reserved for only for the rich and famous.

  • Gain exclusive access to the backstories and notable figures driving local and regional topics relevant to our industry

  • Meet new people, explore new areas, get a chance to discover more about themselves and the world around them and, they’ll see places the typical tourist might miss

  • Engage with speakers that are accessible and smart with much experience

  • Benefit from the work of our conference pros who team up with local experts. Together they bring a laser-sharp focus to hone in on and deliver exclusive and unique access to the latest and unique food, wine and destination travel experiences in the area.

"When I signed up for the IFWTWA conference held on Whidbey Island, Washington in May 2018, I was a brand-new member of the International Food Wine & Travel Writers Assn. I was thrilled to also be part of a pre-conference press trip to San Juan Island. 

The conference on Whidbey Island was filled with great networking, educational sessions, a tourism marketplace and excursions throughout the island. It was my first time to visit Washington State and I came back to my home state of Indiana with a new appreciation for the Pacific Northwest. I returned having made new connections and friendships, which have developed over the past year. I have become more involved in the organization, helping out with the Food Wine Travel magazine as an Assistant Editor and coordinating story opportunities for the monthly Press Pass newsletter. I also enjoy participating in social media sharing days, including Travel Tuesday, Wine Wednesday, Instagram Thursday, and Foodie Friday via the IFWTWA Members group on Facebook,

The upcoming IFWTWA conference, to be held November 11-13 in Santa Fe, New Mexico, sounds great. I’ll be able to explore another part of the U.S. that I haven’t yet visited, as well as take part in the workshops that have been planned to help us hone our skills as writers and photographers."

-- Debbra Dunning Brouillette
Caribbean Travel Specialist & PADI Certified Diver
Tropical Travel Girl

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Benefits for Hosts

Our conferences deliver one-stop shopping for our Associate and non-member hosts. We make it easy for them to find the right content creation specialists to craft stories about their venues.

We bridge the gap between our hosts and content creation specialists by setting up one-on-one sessions in a mini-travel marketplace for our hosts.

  • Hosts collaborate on stories with our content creators

  • Hosts keep track of multiple approaches to ensure there is no duplication of effort

  • Hosts arrange dining, lodging and other support for our content creators to help them gather evidence to craft the best travel stories tailored to the venue

  • Hosts collect a fistful of business cards from our content creators and know that for the cost of an annual membership and a flight to our conference, they’ve come up with a cadre of professional contacts that will make their job easier

  • Hosts who are Associate members can attend our webinars and conferences virtually on offer
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