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Tour Operator Awards (Holiday Companies)

Tour Operators

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

Tour Operators to Europe

A15 : Best Safari, Wildlife & Nature Holidays Company

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

Tour Operators to The Americas

A21 : Best Holiday Company to Hellenic Europe

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

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

Tour Operators to Africa and The Middle East

A25 : Best Holiday Company to Central & South America

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

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

Tour Operators to Asia and Australasia

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

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