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BTA 2020 Award Categories>

There are 85 award categories covering a comprehensive range of leisure travel services and experiences - 44 categories are graded by size.

Five new award categories have been added:

  • Best Student Educational/Activity Holiday Company
  • Best Faith Tourism Travel Company
  • Best Health & Wellbeing Holiday Company
  • Best UK Airport Retailer - General Merchandise
  • Best UK Airport Retailer - Food & Beverages

Size Graded Awards

To recognise the success of SMEs, a number of categories are graded by size where independent verification is possible.

Data from past awards reveal that the most successful companies are those who convert the highest percentage of their customers into voters… Not necessarily those with the highest number of customers! So, this year we have changed the award designations in the size graded categories:

  • All Package Holidays & Tours categories (based on number of passengers carried per year)
    • Large - More than 80,000
    • Medium - 10,000 to 80,000
    • Small - Fewer than 10,000
  • Best High Street Travel Agency (based on number of retail outlets)
    • Large - More than 50
    • Medium - 5 - 50 retail outlets
    • Small - Fewer than 10 retail outlets
  • Best Villa Holiday Company (based on number of rental units referenced on your website)
    • Large - More than 2,500
    • Medium - 400 to 2,500
    • Small - Fewer than 400
  • Best Chalet/Winter Sports Accommodation Provider (based on number of guests per year)
    • Large - More than 25,000
    • Medium - 2,500 to 25,000
    • Small - Fewer than 2,500
  • Best UK Airport (based on number of pax per year)
    To provide a level playing field in this category, vote weighting will be applied in each size group based upon CAA passenger numbers. Visit the Trade & Media News Zone for details.
    • Large - More than 10m
    • Medium - 3m to 10m
    • Small - Fewer than 3m
  • Best UK Family Holiday Company (based on number of guests per year)
    • Large - More than 80,000
    • Medium - 10,000 to 80,000
    • Small - Fewer than 10,000
  • Best UK Holiday Parks & Lodges Company (based on number holiday parks)
    • Large - More 50
    • Medium - 10 to 50
    • Small - Fewer than 10
  • Best UK Cottage Holiday Company (based on number of rental units referenced on website)
    • Large - More than 2,500
    • Medium - 400 to 2,500
    • Small - Fewer than 400

In these categories and the award designations will be determined as:

1. If a large company polls the highest number of overall category votes:

  • Winner - large, Silver - large, Bronze - large
  • Winner - medium, Silver - medium, Bronze - medium
  • Winner - small, Silver - small, Bronze – small

2. If a medium company polls the highest number of overall category votes:

OVERALL CATEGORY WINNER

  • Winner - large, Silver - large, Bronze - large
  • Silver - medium, Bronze - medium
  • Winner - small, Silver - small, Bronze - small

3. If a small company polls the highest number of overall category votes:

OVERALL CATEGORY WINNER

  • Winner - large, Silver - large, Bronze - large
  • Winner - medium, Silver - medium, Bronze - medium
  • Silver - small, Bronze - small

Overall winner is the most prestigious accolade in these categories and reflect the achievements of SME’s who were previously only recognised within the confines of their size grading. Details of size grading can be found by selecting the above award sector tabs.

A company’s size is not displayed on the voting form and voters can only vote for one company/brand in each category. Companies are divided into the size group submitted on their nomination form when the results are analysed.

Open Award Categories

A list of nominee companies - together with their size where appropriate - will be published on the BTA Trade & Media News Zone.

Registration - Generally

The British Travel Awards has no affiliation with any travel media or travel industry stakeholders. The awards programme is financed by the registration fees of participating companies. This independence makes winning a British Travel Award the most prized travel industry accolade.

The registration fee is £150 plus VAT per brand/per category and must be paid by 19th June 2020 to guarantee inclusion on the consumer voting form. Any company that has registered for inclusion but not paid their registration fee by 19th June will automatically be excluded.

Registration – Size Graded Categories Declaration

  • When a company applies for listing in a size graded category they will be required to disclose their overall number(s) as defined by the category criterion.
  • This should be the overall figure for the company/brand and NOT related to the individual award category(s) entered.
  • Companies who fail to disclose this figure at the time of registration will be sent a reminder with their direct voting app url email. If this information is not forthcoming the company/brand will be considered "large" or determined by the British Travel Awards.
  • This number will be published next to the nominee in each of their elected categories on the Trade & Media Zone website until 19th June 2020.
  • Companies can appeal the published figures of competing companies up to 19th June 2020.
  • Any appeal must be accompanied by independent evidence supporting the appeal that can be verified by the British Travel Awards and/or Deloitte.
  • Any appeals received after 19th June 2020 will not be considered.

The British Travel Awards reserve the right to withdraw any category(s) in the unlikely event they are under subscribed when registrations close 31st May. In this event, any paid category registration fee will be refunded in full.

You can go directly to the nomination application form - which includes a simple awards category listing - by clicking the link below. However, we strongly advise checking the awards of interest by selecting the category tabs above from where you can also link to the application form.

Click here to apply for award(s) category listing. The nomination fee is £150 plus VAT per category. Take advantage of our “3 for 2” offer, register for two categories and select a third complimentary category entry.