Chapel Hill, NC - (March 4, 2021) -- The North American Travel Journalists Association (NATJA) announced that the Chapel Hill/Orange County Visitors Bureau 2020 Official Visitors Guide won a Bronze Award in the 29th Annual North American Travel Journalists Awards Competition. The recognition came in the Visitors' Guide category for Destination Marketing Organization. This awards competition honors the best of the best in travel journalism, photography and destination marketing that cover all aspects of the travel industry. 

“The past year has been one of the most challenging and tragic years within memory. Necessarily, the travel and tourism industries were substantially shut down, and while we are cheered by early signs of recovery, we are all aware losses and challenges will continue to mount for some time,” noted Helen Hernandez, CEO of NATJA. “Yet, despite this landscape of loss, NATJA members and others not yet part of our NATJA family, have sucked it up, made needed adjustments, and produced a remarkable body of work. Many submitted their work in this year’s competition, and we are well satisfied--though not surprised--to see that the range and quality of submissions has increased, and the bar for this year’s awards is the highest we have seen over the last twenty-nine years of the NATJA Award’s existence.”

Founded in 1991, NATJA is a travel journalism industry leader that fosters high quality journalism by supporting the professional development of its members, providing exceptional program benefits and valuable resources, honoring the excellence of journalism throughout the world, and promoting travel and leisure to the general public. NATJA also publishes TravelWorld International Magazine. NATJA is headquartered in Pasadena, CA.

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NATJA Bronze Seal

Read the Bureau's 2020 Official Visitors Guide

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