Last Year's Sponsors

HEADLINE SPONSOR

Visit Malta

VisitMalta is the national tourism board for Malta and is the main regulator and motivator for the nation’s tourism industry. VisitMalta creates and fosters relationships between tourism stakeholders and seeks to ensure the highest standards and quality of tourism product for visitors, trade and international media. VisitMalta’s mission is to advance economic and social activity of tourism in the national interest by working with all stakeholders to develop a sustainable industry for current and future generations.

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Awards Categories AND OTHER Sponsors

Prize Sponsor

Villa Resorts

The leading Maldivian hotel group, formerly known as Villa Hotels & Resorts, has recently unveiled a next-generation transformation and rebranding of its resorts. The first of the new resort concepts launches in April 2024 when Paradise Island rebrands as Villa Nautica and Sun Island becomes Villa Park. In Q4 2024, Holiday Island will reopen as the group’s luxury flagship, Villa Haven, following a complete remodelling. .

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Photobooth Sponsor

Atout France

Explore France also known as Atout France – France Tourism Development Agency, is responsible for promoting France and the development of the tourism industry, the country's largest economic sector. Atout France's primary mission is to maintain a detailed and permanent system for monitoring and analysing supply and demand in the tourist market. Atout France is also committed to promoting destinations and works with its partners to further tourism in France. Atout France works in partnership with public and private organisations and companies involved in the tourism industry both in France and its relevant markets.

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Broadcast Programme OF THE YEAR Sponsor

Travel Texas

Travel Texas is the tourism promotion body for the U.S. state of Texas. It’s known for culinary delights – from legendary Texas barbecue to authentic craft beer and wine, its breadth of entertainment – and is famous as the live music capital of the world, home to South by Southwest music festival (SXSW). Texas is also the home of the rodeo, and an extensive road trip network. The second largest state in the U.S., Texas has a wealth of tourism attractions and experiences for visitors to enjoy!

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Outstanding Contribution Award

Kuoni

Kuoni has been setting the pace in luxury travel for decades and has a reputation as one of the most trusted brands in travel. With a collection of holidays which spans the globe, the company specialises in creating holidays tailor-made to suit every customer. Best-selling destinations include the Maldives, Sri Lanka, Bali, Thailand, Kenya, South Africa, Italy and Greece. Whilst famous for long-haul, Kuoni has evolved its range of European holidays and always has an eye on innovation. As a Which? Recommended Provider and winner of the Times Best Luxury Travel Company Award, Kuoni remains synonymous with premium holidays.

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TRADE STAFF WRITER OF THE YEAR

Spanish Tourist Office

The Tourism Institute of Spain (TURESPAÑA) is the national institution ascribed to the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Tourism, devoted to promoting Spain as a tourist destination abroad. Turespaña has a worldwide network of 33 Spanish Tourist Offices operating in 47 outbound tourist markets. These offices liaise and collaborate with travel agents, tour operators, media and other tourist stakeholders to support the tourism sector of the 17 autonomous communities of Spain. The Spanish Tourist Office in London plans, monitors, develops and executes actions that offer each UK traveller personalised products and destinations, positioning the Spanish tourism brand as leader in sustainable tourism.

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Specialist Travel Writer of the Year

Meet Boston

Meet Boston is the official sales, marketing and visitor services organisation charged with the development of meetings, conventions and tourism-related business in the region. Boston is the gateway to England and the Meet Boston mission is to elevate Boston’s vibrant neighbourhoods and diverse people, amplifying their stories and sharing them locally and across the globe. Meet Boston delivers exciting and inclusive programs and services that drive the local economy by unifying an eclectic range of community stakeholders around the opportunities, experiences and energy that define the destination and enhance the visitor economy.

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BLOGGER OF THE YEAR

Heaven Publicity

Heaven Publicity is a forward-thinking, energetic team of PR, marketing and digital specialists whose appetite for travel, creative flair and proven commercial acumen pack a powerful, results-driven punch. With a company-wide love of the great outdoors, they can often be found skiing, snowboarding, sailing, hiking, biking, cycling, surfing, SUP, coasteering, camping…! The team are passionate about working closely with their clients to find that exciting hook, that – ultimately – leads to incredible coverage. They still get that buzz of seeing the companies they work with in print, online, or on social media.

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Sustainability Writer of the Year

Tourism Australia

Tourism Australia is the Australian Government agency responsible for attracting international visitors to Australia, both for leisure and business events. The organisation is active in 15 key markets and activities include advertising, PR and media programmes, trade shows and industry programmes, consumer promotions, online communications and consumer research. Our vision is to make Australia the most desirable and memorable destination on earth.

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Travel Writer of the Year

Visit San Antonio

In the heart of Texas, rooted on the banks of a spring-fed river, Latino, Western, and European cultures mingle to form a city unlike any other – San Antonio. Walk amidst UNESCO World Heritage missions; explore the River Walk with its sidewalk cafes, theatres and shops; savour flavourful cuisines recognised as UNESCO City of Gastronomy and join celebrations thrown at the drop of a sombrero. Whether it’s a romantic getaway into the heart of a centuries-old city, a cultural exploration or a family excursion, visitors will find that history is made every day in real and true San Antonio.

