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Adventure Travel World Summit

Media Application Now Closed

Media applications are now closed

This application closed on 13 March 2024. Applications will be reviewed in March with final selections made by the beginning of April 2024.

Thank you for your interest in applying to be considered to attend the Adventure Travel World Summit 2024 as an Official Media Delegate. 

The Adventure Travel World Summit (ATWS) is the preeminent opportunity for adventure travel industry professionals to gather from around the world for networking, education, and inspiration.  

Selected Official Media delegates will learn about new companies and trends in the adventure tourism space, discover stories from operators and destinations, and form new lasting relationships. Immersive adventure activities on Pre-Summit Adventures and the Day of Adventure will give travel media the chance to discover the biodiversity and cultural heritage of Panama.

In the interest of maintaining a healthy dynamic of diverse business interests in the final event delegation, there is a limited maximum number of 50 Official Media delegate spots at the Summit, both fully-hosted (30) and complimentary registration (20). Selections for fully-hosted spots will be made from the pool of applications received. (More details on hosted and comp registration spots below.)

If selected, the entire trip length will vary in duration from 9 to eleven 11 days, depending on the final selection of Pre-Summit Adventure tour options (3-5 days in length) plus the travel time from your origin city. Tour options will be made available after applications are selected.

The Summit itself is Monday-Thursday 7-10 October 2024 (including Day of Adventure on Monday 7 October), with return departures on Friday 11 October 2024. Selected media are required to attend the duration of the Summit, no early departures.

Who should apply:
The ATTA and our Panamanian hosts are interested in media delegates who specialize in adventure and sustainable travel stories and are specifically based in (and/or writing for audiences in):

    • United States
    • Canada
    • Europe (France, Germany, Spain, UK)
    • Asia
    • Latin America (Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica)
    • MENA Region
    • Australia

Qualified media types include: 

    • Freelance Journalists with a proven record of placing articles in mainstream lifestyle outlets or verticals focusing on travel, outdoor adventure, fitness, culture, or environment/sustainability with national and global reach (print and digital).
    • Magazine, Newspaper, or Digital Staff Writers & Editors especially from mainstream lifestyle outlets and/or vertical outlets focusing on travel, outdoor adventure, culture or environment/sustainability with national and global reach.
    • Travel Content Creators (Influencers/Bloggers) with evidence of regular, current editorial content (i.e. non-sponsored posts) related to adventure travel, outdoor activity, culture, or environmental/sustainability issues with a large, dedicated, and engaged following interested in adventure travel-related content (limited spots).
    • Broadcast Journalists & Producers whose content is broadcast on TV or radio and is related to the adventure travel or outdoor industry (this event is not an ideal fit for on-camera talent episode production due to very limited filming opportunities).

Publishers, advertising sales representatives, personal or hobby bloggers, PR agency representatives, marketing agencies/content developers, and film/video producers are not eligible to apply as an Official Media Delegate. Anyone with an interest in the global adventure travel industry may
register to attend as a regular event delegate

Local Media:
Half-day passes may be available for local television, radio, or newspaper representatives to access a local press conference and the event opening session. Contact [email protected] for more information.

Role and expectations at the Summit if your application is selected:
All Official Media delegates are expected to be “working media” meaning whether a freelance journalist, editor, or travel content creator, you will be actively looking for stories and content for publication, using your influence to share your adventure experiences in and about the host destination, the adventure travel industry, and attending delegate’s destinations and products. 

In addition, ALL selected Official Media delegates are:

    • Required to attend media-specific sessions during the Summit, designed to network with other delegates in facilitated and unfacilitated formats to connect traditional media with story ideas, and travel content creators with potential content partners. 
    • Expected to attend the FULL event (7-10 October: Day of Adventure and all conference days, no early departures).
    • Expected to answer surveys sent by the ATTA.
    • Follow local safety and health protocols and obtain travel insurance for the trip.

Fully-Hosted and Complimentary Registration Spots:
In the interest of accommodating more Official Media Delegates who desire to attend the Summit, there are complimentary registration spots available in addition to fully-hosted spots. The same application serves for both. Comp registration spots will be curated with selections and offers made from the pool of applications received.

FULLY-HOSTED Official Media delegates receive:

    • Complimentary event registration (including Day of Adventure)
    • Official Media credentials and role at the Summit
    • Accommodations during the event
    • A complimentary 3-5 day Pre-Summit Adventure (PSA) in Panama.

Travel costs to the destination will be covered for fully-hosted media with the requirement
to participate in a Pre-Summit Adventure and Day of Adventure. Fully-hosted Official Media are expected to publish stories and content about their experience on adventures and active on social media. The ATTA and our hosts will track all media results from the event.

COMPLIMENTARY REGISTRATION Official Media delegates receive:

    • Complimentary event registration (including Day of Adventure). 
    • Official Media credentials and role at the Summit
    • Potential option to participate in a discounted 3-5 day Pre-Summit Adventure (PSA) in Panama.

Accommodations, airfare or rail transport, and ground transfers will not be covered. Participation in a Day of Adventure is required. Participation in a discounted Pre-Summit Adventure (PSA) may be an option for Official Media with complimentary registration.

Pre-Summit Adventures:
Selected media will receive information about the process for booking and selecting the PSAs after registration is confirmed. 


    • Media selections will be made from the pool of applications received.
    • All applications will be considered, reviewed, and selected with the destination partner.
    • After initial evaluation, criteria used in the final media curation and selection includes:
        • Representation from the specific countries listed above (limited per country). 
        • A diversity of types of media, specialties/topics covered, narratives, audiences, and outlets, with a higher ratio of traditional media to travel content creators.  
        • A mix of media new to ATTA events with those who have attended prior events.
      • Due to the large number of applications typically received for a limited number of spots, not all qualified applicants can be selected.
      • You will receive an email from the ATTA informing you of the status of your application.
      • More questions? See our Official Media at ATTA Events FAQs

    This application closes on 13 March 2024. Applications will be reviewed in March with final selections made by the beginning of April 2024.