Group Leisure & Travel magazine has officially launched its 2018 Reader Awards, and some of the most recognised brands and prestigious names in the industry are once again backing the campaign. 

Group Leisure & Travel Awards 2018

Group Leisure & Travel Awards 2018

The initiative will culminate in the popular black tie dinner taking place on Wednesday 10th October at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole, on the eve of the Group Leisure & Travel Show the following day at the NEC.

Throwing their weight behind the Awards are a range of official partners, including the likes of HF Holidays, Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines, Condor Ferries and Group Line. Other names group travel organisers will be familiar with include G Adventures, Travelsphere, Arena Travel and Daish’s Holidays.

New categories

Two new categories have been added this year: Best Museum or Gallery, and Best Historic Attraction or Venue. These join some of the more familiar categories including Best Group Dining Experience, Best Christmas Experience and Best Guided Tour. The Group Travel Organiser of the Year Award 2018, will be a major highlight of the evening as will The Excellence Award – which recognises the outstanding contribution to group travel by a supplier.
Watch the highlights from last year’s Group Leisure & Travel Awards ceremony.

Voting for this year’s awards will open to readers in the spring. Editor Keeley Rodgers said: “The black-tie dinner and Awards ceremony is the highlight in the group travel calendar. Participants can expect a first-class evening of celebrations and entertainment at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole on Wednesday 10th October and I recommend booking early to guarantee tickets or tables”.

Becoming an official Awards Partner

A very limited number of opportunities are still available for companies and brands to participate and support the 2018 Group Leisure & Travel Awards, by becoming an official Awards Partner. Packages offer months of high profile marketing across various platforms, a table at the Awards dinner and a chance to present a category award.

To find out more contact Sharon Yandell on 01908-613323 or e-mail

And click here for more information about the Awards including the highlights from last year’s initiative.

What our partners say

Helen Mulry, specialist sales manager for HF Holidays:

“HF Holidays is excited to sponsor the new award category of ‘Best Historic Attraction or Venue’. We work closely with many partners like these to provide exceptional holiday experiences for groups. What better reason to support this sponsorship category and recognise the great work they do to help make groups happy.”

Ellie Fulcher, sales manager groups, Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines:

“Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines is proud to sponsor the ‘Best Accommodation for Groups’ category at the prestigious Group & Leisure Travel Awards 2018. The quality of accommodation is a key part of the holiday experience, and at Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines we recognise just how important it is to cater for the requirements of all our guests to ensure that the cruise that they book – and their accommodation – is perfect for their needs.”

Thank you to all our partners for their support in 2018. Here’s who has signed up so far