The annual Group Travel Organiser of the Year Award is officially underway, and GTOs can now enter or be nominated for the chance to win £2,000 towards a familiarisation holiday.

The Group Travel Organiser of the Year Award has been recognising amazing people since 1999 and is presented annually at the Group Leisure Awards; a fitting climax to the most important ceremony for group travel and leisure. The Awards ceremony and dinner will take place this year on Wednesday 11th October at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole Hotel.

Christine Taylor of Wye Valley Theatre & Travel Club was the latest recipient and collected her award at the 2017 ceremony last October. Chris is using her prize money to travel to the Amalfi coast in Italy.

Who can enter or nominate?

People who organise group trips and holidays, a.k.a group travel organisers, can enter themselves into the competition. This can be a volunteer, someone who organises as a hobby, for a full-time job, or a person who operates as an independent travel organiser.

We accept nominations and encourage travel trade suppliers to put forward the great GTOs they work with so they can get some deserved kudos and perhaps even the big prize itself.

Nominations will also be accepted from fellow GTOs and group members.

To be eligible for this year’s award, nominations and entries must be received by Monday 3rd July 2017. Terms and conditions apply, available at

You can enter or make nominations online at

More about the GTO of the Year Award

The award was set up with the intention of shining a spotlight on great GTOs, hearing their stories, learning about the people they organise for, finding out where they go and what they do. The winners over the years have been inspirational, fun and seriously organised.

From supermarkets, hospitals, charities, the police, retiree associations, friends, community groups and independent travel organisers, winners have come from all backgrounds and organised for a variety of different people and interests.

Rob Yandell, publisher of Group Leisure said: “The hunt is on to recognise and reward another deserving person; someone who organises brilliant trips and puts lots of smiles on peoples’ faces. With a £2,000 first prize to spend on a holiday, we hope GTOs will want to enter and people in the travel trade will want to nominate the organisers they work with.”