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Our Media and Trade Partners

We would like to thank our media and trade partners. Their insight and support has contributed towards making the British Travel Award the largest and most influential resource for UK consumer opinion on leisure travel and tourism performance.

What our Partners have to Say

APH are proud, once again, to support the British Travel Awards in this, the most turbulent year ever for the UK travel industry.

Just like early summer travellers and the rest of the travel industry we have had an extraordinary few months:

Following government advice, we closed our offices on 1 April and furloughed staff. We made sure we took good care of the handful of cars left by travellers stranded abroad, some of whom only made it back in August! We re-opened gradually at the end of June and like so many firms in our sector, worked through a redundancy programme which reduced our staff by a third and saw the closure of own car park serving Birmingham Airport.

We returned to tens of thousands of customer requests having jumped from the normal cancellation/change rate of 3% to an extraordinary 100% , for all bookings over a 4 month period.

There was no alternative but to plough-on and start dealing with the backlog.

We are now finally catching up; we have developed a brand-new voucher system, offering customers a credit worth up to 130% of the value of their original booking which they can redeem on-line. For those customers wanting a refund, we have issued thousands of cheques where we no longer hold customer payment card details due to our GDPR card-purging process. We have also selected a trusted partner at Birmingham to offer an APH branded product to continue to serve this airport.

Like everyone else, we are eager to return to normal and continue to benefit from the joy and lifelong memories that travel brings to each of our lives.

Meanwhile, here at APH, we all remain focused on fully restoring our award-winning service.

Shearings offers a fantastic range of great-value fully escorted coach holidays to exciting destinations across the UK and Europe, with comfortable coach travel from a local joining point, handpicked accommodation and expertly planned excursions included.
From 4-day short breaks to 16-day adventures, there's choice to suit all interests and budgets in the collection, including festive holidays, river cruises, rail experiences and just launched the new Signature Collection. For those who prefer to make their own way to their chosen destination, the range also includes over 70 convenient and flexible self-drive breaks, featuring comfortable hotels situated in some of the UK's most beautiful locations, with breakfast and evening meals included.
With £25pp low deposits and full financial protection through a 100% secure Trust Account.

We are delighted to support the British Travel Awards and be part of a celebration to recognise your hard work. It’s great to see people travelling again and although confidence still needs a boost in some areas the consumer tells us they want the best advice from the travel professionals. So it’s an opportunistic time to gain more advocate customers and what better way than face to face at a specific travel event! Together we will get more people travelling and enjoying the word again.

Converge Exhibitions produce targeted, bespoke consumer travel exhibitions that enable you to connect and engage with your new customers. Our immersive and inspirational approach makes Converge Exhibitions unique, our shows deliver that all important LIVE marketing platform where exhibitors do business with a target audience relevant to their business.

We are gearing up for an amazing “dual” show 8-9th October 2022 in Harrogate that you can get involved with now. The Wildlife and Safari Travel Show and The Grown UP Travel Show are specifically targeted at the right demographic for you to impress these engaged visitors looking for your expertise and to book their next holiday. The shows are marketed individually but as they take place under one roof you get two amazing shows for the price of one. We have chosen the date of the show carefully to allow you preparation time and we look forward to seeing you interact with our visitors - your new customers.

Good luck to all nominated companies! The job you do is fantastic and it’s excellent to see you recognised and celebrating everything you bring to the industry once again.