British Guild of Travel Writers
The British Guild of Travel Writers (BGTW) was formed in 1960. It is a membership organisation that admits authors whose work focuses on travel. It also includes among its membership many other professionals who generate travel-related content for print, broadcast and online media. The membership, which now numbers over 200 individuals, thus includes not only authors of travel literature and guide book writers, but also journalists, editors, photographers and broadcasters. Many BGTW members also contribute to blogs, websites and social media.
Membership and benefits 
Membership is in principle restricted to travel media professionals who take a genuinely independent approach to the places about which they write and are not beholden to any national or regional marketing organisations, public relations companies or tour organisers. Members are, in the main, citizens of the United Kingdom or Republic of Ireland, or foreign writers resident in Britain and Ireland who work for or with British media. Would-be members are required to demonstrate that they are bona fide travel writers (or other content creators) who rely substantially on income from their creative work, and that their interest in and professional commitment to travel writing has been sustained over at least three years. Many members are self-employed, while others are employed by newspapers, magazines or other media.
As the premier UK-based organisation for travel media professionals, the Guild provides for collegial exchange of views between members as well as facilitating mutual support, a year-round programme of meetings for members, legal advice, and training and professional development. The British Guild of Travel Writers does from time to time contribute to public policy debates where it judges that the issues at stake may have an effect on the market for good travel writing or have implications for the well-being and interests of the Guild members. In 2009, for example, it highlighted the possible negative effects on reader choice of the decision of the British retail chain W H Smith to stock at certain of its stores only travel titles available from a single distributor.
The Guild holds an annual conference, restricted to members, which has latterly been held in the Scottish Highlands (2007), Malta (2008), York (2009), Tenerife (2010), Mussanah in Oman (2011), Boulogne on the north coast of France (2012) and Zakopane in Poland (2013).
A monthly restricted circulation newsletter is prepared and distributed to members. The BGTW Yearbook, published in early March each year, is circulated widely within the UK travel trade and is also available for purchase by the public.
Members in good standing are eligible to stand for office on the Guild's committee, which consists of about ten members elected by the full membership. Members who are no longer so actively professionally involved in travel writing, whether by virtue of having retired or for other reasons, are able to retain an affiliation with the Guild through the organisation's Associate Membership scheme. All full members are required to show each year that they still satisfy the criteria for full membership.
Scope of Members' Work 
Texts, broadcasts and images created by BGTW members appear virtually daily in the UK media and on the Internet, and to a lesser extent in non-UK print and broadcast media, with Guild members reporting on travel and tourism issues from across the world. Many Guild members are established writers of guide books and narrative travel books, others frequently lecture on their specialist areas, while yet others comment critically on the history of travel or travel writing or on contemporary issues in transport and tourism.
BGTW members write about destinations; they write about journeys, and they write about travel issues. The latter routinely include public transport, civil aviation, overland travel, ecotourism, slow travel, travel technology, consumer protection in the travel industry, medical tourism and travel medicine, and the development of and prospects for travel literature.
Awards for Innovative Developments in Tourism 
Through its annual Tourism Awards, the Guild recognises innovation and excellence in the tourism industry, not just in the British Isles but also more widely. The awards are reserved for projects that make a creative contribution to the experience and understanding of travellers. The project or idea must be environmentally and socially responsible.
The main BGTW award in 2011 was to a new art gallery, Turner Contemporary in Margate, England. The winners of the 2010 tourism awards, announced in London in November 2010, included the New Acropolis Museum in Athens and the Haida Heritage Centre in British Columbia, Canada. The Guild's 2009 programme of Tourism Awards recognised Switzerland Mobility, an initiative to promote activity-based explorations of Switzerland (viz. in particular cycling but also hiking, skating, canoeing, etc.); ConCERT Cambodia, a non-profit ínitiative in Siem Reap, Cambodia, which encourages socially responsible tourism in Cambodia; and the former home of Charles Darwin at Down House in Kent (England) which has been sensitively restored to create an engaging educational experience exploring aspects of Darwin’s life and work.
The award presentations are made each November at an annual awards dinner in London hosted on the eve of the World Travel Market (WTM).
Other awards 
At the annual awards dinner, the Guild also makes awards to its own members, recognising excellence in various categories of travel writing, as well as for travel photography, radio and television programmes related to travel, etc. The leading award is for the Travel Writer of the Year, based upon a portfolio of about half a dozen published articles and evaluated by an independent panel of assessors.
There are about ten other awards made each year.
The Guild may also, from time to time, make a Lifetime Achievement Award to an individual who has made, over a sustained period, a notable and positive contribution to the development of worthwhile travel, either through published work or other initiatives. Previous recipients of the BGTW Lifetime Achievement Award include Hilary Bradt, the founder of the pioneering travel guidebook company Bradt Travel Guides, and the distinguished British travel writers Eric Newby and Patrick Leigh Fermor.
Each year, the Guild supports the work of one, or sometimes two, charities. The charity adopted by BGTW for 2010, its fiftieth anniversary year, is The Travel Foundation, a UK-based charity that works with local communities to ensure that tourism initiatives are sustainable.
Since 2009, the British Guild of Travel Writers has run an annual travel writing competition to encourage new writing talent.
- "W H Smiths misguided on travel guides". BGTW Press Release. June 7, 2009. Retrieved May 20, 2010.
- "BGTW Yearbook". BGTW Yearbook Announcement. 2011. Retrieved July 21, 2011.
- "Tourism Awards Criteria". BGTW Tourism Awards Criteria. 2013. Retrieved May 11, 2013.
- "Tourism awards winners 2009". BGTW Press Release. November 10, 2009. Retrieved April 30, 2010.
- "BGTW 2010 Charity". Travel Foundation Announcement. May, 2010. Retrieved May 30, 2010.