Say hello to the brands sponsoring the 2021 Travel Media Awards – here to tell you why they think it’s important to be involved.

Flavio Zappacosta, Head of UK & Ireland, Italian National Tourist Board – headline sponsor

“The Italian National Tourist Board is proud to sponsor the Travel Media Awards this year. Following another tough year for the travel industry, it’s wonderful to be able to show our support and celebrate the talented writers, influencers, photographers and publications that have continued to inspire travel through these difficult times. The Travel Media Awards is the perfect opportunity to not only thank the media for all their hard work, but a chance to reunite and look ahead as travel is on its way to recovery.”

Jo Bowdery, Senior Communications Manager, easyJet Holidays – consumer media partner

“We first talked about easyJet holidays getting involved in the Travel Media Awards back in 2019. We were just about to launch our brand new holidays business, so while we’ve always loved the event and what it stands for, back then it was just too soon. Fast forward to now, and after an incredibly challenging time for our whole industry, it feels even more important to come together to celebrate some incredible achievements. We’re very proud to sponsor and be part of this event to say thank you and show our support after all the support we’ve been shown.”

Matt Parker, CEO, Babble – trade media partner

“We’re delighted to be sponsoring this year’s Travel Media Awards and playing our part in recognising industry excellence. There is no doubt that 2021 was incredibly challenging for all those involved in the industry, but there are exciting times ahead. Over the last 12 months we’ve worked with major travel industry players to transform their businesses, utilising the best technology to ensure they’re well placed to thrive in 2022, and not just survive.”

Katie Crowe, Director of Communication, battleface – category sponsor

“battleface was one of the few companies who were able to facilitate travel during the pandemic by helping millions of travellers get the necessary travel insurance cover for both essential and non essential travel.  We have worked tirelessly behind the scenes on nurturing relations with key travel media in a somewhat challenging environment.  We are thrilled to support these prestigious awards and get the chance to finally meet key members of the press in person. Enjoy the night!”

Steven Reynolds, Senior Vice President, Discover Qatar – category sponsor

“Discover Qatar is proud to support and celebrate the work of the Travel Media over the last year.  In an unprecedented year, where travel has been so heavily impacted by the COVID pandemic, the work of writers, journalists and bloggers has been an important source of inspiration, education and awareness in an ever-changing travel landscape, keeping people engaged, informed and inspired to travel again as soon as travel restrictions eased.  For an emerging destination, like Qatar, the work of travel writers, and their commitment to bringing new and interesting destinations to the travelling public, is also invaluable.”

Julia Kemp, CEO, The Electric Car Organisation – category sponsor

“The Electric Car Organisation are proud to sponsor and support The Travel Media Awards. The awards are a fantastic showcase of the great work travel journalists, publications and photographers bring to us everyday. As well as delivering the inspiration of global travel but also in expressing key concerns to help us understand more sustainable changes that are needed to save our planet and protect our travel destinations. We look forward to being a part of the awards and meeting everyone on the evening.”

Dawn Page, Director, UK and Northern Europe, Hong Kong Tourism Board – category sponsor

“Travel opens our minds to new cultures and experiences and especially over the past year, travel media has played a pivotal role in providing us with an escape – transporting readers and viewers to the far corners of the world during a time when travel has been restricted. We are absolutely delighted to sponsor the Travel Media Awards and celebrate the best work from the industry.”

Rupert Graves, Co-founder, Katalyst Laboratories – category sponsor

“It is a pleasure and a privilege to be part of the Travel Media Awards for the first time this year. The TMAs is a great opportunity for the travel industry to say thank you to those talented writers, photographers and designers that encourage people to discover new places and experiences. We look forward to seeing everyone there.”

Rachel O’Reilly, Director of Communications, Kuoni – category sponsor

“At a time of huge change, the travel media has stepped up like never before to help advise, inform and inspire readers, viewers and listeners. It’s a pleasure and a privilege to be involved in the Travel Media Awards again, without doubt one of the best networking events of the year. Bringing stories to life through quality writing, design and photography creates reasons to travel and these awards have become a celebration of creativity and influence.”

Dhaval Patel, Co-founder and Director of Universal Partners FX – category sponsor

“We are proud to sponsor The Travel Media Awards, as the role that media plays in tourism deserves great recognition. Bringing to life the experience of travel through images and words is a key component to creating demand, particularly for up-and-coming destinations. That this demand helps sustains businesses and nations whilst also creating wonderful experiences for people is why this industry is so close to our hearts. We work closely with travel businesses in the capacity of foreign exchange, but through these relationships we know that the writers, photographers and journalists that inspire people to travel are greatly appreciated for the work they do.”

Wendy Atkin-Smith, Managing Director of Viking UK – category sponsor

“Viking offers an alternative to mainstream cruises with culturally enriching, destination-focused river, ocean and expedition voyages for travellers curious about the world, its rich culture and varied history.  We are passionate about connecting different cultures and making the world a better place through travel.  The travel experience is not about bricks and mortar – or any kind of hardware – it is all about the people we meet – the human connection.  Brought into sharp focus particularly at the moment, journalists play a vital role in bringing these experiences to life and inspiring others to travel – as well as giving them the confidence to do so.  We are proud to sponsor the Travel Media Awards which recognise the contribution and achievements of the best travel writers in the UK.”

Mark Mitchell – Head of Commercial, Your Coop Travel – category sponsor

“Your Coop Travel are proud to be sponsoring the Travel Media Awards this year. Your Coop Travel are more than a travel agent. We do just three things with our profit: we reinvest, provide our members with dividends and give back to the community. The awards recognise the fantastic work of journalists, photographers and key media publications who help to inspire travel through their words and images. We are very excited to participate in the event and the chance to celebrate the achievements and excellence of those within the industry.”

Adam Brown, Global Head of CRM, Flight Centre – category sponsor

“At Flight Centre our purpose is to ‘open up the world for those who want to see’ and we really appreciate the role the travel media plays in creating that desire to travel; something that is even more important now, after the last 18 months the industry has faced. Our passionate Travel Experts like nothing better than taking a wish list and bringing it to life for our customers with a tailored itinerary to suit their needs perfectly. For many, inspiration starts with a trusted travel guide that stays with them the whole trip. We’re delighted to recognise the excellence of these resources and proud to sponsor the Travel Media Awards 2021.

Erin Johnson, Marketing Director, Citalia – welcome reception sponsor

“The past eighteen months has seen travel at the front of the news agenda and travel press have been at the forefront of breaking news and advising consumers.  The Travel Media Awards honours and reflects the best journalism in the sector and Citalia is delighted to support and sponsor this flagship event.”