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Exclusive of the Year

Expedia Group

Expedia Group is a global online travel agency group that powers travel for everyone, everywhere. In the UK, the Expedia Group family of brands includes Expedia, Hotels.com and Vrbo. Driven by the core belief that travel is a force for good, we help people experience the world in new ways and build lasting connections. We provide industry-leading technology solutions to fuel partner growth and success, while facilitating memorable experiences for travellers.

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Media Rising Star of the Year

World Nomads

World Nomads, part of the nib Group, is a fast-growing, global travel insurance company providing specialised travel insurance for adventurous and independent travellers from more than 100 countries. Its online products focus on what’s important to travellers: cover for emergency medical and evacuation costs, baggage, trip cancellation, trip delay and trip interruption costs. They cover for more than 200 adventure sports and activities, tech and gear. Policies are underwritten by a suite of specialist travel insurers that provide 24/7 emergency assistance, customer service and claims support, making them a top choice for world leading adventure, independent and youth travel brands.

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Influencer Rising Star of the Year

True Traveller Insurance

When travelling overseas, the one thing you should never skimp on is your travel insurance cover, as should things go wrong you want the very best cover for you and your possessions. True Traveller provides travel insurance designed by travellers for holidaymakers, adventure travellers and backpackers. You can take out cover online in minutes, wherever you are, and whether you are looking for single trip, annual multi trip or gap year cover, including up to 92 activities covered as standard. Rated five-star by TrustPilot.

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Travel Magazine of the Year

Gran Canaria Tourism

This beautiful island is known as a ‘Miniature Continent’ and well worth exploring. Take a beach holiday to the south of the island and soak up the Canarian sun at the Maspalomas dunes. Spend few days in the capital, Las Palmas de GC, a city with an interesting heritage, charming old quarter, combined with fabulous gastronomy. Those wanting a more authentic experience on this volcanic isle, should head north, where they can enjoy scenic walks and plenty of stargazing.

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Consumer Staff Writer of the Year

Hyatt Hotels Corporation

Hyatt Hotels Corporation, headquartered in Chicago, is a leading global hospitality company guided by its purpose – to care for people so they can be their best. Hyatt’s loyalty programme, World of Hyatt currently stands at 34 million members, and as of September 2022, Hyatt’s portfolio included more than 1,200 hotel and all-inclusive properties in 72 countries across six continents. Across EMEA, Hyatt has 205 properties spanning 45,780 rooms, and the UK is a Top 3 European market for Hyatt with 13 hotels, and more in the pipeline. Hyatt’s portfolio consists of four distinct brand collections, Independent, Inclusive, Boundless and Timeless, to cater to all types of travellers and its brand offerings include Park Hyatt®, Miraval®, Alila®, Andaz®, The Unbound Collection by Hyatt®, Hyatt Regency®, Thompson Hotels®, Dreams®, Secrets®, Alua® and Hyatt Place®, amongst others.

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CONSUMER MAGAZINE TRAVEL SECTION OF THE YEAR

Princess Cruises

Princess Cruises is the world’s leading international premium cruise line and tour company operating a fleet of 16 modern cruise ships, carrying millions of guests each year to 330 destinations around the globe, including the Caribbean, Alaska, Panama Canal, Mexican Riviera, Europe, South America, Australia/New Zealand, the South Pacific, Hawaii, Asia, Canada/New England, Antarctica, and World Cruises. In 2017 Princess Cruises, with parent company Carnival Corporation, introduced MedallionClass Holidays enabled by the Medallion device, the travel industry’s most advanced wearable device, provided free to each guest sailing on a MedallionClass ship. The award-winning innovation offers the fastest way to an effortless personalised holiday, giving guests more time to do the things they love most.

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FREELANCE WRITER OF THE YEAR SPONSOR

Switzerland Tourism

Switzerland Tourism’s main function is the promotion of Switzerland as a holiday, travel and conference destination. Founded in 1917, Switzerland Tourism is the country’s official national tourist office and specialises in the implementation of demand-stimulating and creative marketing and PR campaigns across a wide range of channels and platforms. Based in Zurich, Switzerland Tourism is present in 22 markets worldwide, employing around 240 people. Its office for the UK & Ireland is located in Holborn, London. Visit the website to discover more about the various activities in, and information about Switzerland.

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National Newspaper Travel Section of the Year SPONSOR

Tourism Western Australia

Western Australia is big, beautiful and billions of years old. Around the size of Western Europe, it accounts for one-third of the Australian continent with 20,000 kilometres of mainland and island coastline, and a host of natural wonders found nowhere else on Earth. With more than 3,000 hours of sunshine per year, Perth is Australia’s sunniest capital city and the Aboriginal history in the state dates back more than 50,000 years – making it one of the world’s oldest living cultures. Incredible experiences await in every region and the varied climate – Mediterranean conditions in the south through to the northern tropics – means you’ll always find summer somewhere in WA.

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Welcome Drinks Reception SPONSOR

Hong Kong Tourism Board

The Hong Kong Tourism Board (HKTB) is a government-subvented body. Operating 15 offices around the world and representative offices in seven different markets, its primary mission is to maximise the social and economic contribution that tourism makes to the community of Hong Kong and to consolidate the city’s position as a world-class destination. The HKTB works closely with the government, travel industry and other partners to promote Hong Kong worldwide, widen the range of tourism products Hong Kong offers, elevate service standards, and enhance the visitor experience. 

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