Michael Palin, British Airways and New York were among the winners announced at the National Geographic Traveller Reader Awards 2016, in association with Qatar Tourism Authority.
Celebrity chef and TV presenter Kiran Jethwa hosted the awards ceremony at Le Méridien Piccadilly in London on 29 November, which was attended by some of the travel industry’s top executives and senior figures.
Pat Riddell, editor of National Geographic Traveller (UK), said, “A huge congratulations to all the winners and finalists, and a huge thanks to all those who took part. Our readers are a knowledgeable, sophisticated, well-travelled bunch who don’t need much prodding to air their views — so it’s very satisfying to reward their favourite destinations, attractions and companies.
“And, of course, a very special mention goes to Michael Palin, who received our Outstanding Contribution to Travel Award this year. As far as we’re concerned, he’s nothing short of a national treasure, on account of his hugely significant and influential career to date.”
The 2016 awards saw an additional five categories added, with winners selected by a record 7,957 readers — up nearly 2,000 from last year — who voted for their favourite tour operator, blog, destination, and more. The winners will be featured in an eight-page spread in the Jan/Feb 2017 issue of National Geographic Traveller (UK).
Voters were automatically entered into a prize draw. Holiday prizes included a seven-night cruise of northern Iceland on board a new, boutique 17-cabin yacht with Variety Cruises; and a seven-night ski trip to Austria, courtesy of VIP SKI. An Apple iPad mini 2, two Amazon Kindles and 20 National Geographic Traveller (UK) subscriptions were also up for grabs.
2016 READER AWARDS WINNERS
OVERSEAS HOTEL GROUP
Hilton Hotels & Resorts
UK HOTEL GROUP
FAMILY TRAVEL COMPANY
Rocky Mountaineer, Canada
Grand Canyon, USA
NEW CULTURAL EXPERIENCE
Lincoln Castle (renovation), UK
NEW GREEN INITIATIVE
Wilderness Safaris – Rhino Conservation Project
The Road to Little Dribbling, by Bill Bryson
TRAVEL TV PROGRAMME
Great Barrier Reef with David Attenborough (BBC)
OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTION TO TRAVEL
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Sponsors of the National Geographic Traveller Reader Awards 2016
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. visitqatar.qa
Crystal Cruises is the world’s most-awarded luxury cruise line, having earned more ‘world’s best’ accolades than any other cruise line, hotel, or resort in history. crystalcruises.co.uk
Established in 1975, Barrhead Travel specialises in all types of travel, from far-flung worldwide adventures and cruises to city escapes and summer-sun getaways. barrheadtravel.co.uk
Bring your best holiday photographs and happiest travel moments to life in a beautiful CEWE PHOTOBOOK and create a personalised keepsake you’ll always treasure. cewe-photoworld.com/photo-books
Creative motion agency Swhype is an expert in social video and film content for global brands and businesses. swhype.com
Members of LIVE365 have a choice of exclusive, quality products, available at the best price possible with the chance to earn ‘savings credits’ — all with friendly, personalised service. live-365.global/en
Majestic is the UK’s largest wine specialist, with over 200 stores across the country. Its stores offer over 800 wines from around the world, a vast range of craft beers and spirits, and free tastings every day. There’s a ‘replace or refund’ guarantee and no minimum purchase limit. majestic.co.uk
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