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Reader Awards: voting open

We value our readers and their opinions, and these inaugural awards are the ideal platform for them to air their views

Voting open National Geographic Traveller Reader Awards 2015, in association with Qatar Tourism Authority

LONDON (23 June) — The voting is now open for the inaugural National Geographic Traveller Reader Awards 2015, in association with Qatar Tourism Authority. Readers of one of the UK’s best-loved travel magazines will be able to vote for their favourite destination, airline, tour operator and more, with the results announced during a ceremony in London this November and in the Jan/Feb issue of National Geographic Traveller (UK).

Pat Riddell, editor of National Geographic Traveller (UK), said: “We value our readers and their opinions, and these inaugural awards are the ideal platform for them to air their views, have their say and let us know what they relish about travel the most. We’re excited to see the results and look forward to celebrating with the category winners later this year.”

Rashed Al-Qurese, chief marketing and promotions officer for Qatar Tourism Authority, said: “We’re delighted to be the headline sponsor of the National Geographic Traveller Reader Awards 2015. National Geographic Traveller is a highly reputable brand in the industry and we’re thrilled Qatar Tourism Authority will be supporting these awards. This is the start of a strong alliance with Qatar, given the sophisticated target market of the audience.”

Those who enter will be automatically entered into a prize draw. Prizes include a seven-night escape to Morocco, courtesy of Rickshaw Travel; a week’s winter luxury trip to France, courtesy of AliKats Mountain Holidays; and a long weekend in the UK, courtesy of Natural Retreats. Twenty National Geographic Traveller (UK) subscriptions are also up for grabs, as well as four Amazon Kindles.

Readers can vote for their favourite in the following categories:

• Short-haul country
• Long-haul country
• Short-haul city
• Long-haul city
• Short-haul airline
• Long-haul airline
• Overseas hotel group
• UK hotel group
• Overseas attraction
• UK attraction
• Tour operator
• Travel TV programme
• Travel book
• Travel website/app
• Green tourism

Entries for the Reader Awards close on 30 September.

Sponsors of the National Geographic Traveller Reader Awards 2015 are:

Qatar Tourism Authority

Qatar Tourism Authority (QTA) works with stakeholders to promote the development of a sustainable and mature tourism sector, positioning the country as a leading tourism destination.

G Adventures

G Adventures’ sustainable approach to small-group travel means the tour operator gives back wherever it goes. With eight travel styles on seven continents, G Adventures has a life-changing experience for everyone.

Philippines Department of Tourism / Philippine Airlines
The tourism promotions board and the flag carrier of the Philippines have teamed up to sponsor the Reader Awards 2015.


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National Geographic Traveller (UK) is published under license by APL Media Limited, from the National Geographic Society in Washington, D.C. The magazine is also available in China, Spain, Russia, the Netherlands, Israel, Poland, Latin America, Armenia, Czech Republic, Croatia, Indonesia, Romania and South Africa. The 180-page travel and lifestyle magazine is packed full of outstanding photography, authentic travel experiences and inspiring narratives.

National Geographic Traveler (USA) is the world’s most widely read travel magazine, created in 1984. It championed sustainable travel before it was cool and, eight times annually, celebrates journeys that are about place, experience, culture, authenticity, living like the locals and great photography. It makes a distinction between tourism and travel and stresses inquisitive, not acquisitive, trips. It employs storytelling and outstanding photography to inspire readers to pick up and go, eschewing fashion and fluff in favour of articles that offer a strong sense of place, inspiring narratives that make readers take trips, and solid service information to help them plan those trips.

The National Geographic Society is one of the world’s largest nonprofit scientific and educational organisations. Founded in 1888 to “increase and diffuse geographic knowledge,” the Society’s mission is to inspire people to care about the planet. National Geographic reflects the world through its magazines, television programs, films, music and radio, books, DVDs, maps, exhibitions, live events, school publishing programs, interactive media and merchandise. National Geographic magazine, the Society’s official journal, published in English and 33
local-language editions, is read by more than 40 million people each month. The National Geographic Channel reaches 370 million households in 34 languages in 168 countries. National Geographic Digital Media receives more than 15 million visitors a month. National Geographic has funded more than 9,600 scientific research, conservation and exploration projects and supports an education program promoting geography literacy. For more information, visit


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Pat Riddell, Editor
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Maria Pieri, Editorial Director
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Matthew Jackson, Managing Director
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