The Excellence Award recognises people in the group travel trade who go the extra mile to make your job as a group travel organiser that much easier.

First added to the annual Group Leisure & Travel Awards in 2008, The Excellence Award has helped recognise all types of people working in all areas of the sector. Previous winners have included individuals who have worked for tour operators, attractions, cruise lines and more.

Nominations for 2022 are now closed

Thank you to everyone who nominated someone for The Excellence Award this year. We will now shortlist the 2022 finalists based on the information provided before readers are then able to vote for the winner.

The winner of this award will be announced as part of the Group Leisure & Travel Awards and Dinner (event info below).

More about the award

Each year the individuals in contention for this special award make such a difference when it comes to your experience, whether it’s ensuring that the booking process is as smooth as possible or creating a memorable trip for your members, with those extra special touches to make it the best it can be.

As a GTO you want to be in safe hands, knowing that everything has been thought through and the whole journey, from the initial booking enquiry all the way through to the experience itself, runs smoothly.

Sandy Cornish, Tailored Travel

Sandy Cornish, operations manager at Tailored Travel, won The Excellence Award in 2021.

But it’s often when the unexpected happens on a trip that an individual comes into their own, offering the right level of help and support to deal with any challenges.

Who won last time?

The Excellence Award 2021 was won by Sandy Cornish of Tailored Travel.

Reacting to the news, Sandy said: “I’m just absolutely delighted. I feel quite embarrassed quite honestly because I know everybody who was nominated – or not nominated – is fantastic.

“I have a great team and I work for a great company. I’m so grateful. Thank you to everybody who voted.”

The winner of The Excellence Award will be announced at the Group Leisure & Travel Awards ceremony, hosted by football legend Kevin Keegan. It takes place on Wednesday 5th October at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel.

For event and ticket details click here.