2019 Group Travel Awards

Celebrating the very best suppliers to the group travel industry.

Friday 7th June - The Park Plaza Riverbank Hotel, London

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The group travel industry's most prestigious and enjoyable annual event is now open for bookings!

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

Thanks to votes made by the readers of GTO magazine and the Group Travel Grapevine, we have been able to compile a diverse list of quality finalists reflecting the day trips and 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 7th 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!

Group Travel Awards 2018 Review Supplement Group Travel Awards 2018 Review Supplement

The 2018 Group Travel Awards, took place on Friday 1st June 2018 at the Park Plaza Riverbank Hotel, London when the winners in each of the 25 categories were announced.

The results were kept under wraps until our gala evening, when they were announced on stage by our sponsors and Matt Johnson; our presenter and host for our special 22nd award ceremony!

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The 2019 finalists are…

Best Airline for Groups
  • British Airways
  • easyJet
  • Flybe
  • Jet2.com
  • KLM
  • Virgin Atlantic
Best European Destination for Groups
  • Belgium
  • Brussels
  • Cyprus
  • Germany
  • Ireland
  • Prague
  • Switzerland
Best Ocean Cruise Line Operator for Groups
  • Cruise & Maritime Voyages
  • Emerald Waterways
  • Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines
  • Norwegian Cruise Line
  • P&O Cruises
  • Voyages to Antiquity
Best Information Product for Groups
  • City & Village Tours Brochure 2019
  • Delfont Mackintosh Theatres Groups Guide
  • English Heritage Group Visits Guide 2018/2019
  • Leeds Castle Group & Travel Trade Guide 2019/2020
  • The National Trust Groups Guide 2018
  • greatdays.co.uk
  • justforgroups.com
Best Group Dining Experience
  • Bateaux London
  • Blenheim Palace
  • Faulty Towers; The Dining Experience
  • Frankie & Bennie’s
  • Planet Hollywood
  • SS Great Britain
  • The Medieval Banquet
Best Coach Operator for Groups
  • Bakers Dolphin
  • Daish’s Holidays
  • David Ogden Holidays
  • Dunwood Travel
  • Eastons Holidays
  • Edwards Coaches
  • Harry Shaw
  • Kirby’s Coaches
  • Lucketts Travel
  • Shearings
  • Solus Coaches
Best Animal or Sea Life Attraction for Groups
  • Longleat
  • Monkey World
  • Port Lympne Hotel & Reserve & Leisure Park
  • SEA LIFE London Aquarium
  • West Midland Safari & Leisure Park
  • Woburn Safari Park
  • ZSL London Zoo
Best Sea Crossing Operator for Groups
  • Condor Ferries
  • DFDS
  • Eurostar
  • Eurotunnel
  • P&O Ferries
  • Wightlink
Best Group Tour Operator
  • Airedale Tours
  • Daish’s Holidays
  • Greatdays Travel Group
  • IOW Tours
  • Just for Groups!
  • Riviera Travel
  • Simply Groups
  • South Quay Travel
  • Travel Editions
  • Travelsphere
Best Holiday Park for Groups
  • Devon Cliffs, Exmouth (Haven)
  • Lower Hyde Holiday Park, Isle of Wight (Parkdean Resorts)
  • Mill Rythe Holiday Village, Hayling Island (Away Resorts)
  • Norton Grange Coastal Village, Isle of Wight (Warner Leisure Hotels)
  • Potters Resort, Hopton, Norfolk
Best Family Day Out
  • Beaulieu
  • Burghley House
  • Drayton Manor Theme Park
  • Legoland Windsor Resort
  • Longleat
  • Natural History Museum
  • Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter
Best European Attraction for Groups
  • Cologne Cathedral, Germany
  • Disneyland Paris
  • Guinness Storehouse, Ireland
  • Keukenhof Gardens, Netherlands
  • Notre Dame Cathedral, Paris
  • Titanic Belfast, Northern Ireland
Best Individual Hotel for Groups
  • Claremont Hotel, Eastbourne (Daish’s)
  • Constantinou Bros Athena
  • Beach Hotel, Paphos
  • Daish’s Hotel, Isle of Wight
  • Rendezvous Hotel, Skipton
  • St Kilda Hotel, Llandudno
  • The Strand Palace Hotel, London
  • Thoresby Hall Hotel, Ollerton (Warner Leisure Hotels)
  • Yarn Market Hotel, Dunster
Best Group Ticketing Agency
  • Delfont Macintosh Theatres
  • Encore Tickets
  • Group Line
  • Groups Direct
  • See Groups
  • Ticket Factory
  • Ticketline
  • Ticketmaster
Best Event for Groups
  • Christmas at Kew
  • Classical Spectacular – Royal Albert Hall
  • Edinburgh Tattoo
  • John Rutter’s Christmas Celebration – Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Longleat’s Festival of Light
  • RHS Hampton Court Flower Show
  • Royal Ascot
  • Thursford Christmas Spectacular
Best Canal or Riverboat Operator for Groups
  • Canterbury Historic River Tours
  • City Cruises
  • CroisiEurope Cruises
  • French Brothers
  • MBNA Thames Clippers
  • River Cruise Line
  • Thames River Services
Best Rail Operator for Groups
  • CrossCountry
  • Eurostar
  • GWR
  • LNER
  • South West Trains
  • Virgin Trains
Best Company or Venue Offering Guided Tours
  • BBC Tours
  • Canterbury Guided Tours
  • City & Village Tours
  • Emmerdale Village Tour
  • Groups Direct
  • Houses of Parliament
  • Royal Albert Hall
  • Shakespeare’s Globe
  • The Original Tour
Best West End Production
  • 42nd Street
  • Aladdin
  • Everybody’s Talking About Jamie
  • Les Misérables
  • Mamma Mia!
  • The Lion King
  • Tina: The Tina Turner Musical
  • 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
  • Buckingham Palace
  • Chatsworth House
  • Hampton Court Palace
  • Hever Castle
  • Osborne House
  • RHS Garden Wisley
  • Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
  • The Savill Garden
Most Group Friendly Hotel Chain or Group
  • Abacus Hotels
  • Daish’s Hotel Group
  • GLH Hotels
  • Jurys Inn
  • Leisureplex Hotels
  • TLH Leisure Resort
  • Warner Leisure Hotels
Best Attraction for Group Visits – London
  • BODY WORLDS London
  • Buckingham Palace
  • Churchill War Rooms
  • Coca-Cola London Eye
  • Cutty Sark
  • Houses of Parliament
  • Royal Albert Hall
  • The View from The Shard
  • Tower of London
Best Attraction for Group Visits – Outside London
  • Aerospace Bristol
  • Bletchley Park
  • Brighton i360
  • Leighton Hall
  • Portsmouth Historic Dockyard
  • Shakespeare’s Birthplace Trust
  • The Beatles Story
  • Waddesdon Manor
Best UK Destination for Groups
  • Bournemouth
  • Bristol
  • Canterbury
  • Isle of Wight
  • Kent
  • Liverpool
  • London
  • Manchester

