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June 05, 2013 16:40 ET

Premier Traveler Articles "Buddy Up" and "The Hidden Corners of Qatar" Take First Place in 2013 Society of American Travel Writers (SATW) Contest

Best Magazine Article - U.S. Travel & Best Magazine Article - Foreign Travel

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwired - June 05, 2013) - This spring, Premier Traveler (PT) magazine garnered two first-place awards from the Society of American Travel Writers (SATW), an organization dating back to 1955. The magazine and its Features Editor, Janet Forman, were crowned for articles that were published in the magazine's first two issues: "Buddy Up," an inside look at airline alliances, won Best Magazine Article - U.S. Travel; and "The Hidden Corners of Qatar," which delved beneath the surface of the Middle Eastern country, won Best Magazine Article - Foreign Travel.

The articles were selected from entries submitted by professional travel writers and photographers from across the country. Submissions that have won SATW awards in years past were originally published in such prominent outlets as the Boston Globe, International Travel News, the Miami Herald and National Geographic Traveler.

Comments on "Buddy Up" from the Missouri Press Association judges underscored Premier Traveler's distinctive, engaging and enlightening approach to high-end business travel: "Readers of periodical literature, even travel magazines, deserve to learn something about the world, and Janet Forman's 'Buddy Up' shows that travel writing does not need to be a glorified version of 'what I did on my summer vacation.' Her report on airline alliances is of real interest to all air travelers, whether they knew it or not before picking up this issue of Premier Traveler. Especially effective is the fluent incorporation of industry slang, so that by the time you finish the article, not only do you know a little more about how one corner of the world (the air travel industry) works, you also know how to talk shop there."

"The quality of the work underscores the productivity of our members at the highest levels of travel journalism as well as the influence that seasoned skill, insight and creativity have on the industry," said Judy Wells, chairman of the SATW Eastern Chapter. "The judges, members of the Missouri Press Association, emphasized this in their comments, recognizing by their awards the impact that travel professionals have on the experience of travel. The best of their work sets a sense of place and personality while providing the information to make anyone's trip more efficient, affordable and memorable."

"PT is honored that SATW has recognized the high-quality of our content," said Adam Rodriguez, Director of PT. "And, although our entire staff is to be commended on their efforts and contributions, we congratulate Janet Forman on her investigative reporting."

"PT Editor in Chief Ally Miola leads a top-notch, high-energy team," remarked Publisher Linda Vaughan. "Her insistence (or demands) that the magazine produces content that will address and inform the needs of today's modern, worldly and savvy jet setter are unwavering. With an infectious enthusiasm, Miola delivers a unique publication geared towards a new breed of business traveler - one that embraces a hip and elite lifestyle all its own."

"We're delighted to confirm that PT's superior articles are not only engaging to readers, but to travel-industry professionals as well," beamed Rodriguez, adding, "You ain't seen nothin' yet!"

About Premier Traveler :
Premier Traveler was designed with its readers in mind: frequent travelers who are perpetually on-the-go (both domestically and abroad), who have high expectations and a taste for luxury. With a focus on excellence in writing and response to reader requests, Premier Traveler provides valuable and relevant insights in an intelligent, energetic style. The magazine is noted for listening and responding to its readers, providing them detailed informational surveys, insider reviews and in-depth answers to issues concerning frequent travelers.

About Janet Forman:
In addition to the two SATW awards, Forman has picked up two Lowell Thomas Gold Medals and a Silver, the 2011 Bill Muster Photo Competition Gold Medal for her Single Subject Portfolio on Abu Dhabi and was named Pacific Asia Travel Association Journalist of the Year in 2000. She has received awards from SOLAS, NATJA and the governments of Belgium and South Africa. Her investigative journalism background has given her the unique ability to get right to the source of a story that is not only newsworthy, but adds a personal connection for the reader.

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