The winners of the 2018 Group Leisure & Travel Awards were honoured at a glittering ceremony held in Birmingham on 10th October, 2018. Voted for by readers of Group Leisure & Travel magazine, the annual awards celebrate first class destinations, attractions and providers across group travel.

The 2018 award finalists and winners were…

Best UK Attraction for Children & Families

  • Chester Zoo
  • Drayton Manor Theme Park
  • LEGOLAND Windsor Resort (Winner)
  • Longleat
  • Paultons Park and Peppa Pig World
  • Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter

Best Museum or Gallery

  • Black Country Living Museum
  • British Museum
  • King Richard III Visitor Centre (Winner)
  • National Railway Museum
  • The Postal Museum
  • Tate Britain

Best Historic Attraction or Venue

  • Chatsworth (Winner)
  • Hampton Court Palace
  • Portsmouth Historic Dockyard
  • Tower of London
  • Warwick Castle
  • Windsor Castle

Best Coach or Tour Operator

  • Airedale Tours
  • Daish’s Holidays
  • Dunwood Travel
  • Edwards Coaches
  • InterChoice (Winner)
  • just for groups!

Table and Menu at Group Leisure & Travel Awards 2018

Best Ferry or Fixed Link Operator

  • Condor Ferries
  • Eurostar
  • Eurotunnel (Winner)
  • Irish Ferries
  • P&O Ferries
  • Wightlink

Best Event for Groups

  • BBC Countryfile Live
  • Longleat Sky Safari
  • Newmarket Nights at Newmarket Racecourse (Winner)
  • Pickering 1940s Wartime Weekend
  • Royal Ascot
  • The Royal International Air Tattoo

Best Christmas Experience

  • Carols By Candlelight, by Raymond Gubbay
  • Christmas at Kew
  • Disneyland Paris
  • Longleat Festival of Light (Winner)
  • Thursford Christmas Spectacular
  • Waddesdon Manor

Best Guided Tour

  • Bletchley Park
  • The London Bridge Experience & London Tombs
  • The London Dungeon
  • Tower of London
  • Royal Albert Hall
  • Woburn Abbey & Gardens (Winner)

Announcing the winner of the Best Accommodation category at the GLT Awards 2018

Ellie Fulcher from Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines announces the winner of the Best Accommodation category at the GLT Awards 2018.

Best Accommodation for Groups

  • Daish’s Holidays
  • HF Holidays
  • Mill Rythe Holiday Village (Away Resorts)
  • Potters Resort (Winner)
  • Rendezvous Hotel, Skipton
  • Warner Leisure Hotels

Best Group Dining Experience

  • Bateaux London Cruises
  • Hard Rock Cafe, London
  • Harry Ramsden
  • The Matinee Shows, by Groups Direct
  • Planet Hollywood London (Winner)
  • Warner Leisure Hotels

Best Theatre Production

  • 42nd Street
  • Aladdin (Winner)
  • Motown The Musical
  • The Lion King
  • Tina: The Tina Turner Musical
  • Wicked

Best Cruise Line

  • Croisi Europe
  • Cruise & Maritime Voyages (Winner)
  • Emerald Waterways
  • Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines
  • Norwegian Cruise Line
  • Saga

Guests enjoying the Group Leisure & Travel Awards 2018

Guests enjoying the Group Leisure & Travel Awards 2018.

Best Ticketing Agency

  • ATG Tickets
  • Encore Tickets
  • Group Line (Winner)
  • See Tickets
  • The Ticket Factory
  • Ticketmaster Groups

Best UK Destination

  • Birmingham
  • Devon
  • Isle of Wight
  • Liverpool
  • London
  • Manchester (Winner)

Best International Destination

  • Belgium
  • Cyprus
  • Ireland
  • New York City
  • Paris
  • Switzerland (Winner)

Best Group Tour Operator - Short Haul

  • Arena Travel
  • Jet2 Holidays (Winner)
  • Majestic Tours
  • Riviera Travel
  • Simply Groups
  • South Quay Travel & Leisure
  • Success Tours

Gyles Brandreth and Rob Yandell presenting the GLT Awards 2018

Special guest, Gyles Brandreth and publisher, Rob Yandell presenting the Group Leisure & Travel Awards 2018.

Best Group Tour Operator - Long Haul

  • just for groups!
  • Norman Allen Group Travel
  • Saga
  • South Quay Travel & Leisure (Winner)
  • Travelsphere

Best UK Attraction

  • Bletchley Park
  • Coca-Cola London Eye
  • Royal Botanic Gardens Kew
  • RHS Garden Wisley
  • The View from The Shard (Winner)
  • ZSL London Zoo

Group Travel Organiser of the Year Award®

This very special award shines a spotlight on great group travel organisers and this year’s winner will be the 20th recipient of the accolade. The 2018 finalists were chosen because of the positive impact they have on the lives of others as well as their organising skills and travel knowledge.

The 2018 finalists and winner:

  • Joan Hanks, St Andrews Ladies Luncheon Club
  • Olivia Goodfellow, Enfield Over 50s Forum (Winner)
  • Sue Goodwin, Fun Days & Tours Club
  • Tracey Sutton Lambert, Waitrose Head Office

Olivia Goodfellow awarded GTO of the Year Award 2018 at Group Leisure & Travel Awards

Glen Thomas representing Travelsphere presents the Group Travel Organiser of the Year Award® to Olivia Goodfellow of Enfield Over 50s Forum along with special guest Gyles Brandreth.

The Excellence Award 2018

Readers voted for their winner of this award which recognises outstanding service to GTOs by individuals in the group travel trade.

The 2018 finalists:

  • Tracy Cullen, group sales and membership manager, Alnwick Garden
  • Barbara Flood, group holiday sales adviser, Warner Leisure (Winner)
  • Ian Pearson, group travel manager, Harry Shaw Group Travel
  • Alison Stoakes, groups department manager, Riviera Travel

2019 Awards

The 2019 Awards will be held on Wednesday 9th October, 2019 at the Hilton in Milton Keynes, adjacent to Stadium MK where the Group Leisure & Travel Show will be held the following day (Thursday 10th October, 2019).

To secure a table or tickets call Sharon Yandell on 01908-613323 or e-mail