THE Tourism, Arts and Culture award was a new category in the Crocodile Prize national literary competition in 2015, its inclusion coming after an offer by the Tourism Minister at the 2014 awards.
The award was intended to highlight writing related to travel and tourism.
Travel writing is a real art and some of the great travel writers became legends in their own right. What they do is present their subject in an entertaining, reflective and informative narrative.
An essential part of such writing is the 'back story’, linking the writer’s own experience to the travel narrative in a coherent and readable way that piques the reader’s curiosity. If not done well, the travel piece can read just like an advertisement.