Spafax Wins Big at NATJA Awards

By February 20th, 2015

Travel & lifestyle content brings in six awards.

Toronto, February 19, 2015 – Global content agency Spafax made a clean sweep at the North American Travel Journalists Association (NATJA) Awards, receiving three gold awards, two silver, and one bronze, for travel-focused content produced for clients Fairmont Hotels & Resorts, Bombardier Business Aircraft, and Air Canada. The annual competition honors the “best of the best” in travel writing, photography and promotion that cover all aspects of the travel industry worldwide, with winners announced in Pasadena, California on February 11.

“This kind of recognition from travel journalism peers is a wonderful endorsement of the engaging and original multi-platform content that our teams are developing for the audiences of the leading global brands that we service,” says Nino Di Cara, Executive Vice President, Content Marketing.

Luxury Brands Go for Gold

These awards mark a major win for the Spafax Luxury Brands portfolio, which targets high net worth audiences and includes Mercedes-Benz magazine, Fairmont Magazine, the VistaJet Voyageur app and Experience magazine for customers of Bombardier Business Aircraft. These titles, distributed internationally, are led by editor-in-chief Natasha Mekhail.

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Wins included:

Photography: Cover Photo, Illustration, Gold: “Big Bold Baku,” Fairmont Magazine
Print: Luxury & Leisure Travel, Gold – Neal McLennan, “Fantasy Island,” Experience magazine
Culinary Travel, Silver – Remy Scalza, “Perfecting Pinoy,” Fairmont Magazine

Triple Win for Air Canada Media

Air Canada’s enRoute, the inflight publication produced for Air Canada led by editor-in-chief Ilana Weitzman, once again took home several awards, including the highly sought after gold for best inflight magazine:

Inflight magazine, Gold – Air Canada’s enRoute, November 2013
Culinary travel, Silver – Andrew Brathwaite, “Canada’s Best New Restaurants 2013,” Air Canada’s enRoute
Travel series, magazine, Bronze – Sarah Staples, “The Frequent Flyer,” Air Canada’s enRoute

NATJA Awards recognize excellence in travel writing, photojournalism, social media, multimedia platforms, advertising, marketing and public relations for the travel and tourism industry. This year, NATJA received over 650 submissions from all over the world. The full awards list can be viewed here.

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About Spafax
Spafax is one of the world’s leading providers of branded content solutions in the form of entertainment production and management, publishing and media sales. Other clients include British Airways, Air Canada, Singapore Airlines, LAN Airlines, Malaysia Airlines, Cathay Pacific, Emirates, Lollapalooza Chile, Fairmont Raffles Hotels International, Bombardier Business Aircraft, Lufthansa, and Mercedes-Benz. Spafax is headquartered in London with offices in Frankfurt, Madrid, Amsterdam, New York, Orange, Hollywood, Atlanta, Dubai, Toronto, Montreal, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Santiago and Lima. Spafax is a tenthavenue WPP company. www.spafax.com

Spafax facts and figures
25 years creating, curating and acquiring content
25 years working with the world’s leading brands
15 offices worldwide
500 plus industry awards over the past 10 years
Part of the #1 agency network in the world: WPP

For high-resolution visuals, interview requests or further information, please contact:
Phil Birnbaum, Publicist – phil.birnbaum@spafax.com
Courtney MacNeil, Director, Brand Alliances, Marketing, and PR – courtney.macneil@spafax.com