Revealing your 2018 winners for the Group Leisure & Travel Awards...

Group Leisure & Travel Awards ceremony photo 2018

The winners of the 2018 Group Leisure & Travel Awards were honoured at a glittering ceremony held in Birmingham on 10th October.  Voted for by readers of Group Leisure & Travel magazine, the annual awards celebrate first class destinations, attractions and providers across group travel. 

Relive the highlights from the ceremony, here's our special report on the evening. 

The 2018 award finalists and winners are…


BEST UK ATTRACTION FOR CHILDREN & FAMILIES

Chester Zoo

Drayton Manor Theme Park

LEGOLAND Windsor Resort

Longleat

Paultons Park and Peppa Pig World

Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter

Winner: LEGOLAND Windsor Resort
 

BEST MUSEUM OR GALLERY

Black Country Living Museum

British Museum

King Richard III Visitor Centre

National Railway Museum

The Postal Museum

Tate Britain

Winner: King Richard III Visitor Centre
 

BEST HISTORIC ATTRACTION OR VENUE

Chatsworth

Hampton Court Palace

Portsmouth Historic Dockyard

Tower of London

Warwick Castle

Windsor Castle

Winner: Chatsworth
 

BEST COACH OR TOUR OPERATOR - UK TOURS

Airedale Tours

Daish’s Holidays

Dunwood Travel

Edwards Coaches

InterChoice

just for groups!

Winner: InterChoice

Group on walking holiday

 

BEST FERRY OR FIXED LINK OPERATOR

Condor Ferries

Eurostar

Eurotunnel

Irish Ferries

P&O Ferries

Wightlink

Winner: Eurotunnel


BEST EVENT FOR GROUPS

BBC Countryfile Live

Longleat Sky Safari

Newmarket Nights at Newmarket Racecourse

Pickering 1940s Wartime Weekend

Royal Ascot

The Royal International Air Tattoo

    Winner: Newmarket Nights at Newmarket Racecourse
 

BEST CHRISTMAS EXPERIENCE

Carols By Candlelight, by Raymond Gubbay

Christmas at Kew

Disneyland Paris

Longleat Festival of Light

Thursford Christmas Spectacular

Waddesdon Manor

Winner: Longleat Festival of Light

BEST GUIDED TOUR

Bletchley Park

The London Bridge Experience & London Tombs

The London Dungeon

Tower of London

Royal Albert Hall

Woburn Abbey & Gardens    

Winner: Woburn Abbey & Gardens

Couple wine tasting


BEST ACCOMMODATION FOR GROUPS

Daish’s Holidays

HF Holidays

Mill Rythe Holiday Village (Away Resorts)

Potters Resort

Rendezvous Hotel, Skipton

Warner Leisure Hotels

Winner: Potters Resort


BEST GROUP DINING EXPERIENCE

Bateaux London Cruises

Hard Rock Cafe, London

Harry Ramsden

The Matinee Shows, by Groups Direct

Planet Hollywood London

Warner Leisure Hotels

Winner: Planet Hollywood London
 

BEST THEATRE PRODUCTION

42nd Street

Aladdin

Motown The Musical

The Lion King

Tina: The Tina Turner Musical

Wicked

Winner: Aladdin


BEST CRUISE LINE

Croisi Europe

Cruise & Maritime Voyages

Emerald Waterways

Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines

Norwegian Cruise Line

Saga

Winner: Cruise & Maritime Voyages

Group of friends walking on the beach

       
BEST TICKETING AGENCY

ATG Tickets

Encore Tickets

Group Line

See Tickets

The Ticket Factory

Ticketmaster Groups

Winner: Group Line


BEST UK DESTINATION

Birmingham

Devon

Isle of Wight

Liverpool

London

Manchester

Winner: Manchester


BEST INTERNATIONAL DESTINATION

Belgium

Cyprus

Ireland

New York City

Paris

Switzerland

Winner: Switzerland

 
BEST GROUP TOUR OPERATOR – SHORT HAUL

Arena Travel

Jet2 Holidays

Majestic Tours

Riviera Travel

Simply Groups

South Quay Travel & Leisure

Success Tours

Winner: Jet2 Holidays

Happy guests at the Group Leisure & Travel Awards

BEST GROUP TOUR OPERATOR – LONG HAUL

just for groups!

Norman Allen Group Travel

Saga

South Quay Travel & Leisure

Travelsphere

Winner: South Quay Travel & Leisure

        
BEST UK ATTRACTION

Bletchley Park

Coca-Cola London Eye

Royal Botanic Gardens Kew

RHS Garden Wisley

The View from The Shard

ZSL London Zoo

Winner: The View from The Shard
 

GTO OF THE YEAR AWARD®

This very special award shines a spotlight on great group travel organisers and this year’s winner will be the 20th recipient of the accolade. The 2018 finalists have been chosen because of the positive impact they have on the lives of others as well as their organising skills and travel knowledge.

This year’s finalist are:

Joan Hanks, St Andrews Ladies Luncheon Club

Olivia Goodfellow, Enfield Over 50s Forum        

Sue Goodwin, Fun Days & Tours Club

Tracey Sutton Lambert, Waitrose Head Office

Winner: Olivia Goodfellow, Enfield Over 50s Forum

GTO of the Year winner Olivia Goodfellow

Pictured: Olivia Goodfellow receiving the award from Glen Thomas (category partner Travelsphere) and special guest Gyles Brandreth.


THE EXCELLENCE AWARD 2018

Readers voted for their winner of this award which recognises outstanding service to GTOs by individuals in the group travel trade.

This year’s finalists are:

Tracy Cullen, group sales and membership manager, Alnwick Garden

Barbara Flood, group holiday sales adviser, Warner Leisure

Ian Pearson, group travel manager, Harry Shaw Group Travel

Alison Stoakes, groups department manager, Riviera Travel   

Winner: Barbara Flood, group holiday sales adviser, Warner Leisure

Barbara Flood receives The Excellence Award from Rebecca Rowland (category partner G Adventures) and special guest Gyles Brandreth

Pictured: Barbara Flood receives The Excellence Award from Rebecca Rowland (category partner G Adventures) and special guest Gyles Brandreth.

 

2019 Awards

The 2019 Awards will be held on Wednesday 9th October, 2019 at the Hilton in Milton Keynes, adjacent to Stadium MK where the Group Leisure & Travel Show will be held the following day (Thursday 10th October, 2019). 

To secure a table or tickets call Sharon Yandell on 01908-613323 or e-mail sharon.y@yandellmedia.com 

 


    

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