Travel Media Awards 2017, in association with in association with ENIT- Italian National Tourist Board

The winners of the Travel Media Awards 2017 were announced on Wednesday 18 October at a sparkling ceremony at ME London Hotel. Over 270 people were present to see the best of the UK travel media honoured with an Award, including representatives of some of the UK’s leading travel media and industry organisations.

The evening saw 20 publications, broadcasters, journalists and photographers awarded prestigious trophies. They included British chef and TV presenter Rick Stein OBE, who was presented with the Special Contribution Award.

The Travel Media Awards were created in recognition of the hugely influential role that today’s travel media play. Submissions were judged by some of the UK’s most influential travel industry figures alongside leading travel writers and editors. Categories covered a wide range of disciplines and media, from consumer travel magazines (both national and regional) to travel trade titles and guide books.

WINNERS
THE EVENT
FINALISTS
SPONSORS
JUDGES & ADVISORY PANEL
The Winners

NATIONAL BROADSHEET NEWSPAPER OF THE YEAR
Sunday Times – Travel

NATIONAL TABLOID NEWSPAPER SECTION OF THE YEAR
Metro – Escape

CONSUMER WRITER OF THE YEAR
Oliver Smith, Lonely Planet Traveller

REGIONAL PUBLICATION FEATURE OF THE YEAR
Sarah Marshall for ‘An Adventure Waiting to Happen’ in Manchester Evening News

TRADE PUBLICATION OF THE YEAR – PRINT
TTG Luxury

TRADE PUBLICATION OF THE YEAR – ONLINE
TTG Media – ttgmedia.com

TRADE WRITER OF THE YEAR
Jennifer Morris, TTG

TRADE FEATURE OF THE YEAR
Jeannine Williamson for ‘Setting Sail for the Past in Cuba’ in Cruise Adviser

CONSUMER PUBLICATION OF THE YEAR – PRINT
Lonely Planet Traveller

CONSUMER PUBLICATION OF THE YEAR – ONLINE
SUITCASE Magazine – suitcasemag.com

NATIONAL CONSUMER FEATURE OF THE YEAR
Julia Buckley for ‘Life on the Heel’ in National Geographic Traveller (UK)

CONSUMER MAGAZINE SECTION OF THE YEAR
Olive

PHOTOGRAPHY AWARD
Jonathan Gregson for ‘Once Upon a Time in the West’ in Lonely Planet Traveller

BLOGGER OF THE YEAR
Bridges and Balloons – Victoria Watts Kennedy – bridgesandballoons.com

VLOGGER OF THE YEAR
Alex Hunter – Attaché – youtube.com/attachetravel

YOUNG WRITER OF THE YEAR
Adam Edwards, Freelance

BROADCAST PROGRAMME OF THE YEAR – TV, RADIO, ONLINE
Life of a Mountain: A Year on Blencathra – Terry Abraham, BBC Four

CUSTOMER MAGAZINE OF THE YEAR
easyJet Traveller

GUIDE OF THE YEAR – BOOK, ONLINE, APP
Wild Things Publishing – The Scottish Bothy Bible by Geoff Allan

SPECIAL CONTRIBUTION AWARD
Rick Stein OBE

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Travel Media Awards 2017

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The Finalists

BLOGGER OF THE YEAR
Amsterdam Wonderland – Tracy Abraham (amsterdamwonderland.com)
Borders of Adventure – Becki Enright (bordersofadventure.com)
Bridges and Balloons – Victoria Watts Kennedy (bridgesandballoons.com)
Go Eat Do – Stuart Forster (go-eat-do.com)
The Family Adventure Project – Kirstie Pelling (familyadventureproject.org)

