Lonely Planet Honored with Prestigious 2003 SATW Lowell Thomas Award

Lonely Planet’s award-winning website, lonelyplanet.com, received the Silver Award in the Internet Publication / Web site category of the 2003 Society of American Travel Writers (SATW) Lowell Thomas Travel Journalism Awards.

According to the judging committee, “Lonely Planet is the site of choice for those unclear of where to go and what to do in the world. The depth of its research is staggering, and its links are easily navigable and logically presented. Forums, frequent updates, and lots of other bonus material make this site a destination for the traveler who likes to research the journey as much as they like the journey itself.”

The competition, open to all North American journalists, recognizes and rewards outstanding travel journalism in the categories of newspapers, magazines, books, Internet media and individual articles. There were more than 1,100 entries in this year’s competition for the most prestigious awards in the field. Winners were recently announced at the 48th annual convention of SATW in Orlando, FL.

“We’re thrilled and honored to receive this award,” said Tamar Lowell, global online products manager. “Lonely Planet is committed to creating the best online experience. Our mission is to deliver useful and inspiring content created by our authors and our extensive community of travelers.”

“This is a tremendous validation of Lonely Planet’s core vision,” said Scott McNeely, global publisher of digital products. “For 30 years Lonely Planet has been in the business of creating opinionated, compelling content for destinations spanning the globe. Regardless of the format, whether in a guidebook or on the web, the goal of our products remains the same: to connect travelers with the world around them.”

The awards are named for the late Lowell Thomas, acclaimed broadcast journalist, prolific author and modern-day world explorer who achieved numerous “firsts” during five decades in travel journalism. For more information about SATW and Lonely Planet, go to www.satw.org and www.lonelyplanet.com.