2020 Group Travel Awards

Celebrating the very best suppliers to the group travel industry.

Thursday, 3rd September 2020

Important information about the Group Travel Awards 2020

Landor Travel Publications have been continuously monitoring the ongoing situation in relation to Covid-19 and what this means for the 2020 Group Travel Awards.

As you know, back in March we took the decision to postpone the awards ceremony from 5th June to 3rd September, as at that time we optimistically hoped that we’d be able to still be able to deliver the fantastic live event that our industry looks forward to each year.

Whilst some restrictions are slowly beginning to lift, current government advice is that exhibitions and large social gatherings are still unable to take place. Additionally, Landor Travel Publications have carefully considered the best judgment to protect the health and safety of our guests and staff and the nature of any event that we could potentially hold.

Whilst we considered the option of delaying the ceremony further, there is no certainty of when we could hold it in an appropriate way, if at all, in the foreseeable future. And in any case we feel it is important that the 2020 nominees, and indeed winners, should receive the recognition they deserve for their hard work and exceptional service to our group travel organiser audience who voted for them.

We also feel that there is much to achieve by putting the spotlight on group travel, as general leisure and holiday activity starts to tentatively resume, and for there to be an opportunity for this specialist sector to come together and connect group travel customers and their suppliers.

Therefore, we are delighted to announce that Landor Travel Publications are breaking new ground by teaming up with a fantastic television production company to create an exciting new live pop-up TV channel that will broadcast the Group Travel Awards free-to-air from a London studios on Thursday September 3rd as part of our new ‘Celebrate Group Travel Day’ programme.

Working with AOK Media House, the pop up TV channel on that day will deploy high quality broadcast technology to bring the nation’s group travel organisers together with the industry’s specialist suppliers, attractions and destinations to celebrate and showcase the best in the sector. And to underline the importance of group travel as it starts to resume after the dramatic suspension brought on by the Covid-19 pandemic and activity lockdown.

You can find further information about the Celebrate Group Travel Day event, the Awards broadcast, and how to get involved with it all via the GTO magazine website.

We appreciate how disappointed everyone must be that the Group Travel Awards are unable to proceed in their usual format this year, but we believe that this ground breaking broadcast, celebrating all that is great about group travel, is the very best way to recognise and support our industry, whilst also keeping everyone safe, during the pandemic.

If you have any further questions at this stage, please do let me know. I look forward to speaking with you soon.

With best wishes,

Sarah Jeffery

Event Director – Group Travel Awards
Landor Travel Publications

Tel: 01424 572088
Email: sarah.jeffery@grouptravelorganiser.com

Further Information Celebrate Group Travel Day
An exciting new live pop-up TV channel will broadcast the Group Travel Awards free-to-air from a London studios on Thursday 3rd September.

2020 finalists revealed!

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 Thursday 3rd September 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!

The 2020 finalists are…

Best Airline for Groups
  • British Airways
  • Flybe
  • Jet2.com
  • Virgin Atlantic
  • easyJet

Sponsor: Travelsphere

Best European Destination for Groups
  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Berlin
  • Croatia
  • Ireland
  • Jersey
  • Switzerland

Sponsor: Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines

Best Ocean Cruise Line Operator for Groups
  • Cruise & Maritime Voyages
  • Emerald Waterways
  • Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines
  • Hurtigruten
  • P&O Cruises

Sponsor: Travel Editions Group Travel

Best Information Product for Groups
  • English Heritage Group Visits Guide 2019/20
  • Groups Direct Brochure
  • Leeds Castle Brochure
  • Windsor Great Park The Savill Garden; Group Visits Guide
  • www.silvertraveladvisor.com
  • www.successtours.com
  • www.traveleditions.co.uk

Sponsor: The Royal Mint Experience

Best Group Dining Experience
  • Bateaux London
  • Bodelwyddan Castle Hotel
  • Faulty Towers: The Dining Experience
  • Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines
  • Hard Rock Café London
  • Planet Hollywood
  • Wetherspoons
Best Coach Operator for Groups
  • Alfa Travel Coach Holidays
  • Bakers Dolphin
  • Chalkwell Coaches
  • Daish's Holidays
  • David Urquhart Travel
  • Dunwood Travel
  • Edwards Coaches
  • Harry Shaw
  • InterChoice Holidays
  • Kirby's Coaches
  • Lucketts Travel
  • Shearings Holidays

Sponsor: Disneyland Paris (Large Coach Operator) Eurotunnel Le Shuttle (Small Coach Operator)

Best Animal or Sea Life Attraction for Groups
  • Hawk Conservancy Trust
  • Longleat
  • SEA LIFE London Aquarium
  • The Deep
  • West Midland Safari & Leisure Park
  • ZSL London Zoo
Best Sea Crossing Operator for Groups
  • DFDS
  • Eurostar
  • Eurotunnel
  • P&O Ferries
  • Wightlink

Sponsor: University of Kent

Best Group Tour Operator
  • Airedale Tours
  • Daish's Holidays
  • Greatdays Travel Group
  • IOW Tours
  • Riviera Travel
  • Shearings Holidays
  • Success Tours
  • Travel Editions
  • Travelsphere
  • just for groups!

