The Travel Media Awards recognise the importance of an impartial judging process for all 21 award categories.

The judging process

The Travel Media Awards has an obligation to everyone who enters to ensure that the judging process is independent, fair and transparent. Judging is undertaken against a proven scoring system, with strict entry criteria for each of the 21 award categories. Entry criteria are available to view on the awards website here.

Each category is judged by a panel of three, comprised of two leading travel industry personnel alongside an established travel editor or writer. In total, 62 judges from leading travel businesses and travel media judged the 2023 awards.

As part of our ongoing judging policy, any repeat judges were not allocated the same award category that they assessed in 2022; equally we undertake to ensure that a minimum of 25% (a figure often exceeded) of all judges for the 2023 awards were first time judges, allowing for entries to be reviewed from a fresh perspective. Media judges are only allocated non-conflicting categories.

In categories where very high entry levels necessitate first stage shortlisting we utilise the services of totally impartial non-travel editors, sub-editors and writers. The shortlist of finalists is then provided to the category judging panel to decide on the award winner.

Byanne Akbor

Head of Marketing


Lisa Balsom

Director of Sales and Marketing


Jo Checkley



Melanie Cook

PR & Marketing Manager

Visit Norwich

Natalie Eales

Head of PR

Unique Vacations UK

Beverley Fearis


The Business Travel Magazine

Anna Gilmour

Sales and Marketing Director

Magic Breaks

Georgina Hancock

Marketing Director

Discover The World

Joel Henry

Marketing & Business Development Manager

Antigua & Barbuda Tourist Board

Chris Hunt


BASE Magazine

Rachel Jelley

Marketing Manager

Isleworth Travel

Cat Jordan

Communications Director


Helena Lee

Features Director

Harper's Bazaar

Ian Benjafield

Head of Communications

Ambassador Cruise Line

Alex Mead


Food and Travel Magazine

Julie Murphy

Country Sales Manager UK & Ireland

All Nippon Airways

Feeroza Patel

Director of Communications

London and Partners

Ashley Proudfoot

PR Manager

Visit Jersey

Peter Shanks

Managing Director UK & Ireland


Denise Spiegel

VP Communications

Visit Orlando

Tolene van der Merwe

Director UK & Ireland

Visit Malta

José Aragão

Product Manager

Turismo de Portugal

Chloe Berman

Head of PR & Comms/EMEA

Intrepid Travel

David Child

Brand & PR Director Europe

Thomas Cook

Kelly Cookes

Chief Commercial Officer

Advantage Travel Partnership

Karen Edwards

Sustainability Editor


Louise Ferrall

Senior PR Manager

Visit England

Ed Grenby

Freelance Writer/Travel Editor

Radio Times

Jeanette Harper

Sen Dir Int Tvl & Partnerships

Avis Budget Group

Erin Hickey

PR Manager

Visit Scotland

Kasper Iverson

PR & Press Manager

Visit Denmark

Erin Johnson

Marketing Director

Sovereign & Citalia

Emma Justice

Deputy Editor and Travel Expert

Good Housekeeping

Laura Lindsay

Director, Consumer Comms & PR


Hannah Marshall

Marketing Manager

CV Villas

Alicia Miller

Freelance Travel Writer/Tvl Ed Woman & Home

Woman & Home Magazine

Karen Musgrave

Head of PR & Communications

Barrhead Travel

Adrian Phillips

Managing Director

Bradt Guides

Claire Ross

Sustainability Director

DER Touristik

Jessica Sharpe

Global Sales Director

CAP Worldwide

Amanda Statham

Travel Editor

Women's Health

Sarah Wilson

Global VP Comms, Commercial - PME


Sam Ballard

Managing Director

Waterfront Publishing

Emilia Berni

Head of Marketing

Olympic Holidays

Simon Clark

PR & Travel Media Manager

Visit Isle of Wight

Jason Dunderdale

Global Head of Agency & Indirect Sales


Jane Egginton

Editorial Director

Eat, Drink Travel Ltd

Katie Flynn

Head of Comms/Customer Experience

Lux Tripper

Tim Gunstone

Managing Director


Steve Hartridge

Editorial Director

Selling Travel

Andy Hoskins

Editor in Chief

Business Travel News Europe

Rosanna Ivkovic

PR & Comms Manager

Star Clippers

Uwern Jong

Editor in Chief

Out There Magazine

Michael Keating


Ink Global

Tess Longfield

Head of Comms / UK Sustainability


Linsey McNeil

Co Editor

Travel Gossip

James Mundy

PR & Partnerships Manager

Inside Japan

Ali Nicholls

Head of Partnerships

Charitable Travel

David Powell

Managing Editor

Your Holiday and Cruise Magazine

Arianna Scott

Senior Marketing Manager

City Experiences

Eleni Skarveli



Nikki Stimson

Head of PR & Communications


 Hollie Youlden

UK Marketing Manager



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