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Award winners

We’re delighted to win this award in the face of some very tough competition, and hope it’s the first of many to come

LONDON (28 November 2014) National Geographic Traveller has won the Best Consumer Holiday Magazine category at the British Travel Awards gala dinner held at Battersea Evolution, London (26 November).

The award tops an eventful year during which the title has successfully transitioned to 10 issues a year, launched a new website in July, and is on the cusp of introducing its new interactive app. All this further cements its position as a leading title in the consumer travel market. The 180-page magazine celebrates compelling storytelling featuring award-winning writers, you-are-there-photography and inspiring narratives.

Pat Riddell, editor, said: “We’re delighted to win this award in the face of some very tough competition, and hope it’s the first of many to come. It’s been a very busy, successful year for the magazine and receiving acknowledgement is a huge boost.”

Maria Pieri, editorial director, said: “Big thanks to all those who voted for National Geographic Traveller and congratulations to our creative, passionate and hardworking team. We are proud to receive this award because it recognises this incredibly talented team who are producing such engaging content across all mediums. And to know we have won based on the consumer vote – that makes this win even more special.”

British Travel Awards’ chief executive Lorraine Barnes Burton said: “The British Travel Awards are the only travel industry accolades voted for exclusively by the travelling public. During the voting period, which ended on 30 September, more than one million consumer votes were cast making the BTAs the largest Award programme in the UK. The Awards serve to recognise all that is great about UK travel companies and the British Travel Awards symbol is recognised as the ‘Benchmark of Excellence’. To win a British Travel Award is truly an accolade and National Geographic Traveller is to be congratulated as a winner.”

The British Travel Awards is a proudly independent organisation, verified by leading global accountancy practitioners Deloitte.

National Geographic Traveller success continues

• Pat Riddell was also shortlisted for the Editor of the Year, Lifestyle in the British Society of Magazine Editors (BSME) Awards 2014.

• Four contributors were also shortlisted for the Association of Independent Tour Operators (AITO) Travel Writer of the Year award — Helen Warwick, Chris Peacock, Pol O Conghaile and Nicky Trup.

• And finally, National Geographic Traveller has been shortlisted for two Professional Publishers Association (PPA) Independent Publisher Awards: Designer of the Year (Chris Hudson) and Cover of the Year.


Pictured: Maria Pieri, Editorial Director, Pat Riddell, Editor.

National Geographic Traveller (UK) is published under license by APL Media Limited, from the National Geographic Society in Washington, D.C. It became the 15th local-language edition when it was launched in
December 2010. 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 you-are-there photography, authentic travel experiences and inspiring narratives.

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

The British Travel Awards is the largest awards programme in the UK created to reward the best companies in travel. The British Travel Awards are easily the most recognisable of all travel industry accolades amongst consumer and industry professionals alike with categories spanning all types of holiday experience - transport, destination, cruise, customer service, holiday extras, and accommodation. The British Travel Awards symbol is the benchmark for excellence when it comes to finding out who really is the best in the business. The 2014 BTAs will take place on 26 November at Battersea Evolution.
The British Travel Awards are funded by the registration fees and patronage of sponsors who have identified the ROI from increased brand visibility and sales opportunities as the consumer and trade audience grows exponentially year-on-year


For Editorial Enquiries:
Tel: +44 (0)20 7253 9906

Pat Riddell, Editor
Tel: +44 (0) 20 7253 9906

Maria Pieri, Editorial Director
Tel: +44 (0) 20 7253 9906

Matthew Jackson, Managing Director
Tel: +44 (0) 20 7253 9009

Anthony Leyens, CEO
Tel: +44 (0) 20 7253 9009

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