2005 Society of American Travel Writers (SATW) Online Auction Offers Exotic Travel Packages to Faraway Lands!

RALEIGH, N.C., Oct. 31 /PRNewswire/ — Experience adventure and traditional Thai hospitality during a four-night stay at the JW Marriott Bangkok, Thailand. Relax on the beaches of Pampelonne and explore the heart of St. Tropez, France during a three-night stay at the historic Chateau de la Messardiere. Sail the mighty Mississippi River with a five-night luxury riverboat cruise on the legendary Delta Queen Steamboat. Invite your friends and family over to enjoy a mouth-watering, world-famous 72-ounce steak from the Big Texan Steak Ranch in Amarillo, Texas.

These unique travel packages and items along with many more will be available for bidding during the 2005 Society of America Travel Writers (SATW) Online Auction, November 1 to December 9, 2005. Browsers and bidders can log onto http://www.satwauction.com/ and may bid as often as desired. Whether you are shopping for the holidays or splurging for yourself, auction items are available for all tastes and budgets. Bids will start at 25% of the item’s suggested retail value.

The online auction is SATW’s only major fundraiser, proceeds fund professional development and programming. A portion of the money raised is also designated to a select charitable organization. Auction items are donated from a variety of SATW Members including travel destinations, attractions and businesses.

In its 50th year, SATW is a tax-exempt association representing more than 1,300 professionals in North America, whose purpose is to promote responsible journalism, provide professional support and development for SATW members and encourage the conservation and preservation of travel resources worldwide. Members include writers, photographers, editors, electronic media and journalists, film lecturers, broadcast/video/film producers and public relations representatives and provide complete, accurate and interesting information on travel destinations, facilities and services.

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