2018 Group Travel Awards

Celebrating the very best suppliers to the group travel industry.

Friday 1st June - The Park Plaza Riverbank Hotel, London

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We are delighted to reveal the short list of finalists for this year’s Group Travel Awards.

Thanks to votes made by you, our reader, we have been able to compile a diverse list of quality finalists reflecting the day trips and short holidays that you and your group have undertaken over the past year.

As well as the main awards, there will also be five other awards featured in the evening’s programme, voted for by our editorial panel. These are:

  • Innovation in Tourism
  • Little Treasures of Britain Award
  • Development of Incoming Group Visitors to the UK Award
  • Technological Innovation Award
  • Outstanding Contribution to Group Travel by an Individual Award

All winners will be announced during an evening of glitz and glamour on Friday 1st June at the Park Plaza Riverbank Hotel in London. Winners of our main awards are never notified before the event and will not know they have won until the golden envelope is opened on stage!

Meet our Host: Matt Johnson

As a popular Welsh broadcaster, Matt is well known for presenting hit TV shows including Surprise Surprise, Good Morning Britain and previously ITV’s award winning daytime show This Morning.

Recently, Matt completed a project close to his heart by producing and presenting a documentary confronting the difficult subject matter of Mental health. This was aired on Welsh Channel S4C as well as BBC iPlayer.

Matt’s other broadcasting credits include: The National Lottery on BBC1, Channel 5’s OKTV, Radio 5 Live’s Fighting Talk and as an actor, Matt appeared as José in the critically acclaimed BBC Comedy Drama Gavin and Stacey.

Matt is currently executive producing an independent film The Point for Hello Dear Productions and outside of television and radio, Matt is a proud ambassador for the mental health charity Mind, the RSPCA and The Peoples Postcode Lottery, for which he regularly hosts live events all over the country.

The 2018 finalists are…

Best Airline for Groups
  • British Airways
  • easyjet
  • Eurowings
  • Flybe
  • Jet2.com
  • Ryanair
  • Virgin Atlantic
Best European Destination for Groups
  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Germany
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Netherlands
  • Paris
Best Ocean Cruise Line Operator for Groups
  • Cruise & Maritime Voyages
  • Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines
  • Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL)
  • P&O Cruises
  • Princess Cruises
  • SAGA
Best Information Product for Groups
  • City & Village Tours
  • Delfont Mackintosh Theatres Groups Guide
  • English Heritage Group Visits Guide 2017/18
  • greatdays.co.uk
  • justforgroups.co.uk
  • The National Trust Groups Guide 2017
Best Group Dining Experience
  • Bateaux London
  • Faulty Towers The Dining Experience
  • Hard Rock Café
  • London Cabaret Club
  • Planet Hollywood
  • Rainforest Café
  • Strand Palace Hotel
Best Coach Operator for Groups
  • Bakers Dolphin, Weston-super-Mare
  • Brookline Coaches, West Malling
  • Daish’s Holidays, Torquay
  • David Ogden Holidays, St Helens
  • Dunwood Travel, Dudley
  • Eastons Holidays, Norwich
  • Edwards Coaches, Pontypridd
  • Glenton Holidays, Normanton
  • IOW Tours, Sandown
  • Lucketts Travel, Fareham
  • Platinum Express, Wolverhampton
  • Scotland & Bates, Ashford
  • Shearings Holidays, Wigan
  • Solus Coaches, Tamworth
Best Animal or Sea Life Attraction for Groups
  • Bristol Zoo
  • Chester Zoo, Cheshire
  • ZSL London Zoo
  • Longleat Safari & Adventure Park, Wiltshire
  • Paradise Wildlife Park
  • SEA LIFE London Aquarium
  • West Midland Safari & Leisure Park, Worcestershire
Best Sea Crossing Operator for Groups
  • Brittany Ferries
  • DFDS Seaways
  • Eurostar
  • Eurotunnel
  • Irish Ferries
  • P&O Ferries
Best Group Tour Operator
  • Airedale Tours, West Yorkshire
  • Daish’s Holidays, Bournemouth
  • Dunwood Travel, Dudley
  • Greatdays Travel Group, Cheshire
  • IOW Tours, Isle of Wight
  • Just for Groups! Norwich
  • InterChoice Holidays, Wolverhampton
  • Travelsphere, Market Harborough
Best Holiday Park for Groups
  • Mill Rythe Holiday Village, Hayling Island (Away Resorts)
  • Norton Grange, Isle of Wight (Warner Leisure Hotels)
  • Potters Resort, Norfolk
  • Sand Bay Weston-Super-Mare – Pontins
  • Gunton Hall Coastal Village, Suffolk
Best Family Day Out
  • Alton Towers, Staffordshire
  • Bletchley Park, Milton Keynes
  • Chessington World of Adventures Resort, Surrey
  • Drayton Manor Theme Park, Staffordshire
  • Legoland Windsor Resort
  • Royal International Air Tattoo Fairford
  • Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter
Best European Attraction for Groups
  • The Colosseum, Italy
  • Disneyland Paris, France
  • Guinness Storehouse, Ireland
  • Keukenhof Gardens, Holland
  • The Louvre, France
  • Titanic Belfast, Northern Ireland
Best Individual Hotel for Groups
  • Constantinou Bros Athena Beach Hotel, Paphos
  • Cricket St Thomas Hotel, Somerset
  • Daish’s Hotel, Shanklin
  • St Kilda Hotel, Llandudno
  • The Rendezvous Hotel, Skipton
  • The Strand Palace, London
  • Yarn Market Hotel, Dunster
Best Group Ticketing Agency
  • Applause Store
  • Delfont Mackintosh Theatres
  • Encore
  • Group Line
  • Groups Direct
  • SEE Groups
  • Ticketmaster
Best Event for Groups
  • BBC Gardeners’ World Live
  • Christmas at Kew
  • Classical Spectacular, Royal Albert Hall
  • Countryfile Live
  • RHS Hampton Court Flower Show
  • Royal Ascot
  • Thursford Christmas Spectacular
Best Canal or Riverboat Operator for Groups
  • Bateaux London
  • City Cruises
  • French Brothers
  • MBNA Thames Clippers
  • River Cruise Line
  • Skipton Boat Trips
Best Rail Operator for Groups
  • Belmond British Pullman
  • CrossCountry
  • GWR
  • South West Trains
  • Virgin Trains
  • West Somerset Railway
Best Company or Venue Offering Guided Tours
  • BBC Tours
  • Big Bus Tours, London
  • Canterbury Guided Tours
  • City & Village Tours
  • Emmerdale Village Tour
  • Groups Direct
  • The Houses of Parliament
  • The Royal Albert Hall
Best West End Production
  • 42nd Street
  • Bat Out Of Hell The Musical
  • Jersey Boys
  • Les Misérables
  • Motown The Musical
  • The Lion King
  • The Phantom Of The Opera
  • Wicked
Best University Accommodation for Groups
  • Cardiff University
  • Imperial College London
  • St Aidan’s College at Durham University
  • University Of Kent, Canterbury
  • University of Portsmouth
  • York Conferences at The University of York
Best Historic House and/or Garden for Groups
  • Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire
  • Chatsworth House, Derbyshire
  • Hampton Court Palace, Richmond upon Thames
  • Hever Castle Kent
  • Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
  • RHS Garden Wisley
  • The Savill Garden, Windsor
  • Windsor Castle
Most Group Friendly Hotel Chain or Group
  • Abacus Hotels
  • Best Western Hotels & Resorts
  • Daish’s Hotel Group
  • Hilton Hotels
  • Holiday Inn Hotels & Resorts
  • Leisureplex Hotels
  • TLH Leisure Resort
  • Warner Leisure Hotels
Best Attraction for Group Visits – London
  • Buckingham Palace
  • Coca-Cola London Eye
  • Cutty Sark
  • St Paul’s Cathedral
  • The Houses of Parliament
  • The Postal Museum
  • The View from The Shard
  • Tower of London
Best Attraction for Group Visits
  • Bletchley Park, Milton Keynes
  • Bombay Sapphire Distillery, Laverstoke Mill
  • Ironbridge Gorge Museum, Shropshire
  • Portsmouth Historic Dockyard
  • Shakespeare’s Birthplace Trust, Stratford-upon-Avon
  • SS Great Britain, Bristol
  • The Beatle’s Story Liverpool
Best UK Destination for Groups
  • Canterbury
  • Cardiff
  • Isle of Wight
  • Kent
  • Liverpool
  • London
  • York
The Group Travel Awards is proud to be sponsored by:

