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Tour Operator Awards

Tour Operators

Holiday companies offering land based arrangements

With the holiday market dominated by a few highly visible brands we operate a grading system across the best holiday company award categories, based upon the number of passengers carried. This enables smaller companies/brands the opportunity to be recognised and rewarded by their customers.

  • Large
    • More than 80,000 pax per year
  • Medium
    • 10,000 to 80,000 pax per year
  • Small
    • Less than 10,000 pax per year

Definition - Tour Operators

A holiday company (tour operator) buys - or owns in some cases - a high volume of travel components across carriers, accommodation and services. These components are then assembled into packages for purchase by the consumer, all for one price. The packages are sold via travel agents (independent or owned) or through the phone and internet. Niche tour operators may specialise in destinations, activities and experiences or a combination thereof.

Entry criteria

Open to companies and brands that:

Offer land based package holidays (Cruise holiday operators should enter the Cruise Lines sector, retailers should enter the Travel Retailers and Holiday Booking Companies sector).

Have valid ATOL protection and display on the CAA website authorised passengers for the year of the licence holder's current licence.

OR, provide customer protection in the event of company failure via a recognised bonding or insurance scheme.

Tour Operators by Holiday Type

    A01 : Best Family Holiday Tour Operator

  • Package holidays that include facilities and entertainment programmes for children. Companies operating in the UK only should enter Best UK Family Holiday/Holday Park Operator in the UK Domestic Holidays & Visitor Attractions sector.

    A02 : Best Luxury Holiday Tour Operator

  • Package holidays featuring upscale to luxury accommodation (see International Hotel Brand Awards for reference) - generally 5 star and above, scheduled flights, private transfers etc.

    A03 : Best All-Inclusive Holiday Tour Operator

  • Package Holidays that - along with flights, transfers and accommodation - include a minimum of three meals daily, beverages, most alcoholic drinks and gratuities plus a range of sports, activities and entertainment within the holiday price.

    A04 : Best Singles Holiday Tour Operator

  • Package holidays for single travellers; small group tours where customers have the opportunity to mix and socialise with like-minded people.

    A05 : Best LGBT Holiday Tour Operator

  • Holiday desgned specifically for the LGBT community where packages have been developed to gay-friendly destinations and resorts.

    A06 : Best Wedding Holiday Tour Operator

  • Specialist wedding organisers offering holidays in European and overseas destinations. Tour operators offering Wedding and Honeymoon packages should consider entering Best Luxury Tour Operator.

    A07 : Best Special Interest Holiday Tour Operator

  • Package holidays for special interest groups e.g. culture, arts and crafts, music, history, culinary etc.

    A08 : Best Activity/Sports Holiday Tour Operator

  • Customer participation package holidays e.g. cycling, diving, golf, riding, sailing, sports, trekking etc.

    A09 : Best Ski & Winter Sports Tour Operator

  • Package holidays for skiing, snowboarding and winter sports enthusiasts. Chalet and accommodation companies who offer transport booked via a third party should enter Best Winter Sports Accommodation Provider in the accommodation sector.

    A10 : Best Escorted Tours Operator

  • Package holidays where travellers are escorted in a group to various destinations.

    A11 : Best Escorted Adventure Holiday Tour Operator

  • "Off the beaten track" package holidays to remote or extreme locations accompanied by professional guides.

    A12 : Best Coach Holiday Tour Operator

  • Package holidays involving coach transport, inclusive of accommodation, can be single or multi-centred destinations and usually involve excursions.

    A13 : Best Rail Holiday Tour Operator

  • Escorted package holidays involving rail transport, inclusive of accommodation and usually include excursions.

    A14 : Best Camping & Mobile Holiday Tour Operator

  • Holidays to European and overseas destinations with facilities for camping and caravanning, glamping, lodge, holiday park accommodation etc. Companies operating in the UK only should enter Best UK Family Holiday/Holday Park Operator in the UK Domestic Hol

    A15 : Best Safari, Wildlife & Nature Holiday Tour Operator

  • Package holidays where the primary goal is watching wildlife in their natural habitat. Types of safari can vary from small, seasonal tented camps to large permanent structures. Viewing can be done on foot, horseback, in vehicles or by boat depending on th

Tour Operators to Europe

    A16 : Best Tour Operator to Western Europe

  • Example destinations: Belgium, France, Netherlands

    A17 : Best Tour Operator to Central & Northern Europe

  • Example destinations: Austria, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Iceland, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland

    A18 : Best Tour Operator to East & Southeast Europe

  • Example destinations: Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Northern Cyprus, Poland, Romania, Russia, Turkey

    A19 : Best Tour Operator to the Iberian Peninsula & Islands

  • Example destinations: Azores, Balearic Islands, Canary Islands, Gibraltar, Madeira, Portugal, Spain

    A20 : Best Tour Operator to the Italian Peninsula & Malta

  • Example destinations: Corsica, Italy, Malta, Sardinia, Sicily

    A21 : Best Tour Operator to Hellenic Europe

  • Example destinations: Corfu, Crete, Cyprus, Greece, Greek Islands

Tour Operators to The Americas

    A22 : Best Tour Operator to the USA

    A23 : Best Tour Operator to Canada

    A24 : Best Tour Operator to the Caribbean & Bermuda

  • Example destinations: Antigua, Bahamas, Barbados, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Grenada, Jamaica, St Lucia

    A25 : Best Tour Operator to Central & South America

  • Example destinations: Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Ecuador, Galapagos, Mexico, Peru, Venezuela

Tour Operators to Africa and The Middle East

    A26 : Best Tour Operator to Africa

  • Example destinations: Botswana, Egypt, Kenya, Namibia, South Africa, Tanzania, Zambia

    A27 : Best Tour Operator to the Middle East

  • Example destinations: Iran, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon. Oman, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates

Tour Operators to Asia and Australasia

    A28 : Best Tour Operator to Australasia

  • Example destinations: Australia, Fiji, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Tonga

    A29 : Best Tour Operator to Southern Asia

  • Example destinations: Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan

    A31 : Best Tour Operator to East & Central Asia

  • Example destinations: China, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, Mongolia, Tibet

    A32 : Best Tour Operator to the Indian Ocean

  • Example destinations: Madagascar, Maldives, Mauritius, Seychelles, Ski Lanka, Zanzibar

Click here to apply for award(s) category listing. The nomination fee is £150 plus VAT per brand/per category