Cody Yellowstone to Host Prestigious Travel Journalist Event in 2024
the leading travel journalist association in North America, and many destinations compete for the privilege of hosting events and showcasing their attractions, accommodations and recreational offerings to its members every year.
Destinations that host chapter meetings and other SATW events receive high-profile publicity for many years after the events, so Cody Yellowstone can expect to see a spike in stories about the destination. Recent Western Chapter meetings have been in Oklahoma City; Fairbanks, Alaska; Tucson, Ariz.; and Brno, Czech Republic.
The Western Chapter of the Society of American Travel Writers includes travel journalists, digital publishers, publicists, broadcast/film/video producers and photographers from 14 Western states and Mexico. The meeting will include up to 50 of these members.
Members contribute articles to a wide range of media outlets such as USA Today, Los Angeles Times, Afar.com, Travel + Leisure, National Geographic Traveler and Denver Post.
“We are honored to have been selected to host this organization, and we believe that meeting delegates will be blown away by the tours and special experiences that we have planned for them,” said Ryan Hauck, executive director of Cody Yellowstone, the marketing arm for the region that includes the towns of Cody, Powell and Meeteetse, parts of the Shoshone National Forest and a large swath of Yellowstone National Park. “Not surprisingly, our many partners in Cody Yellowstone – museums, attractions, restaurants, hotels and outdoor recreation companies – have enthusiastically embraced this exciting opportunity by offering to host members of the group for tours, meals and evening events.”
The five-day/four-night core meeting will be held Thursday, May 30 – Monday, June 3. Members pay a conference fee and provide their own transportation to the destination. The opening night event will be held at the K3 Ranch. Lodging for the core meeting will be provided by the Cody Holiday Inn. Throughout the meeting, members will participate in business and professional development meetings, all-group tours including a day trip into Yellowstone National Park and the Cody Nite Rodeo and small-group tours that showcase specific themes like
outdoor recreation, history and art.
Before and after the core meeting, members can choose optional, multi-day pre- and post-meeting tours for an extra fee. For example, up to six travel photographers will team up with local photographers for a full day of photographing the destination in a competition called “Photo Quest.” There are also opportunities for members to raft, horseback ride, experience a guest ranch and drive Cody Yellowstone’s Scenic Byways in a Tread ‘N’ Trails two-seat Slingshot.
“Our members are excited to experience the classic Western vibe of Cody Yellowstone next year, and they’re ready to experience the many story-worthy outdoor adventures and attractions the region has to offer,” said David Lang, chair of the Western Chapter of SATW and a California-based travel journalist. “Cody
Yellowstone has put together a terrific meeting, and we appreciate all of their hard work.”
Hauck said he is continuing to line up support for the meeting, and he welcomes the participation of local partners who would like to bring attention to their offerings with media passes, giveaways and other courtesies. Interested local partners can contact Hauck at [email protected].
Home of the Great American Adventure, Cody Yellowstone is comprised of the northwestern Wyoming towns of Cody, Powell and Meeteetse as well as areas inside of Yellowstone National Park and the valley east of the entrance. The region is known for rodeos, authentic guest and dude ranches, world-class museums and recreational adventures that reflect the adventurous spirit of the visionaries and explorers who brought the remote region to the world’s attention.
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