2020 Results

Winners and runners-up in the 2020 Group Travel Awards

Best Airline for Groups

  • Winner: Jet2.com
  • Runner-up: British Airways
  • Flybe
  • Virgin Atlantic
  • easyJet

Sponsor: Travelsphere

Best European Destination for Groups

  • Winner: Austria
  • Runner-up: Switzerland
  • Belgium
  • Berlin
  • Croatia
  • Ireland
  • Jersey

Sponsor: Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines

Best Ocean Cruise Line Operator for Groups

  • Winner: Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines
  • Runner-up: Cruise & Maritime Voyages
  • Emerald Waterways
  • Hurtigruten
  • P&O Cruises

Sponsor: Travel Editions Group Travel

Best Information Product for Groups

  • Winner: www.traveleditions.co.uk
  • Runner-up: Leeds Castle Brochure
  • English Heritage Group Visits Guide 2019/20
  • Groups Direct Brochure
  • Windsor Great Park The Savill Garden; Group Visits Guide
  • www.silvertraveladvisor.com
  • www.successtours.com

Best Group Dining Experience

  • Winner: Planet Hollywood
  • Runner-up: Hard Rock Café London
  • Bateaux London
  • Bodelwyddan Castle Hotel
  • Faulty Towers: The Dining Experience
  • Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines
  • Wetherspoons

Best Coach Operator for Groups

  • Winner (Small): Dunwood Travel
  • Winner (Large): Edwards Coaches
  • Runner-up (Small): David Urquhart Travel
  • Runner-up (Large): Lucketts Travel
  • Alfa Travel Coach Holidays
  • Bakers Dolphin
  • Chalkwell Coaches
  • Daish’s Holidays
  • Harry Shaw
  • InterChoice Holidays
  • Kirby’s Coaches
  • Shearings Holidays

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

Best Animal or Sea Life Attraction for Groups

  • Winner: West Midland Safari & Leisure Park
  • Runner-up: Longleat
  • Hawk Conservancy Trust
  • SEA LIFE London Aquarium
  • The Deep
  • ZSL London Zoo

Sponsor: Discover Animals

Best Sea Crossing Operator for Groups

  • Winner: Eurostar
  • Runner-up: P&O Ferries
  • DFDS
  • Eurotunnel
  • Wightlink

Sponsor: University of Kent

Best Group Tour Operator

  • Winner: IOW Tours
  • Runner-up: Airedale Tours
  • Daish’s Holidays
  • Greatdays Travel Group
  • Riviera Travel
  • Shearings Holidays
  • Success Tours
  • Travel Editions
  • Travelsphere
  • just for groups!

Best Holiday Park for Groups

  • Winner: Norton Grange, Coastal Village, Isle of Wight (Warner Leisure Hotels)
  • Runner-up: Potters Resort Norfolk
  • Gunton Hall Coastal Village (Warner Leisure Hotels)
  • Lower Hyde Holiday Park, Isle of Wight (Parkdean Resorts)
  • Mill Rythe Holiday Village, Hayling Island (Away Resorts)

Sponsor: Isle of Wight Tours

Best Family Day Out

  • Winner: Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter
  • Runner-up: Legoland Windsor
  • Beamish; the Living Museum of the North
  • Cadbury World
  • Hever Castle
  • Longleat
  • Portsmouth Historic Dockyard
  • The Royal Mint Experience

Best European Attraction for Groups

  • Winner: Disneyland Paris, France
  • Runner-up: Cologne Cathedral, Germany
  • Efteling, Netherlands
  • Guinness Storehouse, Ireland
  • Titanic Belfast, Northern Ireland

Best Individual Hotel for Groups

  • Winner: Rendezvouz Hotel, Skipton
  • Runner-up: St Kilda Hotel, Llandudno
  • Littlecote House (Warner Leisure Hotels)
  • Queens Hotel, Eastbourne (Leisureplex)
  • Shanklin Hotel, Isle of Wight (Leisureplex)
  • The Prince Regent, Weymouth (Daish’s)

