2018 Tour Operators to Destinations Awards

Tour Operator - Definition

A tour operator (holiday company) buys - or owns in some cases - a high volume of travel components across carriers, accommodation and services. These components are then assembled into packages for purchase by the consumer, all for one price. The packages are sold via travel agents (independent or owned) or through the phone and internet. Niche tour operators may specialise in destinations, activities and experiences or a combination thereof.


Entry criteria


Open to companies and brands that:

  • Offer land based package holidays (Cruise holiday operators should enter the Cruise Lines sector, retailers should enter the Travel Agencies and Holiday Planning sector).
  • Have valid ATOL protection and display on the CAA website authorised passengers for the year of the licence holder's current licence.
  • OR, provide customer protection in the event of company failure via a recognised bonding or insurance scheme.

A16 - Best Tour Operator to Western Europe

Example destinations: Belgium, France, Netherlands, Republic of Ireland

A17 - Best Tour Operator to Central & Northern Europe

Example destinations: Austria, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Iceland, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland

A18 - Best Tour Operator to East & Southeast Europe

Example destinations: Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Northern Cyprus, Poland, Romania, Russia, Turkey

A19 - Best Tour Operator to the Iberian Peninsula & Islands

Example destinations: Azores, Balearic Islands, Canary Islands, Gibraltar, Madeira, Portugal, Spain

A20 - Best Tour Operator to the Italian Peninsula & Malta

Example destinations: Corsica, Italy, Malta, Sardinia, Sicily

A21 - Best Tour Operator to Hellenic Europe

Example destinations: Corfu, Crete, Cyprus, Greece, Greek Islands

A22 - Best Tour Operator to the USA

A23 - Best Tour Operator to the Canada

A24 - Best Tour Operator to the Caribbean & Bermuda

Example destinations: Antigua, Bahamas, Barbados, Bermuda, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Grenada, Jamaica, St Lucia

A25 - Best Tour Operator to Central & South America

Example destinations: Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Ecuador, Galapagos, Mexico, Peru, Venezuela

A26 - Best Tour Operator to Africa

Example destinations: Botswana, Egypt, Kenya, Namibia, South Africa, Tanzania, Zambia

A27 - Best Tour Operator to the Middle East

Example destinations: Iran, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon. Oman, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates

A28 - Best Tour Operator to Australasia

Example destinations: Australia, Fiji, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Tonga

A29 - Best Tour Operator to Southern Asia

Example destinations: Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan

A30 - Best Tour Operator to Southeast Asia

Example destinations: Cambodia, Indonesian, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam

A31 - Best Tour Operator to East & Central Asia

Example destinations: China, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, Mongolia, Tibet

A32 - Best Tour Operator to the Indian Ocean

Example destinations: Madagascar, Maldives, Mauritius, Seychelles, Ski Lanka, Zanzibar

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