2018 Results

Winners and runners-up in the 2018 Group Travel Awards

Best Airline for Groups

  • Winner: Jet2.com
  • Runner-up: easyjet
  • British Airways
  • Eurowings
  • Flybe
  • Ryanair
  • Virgin Atlantic

Best European Destination for Groups

  • Winner: Ireland
  • Runner-up: Belgium
  • Austria
  • Germany
  • Italy
  • Netherlands
  • Paris

Best Ocean Cruise Line Operator for Groups

  • Winner: Cruise & Maritime Voyages
  • Runner-up: Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines
  • Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL)
  • P&O Cruises
  • Princess Cruises
  • SAGA

Best Information Product for Groups

  • Winner: English Heritage Group Visits Guide 2017/18
  • Runner-up: Delfont Mackintosh Theatres Groups Guide
  • City & Village Tours
  • greatdays.co.uk
  • justforgroups.co.uk
  • The National Trust Groups Guide 2017

Best Group Dining Experience

  • Winner: Planet Hollywood
  • Runner-up: Strand Palace Hotel
  • Bateaux London
  • Faulty Towers The Dining Experience
  • Hard Rock Café
  • London Cabaret Club
  • Rainforest Café

Best Coach Operator for Groups

  • Winner (Large): Edwards Coaches, Pontypridd
  • Winner (Small): Dunwood Travel, Dudley
  • Runner-up (Large): Lucketts Travel, Fareham
  • Runner-up (Small): Eastons Holidays, Norwich
  • Bakers Dolphin, Weston-super-Mare
  • Brookline Coaches, West Malling
  • Daish’s Holidays, Torquay
  • David Ogden Holidays, St Helens
  • Glenton Holidays, Normanton
  • IOW Tours, Sandown
  • Platinum Express, Wolverhampton
  • Scotland & Bates, Ashford
  • Shearings Holidays, Wigan
  • Solus Coaches, Tamworth

Best Animal or Sea Life Attraction for Groups

  • Winner: Longleat Safari & Adventure Park, Wiltshire
  • Runner-up: West Midland Safari & Leisure Park, Worcestershire
  • Bristol Zoo
  • Chester Zoo, Cheshire
  • ZSL London Zoo
  • Paradise Wildlife Park
  • SEA LIFE London Aquarium

Best Sea Crossing Operator for Groups

  • Winner: Eurostar
  • Runner-up: Eurotunnel
  • Brittany Ferries
  • DFDS Seaways
  • Irish Ferries
  • P&O Ferries

Best Group Tour Operator

  • Winner: Greatdays Travel Group, Cheshire
  • Runner-up: IOW Tours, Isle of Wight
  • Airedale Tours, West Yorkshire
  • Daish’s Holidays, Bournemouth
  • Dunwood Travel, Dudley
  • Just for Groups! Norwich
  • InterChoice Holidays, Wolverhampton
  • Travelsphere, Market Harborough

Best Holiday Park for Groups

  • Winner: Potters Resort, Norfolk
  • Runner-up: Mill Rythe Holiday Village, Hayling Island (Away Resorts)
  • Norton Grange, Isle of Wight (Warner Leisure Hotels)
  • Sand Bay Weston-Super-Mare – Pontins
  • Gunton Hall Coastal Village, Suffolk

Best Family Day Out

  • Winner: Drayton Manor Theme Park, Staffordshire
  • Runner-up: Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter
  • Alton Towers, Staffordshire
  • Bletchley Park, Milton Keynes
  • Chessington World of Adventures Resort, Surrey
  • Legoland Windsor Resort
  • Royal International Air Tattoo Fairford

Best European Attraction for Groups

  • Winner: Disneyland Paris, France
  • Runner-up: Titanic Belfast, Northern Ireland
  • The Colosseum, Italy
  • Guinness Storehouse, Ireland
  • Keukenhof Gardens, Holland
  • The Louvre, France

