Between July and September 2015 a staggering quarter of a million people cast in excess of one million votes to determine this years winners – making the BTAs the largest consumer voted awards programme across any industry, not just travel.
Dominating the trophy collections this year were Saga Holidays, in the large tour operator category taking sixteen awards and sister company Titan in the medium category, winning an impressive fifteen trophies, out of the total 158 awards. Topping the small tour operator category was Birmingham company, independent specialist Skanda Holidays, collecting five awards.
Saga Holidays’ awards included Best All Inclusive Holiday Company, Best Singles Holiday Company, Best Special Interest Holiday Company and Best Escorted Adventure Holiday company, plus three cruise awards. Titan’s wins included many of the destination categories such as Best to Central & South America and Best to Southeast Asia. Skanda also did well on the specialist destination awards, winning all five awards they were shortlisted for.
The huge growth sector of cruising saw fiercely fought battles for the accolades; of special mention is Viking River Cruising, taking the Best River Cruise Line for the seventh year running. P & O won Best Large Ship Cruise Line, Best New Cruise Ship and Best Family Cruise Line with Cunard winning Best Luxury Cruise Line. Still on the water but in the ferry categories, P & O Ferries took Best Ferry Booking Website and Best English Channel Operator.
In the hotels’ sector Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts, Radisson Blu, Jury’s Inn Hotel Group, Sofitel, Marriott, Best Western GB and Premier Inn all received ‘Best’ trophies.
Opodo was voted Best Flight Booking Website and Travelzoo won Best Travel Deals Provider.
The UK regions and attractions are always very competitive and once again Cornwall came up trumps with its Eden Project holding on to the trophy for Best UK Leisure Attraction; Cornwall received Best UK Holiday County again but it was a first for North Cornwall’s Bude, which took Best UK Coastal Resort. It was also a first time win for Giant’s Causeway in Northern Ireland, voted the Best UK Heritage Attraction.
Another first time award went to FAIRFX winning the Best Foreign Exchange / travel Money Retailer, whilst Post Office Money took Best Travel Insurance Provider. APH (Airport Parking & Hotel) was voted Best Airport Parking Company.
New this year was the Special Recognition Award, not voted for by the public but by the BTA judging panel, comprising travel industry experts. The award was presented by Deloitte LLP’s Graham Pickett and went to a man who has been a great defender and supporter of the travel industry, the CAA‘s head of consumer protection, Richard Jackson.
Also not voted for on the voting form are the highly valued Feefo and BTA Awards for Excellence in Customer Service, with winners determined by customer feedback to Feefo; this year awarded to the aptly named Helpful Holidays and also Trafalgar, with the Homeworker Award going to Freddie Skelton of the Kwik Travel Group.
BTA chief executive Lorraine Barnes Burton said: “Companies walking away with a 2015 British Travel Award can be justifiably proud of their achievement. And, consumers planning their next holiday can buy with confidence from companies displaying the BTA logo because their most fastidious critics have elected to vote for them.
“The British Travel Awards are the only travel industry accolade voted for exclusively by the travelling public. The Awards serve to recognise all that is great about travel companies who provide holidays to discerning customers with a voting process that is transparent, robust and supported by the verification systems of Deloitte LLP. The winning companies and the voting public can be sure that the British Travel Awards symbol is recognised as the ‘Benchmark of Excellence’.”
In total one hundred and fifty eight trophy winners were announced at the British Travel Awards 2015 – a full list of winners, including those receiving certificates for silver and bronze positions can be found at
Photographs can be downloaded from 26th November at
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NOTES TO EDITORS
The British Travel Awards is the largest awards programme in the UK created to reward the best companies in travel. The British Travel Awards are easily the most recognisable of all travel industry accolades amongst consumer and industry professionals alike with categories spanning all types of holiday experience - transport, destination, cruise, customer service, holiday extras, and accommodation. The British Travel Awards symbol is the benchmark for excellence when it comes to finding out who really is the best in the business.
The British Travel Awards are funded by the registration fees and patronage of sponsors who have identified the ROI from increased brand visibility and sales opportunities as the consumer and trade audience grows exponentially year-on-year.