Best Group Ticketing Agency

  • Winner: Group Line
  • Runner-up: Encore
  • Delfont Mackintosh Theatres
  • Groups Direct
  • See Groups
  • Ticketmaster

Sponsor: Planet Hollywood

Best Event for Groups

  • Winner: Kynren – an epic tale of England
  • Runner-up: RHS Garden Wisley Flower Show
  • Christmas at Kew
  • Royal Ascot
  • The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo
  • Thursford Christmas Spectacular

Sponsor: Eurostar

Best Canal or Riverboat Operator for Groups

  • Winner: French Brothers
  • Runner-up: City Cruises
  • Canterbury Historic River Tours
  • CroisiEurope Cruises
  • River Cruise Line
  • Stuart Line Cruises
  • Thames Clippers
  • Windermere Lake Cruises

Sponsor: GO Travel Show

Best Rail Operator for Groups

  • Winner: GWR
  • Runner-up: Avanti West Coast
  • Eurostar
  • LNER
  • South West Trains

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

Best Company or Venue Offering Guided Tours

  • Winner: Houses of Parliament
  • Runner-up: Shakespeare’s Globe
  • BBC Tours
  • Canterbury Guided Tours
  • Emmerdale Village Tour
  • Groups Direct
  • MINI Plant Oxford (BMW Group)
  • Royal Opera House
  • The Original Tour

Sponsor: UKinbound

Best West End Production

  • Winner: Les Misérables
  • Runner-up: Tina: The Tina Turner Musical
  • 9 to 5: The Musical
  • Come from Away
  • Everybody’s Talking About Jamie
  • Matilda
  • The Lion King

Sponsor: Group Line

Best University Accommodation for Groups

  • Winner: University of Kent, Canterbury
  • Runner-up: University of Portsmouth
  • 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: The Savill Garden
  • Runner-up: Blenheim Palace
  • Buckingham Palace
  • Hampton Court Palace
  • Leeds Castle
  • RHS Garden Wisley
  • Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
  • The Eden Project
  • Waddesdon Manor
  • Woburn Abbey

Sponsor: LNER

Most Group Friendly Hotel Chain or Group

  • Winner: Daish’s Holidays
  • Runner-up: Warner Leisure Hotels
  • Abacus Hotels
  • Holdsworth Hotels
  • Ibis Hotels
  • Jurys Inn
  • Premier Inn

Best Attraction for Group Visits – London

  • Winner: Royal Museums Greenwich
  • Runner-up: Tower of London
  • BODY WORLDS London
  • Buckingham Palace
  • Houses of Parliament
  • Jeff Wayne’s The War of The Worlds: The Immersive Experience
  • Royal Albert Hall
  • Shakespeare’s Globe
  • Southbank Centre
  • The View from The Shard

Sponsor: Wendy Wu Tours

Best Attraction for Group Visits – Outside London

  • Winner: Windsor Castle
  • Runner-up: Ironbridge Gorge Museums
  • Beaulieu
  • Blenheim Palace
  • Bletchley Park
  • Bombay Sapphire Distillery
  • National Memorial Arboretum
  • Shakespeare’s Birthplace Trust
  • The Eden Project

Sponsor: The View from The Shard

Best UK Destination for Groups

  • Winner: Isle of Wight
  • Runner-up: Canterbury
  • Bristol
  • Greenwich
  • Kent
  • London
  • Stoke-on-Trent
  • York

Sponsor: Daish’s Holidays

Special award winners…

Innovation in Tourism

  • Winner: Invisible Cities

Sponsor: GTO Magazine

Little Treasures of Britain Award

  • Winner: Talliston House and Gardens

Sponsor: Britain’s Delightful Towns

Technological Innovation Award

  • Winner: The Hastings Contemporary

Outstanding Contribution to Group Travel by an Individual Award

  • Winner: Harold Burke