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April Orcutt named TravMedia Travel Journalist of the Year at ONE Travel Conference’s SASI-ONE 2016 Awards

SANTA MONICA, CALIF. – U.S. freelance journalist April Orcutt has been named the 2016 TravMedia Travel Journalist of the Year at the SASI-ONE Awards Breakfast, Friday, September 7 during the ONE Travel Conference at the LeMeridien Delfina Hotel in Santa Monica, California. Ms. Orcutt was chosen from several thousand media subscribers to TravMedia, an international news distribution and media event company serving the public relations industry worldwide. The award recognizes excellence in travel journalism in partnership with Shop America Alliance and the U.S. Cultural & Heritage Tourism Council.

Ms. Orcutt writes for National Geographic Traveler,, the Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Dallas Morning News and more. Her stories have been published on Yahoo’s MSNBC’s and the BBC’s travel websites and in three AAA magazines, the Saturday Evening Post, Global Business Travel, National Geographic Traveller India, Australia’s Vacations and Travel, and many other American and oversees print and online publications.

Ms. Orcutt adds this year’s TravMedia Journalist of the Year Award at the ONE Travel Conference to an impressive list of accolades: the Gold award in the Society of American Travel Writers’ Lowell Thomas Travel Journalism Competition, best newspaper feature in Visit California’s Eureka Travel Writing Awards and best American travel destination article in U.S. Travel Association’s IPW Travel Writing Awards. She writes destination pieces, journey articles, round-ups and essays and emphasizes nature, environment, road trips, independent travel, local cultures, women’s travel, voluntourism, quirky subjects and humor. Favorite: quests with compelling characters in intriguing places. She is based in Northern California and can be reached at and

TravMedia CEO and Founder of TravMedia and TravTrade, Nick Wayland, provided details of the company’s choice of Orcutt. “April Orcutt is our idea of a ‘complete’ journalist. She uses tools like TravMedia plus her vast contacts to gather information and get stories placed. She’s generous with her time, encouraging to public relations professionals, and a gift to travel destinations. Whether we see her at IPW, the Australia Tourism Exchange, at the annual Society of American Travel Writers conference, or in her own back yard in the San Francisco Bay Area, she is always working and always smiling.”

This year’s winner joins an impressive list of past winners. Previous TravMedia Travel Journalist of the Year recipients include Peter Ellegard, travel journalist and photographer, Mary Moore Mason, Editor of Essentially America, Spud Hilton, Travel Editor of the San Francisco Chronicle, Johnny Jet, Editor-in-Chief of, and Ben Abramson of USA Today.

The TravMedia Journalist Award is one of 14 SASI-ONE Awards (SASI = “Shop America Salutes Innovation”) for shopping and cultural tourism marketing excellence presented with Shop America Alliance and the U.S. Cultural & Heritage Tourism Marketing Council in partnership with CenterCal Properties. Brandace Bruning of CenterCal Properties is the SASI-ONE Awards Chairperson. The awards recognize prominent leaders in the tourism industry for their vision and commitment to developing shopping and cultural tourism. Along with the 6 SASI-ONE Gold Awards and 5 SASI-ONE Merit Awards for shopping and cultural tourism marketing excellence, 3 SASI-ONE Special Award recipients were honored in the categories of TravMedia Travel Journalist of the Year, Cultural & Heritage Tourism Destination of the Year, and the SASI-ONE Chairman’s Award. The achievements of SASI-ONE winners from throughout the USA and the winners of the special awards were showcased in a video presentation which can be viewed at

For additional information, please visit or contact Rosemary McCormick, President, Shop America Alliance, via email at or 707.494.8788.

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TravMedia is the world’s largest online pressroom connecting travel journalists and public relations professionals around the world. It is an international news distribution service company. Its unique technology provides instant connectivity between travel journalists and their travel news on a daily basis to more than 25,000 registered travel journalists in Australia, New Zealand, Asia, Africa, the United Kingdom, the Middle East, North America, Germany, Austria and Switzerland. The company is also the official media distribution portal for Brand USA and the U.S. Travel Association’s annual IPW travel trade show. For more information, visit or; 212.808.0811.

ONE Travel Conference for Shopping, Dining and Cultural & Heritage Tourism is produced annually by Shop America Alliance and the U.S. Cultural & Heritage Tourism Marketing Council. The Conference brings together leaders in the travel industry to focus on The Power of Partnership, speaking with ONE Voice.   For more information, visit or call 707-224-3795.

Shop America Alliance is the travel trade organization representing hundreds of the premier shopping tourism destinations, retailers, shopping centers, museum stores and outlets in America. Founded in 1998, Shop America Alliance co-produces the annual ONE Travel Conference and SASI-ONE Awards and The Cultural Traveler guidebook, publishes Shop America Magazine and markets more than 100 shopping tours and cultural heritage experiences in 40 cities. For more information, visit or call 707.224.3795.

U.S. Cultural & Heritage Tourism Marketing Council (USCHT) is a travel trade association with the mission to market U.S. tourism destinations, attractions and travel partners engaged in marketing U.S. cultural and heritage to travelers throughout the United States and around the world. It co-produces the annual ONE Travel Conference and SASI-ONE Awards and The Cultural Traveler guidebook and sponsors market research on the cultural and heritage traveler.   For more information, visit