Sponsor: Aviate groups

Best Holiday Park for Groups
  • Gunton Hall Coastal Village (Warner Leisure Hotels)
  • 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 Norfolk

Sponsor: Isle of Wight Tours

Best Family Day Out
  • Beamish; the Living Museum of the North
  • Cadbury World
  • Hever Castle
  • Legoland Windsor
  • Longleat
  • Portsmouth Historic Dockyard
  • The Royal Mint Experience
  • Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter

Sponsor: Cruise and Maritime Voyages

Best European Attraction for Groups
  • Cologne Cathedral, Germany
  • Disneyland Paris, France
  • Efteling, Netherlands
  • Guinness Storehouse, Ireland
  • Titanic Belfast, Northern Ireland

Sponsor: The War of The Worlds: The Immersive Experience & Gunpowder Plot at The Tower

Best Individual Hotel for Groups
  • Littlecote House (Warner Leisure Hotels)
  • Queens Hotel, Eastbourne (Leisureplex)
  • Rendezvouz Hotel, Skipton
  • Shanklin Hotel, Isle of Wight (Leisureplex)
  • St Kilda Hotel, Llandudno
  • The Prince Regent, Weymouth (Daish's)

Sponsor: Airedale Tours

Best Group Ticketing Agency
  • Delfont Mackintosh Theatres
  • Encore
  • Group Line
  • Groups Direct
  • See Groups
  • Ticketmaster

Sponsor: Planet Hollywood

Best Event for Groups
  • Christmas at Kew
  • Kynren - an epic tale of England
  • RHS Garden Wisley Flower Show
  • Royal Ascot
  • The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo
  • Thursford Christmas Spectacular

Sponsor: Eurostar

Best Canal or Riverboat Operator for Groups
  • Canterbury Historic River Tours
  • City Cruises
  • CroisiEurope Cruises
  • French Brothers
  • River Cruise Line
  • Stuart Line Cruises
  • Thames Clippers
  • Windermere Lake Cruises
Best Rail Operator for Groups
  • Avanti West Coast
  • Eurostar
  • GWR
  • LNER
  • South West Trains

Sponsor: Warner Bros Studio Tour; The Making of Harry Potter

Best Company or Venue Offering Guided Tours
  • BBC Tours
  • Canterbury Guided Tours
  • Emmerdale Village Tour
  • Groups Direct
  • Houses of Parliament
  • MINI Plant Oxford (BMW Group)
  • Royal Opera House
  • Shakespeare's Globe
  • The Original Tour

Sponsor: Rainforest Cafe

Best West End Production
  • 9 to 5: The Musical
  • Come from Away
  • Everybody's Talking About Jamie
  • Les Misérables
  • Matilda
  • The Lion King
  • Tina: The Tina Turner Musical

Sponsor: Group Line

Best University Accommodation for Groups
  • 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
  • Hampton Court Palace
  • Leeds Castle
  • RHS Garden Wisley
  • Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
  • The Eden Project
  • The Savill Garden
  • Waddesdon Manor
  • Woburn Abbey

Sponsor: LNER

Most Group Friendly Hotel Chain or Group
  • Abacus Hotels
  • Daish's Holidays
  • Holdsworth Hotels
  • Ibis Hotels
  • Jurys Inn
  • Premier Inn
  • Warner Leisure Hotels

Sponsor: City Cruises

Best Attraction for Group Visits – London
  • BODY WORLDS London
  • Buckingham Palace
  • Houses of Parliament
  • Jeff Wayne's The War of The Worlds: The Immersive Experience
  • Royal Albert Hall
  • Royal Museums Greenwich
  • Shakespeare's Globe
  • Southbank Centre
  • The View from The Shard
  • Tower of London

Sponsor: Wendy Wu Tours

Best Attraction for Group Visits – Outside London
  • Beaulieu
  • Blenheim Palace
  • Bletchley Park
  • Bombay Sapphire Distillery
  • Ironbridge Gorge Museums
  • National Memorial Arboretum
  • Shakespeare’s Birthplace Trust
  • The Eden Project
  • Windsor Castle

Sponsor: The View from The Shard

Best UK Destination for Groups
  • Bristol
  • Canterbury
  • Greenwich
  • Isle of Wight
  • Kent
  • London
  • Stoke-on-Trent
  • York

Sponsor: Daish's Holidays

2019 Review Magazine

Celebrating the very best suppliers in group travel, The 2019 Group Travel Awards, took place on Friday 7th June 2019 at the Park Plaza Riverbank Hotel, London when the winners in each of the 26 categories were announced.

The results were kept under wraps until our gala evening, when they were announced on stage by our sponsors and Michaela Strachan; our presenter and host for our special 23rd award ceremony!

Browse this issue

Group Travel Awards 2019 Highlights

The Group Travel Awards is proud to be sponsored by:

Airedale ToursAviate GroupsCity CruisesCruise & Maritime VoyagesDaish's HolidaysDiscover AnimalsDiscover Britain's TownsDisneyland ParisEurostarThe Channel Tunnel GroupFred Olsen Cruise LinesFuture TourismGO Travel ShowGroup LineGroup Travel Business ForumHotel ChocolatHotel PlannerIOW ToursJet2.comLondon North Eastern RailwaymadeNorthern Travel & Tourism ShowPlanet HollywoodRainforest CafeRoyal Mint ExperienceSouth West Group Travel ShowThe View From The ShardTravel EditionsTravelsphereUniversity of KentWarner Bros. Studio Tour London - The Making of Harry PotterJeff Wayne's The War of the Worlds: The Immersive ExperienceWendy Wu Tours

Sponsorship of a category at the 2020 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 Magazine in issues leading up to the event, as well as our Group Travel Grapevine email newsletter.
  • 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 2020 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. 18 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 2020 Group Travel Awards will be the 12th 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 2020 Group Travel Awards, other sponsorship opportunities are:
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