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Wanderlust feature wins travel journalism award

10th November 2011

A Wanderlust article on a Dominican walking trail has received an award for Best Consumer Feature at the 2011 Caribbean Travel Journalism Awards

Green for Go, written by regular contributor Mark Stratton, was announced as the Best Consumer Feature at the 2011 Caribbean Travel Journalism Awards on Monday at London's World Travel Market.

Judges praised the piece saying, “Mark uses languages skillfully to create images in the reader’s mind, transporting readers from the pages to the trail. As I read his piece, I bathed in every drop of liquid sunshine with him, engaged in every conversation, walked every segment, celebrated every moment of satisfaction, sampled every meal. This is an excellent example of how to take something as potentially dull as walking a trail and making it spring to life.”

In the feature Mark explored the Caribbean's first long distance walking trail, the Waitukubuli National Trail in Dominica, and found that it offers a fascinating journey through mango orchards, boiling lakes and ancient Carib culture.

Commenting on the piece he said, "It was a pleasure to write. It embodied everything I enjoy about travel writing. Experiencing something new and exciting in a tropical environment but also promoting eco-friendly tourism that will have long-term benefits for the local community and wider environment."

The Caribbean Travel Journalism Awards is an annual event hosted by the Caribbean Tourism Organisation. Other awards presented at the event include: best broadcast, TV and radio feature; best national newspaper feature; best online feature; best piece of photojournalism; best regional newspaper feature and best travel trade feature.

Victory is no stranger to Mark, as last year he was presented silver in the Association of Independent Tour Operator's Travel Writer of the Year competition for his piece Falling for Zimbabwe.

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