March 9 – April 8: Deadline extended until April 15.
Suppliers register their interest in being rated by agents for the 17 supplier categories. Agents can enter the agent categories anytime from March 9 onwards.
April 20 – May 23
Travel agents rate suppliers they have worked with recently on a scale of 1-5, and also nominate their favourite On The Road Hero on the same online form.
The top-rated suppliers in each of the 17 supplier categories will be informed of their success, and ONLY these top-rated suppliers (up to 8 in each category) then complete an online submission form.
Deadline for the top-rated suppliers to complete their online submission (fee of £199+VAT). Deadline for individual agents to complete their online submission form (no charge).
TTG journalists review agent entrants and create shortlist.
Shortlists for 17 supplier categories, 8 agent categories and On The Road Hero category announced.
Panels of industry figures meet to review written submissions.
The very top-rated in each of 15 supplier categories will be invited to the TTG office in London to give a presentation to a judging panel, to decide the Travel Company of the Year.
Awards ceremony in London
The TTG Travel Awards are widely regarded as being the toughest in the business to win, while the awards ceremony itself is renowned for breaking the mould. This year, we’ve listened to feedback from finalists and sponsors and made several changes to simplify the awards process, while ensuring a TTG Travel Award remains THE trophy to win in travel.
Eight categories for individual agents: Following the launch of TTG’s Top 50 Travel Agencies in 2016, which recognises agent achievement at a branch and head office level, the eight agent categories at the TTG Travel Awards will focus on searching out the very best individual agents in the UK and Ireland.
Only shortlisted suppliers must complete an online submission: Suppliers who would like to be considered for one of our 17 supplier categories must first register to be rated by agents. The shortlists in each of these 17 categories will be decided by the agent rating alone. The top-rated suppliers (up to eight in each category) will then be invited to submit an online submission that will be assessed by panels of industry figures; the agent rating will make up 50% of the score and judges’ decisions the remaining 50%.
Simplified entry mechanism for suppliers: The online questionnaire that we ask shortlisted suppliers to complete has been streamlined and simplified to make it less time consuming, and more flexible in terms of the kind of evidence and information suppliers can submit. Submitting full financial information will still score highly, but companies that are unable to divulge such figures, or who represent only UK sales instead of global sales, for example, will be able to provide other supporting information instead.
All-new approach for Travel Company of the Year: Instead of suppliers putting themselves forward for Travel Company of the Year, the contenders for this most prestigious award will comprise the single best-rated supplier in each of 15 supplier categories (all except Tourist Board and Supplier Sales Team). These 15 top-rated suppliers will be invited to the TTG office on July 27 or 28 to convince judges that they have had the most stand-out performance in travel in the last 12 months. There will no longer be face-to-face presentations/Q&A sessions in any other category but this one.
This year the TTG Travel Awards will be heading back to the West End theatre for our awards presentation, followed by an after-party like no other just a short walk away at the beautiful Savoy Hotel.
The Lyceum Theatre is a fabulous West End theatre steeped in history, on Wellington Street just between the Strand and Covent Garden. There has been a theatre with this name in the locality since 1765 - the present site, designed by Samuel Beazley, opened on 14 July 1834 and was unique in that it had a balcony overhanging the circle.
Currently home to the West End production of The Lion King the theatre only occasionally hosts other events on the nights when Mufasa, Simba and co are not in residence.
This September will see another chapter in its exciting history when it hosts the travel industry's finest, and the TTG Travel Awards, for a third successive year.
Situated in the heart of the West End, The Savoy is London’s defining luxury hotel. East is the City, West is Mayfair, Knightsbridge and Westminster, while on the doorstep is Covent Garden.
The Savoy’s past has given it a unique complexion of Edwardian and Art Deco styles which endure today, authentically expressed in the hotel’s restored design and decor.
The stars have always loved the hotel, including many early Hollywood greats such as Katharine Hepburn, Clark Gable, Marilyn Monroe and Jane Fonda.