Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Exciting Region Speaks Travel Writers' Language; Convention Likely to Bring Welcome Exposure to Sunshine Coast Experiences

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Exciting Region Speaks Travel Writers' Language; Convention Likely to Bring Welcome Exposure to Sunshine Coast Experiences

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Byline: Shirley Sinclair shirley.sinclair@scnews.com.au

THE Sunshine Coast has bid farewell to 150 of Australia's best travel writers, photographers, bloggers and social media influencers who have been visiting the region for their annual convention.

The Australian Society of Travel Writers members have spent up to a week here - familiarising themselves on 21 different itineraries covering the length and breadth of the Coast.

The focus on adventure tourism and contemporary beach culture, with an emphasis on health and fitness, took in a wide variety of experiences such as the new Fraser Island and Rainbow Beach Great Beach Drive, Noosa River picnicking in style and the Everglades, the Six Mountains in a Day hike in the footsteps of Matthew Flinders, luxe trekking to hinterland waterfalls, fishing in Pumicestone Passage, art workshops in the Blackall Range and the world-class Australia Zoo.

As Mother Nature turned on the unseasonably warm days and beautiful "winter" sunshine, the delegates were introduced to our finest restaurants and stayed in five-star hotels and beachfront properties before spending a weekend in conference at Novotel Twin Waters Resort where a massive tipi hosted the silver-service gala awards night last Saturday.

The signature Welcome Event at the University of Sunshine Coast and Art Gallery forecourt allowed delegates to become acquainted with the region's past, present and future in the From the Mountains to the Sea exhibition.

They were introduced to our fresh local produce, beers and wines through food van and market-style tastings throughout the night.

Their pre-convention tours began on Wednesday last week and post- convention trips ended earlier this week.

The ASTW has been the peak travel-writing body in the country for more than 42 years.

Members include writers, photographers, editors, radio and television presenters, filmmakers, social media and online specialists, and public relations representatives who are professionally engaged to produce articles, reviews, photographs, stories and commentary on national and international travel destinations and experiences. …

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