For the first time ever, all of the 2018 category finalists have been made public ahead of the awards ceremony in October.

Group Leisure %26 Travel Awards 2018

In a new and exciting move by the organisers, the attractions, operators, events, experiences and destinations with the most reader votes have been revealed, with the ultimate winners being announced exclusively only on the night.

The annual reader awards initiative, now in its 21st year, culminates in a black-tie dinner at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole near the NEC. The awards are voted for by readers of Group Leisure & Travel Magazine to recognise the best attractions, destinations and companies in group travel.

The 2018 Group Leisure & Travel Award finalists

Group Leisure & Travel Magazine editor Keeley Rodgers said: “We’re very excited to announce all the finalists in each category of the awards this year. It’s the first time we’ve done it and we’re sure it will create even more excitement in the run-up to the ceremony in Birmingham on 10th October.”

What happens next for the different awards

Categories: The winners in each of the categories, including Best Guided Tour, Best UK Attraction, Best Cruise Line and Best Theatre Production, will be revealed at the ceremony. New for this year are the awards for Best Museum or Gallery and Best Historic Attraction or Venue.

Group Travel Organiser of the Year Award®: The four finalists have been selected and revealed, with the winner chosen at an official judging day in Kensington, London. The winner of award, which has been highlighting amazing people since 1999, will be announced at the ceremony.

The Excellence Award: Voting for the finalists has now closed and the individual with the most votes will be revealed at the ceremony. The award recognises outstanding service from people in the travel trade who work with GTOs.

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