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

The 2019 initiative has once again been backed by some of the biggest brands in travel and allows people who organise group trips and holidays the opportunity of telling us who, what and where is best based on their own experiences. 

Over the past few months, readers have been voting, nominating and entering this year’s Awards. This important initiative celebrates first class destinations, attractions and providers across group travel and leisure.

Voting in the categories as well as entries and nominations for the two individual awards, has now closed.  

Everything will culminate in a glitzy ceremony and dinner, when the winners will be revealed. The event will be held on Wednesday 9th October at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel at Stadium MK, Milton Keynes.

Award Categories for 2019 include Best Museum or Gallery, Best Coach or Tour Operator - UK Tours, and Best Historic Attraction or Venue. See our Category Guide for full details of each award.

Special awards for individuals

There are two awards for individuals each year. The prestigious Group Travel Organiser of the Year Award® is set to be a major highlight, and comes with a prize of £2,000 for the winner to spend on a holiday. Previous winners have organised trips and holidays for all sorts of people, but make a real difference to the lives of so many - as well as having first-class organising skills… obviously.

The Excellence Award recognises service to group travel organisers by an individual working in the group travel trade. 

Established in 2008, the award shines a spotlight on travel industry professionals who go the extra mile for their customers. Finalists are nominated by GTOs and others in the travel industry and then handpicked by the Group Leisure & Travel team, based on the experiences and information shared by readers.

Travel trade suppliers, venues and attractions: become a partner and support the awards

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.

A special thanks to our 2019 Awards Partners

Group Leisure & Travel Awards Partners 2019

 

Last year’s awards

The 2018 Group Leisure & Travel Awards ceremony was held on Thursday 11th October, 2018, at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole. 20 accolades were handed out on the night which was full of fizz, delicious food and entertainment.

Gracing the stage to pick up trophies for the second-year running were LEGOLAND Windsor Resort, which retained the title of the Best UK Attraction for Children & Families and Group Line, named Best Ticketing Agency for 2018.

There were some exciting changes for 2018, not least with all finalists being revealed ahead of the ceremony itself.

The Video Review of the Group Leisure & Travel Awards 2018, including interviews with winners and guests.

The awards were presented by TV personality and self-confessed ‘culture vulture’ Gyles Brandreth, alongside Group Leisure & Travel Magazine publisher Rob Yandell.

Individual awards were presented on the night to Barbara Flood of Warner Leisure Hotels who won The Excellence Award, for great service to people organising group experiences.

The hotly anticipated Group Travel Organiser of the Year Award® was awarded to Olivia Goodfellow of the Enfield Over 50s Forum. Olivia was chosen by a judging panel for her commitment and passion in organising trips for members of her group to a whole range of destinations.

To see a full list of finalists and winners click here.

  • For information about voting, entries or nominations please telephone the editorial team on 01908 613323 or send an email to awards@groupleisureandtravel.com
  • If you would like more information about becoming an official Awards Partner click here or speak to Sharon Yandell, who will be happy to help, on 01908-613323 or e-mail sharon.y@yandellmedia.com.
  • For Awards Dinner & Ceremony event and ticket information telephone Emma Cash on 01908 613323 or e-mail emma.c@yandellmedia.com