About TTG's Top 50
We’re excited to announce our third annual search for the nation’s Top 50 Travel Agencies, once again in association with Kuoni.
Our prestigious hotlist will be decided through a unique combination of rating by suppliers and visits to top-performing stores in every region.
The TTG’s Top 50 Travel Agencies is dedicated entirely to recognising excellence in retailing. The awards comprise 19 different categories, highlighting stand-out stores in 12 different regions, plus 7 nation-wide categories for different kinds of agency business and UK & Ireland’s No.1 Travel Agency 2018.
The TTG Top 50 Travel Agencies will be revealed at a glamorous black-tie ceremony on April 26, 2018 at the cutting-edge Vox at Resorts World Birmingham, with a three-course dinner, top entertainment and plenty of surprises.
Agencies that make it on the exclusive list will be showcased on ttgmedia.com, and provided with logos and window stickers so they can demonstrate to their customers that they are one of the best in the country.
- Store managers and/or agency owners begin the process by registering their store in one of 12 regional categories. Suppliers are also invited to put forward those stores they believe to be the strongest contenders in the various regions.
- A comprehensive panel of around 30 different agent-facing suppliers, who work closely with high street agents and know their businesses, will then rate each store on a scale of 1-5.
- The top five stores in each region will form the shortlist for that region, with the shortlist announced at the end of November.
- A TTG journalist, joined by a supplier partner, will then visit each of the five stores on the shortlist in January/February 2018 for a pre-arranged interview, where they will spend 1-2 hours meeting the team and assessing the store against specific criteria. Guidance on the information to prepare and the questions to expect will be issued in advance.
- Each finalist agency will receive one complimentary ticket to attend the event on 26 April, 2018. Additional tickets can be purchased online. The three top-scoring stores from each category will join the Top 50 list which will be announced on the night. One will also be crowned 'top' in their region.
- Agency owners can begin the process by registering their agency in one or more of the 6 nationwide categories. Suppliers are also invited to put forward those agencies they believe to be the strongest contenders in the various regions.
- A comprehensive panel of agent-facing suppliers, who work closely with agents, will then rate each of these agencies on a scale of 1-5, taking into consideration sales in the last 12 months, business growth, marketing and innovation, and commitment to working together.
- They will also be asked to give anecdotal evidence about how well that agency has performed in the last 12 months, in terms of sales, growth, service, partnership and innovation. Supplier rating will generate a numerical average score out of 5 for each agency.
- The top five agencies in each of these six categories will form the shortlist, which will be announced at the end of November.
- The shortlisted five in each category will then face a Skype/FaceTime/video call with a judging panel to give the judges chance to meet some of the agency's team and find out more. Guidance on the information to prepare and the questions to expect will be issued beforehand.
- Each finalist agency will receive one complimentary ticket to attend the event on 26 April, 2018. Additional tickets can be purchased online. The two top-scoring stores from each category will join the Top 50 list which will be announced on the night. One of these two will also be crowned "top" in their category.
On 26 April, 2018
Here’s what guests can expect on the night:
- 18:00: Drinks reception
- 19:00: Top 50 presentation and dinner
- 23:00: Post awards entertainment – Including band and DJ
- 1:30: After party at the High Line bar
- 3.00: Event closes