BROADCAST PROGRAMME OF THE YEAR – TV, RADIO, ONLINE
How a paradise island copes with the demands of modern life – Lucy Daltroff, From Our Own Correspondent, BBC Radio 4
Life of a Mountain: A Year on Blencathra – Terry Abraham, BBC 4
Terrorism vs Tourism, You & Yours – Chas Watkin (Editor), BBC Radio 4
Saving Mountain Gorillas – Jon Holmes (Presenter), Unusual Productions and Talk Radio
Discover the other side of Florida – Amelia Island and St Augustine, Simon Calder, independent.co.uk

CONSUMER MAGAZINE SECTION OF THE YEAR
Best
Cosmopolitan
Elle
Harper’s Baazar
Olive
Red
The Travel Edit

CONSUMER PUBLICATION OF THE YEAR – PRINT
Conde Nast Traveller
Family Traveller
Lonely Planet Traveller
The Sunday Times Travel Magazine
Wanderlust
Which? Travel

CONSUMER PUBLICATION OF THE YEAR – ONLINE
Family Traveller – familytraveller.com
Globetrender – globetrendermagazine.com
Suitcase Magazine – suitcasemag.com
Telegraph – telegraph.co.uk/travel
The Independent – independent.co.uk/travel

CONSUMER WRITER OF THE YEAR
Amanda Canning, Lonely Planet Traveller
Jan Masters, Harrods Magazine
Mandi Keighran, N by Norwegian
Mina Holland, Suitcase Magazine
Oliver Smith, Lonely Planet Traveller

CUSTOMER MAGAZINE OF THE YEAR
Audley Traveller – Audley Travel
easyJet Traveller – easyJet
Journey – Princess Cruises
PrivatAir Magazine – PrivatAir
Wizz – Wizz Air

GUIDE OF THE YEAR – BOOK, ONLINE, APP
Icon Books – The 50 Greatest Wonders of the World by Aaron Millar
Bradt – Aple-Adria Trail by Rudolf Abraham
Bradt – Wild Times by Jini Reddy
Rough Guides – Argentina by Shafik Meghji, Sorrel Moseley-Williams, Madelaine Triebe and Stephen Keeling
Wild Things Publishing – The Scottish Bothy Bible by Geoff Allan

NATIONAL BROADSHEET NEWSPAPER SECTION OF THE YEAR
The Daily Telegraph – Travel (Saturday)
The Sunday Telegraph – Discover
The Sunday Times – Travel
The Times – Travel (Saturday)
The Telegraph – Ultratravel

NATIONAL CONSUMER FEATURE OF THE YEAR
AA Gill for ‘A Farewell to Africa’ in The Sunday Times, Travel section
Julia Buckley for ‘Life on the Heel’ in National Geographic Traveller (UK)
Kerry Christiani for ‘Svalbard: The sound of silence’ in Lonely Planet
Louise Roddon for ‘Royal Russia – caviar, palaces and a princess’ in The Times
Nick Boulos for ‘Lifting the veil on the mysteries of Iran’ in The Sunday Telegraph

NATIONAL TABLOID NEWSPAPER SECTION OF THE YEAR
Daily Mail – Travel
Daily Mirror – Travel
Mail on Sunday – Travel
Metro – Escape
Sunday Mirror – Travel
The Sun – Travel

PHOTOGRAPHY AWARD
Jon Attenborough for ‘Canal Knowledge’ in The Sunday Times Travel Magazine
Jonathan Gregson for ‘Once Upon a Time in the West’ in Lonely Planet Traveller
Jonathan Perugia for ‘All in the Mix’ in The Sunday Times Travel Magazine
Mark Parren Taylor for ‘Hong Kong’ in National Geographic Traveller Magazine (UK)
Philip Lee Harvey for ‘Tahir Shah’s Casablanca’ in Lonely Planet Traveller

REGIONAL PUBLICATION FEATURE OF THE YEAR
Ian Belcher for ‘Divine Adventure’ in Brummel Magazine
Laura Millar for ‘A drama of your own’ in The Scotsman
Lizzie Pook for ‘Making Tracks’ in Escapism
Nicola Trup for ‘Peak performance on Kilimanjaro’ in Evening Standard
Sarah Marshall for ‘An adventure waiting to happen’ in Manchester Evening News

