The Travel Media Awards 2017 are pleased to announce this year’s winners, following a ceremony held at ME London on Wednesday 18 October.

The event was attended by representatives of the UK’s top travel media, with 19 publications, broadcasters, journalists and photographers each collecting a prestigious award.

Anthony Leyens, CEO of APL Media and co-founder of the Awards, said: “Once again, the Travel Media Awards have been a huge success with a remarkably high standard of entries. Our judges had some difficult decisions to make and we’d like to congratulate all the winners and entrants. With nearly 300 guests attending, we’re proud to say the Awards were a great success and are now an important and well established event in the media calendar.”

The Travel Media Awards 2017 were also thrilled to welcome British chef and TV presenter Rick Stein OBE, who was presented with the Special Contribution Award. A restaurateur and author, Rick has written more than 20 cookery books, an autobiography and made over 30 cookery programmes, including 13 cooking series. In 2016, the BBC aired Rick Stein’s Long Weekends, which saw Rick visit 10 cities in Europe, including Cadiz, Bordeaux, Vienna, Berlin and Copenhagen.

The organisers and advisory panel of the Awards celebrated Rick’s achievements as a “testament to the popularity of his Long Weekends series, and to Stein’s boundless passion as a chef and TV presenter”.

Co-founder of the Travel Media Awards and Travega MD Giles Harper said: “Once again entry levels to the awards have surpassed all expectations and it’s great to see that the travel media sector in its many different guises is in such good health; my thanks to the Italian National Tourist Board for their great support, everyone who entered or attended the awards, our judges, sponsors and the entire Travel Media Awards team for delivering such a memorable event.”

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 –

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 –

National Consumer Feature of the Year
Julia Buckley for ‘Life on the Heel’ in National Geographic Traveller (UK)

Consumer Magazine Section of the Year

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 –

Vlogger of the Year
Alex Hunter – Attaché –

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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Notes for Editors

The Travel Media Awards launched in 2015, celebrating the very best of the travel media sector. The Awards were created in recognition of the hugely influential role that today’s travel media plays in the holiday and business travel decision-making process. Open to all travel writers, broadcasters and photographers, the Awards are a true barometer of the travel media sector.

The Travel Media Awards are owned and operated under a joint venture agreement between Travega and APL Media Limited. Please note, for the purposes of fairness and transparency, no travel titles by APL Media were entered into the Awards. However, individual writers were permitted to submit their own work. A team of nine independent shortlisters narrowed down a final list of five finalists in each category and a panel of 57 travel industry and media experts decided the winners.

APL Media Limited works across the travel and lifestyle sectors in a number of media, from print through to events. APL Media produces the award-winning National Geographic Traveller (UK) magazine, ABTA Magazine, Postcards, ASTANetwork and a series of lifestyle newspaper supplements, apps and websites.

Travega offers a wide range of travel marketing solutions to companies within both the leisure and business travel sectors, including revenue generation for some of the UK’s leading travel industry events, alongside bespoke event creation and third party event management.