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A long-time freelance travel writer for the Calgary Herald has won an international travel writing award. Debbie Olsen was one of three recipients of the award for Best US Travel Destination Article at the IPW Conference in San Antonio, Texas on May 23, 3023. With nearly 5,000 attendees from more than 60 countries, the conference which is sponsored by the US Travel Association and Brand USA is the largest travel trade show in the United States. The IPW Travel Writer Awards were established to honor outstanding work in print journalism for United States travel destination stories.
Olsen won the award for an article titled Indigenous America explored in Arizona, written for Postmedia. She was the only Canadian recognized at the 2023 IPW Travel Writer Awards and is the only Canadian writer to ever receive the award for Best US Travel Destination Article in the 16-year history of the IPW awards. Olsen has been writing about travel around Alberta and other destinations for the Calgary Herald for nearly 20 years.