Bateaux London CruisesThe Channel Tunnel GroupCity CruisesDaish's HolidaysDiscover AnimalsDiscover Britain's TownsDisneyland ParisEdwards HolidaysFred Olsen Cruise LinesGO Travel ShowGroup LineGroup Travel Business ForumHotel PlannerIOW ToursJet2.comJust youmadePlanet HollywoodSouth West Group Travel ShowTravel EditionsUniversity of KentThe View From The ShardTravelsphereWarner Bros. Studio Tour London - The Making of Harry Potter

Sponsorship of the Group Travel Awards is a great profile raising opportunity, and gives your company branding across a multitude of platforms.

In exchange for your sponsorship, we offer:

  • Complimentary seats at the gala evening presentation event.
  • Coverage in the Awards Menu.
  • Your logo to appear on a powerpoint display during the gala evening, plus enhanced exposure when you present your category.
  • Your company logo displayed prominently on the Group Travel Awards website, together with a direct link to your own web site.
  • Together with our Celebrity Host, you will present the trophy to the winner of your chosen category.
  • Editorial coverage regarding your involvement in the awards will be published in the special Awards Supplement which accompanies the June/July 2018 issue of GTO Magazine after the event.
  • Logo credits on e-mails promoting the event.

Sponsorship of The Group Travel Awards is an opportunity to invest and celebrate in group travel excellence!

Contact Sarah Jeffery

Sarah JefferyWith a passion for travel, Sarah has worked within the industry for almost 20 years. 17 of these have been spent with Landor Travel Publications, specialising in the group travel industry; working on GTO Magazine, together with regional and national group travel exhibitions. The 2018 Group Travel Awards will be the 10th that Sarah has organised and are the highlight of Sarah’s industry calendar.

To discuss sponsorship opportunities or should you have any questions about the awards, please contact Sarah via one of the methods below.

+44 (0)1424 572088 sarah.jeffery@grouptravelorganiser.com @GTO_Sarah

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