The TTG Luxury Travel Awards are back! The luxury sector’s prestigious awards are now open for entries in a range of categories
The UK luxury travel sector’s most prestigious awards are back for the third year, with 14 categories up for grabs, allowing a wide range of opportunities for companies to enter and win.
The winners will be announced on 28 February 2020 at Rosewood London during a popular event that includes a champagne and canapes welcome reception, seated lunch, awards ceremony and entertainment.
This year there will be five categories for agents and luxury travel retail businesses to enter, now including one aimed at identifying the industry’s best homeworking agency.
Luxury Homeworking Business of the Year is designed to recognise brilliant luxury businesses built on running a successful network of home-based, or remote-located travel designers supported from a head office framework.
Back for its second year will be an award designed to recognise the brightest new star in luxury travel sales. Best New Luxury Travel Designer (previously Star of Tomorrow) will be seeking someone fresh in the sector, with two years’ or less experience in the role they are entering under.
Luxury Travel Retail Business of the Year, Luxury Travel Agency of the Year (sole store) and Luxury Travel Designer of the Year (individual) complete the agent categories.
The winner of Luxury Travel Agency of the Year 2019 Tricia Conroy-Smith of Off Broadway Travel said: “Winning the award has given the team more confidence, and we now shout from the rooftops that we are a luxury agency. Our clients love to see we are award-winning and we have had more referrals this year. We’re over the moon that we entered – our category was filled with incredibly stiff competition. All I can say to other agents is – enter!”
The awards also give a host of luxury travel suppliers the chance to win recognition from the luxury agent community, with a hand-picked roster of agents rating the shortlisted finalists in order to decide the overall winner in each supplier category.
The supplier categories are:
Suppliers nominate themselves for the categories (except Contribution to Luxury) and this year, the community of agents who rate will be refreshed to include entrants in the Luxury category of TTG’s Top 50, all past TTG Luxury Travel Awards agent finalists and Luxpo attendees, so suppliers know that the very best and experienced agents are rating companies they feel really stand out.
For the Best New Luxury Hotel of the Year category, contenders enter themselves and are then rated and selected by a panel of renowned travel and lifestyle journalists and editors, who use their wealth of experience to narrow down the finalists.
Contribution to Luxury is a coveted award given to a person deemed to have made a very significant impact in the sector, with the individual picked from a wide range of business types globally. The decision is made by the editorial team at TTG Luxury with past respected recipients already including Matthew Upchurch, chief executive of Virtuoso (2019) and Justin Wateridge, managing director of Steppes (2018).
April Hutchinson, editor of TTG Luxury, said: “It gives me enormous pleasure to kick off our next awards. We first announced this initiative back in 2017 and I'm thrilled with the overwhelmingly positive response we have had from the industry ever since – whether a finalist, winner, sponsor, or attendee on the day. Our experience in the sector continues to allow us to lead the way with events and initiatives and, importantly, to help bring this brilliant industry together.”
“Hosting the event at one of London's finest hotels and partnering with Rosewood is another huge bonus of this event – and we make it a Friday lunchtime in February so that peers and colleagues in the business can emerge from the hectic Peaks season to catch up with each other in a beautiful, relaxed environment.”
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