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. Nominations for the 2022 award are now open, so make yours today.

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 open, just click on the button below to go to the simple nomination form.

Click to Nomination Form

Tell us, with a brief description, why your chosen person deserves to win the award. You nomination can be anonymous if you do not want the person to know it was you who nominated them. The deadline for nominations is Friday 17th June, after which the 2022 finalists will be made public. Readers will then be able to vote for the winner from our shortlist. 

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.