Discover Visit USA UK's Media Awards 2019 winners

The winners of The Visit USA Association Media Awards were revealed last night at an awards ceremony attended by a crowd of journalists and USA travel industry experts. These prestigious awards honour travel journalists and media outlets for their outstanding contribution to USA media coverage over the last 12 months. 

We’ll be featuring the winning stories on our blog over the coming weeks - in the meantime, here’s the full list of the 10 winners and the winner of the Highly Commended Award.

General Consumer Magazine Feature

Jonathan Thompson 'The New Pioneers' for Tatler


Consumer Travel Magazine Feature

Alex Allen 'Roads to Recovery' for The Sunday Times Travel Magazine

Travel Trade Press Feature

Ella Buchan 'Red delight' for Aspire

Regional Newspaper Feature

Carl Jackson Winner, 'Canyon Country - Monumental Memories' for Reach PLC


Ashwin Bhardwaj – Highly Commended 'The Cuban Connection' for City AM 


Broadcast Programme (TV, Radio or Internet)

James Martin 'James Martin’s American Adventures' for ITV

Photographic Travel Feature 

Oliver Hellowell Smoky Mountains assignment for DownsSyndromeAssoUK

Online Feature 

Karlina Valeiko 'Northern Wyoming road trip: the top things to do, where to stay & what to eat' for loveEXPLORING

National Newspaper Feature

Nigel Richardson ‘I wept because I felt the bullets; I heard the cries’ for The Sunday Telegraph


Blogger/Vlogger of the Year

Abigail King 'Fly drive Florida – a two week itinerary & adventure' for Inside The Travel Lab

Contribution to the Industry

Mary Moore Mason for Essentially America

Mary Moore Mason was handed the Visit USA Association’s coveted Contribution to the Industry Award for her commitment to the USA travel industry as Editorial Director of Essentially America. The glossy travel magazine is celebrating its 25th Anniversary and 100th Edition in 2019.

The Visit USA Association Travel Media Awards were created 19 years ago to recognise and thank the media for their contribution to the promotion of the USA through their work.  Entries and nominations are invited from journalists, publications and PRs and are judged on three main criteria:

1 The quality and factual accuracy of the writing
2 Whether the feature actually makes readers want to pack their bags and visit
3 Whether the feature gives clear information on which of the Association’s 200+ members can provide further assistance
Posted on: 01/07/2019

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