TRADE FEATURE OF THE YEAR
Anthony Pearce for ‘Fjord Fiesta’ in Cruise Adviser
Jeannine Williamson for ‘Setting sail for the past’ in Cruise Adviser
Laura Gelder for ‘My Japan Journey’ in Selling Travel
Neal Baldwin for ‘Tall order’ in Travel Weekly
Peter Ellegard for ‘Contrasts of the Caribbean’ in TTG

TRADE PUBLICATION OF THE YEAR – ONLINE
Business Travel News – btnews.co.uk
Buying Business Travel online – buyingbusinesstravel.com
Travelmole – travelmole.com
TTG Media – ttgmedia.com
Travel Daily Media – traveldailymedia.com

TRADE PUBLICATION OF THE YEAR – PRINT
Buying Business Travel
Cruise Adviser
Selling Travel
Solus
The Business Travel magazine
TTG Luxury
TTG

TRADE WRITER OF THE YEAR
Anthony Pearce, Cruise Adviser
Jeannine Williamson, Freelance
Jennifer Morris, TTG
Pippa Jacks, TTG
Stuart Forster, Freelance

VLOGGER OF THE YEAR
Alex Hunter – Attaché – youtube.com/attachetravel
Cathy Bartrop – travelguru.tv
Christianne Risman – Backpacking Bananas – youtube.com/BackpackingBananas
David Reilly – Life of Reilly – youtube.com/lifeofreillytv
Gary Bembridge – Tips For Travellers – youtube.com/tipsfortravellers

YOUNG WRITER OF THE YEAR
Adam Edwards, Freelance
India Dowley, Suitcase Magazine
Kate Hamilton, Freelance
Lucy Thackray, The Sunday Times Travel Magazine
Meg Abbott, Suitcase Magazine

The Judges

All of the categories within the 2017 Travel Media Awards were judged by a panel of travel industry leaders, combined with members of the travel media, providing for a unique assessment of entries, leading to only the very best in class winning a coveted “Media Awards Trophy”.

Award categories were carefully assigned to ensure that media judges only assessed non-conflicting categories.

In total more than 50 judges from some of the leading travel businesses and travel media judged the 2017 awards. Over 25% of travel industry judges were new to the Awards this year, while no judge who took part in the 2016 Awards judged the same category again in 2017.

Adrian Phillips, Managing Director, Bradt Travel Guides
Alan Cross, Head of Trade, Jet2holidays
Alison Holmes, Head of Co-op Travel Consortium, The Midcounties Co-operative
Allan Lambert, Managing Director, Blue Chip Holidays
Andy Hoskins, Editor, The Business Travel Magazine
Beverley Williams-Smith, Head of Travel Trade UK & Inbound, Kew Green Hotels
Brian Young, Managing Director, G Adventures
Claire Hancer, Country Manager UK, Efteling
Colin Wilson, Sales Director, Travelsphere / Just You
Dale Templar, Managing Director, One Tribe TV
Dave Cramp, Head of Sales, Warner Leisure Hotels
David Wickers, Travel Editor, Good House Keeping
Debbie Marshall, Managing Director, Silver Travel Advisor
Emma Tagg, Senior Global PR Manager, Hotels.com
Fiona Harris, Director of International Public Relations, Corinthia Hotels
Francine Sheridan, Regional Director: Europe & Middle East, LA Tourism & Convention Board
Geoff Cowley, Managing Director, Wyndham Vacation Rentals UK
Hannah Summers, Associate Editor, Square Up Media
Jae Hopkins, Marketing Director, Exodus Travels Ltd
James Lewis, Head of Partnerships, Holiday Extras
Jane Atkins, Group Strategy Director, Shearings Leisure Group
Jane Dawkins, Senior Trade Executive UK & Ireland, Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority
Jason Geall, Vice President & General Manager, Northern Europe, American Express
Jo Copestake, UK Sales and Market Development Manager, Air New Zealand
Jo Geneen, Marketing Communications Director, Carlson Wagonlit Travel
Julie Murphy, Country Sales Manager UK & Ireland, All Nippon Airways
Kate Bates, Head of PR, Attraction Tickets Direct