Best Individual Hotel for Groups

  • Winner: Daish’s Hotel, Shanklin
  • Runner-up: St Kilda Hotel, Llandudno
  • Constantinou Bros Athena Beach Hotel, Paphos
  • Cricket St Thomas Hotel, Somerset
  • The Rendezvous Hotel, Skipton
  • The Strand Palace, London
  • Yarn Market Hotel, Dunster

Best Group Ticketing Agency

  • Winner: Encore
  • Runner-up: Group Line
  • Applause Store
  • Delfont Mackintosh Theatres
  • Groups Direct
  • SEE Groups
  • Ticketmaster

Best Event for Groups

  • Winner: Christmas at Kew
  • Runner-up: Royal Ascot
  • BBC Gardeners’ World Live
  • Classical Spectacular, Royal Albert Hall
  • Countryfile Live
  • RHS Hampton Court Flower Show
  • Thursford Christmas Spectacular

Best Canal or Riverboat Operator for Groups

  • Winner: City Cruises
  • Runner-up: MBNA Thames Clippers
  • Bateaux London
  • French Brothers
  • River Cruise Line
  • Skipton Boat Trips

Best Rail Operator for Groups

  • Winner: Virgin Trains
  • Runner-up: GWR
  • Belmond British Pullman
  • CrossCountry
  • South West Trains
  • West Somerset Railway

Best Company or Venue Offering Guided Tours

  • Winner: City & Village Tours
  • Runner-up: Canterbury Guided Tours
  • BBC Tours
  • Big Bus Tours, London
  • Emmerdale Village Tour
  • Groups Direct
  • The Houses of Parliament
  • The Royal Albert Hall

Best West End Production

  • Winner: 42nd Street
  • Runner-up: Les Misérables
  • Bat Out Of Hell The Musical
  • Jersey Boys
  • Motown The Musical
  • The Lion King
  • The Phantom Of The Opera
  • Wicked

Best University Accommodation for Groups

  • Winner: University Of Kent, Canterbury
  • Runner-up: University of Portsmouth
  • Cardiff University
  • Imperial College London
  • St Aidan’s College at Durham University
  • York Conferences at The University of York

Best Historic House and/or Garden for Groups

  • Winner: Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire
  • Runner-up: Hampton Court Palace, Richmond upon Thames
  • Chatsworth House, Derbyshire
  • Hever Castle Kent
  • Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
  • RHS Garden Wisley
  • The Savill Garden, Windsor
  • Windsor Castle

Most Group Friendly Hotel Chain or Group

  • Winner: Warner Leisure Hotels
  • Runner-up: Daish’s Hotel Group
  • Abacus Hotels
  • Best Western Hotels & Resorts
  • Hilton Hotels
  • Holiday Inn Hotels & Resorts
  • Leisureplex Hotels
  • TLH Leisure Resort

Best Attraction for Group Visits – London

  • Winner: The View from The Shard
  • Runner-up: The Houses of Parliament
  • Buckingham Palace
  • Coca-Cola London Eye
  • Cutty Sark
  • St Paul’s Cathedral
  • The Postal Museum
  • Tower of London

Best Attraction for Group Visits

  • Winner: Bletchley Park, Milton Keynes
  • Runner-up: Ironbridge Gorge Museum, Shropshire
  • Bombay Sapphire Distillery, Laverstoke Mill
  • Portsmouth Historic Dockyard
  • Shakespeare’s Birthplace Trust, Stratford-upon-Avon
  • SS Great Britain, Bristol
  • The Beatle’s Story Liverpool

Best UK Destination for Groups

  • Winner: Liverpool
  • Runner-up: London
  • Canterbury
  • Cardiff
  • Isle of Wight
  • Kent
  • York

Special award winners…

Innovation in Tourism

  • Kynren – An Epic Tale of England

Little Treasures of Britain Award

  • Apedale Heritage Centre

Development of Incoming Group Visitors to the UK Award

  • The Beatles Story

Technological Innovation Award

  • Geotourist

Outstanding Contribution to Group Travel by an Individual Award

  • Gary and Rita Beckwith