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 Guidance for putting up a project for the Guild's annual Tourism Awards

The Awards are one of the most significant features of the BGTW’s public face. Apart from their entertainment value, they help to promote the Guild as an important part of the travel industry, they remind the outside world that Guild members are professionals who travel the globe, and they ‘give something back’ and say thank-you to those who host us.

We look for nominations that make a creative contribution to the experience and understanding of travellers. The project or concept should have environmental and social integrity. It could be a new national park, an exotic garden, a quirky small museum, an innovation in travel and transport, a chance to stay in a remote native enclave, to play an unusual sport, to try one’s hand at an ancient craft.

Tourism Awards organiser Bryn Frank will be happy to discuss possible nominations with members prior to a formal nomination being prepared. Phone – 01438 869489; Email – This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

All nominations are made only by full or associate members of the Guild, but it is permissible to seek the assistance of tourist organisations in getting to see projects at first hand – although no promises can be made as to how successful a proposal may be when it comes to the judging. Proposals can only be made if the member proposing has personally seen/experienced the project in question.

The Guild makes three annual awards:

Best UK Tourism Project

Best European Tourism Project (ie. within the continent of Europe, broadly defined and including its offshore islands - but not within the United Kingdom) Includes the Republic of Ireland.

Best ‘Wider World’ Tourism Project (ie. beyond Europe)

‘New' means a tourism initiative or new project which was effectively completed only within the 36 months prior to the end of August 2014. So for the November 2014 Awards Dinner, on the eve of the World Travel Market, the Guild is looking for projects that started on or after August 31st 2011. Major restoration and renovation projects within existing attractions may sometimes be eligible, but must include a very significant amount of new work. Ongoing projects that are substantially open to the public may also be eligible. Bryn Frank can advise on questions of eligibility.

Projects should not have been proposed in previous years.

The deadline for submission of nominations for the 2014 Awards is August 29th 2014


The Tourism Awards organiser meets with two independent assessors (appointed by the Committee) to create a shortlist of six or seven candidates in each of the three awards categories. At a members' awards evening on Wednesday September 10th attending members vote for three finalists following strictly timed three minute presentations by the proposers.

The proposers of the three finalists then write a further pitch for their project for the Guild's newsletter, Globetrotter, to allow members to cast their votes for a winner by postal and email ballot.

The results are kept secret until they are announced at the Awards Dinner held at The Savoy at the end of November on the eve of the World Travel Market. All nine finalists and representatives of all nine projects receive a free ticket to the glittering ceremony.

Andy Jarosz

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