Group Leisure & Travel Awards: recognising the best in group travel


The Group Leisure & Travel Awards recognise the best providers, attractions and destinations for groups, as voted for by readers of Group Leisure & Travel magazine.

Each year we ask group travel organisers from across the country to tell us who, where and what is best across 21 categories, including Best UK Attraction, Best Theatre Production and Best Group Tour Operator. To see a full list of categories click to our 2017 guide.

The deadline for entries and nominations has now closed. Information on each category and details about shortlisted finalists is below:

The Excellence Award

The nominations for The Excellence Award are in and the four finalists for The Excellence Award 2017 can now be revealed: find out who they are, before voting here.

The winner will then be revealed at this year’s Group Leisure & Travel Awards ceremony at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole on Wednesday 11th October.

GTO of the Year

Thanks for all your entries and nominations for this year's Group Travel Organiser of the Year 2017. With a first prize of £2,000 to spend on a holiday, we are looking to find yet another deserving winner, who's not only a fantastic organiser but someone who really makes a difference to the lives of the people in their groups.

GTOs who have entered or been nominated will receive a questionnaire to complete, so we can find out more about their work. We also make selected phone calls where needed.

A shortlist of four will then be drawn up and these finalists are then needed for a judging day in London before the winner is decided.

The winner will be announced at the Group Leisure Awards ceremony and dinner, which will take place on Wednesday 11th October at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole.

The Annual Reader Awards

Once again, you have told us about the best providers, destinations, attractions and companies so they can be rewarded and recognised.

Votes will now be counted and winners will be announced at the ceremony on Wednesday, 11th October, 2017.

The awards dinner and ceremony - be there

The Group Leisure & Travel Awards dinner and ceremony will take place on Wednesday 11th October at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole Hotel and tickets are available now. It's without doubt, the biggest and most important night in group travel each year, and a fantastic event for networking, entertaining, rewarding... and of course celebrating.

Some info about accommodation...

Here are just two useful links should you wish to book accommodation for the awards. Please note that we do not endorse any hotel or booking agent and that any booking is between you and the provider:

  • The event is taking place at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole hotel, which is offering 10% off its best available rate, subject to availability.
  • As you may know, the Group Leisure & Travel Show takes place the day after the awards night and there is a handy page on its website to find hotels near the NEC. Just click here to go there.

>> For a full list of the 2016 winners read the news story.


>> Look through the pictures in our photo galleries.

Becoming an official Awards Partner

Official sponsorship packages are a great way for companies and brands to connect with and support the most important awards in group travel and leisure. 

It gives you a massive range of branding across a multitude of platforms, leading right up to the dinner itself when partners have their own private tables and present the category they have chosen.

Go to our Awards Partners page to find out what you get and why you should support this important initiative.

If you would like more information telephone Sharon Yandell on 01908-613323 or use the Contact Us form.

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