Mark Palmer
Claire Irvin
Sophie Griffiths

On the afternoon of 25 January we’ll be gathering – albeit virtually – to celebrate the very best of travel media across 21 award categories.

In addition to these categories, which attracted over 900 entries, we have decided this year to introduce an award recognising Travel Media Champions — individuals who have, since the outbreak of Covid-19, actively championed the cause of the travel industry. Each one was recommended by our Travel Media Awards advisory panel, which is made up of representatives from leading travel businesses and specialist travel PR companies.

The global pandemic has changed so much for so many over the past year, with its massive impact on both the travel industry and also travel media, with the sad loss of some excellent titles. Our three chosen Travel Media Champions have tirelessly and effectively campaigned for a return to travel as safely and quickly as possible, whilst delivering a clear and concise message to their readers.

Daily Mail travel editor Mark Palmer spearheaded the national newspaper’s Get Britain Flying Again campaign, which started in September. The Daily Mail showed support for the travel industry in all its forms throughout the whole year and has retained its travel pages throughout the pandemic. Mark’s weekly letter to readers called for the setting up of travel corridors, airport testing and greater financial help for travel companies.

Claire Irvin, head of travel at The Telegraph, has been extremely supportive of the travel industry and travel agents, in particular when consumer anger was at its height over refunds. Claire has appeared on TV numerous times during the pandemic and the team at The Telegraph have continuously run an extremely informative news blog, sometimes with live updates every hour or more.

TTG editor Sophie Griffiths launched the #savetravel campaign, at a time when many, including leading industry bodies, were struggling to move forward with campaigning for industry support and the lifting of quarantine restrictions. Sophie was also a regular on TV, explaining the complexities of the travel industry and how governmental decisions were affecting business survival and consumer confidence.

Join us at 16.00 on Monday 25 January as we celebrate their contribution to the industry, as well as finding out who the winners of the 21 other Travel Media Awards categories will be.

Don’t miss out — registration is free. Register here now to make sure you’ll be joining us at our fantastic online event.