Wakefield, R.I. – The North American Travel Journalists Association (NATJA) announced that South County Tourism Council (SCTC) won Silver (2nd place) in the 2015 Annual NATJA Awards Competition in the Destination Visitor’s Guide (printed or electronic) category and Bronze (3rd place) in the Travel Book or Guide category – competing among the like of National Geographic Traveler – a finalist.


NATJA Awards, in their 24th year,  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 750 submissions from all over the world.


“Finalists and winners will be gratified to know that their work was judged by seasoned journalists, photographers and PR professionals with literally hundreds of years of experience. NATJA wishes to express its deep gratitude to all its judges for hours of work in reviewing this year’s entries,” stated NATJA CEO Helen Hernandez. This year’s journalism entries were reviewed by a remarkable panel of judges, including celebrity photographer, teacher and author Elizabeth Messina, whose body of work has appeared in major publications.


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 (www.travelworldmagazine.com).


For more information about NATJA or a complete list of 2015 award winners and finalists, visit www.natja.org.


The South County Tourism Council is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the towns of Charlestown, Coventry, East Greenwich, Exeter, Hopkinton, Narragansett, North Kingstown, Richmond, South Kingstown, West Greenwich and Westerly as a single leisure travel destination known as “South County”.  For more information, please visit www.southcountyri.com.