Consumer voting to decide the winners of the 2014 British Travel Awards has now closed and the public has chosen the companies that will receive the accolades!
The story started at the beginning of the year when we invited holiday companies, retailers, UK destinations and visitor attractions to '#BackYourBrand' by applying to be listed and considered for a 2014 British Travel Award. Over 250 enterprises had the confidence to put their names forward and once voting opened on 1 July additions were also made by consumers, who added any favourite companies not listed.
Over 100,000 individual voters cast more than one million votes over the summer, before voting closed on 30 September. During the exciting voting period the 'leaderboard', which showed who was in the lead and how far behind the other nominees were, changed many times, often coinciding with contenders' marketing campaigns, lobbying for votes from their happy customers.
As a thank you for taking the trouble to vote every voter was entered in a prize draw, with the chance to win fantastic holiday prizes worth more than ¬£30,000, including ocean and river cruises and holidays in California, Dubai, Barbados, Dublin, Greece, Egypt, Barcelona, Venice and Rome. During October the lucky winners will be informed!
We won't be able to tell you who has won the 2014 British Travel Awards until the Gala Awards Dinner, being held on 26 November at Battersea Evolution, London. Before that the votes will be double- checked and verified by leading global accountancy practitioners Deloitte and then we'll be working hard on ensuring the Awards night itself is the best yet! A Venetian themed night with optional masks will set the traditional tone of glamour and sophistication, with our master of ceremonies, ensuring proceedings don't get too serious‚Ä¶‚Ä¶ although things could turn a bit sinister at one point! No worries, the usual live music and edgy disco will get everyone up and dancing. With nearly 70% of tables booked already best get a move on if you want to come and haven't got round to it yet. .
Go to http://britishtravelawards.com/awardsnightbookingform.php to book and check out where to sit (you can see who's booked the neighbouring tables)
That just leaves me to remind you that the British Travel Awards are the only travel industry accolade voted for exclusively by the travelling public, and the Awards serve to recognise all that is great about UK travel companies and the British Travel Awards symbol is recognised as the 'Benchmark of Excellence'.
Hope to see you on the 26th!
Lorraine Barnes Burton
CEO - the British Travel Awards
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