The biggest, longest established and most important awards in group travel are once again asking GTOs to share their thoughts and opinions to help recognise the best attractions, experiences and suppliers.
The Group Leisure & Travel Awards for 2023 are underway with nominations open. Plus, find out about the changes being made this year to how you decide who wins. And we highlight the Awards Partners that have backed the 2023 initiative.
If you organise group trips, tell us what’s best
The awards are only successful because of their engagement with group travel organisers across the country who tell us who, what and where is best for group trips and holidays.
We want to hear the opinions of those who organise as a hobby or as a full-time job, or an individual who operates as an independent travel organiser.
GLT editor, Keeley Rodgers said: “Not only do we think it’s important to reward the best, but each year our awards also help to recommend venues, companies and locations to other groups. We couldn’t do it without our readers taking part, so we’re always grateful that these fantastic, active GTOs take just a few moments to give their verdict.”
“Each year our awards also help to recommend venues, companies and locations to other groups.”
Keeley Rodgers, Editor of Group Leisure & Travel
Changes to how you tell us what’s best for groups
This year, how you determine the winners will take part over two rounds. Round 1 opened on 1st March and enables GTOs to nominate the best for groups across 18 categories (see Category Guide)
After the Round 1 deadline of 12th April, we will then ask group organisers to vote for the overall winners from a shortlist of six finalists in each category, based on the nominations previously received. GTOs will have until the summer to vote in Round 2.
Thank you to our official 2023 Awards Partners…
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2023 Awards Partners - supporting group travel
Each year, the GLT Awards programme celebrates the best across the industry and also rewards special individuals. But none of this would be possible without the support of the attractions, suppliers and companies that become Awards Partners.
Ambassador Cruise Line is the official partner of the 2023 Group Travel Organiser of the Year Award® category. Its business development manager, Deborah Rixson told us: “As Ambassador looks to work even more closely with the group travel community in 2023, it is an honour for us to partner the prestigious Group Travel Organiser of the Year Award®, which recognises and rewards great work.
“Our ongoing support for these awards offers us the chance to engage and network with the key players in the sector.”
Deborah Rixson, Ambassador Cruise Line
“Ambassador’s dedicated Groups Team understand the importance of travelling with a group of family or friends. We appreciate all the work group travel organisers continue to do to put group activity on the map, and our ongoing support for these awards offers us the chance to engage and network with the key players in the sector.”
Ben Delahunty-Jones, sales campaign manager for 2023 Awards Partner, Group Line also told us: “It’s important for us to support the Awards as they represent groups across the UK. It’s great that the awards are voted by the readers of Group Leisure & Travel magazine.
“We love the mix of groups that we get – coach operators, independent organisers, schools etc. Knowing that we have the ability to work directly with shows to ensure groups get the best deals to keep theatre accessible to all is a great feeling.”
When are the winners revealed?
The 2023 winners will be announced at the Awards dinner and ceremony which will take place on Wednesday 4th October at the DoubleTree by Hilton, Milton Keynes.
America’s Got Talent winner and Las Vegas headliner, Paul Zerdin has been confirmed as the special guest and host. Paul is regarded by many as the UK’s number one ventriloquist and has appeared on countless TV shows, in addition to a Las Vegas residency after winning America’s Got Talent.
For event details and ticket informaton click here.
Taking part in the Group Leisure & Travel Awards is subject to its terms and conditions, which are available at groupleisureandtravel.com/awards/terms.