Writers who love to travel and travellers who love to write need to attend BCATW 2015 on April 18.
The British Columbia Association of Travel Writers (BCATW) brings its annual symposium back to Vancouver this year with the theme, Ecotourism: Tread Softly, Write with Impact.
The all-day event will be held in downtown Vancouver at the Century Plaza Hotel. It will cover the challenges and opportunities of covering Ecotourism as a travel writer.
Jack Christie, one of Canada’s most trusted sources on travel, recreation and sport, will deliver the keynote address, as well as signing copies of his books.
The photography speaker will be freelance travel photographer David Smith, talking about Creating Travel Images for Impact and Ecotourism.
Two Exciting Panel Discussions:
The editorial panel will include Kirsten Rodenhizer, Editor of Westworld Alberta, Allen Cox, Editor of NorthWest Travel Magazine, and Jett Britnell, a Matador Network Ambassador to talk about effective ways to pitch and sell travel stories.
The travel industry professionals panel includes Peter Loppe of Lotusland Tours, and Casey Miller of Travelteerism discussing future trends and challenges in the Ecotourism sector. More panelists will be announced soon.
Travel Prizes All Day
Before the event and throughout the day attendees will try their luck at winning valuable prizes.
A Facebook photo contest running until midnight on April 17 offers three prizes for best ecotourism images, First Prize being a one-night stay at Tigh-Na-Mara Seaside Resort & Spa.
Prizes for best and most tweets and best blog about the symposium will offer a chance to win a $100 dinner at Dockside Restaurant, passes for Scandinave Spa in Whistler, and a sea safari for two from Sewell’s Marina.
Drawings throughout the day will give away tickets to Grouse Mountain Skylift; Vancouver Aquarium; BC Ferries; Sea to Sky Gondola, Squamish; Royal BC Museum, Victoria; VanDusen Gardens, and lots more.
The Grand Prize drawing will give one lucky writer a 6-day kayak tour in the Great Bear Rainforest with Mothership Adventures aboard the historic Columbia III, a prize valued at $3600.
More program details and registration information is available at: http://bcatw.org/bcatw2015/
Registration includes lunch and snacks and admission to the post-symposium event.
Non-members are welcome for the early bird rate of $60 until March 14, $70 afterward.
So, register now for Ecotourism: Tread Softly, Write with Impact to learn more about becoming a travel writer.