The Professional Travel Bloggers Association (PTBA) is the culmination of the efforts of almost fifty travel bloggers over the past year or so. These travel bloggers banded together to formulate the initial policies, Bylaws, and guidelines that provide the framework of this organization as it moves forward.
Requirements to Join
For travel bloggers: a minimum of nine months blogging and more than 3,000 page views in the last thirty days on your website. The annual fee is $75.
For travel industry and PR members: there is no minimum statistical requirement. The fee for a group/company/DMO/organization that wants to join is $300 per year. Note that the account is for the organisation rather than the individual who signs up.
In May 2013 the members of the PTBA voted in a Board of Directors and officers, all of whom are also travel blogger members. The Board of Directors and Officers are responsible for conducting the day-to-day business of the association on behalf of the members. The Board of Directors consists of the Officers (President, President-elect, Immediate Past-President, Secretary, and Treasurer) and ten additional elected members of this organization, plus two non-voting, advisory members from the industry membership. More details can be see in the Bylaws via this link.
Board elections happen yearly and any dues paying member is eligible to be nominated for any elected office in the first election.
The Bylaws of the Association are set up so as to ensure that there will be worldwide representation on the Board of Directors. There are ten members of the Board of Directors, each serving two year terms. There are two (2) Board members each (for a total of 6 of the 10 Board members) from the following geographic areas: North America, Europe, and the rest of the world. The other four members have been elected as at-large members. The officers of the association, which consist of President, President-elect, Immediate Past-President, Secretary, and Treasurer, and they each serve one year terms.
Why Form a Professional Travel Bloggers Association?
Although travel blogging is a relatively new profession, it is one that is rapidly evolving and becoming more of a force in the travel and publishing communities. Having an association of dedicated members that want to help further the acceptance of the profession around the world will only serve to help the hundreds of travel bloggers out there carving out a profession in this new media world.
PTBA Code of Ethics
The Professional Travel Bloggers Association consists of travel bloggers from various career paths who come together for the purpose of furthering the profession of travel blogging.
We Strive for Accuracy. We strive to convey accurate, fair and honest information, making the difference between fact and opinion, and editorial and advertorial, clear across all social media channels. We correct factual errors when we become aware of them.
We Are Accountable. We exercise all due diligence before publishing material that could affect someone’s reputation or livelihood. We do not use anonymity to avoid accountability.
We Respect Intellectual Property. We do not plagiarize or knowingly accept plagiarism. We respect copyright and avoid action that is likely to infringe. We attribute quotes and link to original sources when possible.
We Are Civil. We strive to conduct ourselves with dignity and in a manner that that reflects well upon ourselves, this organization and the profession of travel blogging. We believe in freedom of speech and refrain from personal attacks and hate speech.
We Are Professional. We comply with all applicable laws, regulations, and rules concerning the prevention of unfair, deceptive or misleading advertising and marketing practices. If writing about something or someone we are financially connected to, or something that is given to us or offered at a deep discount because we are travel bloggers, we disclose those facts. We do not use our position as travel bloggers to pressure travel companies into working with us or discounting services to us.