Kash Bhattacharya, Blogger, budgettraveller.org
Kathryn Beadle, Managing Director, Uniworld
Kerry Smith, Editor-in-chief, British Airways’ High Life
Lars Olsson, General Manager UK, Ireland & International, Stena Line
Louise Newton, Group Head of Marketing, Hotelplan UK
Lucia Rowe, Head of A-ROSA UK & Ireland
Lucy Halfhead, Travel Editor, Harpers Bazaar and Town & Country
Michael Edwards, Managing Director: UK, Europe & South Africa, Intrepid Group
Natalie Eales, PR Manager UK & Europe, Sandals
Nick Hughes, Sales and Marketing Director, Attraction World
Nick Wilkinson, General Manager: Northern Europe & MEA, Norwegian Cruise Line
Nigel Thompson, Travel Editor, Daily Mirror
Nim Singh, Media and PR Manager , Destination Canada
Penny Worthy, Sales Manager, Avis Budget UK
Phil Bloomfield, Global Head of Comms and PR, Cheapflights
Phil Nuttall, Managing Director, The Travel Village
Pippa Jacks, Group Editor, TTG Media
Rhiannon Batten, Travel Editor, Olive Magazine
Ruth Hilton, Sales and Business Development Director, Trafalgar
Sandra Moore, Head of Client Development: EMEA, Trip Advisor
Sarah Barnett, Head of Travel PR, Black Diamond
Sarah Marshall, Travel Editor, Press Association
Sarah Tomczak, Deputy Editor, Red
Siobhan Wykes, Executive Editor, Best Magazine
Stephen Bleach, Travel Editor, The Sunday Times
Steve Hartridge, Editor, Selling Travel
Susan Ward-Davies, Travel and Lifestyle Director, Elle
Victoria Kyme, PR Manager, German National Tourist Office
Wendy Kenneally, Director Commercial and Operations, Kuoni

Advisory Panel

The Travel Media Awards Advisory Panel consists of leading travel businesses and specialist travel PR companies, and plays an important role in shaping the awards.

The panel also provides invaluable knowledge and insight into the travel media sector, and to maintaining the Awards as a must enter event for travel writers, broadcasters and photographers.

Debbie Flynn

Debbie Flynn is the founder and CEO of Brighter Group, one of the UK’s leading travel, hospitality and tourism public relations and representation agencies, now in it’s 20th year.

Debbie Hindle
Debbie Hindle is the managing director of Four Travel, the UK’s leading travel marketing and public relations communications agency. She has been listed as one of the top 100 most influential women in leisure and hospitality.
Jill Duffell

Jill Duffell is Senior PR Manager for Thomas Cook, one of the world’s leading holiday companies operating across 15 source markets.

Jonathan Sloan

Jonathan Sloan is the Managing Director of Hills Balfour, a full service representation agency specialising in the tourism industry.

Jules Ugo
Jules Ugo is managing director of Lotus, one of the leading communications agencies in the travel and lifestyle sectors.
Maria Pieri

Maria Pieri is the Editorial Director for APL Media, a specialist travel and lifestyle content media provider, whose titles include the flagship title National Geographic Traveller (UK) and ABTA Magazine.

Rachel O

With more than 20 years’ experience in travel and leisure PR, Rachel has a track record of success working for some of the leading brands in travel.

Our Sponsors

Headline Sponsor

ENIT – Italian National Tourist Board

Trade Media Partner

Mauritius Tourism Promotion Authority

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Consumer Media Partners

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Category Sponsors

Canadian Tourism Commission
Croatian National Tourist Board
Forever Cruises
Kuoni
Malta Tourism Authority
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