The 2017 Travel & Words conference takes place April 23 through 25, in Salem, Oregon, and there's still time for travel writers to register. I've been on the planning team since 2012, and there's no doubt this year will raise the bar. Here are three reasons why:
1. We're holding our first-ever kick-off reception loaded with local food and drink. Come hungry, and don't miss this new opportunity to connect with fellow travel writers and editors.
2. We have our biggest keynote speaker to date, Sunset Magazine editor-in-chief Irene Edwards.
3. We're offering a mix of both beginner- and advanced-level workshops, and for the first time, advanced writers will get the opportunity to "speed date" with local tourism reps for potential story leads, press trips, and more.
See all the panel discussions, presentations, and workshops here.
I hope you're gearing up to join us, and feel free to write in with any questions, etc. The conference has been a meeting place for travel writers, editors, and Northwest tourism people since 2009.
What: The Northwest's premier conference for travel writers - BOOK IT
When: 6 p.m., April 23 to 5 p.m., April 25, 2017
Where: Salem Convention Center, 200 Commercial St SE, Salem, OR
Lodging: The Grand Hotel Salem (limited number of room discounts still available by calling toll-free 877-540-7800 or 503-540-7800)