Who or what is IFWTWA?

IFWTWA is the acronym for the International Food, Wine and Travel Writers AssnTM. Our members make up a global network of storytelling content creators: writers, bloggers, travel journalists, photojournalists, podcasters, videographers, radio and television hosts, who report on the travel and hospitality industry. 

2017 IFWTWA SoCal Annual Meeting

 Around the table (left to right): Tom Plant, Susie Norris, Lorena Lopez, Linda Milks, Robin Dohrn-Simpson, Deirdre Michalski, M'Liss Hinshaw, James Woodin, Adrianne Morrison, Linda Kissam, Allan Kissam, Alexa Williams Meisler, Susan Montgomery and Andrew Harris  November 29, 2017

Owner, Chef Pascal Olhats of Pascal Restaurant, San Juan Capistrano, California made our annual SoCal Regional Members Meeting very special this year by personally interacting with us as he shared highlights of a lifetime journey that brought him to open Pascal Restaurant. Chef warmly hosted IFWTWA by returning to our table to personally describe each course he prepared for this lovely luncheon. 

Our thanks go to Chef Pascal and to member and photographer, Todd Montgomery, Life Uncorked for memorializing this event. 

Many specialize solely in one area of food, wine, or travel reporting. Others pursue niches publishing on communications, historical, cultural or other specialty topical areas of interest to the public. Industry professionals join with us to promote their venues. 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. 

At the IFWTWA we are writers & content creators, a.k.a Regular members, and our industry professionals are Associate members. We partner with one another through Association conferences, media trips, and regional events to collaborate on global coverage of the industry, their venues and our professionals career objectives. Students pursuing careers in journalism, hotel and hospitality, communications, culinary sciences and/or enology, writing, or broadcast media are also welcome to join. 

We invite you to visit our member directory to meet and connect with Our Members and discover what IFWTWA can do for you and brand promotion. Find more details about IFWTWA here.

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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. Others still among our regular members bring credentials with them from previous careers that enrich their perspective and skill sets and provide them with enormous insight that permeates their investigative reporting.

Strict Membership Standards

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Membership requires applicants to provide a selection of URL references or digital copies of stories that demonstrate the applicant is actively publishing about the industry for at least two (2) years before submission of their applications. A book link with an ISBN for regular journalists or photographers may serve as a substitute at the discretion of our membership director.

We accept bloggers who write on the topic and have been blogging a minimum of six (6) months and have a good following. We enforce a code of professional conduct, and request members update their publication outlets annually with renewal.

All applications are vetted and approved by the IFWTWA Board of Directors

Annual Conference & Events

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The IFWTWA organizes Conferences, Regional Events, and Media/FAM/Press Trips with Associate members and other destination management host professionals (DMOs) 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 members get the topical area coverage they need for destinations in areas of their responsibility. Since 2008, our annual conference has included professional development training workshops and presentations. 

Member-Only Media Trips

We organize press trips for our content creators throughout each year. 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 esteemed journalists with substantial outlets and mass circulation to promote both member and host objectives—see our media placements page for examples. 

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

IFWTWA Website

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In September 2018, IFWTWA retired our previous website and introduced this new AMS (association management) website. On our new pages we showcase a three-year collection of published work by our members, past and present. 

We are proud to introduce you to our members though their Works: Articles, Blogs, Books, and Radio Podcasts, and to promote their brands on our Blog, and in our official publication, Food, Wine,Travel Magazine. 

Volunteers Are IFWTWA

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IFWTWA is a not-for-profit association managed by dedicated volunteers who devote countless hours to ensure our magazine, events, and all aspects of the Association are top-notch and enrich our membership.

Volunteers are always appreciated and welcomed. Reach out to any member of the board of directors to discuss how our needs and yours fit together. Do consider our benefits. Join with us in our pursuit and collaboration to deliver excellence. 

Questions? We are located in the Temecula Wine Country area of Southern California; business hours are 11:00 am to 3:00 pm Pacific. Contact Us! 

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