There is an organization called The Society Of American Travel Writers which represents many hundreds of individuals that have decided to make travel journalism and promotion their career. Being a member of this organization can mean that you are more likely to be able to get on sponsored familiarization tours that are offered by the tourist boards. Initially this organization was mainly made up of print journalists, and then TV and radio were added. Now, with the invention of the Internet, there are many more ways to help the tourist boards of the world get their message out there.
I was fortunate to have been elected as the President of SATW – which pretty much makes you command central for anything that is involved with marketing tourism. The world becomes your oyster, so to speak. My years of being committed to the SATW Board of Directors were rich with fulfilling personal and professional experiences, and the resulting networking with passionate travellers throughout this great globe has been a priceless addition to my life.