PASADENA, CA-- The North American Travel Journalists Association (NATJA) today announced that SOUTH COUNTY TOURISM COUNCIL won GOLD AND BRONZE place in the 2011 Annual NATJA Awards Competition in the MOBILE WEBSITE AND TRAVEL GUIDE category. This awards competition, now in its 20th year, honors the “best of the best” in travel writing, photography and promotion that cover all aspects of the travel industry worldwide.  


South County Style Vacation Planner features sensational photography capturing and captivating visitors to experience South County, RI,” noted South County Tourism Council President Myrna George. “Our mobile website represents the largest geographical portion of Rhode Island – 449 square miles of coastline and countryside - and has GPS capabilities!”


NATJA Awards recognize excellence in travel writing, photojournalism, social media, multimedia platforms, advertising, marketing and public relations for the travel and tourism industry. This year, NATJA received more than 500 submissions from all over the world.


SCTC’s mobile website won the gold in its category, above National Geographic Traveler. South County Style Vacation Planner received the Bronze medal in the Travel Book or Guide category, the third year in a row it has received a medal in this category.


“We are extremely pleased with this year’s entries; they were outstanding, both in quality of work and range of coverage,” said Helen Hernandez, CEO of the organization. “The number of entries is the largest we have ever received and the level of creativity and professionalism is reflective of the vibrancy of the travel journalists’ community. I also believe this year’s entry pool is an indication of the overall economic recovery and its positive effect on the travel industry.”


NATJA is the second largest travel media association in North America. Members include travel media professionals, convention and visitors bureaus, social media, hotels and attractions, and other travel marketing agencies. Members are provided with professional development workshops, peer-to-peer evaluation, web tools and networking opportunities. NATJA also publishes TravelWorld International Magazine (


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