Welcome to the British Travel Awards website - home of the largest arbiter of travel industry performance and customer satisfaction. The British Travel Awards is uniquely positioned to offer you an insight into the companies and attractions that have received their customers' vote of confidence. Unlike most travel awards - where a panel of judges or industry pundits have influence over the final results - British Travel Award winners have received their accolades by simply garnering more consumer votes than their competitors.
During Spring 2013 travel companies registered to be included on the voting forms for the 2013 British Travel Awards. On 1 July consumer voting commenced in earnest with voters going online to vote for the companies that they felt deserved to be awarded a coveted British Travel Award, the true symbol of consumer confidence. It's worth noting that even companies that hadn't registered themselves could be voted for if the consumer felt an exceptional company had been omitted.
In all there were 72 Award categories spanning all types of holiday experience, including the best holiday companies by type and destination; the best hotels, of all sizes, global and here in the UK; the best cruise companies and even awards for those essential holiday services, such as, best airport parking or best foreign exchange.
When voting closed on 30th September 1,268,458 votes and opinions were registered across the categories and in our unique TravelVision survey - and we believe some credit can go to our NEW for 2013 media partner, the Trinity Mirror Group, for helping us achieve this record number. Trinity Mirror promoted the ethos of the British Travel Awards and encouraged voting across their portfolio of publications including five national newspapers, the Daily Mirror, Sunday Mirror, Sunday People, Daily Record and Sunday Mail, both in print and online and also across their major regional titles. The reach of the publications was huge and not just concentrated in the South of England â€“ we can truly say votes came in from all parts of Great Britain.
When voting closed, to ensure absolute integrity, the voting process and results were independently reviewed by Deloitte as scrutineers. Deloitte is the largest global accountancy practice. We then announced the WINNERS!
The companies that you the consumer thought were the best in the business were announced at a glittering Gala Awards Night held in London on 31 October 2013. Click here to view the results. The British Travel Awards give you the chance to reward the companies that deliver the best; your votes and opinions really do count so it just leaves me to say thank you to everyone who took the trouble to vote.
We will announce the details of the 2014 British Travel Awards programme early in the New Year.
Lorraine Barnes Burton
CEO, British Travel Awards