The winner of the 2020 Group Travel Organiser of the Year Award® is…. Christine Bennett of Deaf Group Holidays.

GTO Christine Bennett in Israel

Christine is an inspirational group travel organiser who has given deaf people the chance to travel the world with peace of mind. 

Christine was announced as the winner during the Group Leisure & Travel Awards ceremony broadcast online on Wednesday 7th October. 

The award was presented during the Group Leisure & Travel Awards ceremony which was co-hosted by magician and TV presenter Ben Hanlin, best known for his award-winning ITV2 series Tricked as well as finishing as a semi-finalist in this year’s Dancing on Ice.

On discovering she had won, Christine said: “I’m absolutely gobsmacked, so shocked and so pleased. I feel very honoured – it’s for the group, not just for me, they’re a lovely group of people and I know they’ll be over the moon for me.”

Deaf Group Holidays enables deaf people to travel with peace of mind knowing that they have a qualified British Sign Language (BSL) interpreter throughout their trip.

Christine explained: “As a profoundly deaf BSL user myself, I recognised there was a lack of suitable provision for deaf people wishing to travel with other deaf people and accompanied by a BSL interpreter. Seeing the groups together and enjoying themselves is the most rewarding aspect. I am immensely proud of the positive feedback I receive at the end of each holiday.”

Christine Bennett's group in Austria

Some of Christine’s group getting into the spirit of things in Austria. 

“I also feel that by arranging holidays for deaf people, I fill a gap in the holiday market thereby enabling deaf people to travel with other deaf people so they don’t feel the social isolation, insecurity, or miss out on information which you often do when travelling with a group of hearing people.”

Congratulations to all of this year’s very worthy Group Travel Organiser of the Year Award® finalists, find out why each of them is so special in this article.

Travelsphere logo

Our thanks to Travelsphere who partner and support the Group Travel Organiser of the Year Award®.