Introducing Michaela

Michaela Strachan We are excited that our award host for our prestigious gala awards evening will be Michaela Strachan. One of Britain’s most loved television presenters, BAFTA award-winning Michaela Strachan, has been a regular face on our screens for over three decades.

Michaela is one of the regular presenting team on Springwatch and has recently been back on BBC Two for Autumnwatch and Winterwatch. Michaela has worked extensively as a presenter on the BBC, spending 15 years presenting the hugely popular The Really Wild Show and 10 years on Countryfile, as well as Orangutan Diaries, Elephant Diaries, Shark Encounters and Orangutan Rescue.

Her presenting career began on such programmes as TV-am, The Wide Awake Club with Timmy Mallett, Boogie Box, The Hitman and Her and The Really Wild Show. Other successful shows include Michaela’s Wild Challenge (Channel 5), which was a double BAFTA award-winning production, earning Michaela the BAFTA for Best Children’s Presenter and the programme the BAFTA for Best Children’s Factual.

Other programmes for Channel 5 include Michaela’s Zoo Babies, Michaela’s Animal Road Trip, Animal Rescue Squad and Animal Families. Michaela also presented two series of Great British Ghosts (Yesterday TV), One Man and his Dog (BBC), The Fossil Roadshow (BBC), Full Bloom (BBC) and Club Vegetarian (Granda TV).

Recently, Michaela has been touring zoos, wildlife parks and festivals with her children’s show Michaela Strachan’s Really Wild Adventures, a fun, factual, educational and interactive show which has been adapted from her book of the same name. And over the summer of 2018, Michaela completed a tour of the arena spectacular Walking with Dinosaurs playing the part of Huxley the palaeontologist with a cast of life sized animatronic dinosaurs.

Our band for the night

Excellent live music is a staple of the Group Travel Awards and this year All Covered Up, an outstanding collaboration of the UK’s top professional musicians of the moment, will be entertaining guests after the Award presentation.

The band includes some of the most talented musicians on the circuit and they have been carefully selected for the evening for their excellent talents, their electrifying sound and the energy that they bring to every performance.

The band members have played, recorded and backed top artists including Alesha Dixon, Usher, Craig David and Chad Smith from the Red Hot Chilli Peppers.

Many of the band members have worked on some of the best productions on cruise ships and are sure to get everyone on the dance floor.

The 2019 Group Travel Awards is proud to be sponsored by:

Body Worlds LondonThe Channel Tunnel GroupCity CruisesDaish's HolidaysDiscover AnimalsDiscover Britain's TownsDisneyland ParisEurostarFred Olsen Cruise LinesFuture TourismGO Travel ShowGroup LineGroup Travel Business ForumHotel PlannerIOW ToursJet2.commadeMamma Mia!Planet HollywoodSouth West Group Travel ShowTheatre.LondonTravel EditionsTravelsphereThe View From The ShardUniversity of KentWarner Bros. Studio Tour London - The Making of Harry PotterJeff Wayne's The War of the Worlds: The Immersive ExperienceWest Midland Safari Park

Sponsorship of a category at the 2019 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:

  • Editorial coverage in GTO in issues leading up to the event.
  • 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 2019 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 2019 Group Travel Awards will be the 11th 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
In addition to sponsorship of a category at the 2019 Group Travel Awards, other sponsorship opportunities are:
Drinks Reception
Table Centres
Gala Dinner Menu
Table Plans and Place Cards
Fun Casino

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