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Tour Operator Awards

Tour Operators

Holiday companies offering land based arrangements

With the holiday market dominated by a few highly visible brands we operate a grading system across the best holiday company award categories, based upon the number of passengers carried. This enables smaller companies/brands the opportunity to be recognised and rewarded by their customers.

  • Large
    • More than 80,000 pax per year
  • Medium
    • 10,000 to 80,000 pax per year
  • Small
    • Less than 10,000 pax per year

Definition - Tour Operators

A holiday company (tour operator) 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 Retailers and Holiday Booking Companies 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.

Tour Operators by Holiday Type

    A01 : Best Family Holiday Company

  • Holidays that includes facilities and entertainment programmes for children

    A02 : Best Luxury Holiday Company

  • Holidays featuring upscale to luxury accommodation (see International Hotel Brand Awards) - generally 5 star and above, scheduled flights, private transfers etc.

    A03 : Best All-Inclusive Holiday Company

  • Holidays that - along with flights, transfers and accommodation - include a minimum of three meals daily, beverages, most alcoholic drinks, gratuities plus a range of sports, activities and entertainment within the holiday price.

    A04 : Best Singles Holiday Company

    A05 : Best LGBT Holiday Company

    A06 : Best Weddings & Honeymoons Holiday Company

    A07 : Best Special Interest Holiday Company

    A08 : Best Activity/Sports Holiday Company

  • Guest participation holidays: cycling, diving, golf, riding, sailing, sports trekking etc.

    A09 : Best Ski & Winter Sports Holiday Company

    A10 : Best Escorted Tours Holiday Company

    A11 : Best Escorted Adventure Holidays Company

  • "Off the beaten track" holidays to remote or extreme locations accompanied by professional guides.

    A12 : Best Coach Holidays Company

  • Coach operators specialising in UK tours should also consider entering the UK/Domestic holidays sector

    A13 : Best Rail Holidays Company

    A14 : Best Camping & Mobile Holidays Company

    A15 : Best Safari, Wildlife & Nature Holidays Company

Tour Operators to Europe

    A16 : Best Holiday Company to Western Europe

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

    A17 : Best Holiday Company to Central & Northern Europe

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

    A18 : Best Holiday Company to East & Southeast Europe

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

    A19 : Best Holiday Company to the Iberian Peninsula & Islands

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

    A20 : Best Holiday Company to the Italian Peninsula & Malta

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

    A21 : Best Holiday Company to Hellenic Europe

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

Tour Operators to The Americas

    A22 : Best Holiday Company to the USA

    A23 : Best Holiday Company to Canada

    A24 : Best Holiday Company to the Caribbean & Bermuda

  • Example destinations: Antigua, Bahamas, Barbados, Cuba, Grenada, Jamaica, St Lucia

    A25 : Best Holiday Company to Central & South America

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

Tour Operators to Africa, The Middle East, Asia and Australasia

    A26 : Best Holiday Company to Africa

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

    A27 : Best Holiday Company to the Middle East

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

    A28 : Best Holiday Company to Australasia

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

    A29 : Best Holiday Company to Southern Asia

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

    A31 : Best Holiday Company to East & Central Asia

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

    A32 : Best Holiday Company to the Indian Ocean

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

Click here to apply for award(s) category listing. The nomination fee is £150 plus VAT per brand/per category