Nominations are now open for this special award, for an individual’s service to group travel organisers. It was created to shine a spotlight on travel industry professionals who go the extra mile for their customers, but we need your help…

Excellence Award

Whether you organise a day trip or a long haul holiday, it is often the people you deal with who can make the difference, especially when it comes to groups. As an organiser, you want to be confident that everything is going to run smoothly and that you will receive the help and support needed throughout the whole process.

2020 nominations now open

We welcome nominations from group travel organisers; just click the button below to go to the nomination form. 

Excellence Award Nomination Form

All you need to do is provide a brief explanation as to why your chosen person deserves to win. 

These people can make or break your experience when booking a holiday or planning a unique day out for your members. We think it is important to reward and recognise these important people, who help make the travel and tourism industry tick.

For that reason, this special award is for those individuals who go the extra mile when it comes to the needs of travel organisers and their groups.

What happens next?

We need you nominations, so make yours now. The deadline for nominations is Wednesday 1st July, after which time a shortlist of four people will be made public. The finalists will then be featured in the magazine and online when readers will be encouraged to vote for their winner. The person with the most votes will then be announced at the Group Leisure & Travel Awards ceremony.

Who won last time?

Ellie Fulcher, sales manager (groups & affinity) for Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines,was presented with the 2019 Excellence Award at the Group Leisure & Travel Awards ceremony held in Milton Keynes last October. 

Excellence Award winner 2019

Wendy Hartley-Scarff from the Association of Group Travel Organisers (AGTO) presented The Excellence Award to Ellie Fulcher along with host Martin Bayfield at the GLT Awards ceremony in October 2019 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel in Milton Keynes.

As sales manager - for groups & affinity, Ellie is very passionate about travel, having worked in the industry (primarily in cruising) for the last 23 years. 

When asked what she loved most about her role, Ellie said: “I really enjoy the challenge of creating bespoke cruise holidays for our groups all over the world, meeting the briefs given and it keeps my role varied and exciting.

“I have a positive mental attitude and am very happy in my work, and by being able to offer new destinations to our clients every year, and the thrill of meeting new people and visiting new destinations myself, keeps me continually motivated and enthusiastic.

“I love developing and building personal relationships with our clients, many of whom are now firm friends. I am extremely proud of these relationships and the service that we provide, and find my role consistently rewarding. I think I will be here for a while yet!

What others said about Ellie?

“Ellie’s boundless enthusiasm, dedication to her brand and helpfulness to her customers is second to none. She works well with her fellow tour operators and takes everything in her flow. She’s a pleasure to work with.”

Ellie was one of four finalists announced for 2019 following months of nominations. The three other finalists were: 

  • Barry Watson, group sales and customer service supervisor, The Original Tour
  • Nikki Stephenson, group sales executive, just for groups!
  • Melissa Hackney, groups sales and marketing manager, RHS


For help or if you have any questions about the award, email

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