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Reader Awards 2015

 

Earlier this year, we asked you to tell us your favourite destinations, airlines, hotels, tour operators and more in the inaugural National Geographic Traveller Reader Awards 2015, in association with Qatar Tourism Authority. You replied in your thousands.

The votes have now been counted and we’re very excited to bring you the results of our first Reader Awards. We really value your opinions, and the winners represent the very best in the business, as chosen by you.

The winners were announced at a glamorous ceremony at Le Meridien Picadilly, London on 24 November 2015, hosted by radio and TV presenter Tim Shaw.

 

The Winners

 

SHORT-HAUL CITY
Barcelona

SHORT-HAUL COUNTRY
Italy

SHORT-HAUL AIRLINE
British Airways

LONG-HAUL CITY
New York

LONG-HAUL COUNTRY
USA

LONG-HAUL AIRLINE
British Airways

OVERSEAS HOTEL GROUP
Marriott International

UK HOTEL GROUP
Premier Inn

OVERSEAS ATTRACTION
Grand Canyon

UK ATTRACTION
Tower of London

TOUR OPERATOR
Virgin Holidays

DIGITAL
TripAdvisor

GREEN
The Eden Project

TV PROGRAMME
The Mekong River with Sue Perkins

BOOK
National Geographic: World’s Best Cities

OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTION TO TRAVEL
Paul Theroux

 

 

The Shortlist

 

SHORT-HAUL CITY
Barcelona
Paris
Rome

SHORT-HAUL COUNTRY
France
Italy
Spain

SHORT-HAUL AIRLINE
British Airways
easyJet
Ryanair

LONG-HAUL CITY
New York
San Francisco
Sydney

LONG-HAUL COUNTRY
Australia
New Zealand
USA

LONG-HAUL AIRLINE
British Airways
Emirates
Virgin Atlantic

OVERSEAS HOTEL GROUP
Hilton
Mandarin Oriental
Marriott International

UK HOTEL GROUP
Hilton
Premier Inn
Radisson Blu

OVERSEAS ATTRACTION
Grand Canyon
Great Barrier Reef
Machu Picchu

UK ATTRACTION
Edinburgh Castle
Stonehenge
Tower of London

TOUR OPERATOR
Thomas Cook
Thomson
Virgin Holidays

DIGITAL
Airbnb
Skyscanner
TripAdvisor

GREEN
High Line
See Turtles
The Eden Project

TV PROGRAMME
Caribbean with Simon Reeve
Italy Unpacked
The Mekong River with Sue Perkins

BOOK
Humans of New York
National Geographic: Around the World in 125 Years
National Geographic: World’s Best Cities

OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTION TO TRAVEL
To be announced

 

Our Sponsors

 

Qatar Tourism Authority
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. qatartourism.gov.qa

 

G Adventures
G Adventures
G Adventures’ sustainable approach to small-group travel means the tour operator gives back wherever it goes. With eight travel styles on seven continents, G Adventures has a life-changing experience for everyone. gadventures.co.uk

 

Philippines Department of TourismPhilippine Airlines
Philippines Department of Tourism /
Philippine Airlines

The tourism promotions board and the flag carrier of the Philippines have teamed up to sponsor the Reader Awards 2015.
itsmorefuninthephilippines.com
philippineairlines.com

 

Feefo
Feefo
The global feedback engine is an award-winning consumer ratings and reviews platform. Offering a comprehensive solution that harnesses the power of customer reviews, using Feefo can enhance your online visibility, grow sales conversions and provide valuable customer insight. feefo.com

 

exodus
Exodus Travels
For over 40 years, Exodus Travels has been creating the best activity and adventure holidays on the planet, offering more than 450 trips to over 90 countries.
exodus.co.uk

 

Swhype
Swhype is a creative motion agency based in London. They work with their clients to create film, motion graphics and original content for broadcast, digital and tablet. swhype.com

 

Franciacorta
Franciacorta signifies three things: the undiscovered region in the Northern Italian lakes, the production method and the wine. Franciacorta sparkling wines are arresting yet elegant, reflecting timeless and distinctive Italian style. franciacortawines.com

 

The Ceremony

 

TV presenter Tim Shaw hosted the glittering awards ceremony at Le Méridien Piccadilly in London on 24 November. Winners were selected by nearly 6,000 readers, who voted online for their favourite destination, airline, tour operator and more. The industry’s top executives attended the ceremony to accept their trophies.

Photos

To download high resolution photos of the night, please see our Flickr Album. Please credit images to Scott Wishart/National Geographic Traveller (UK).

Video

View this video on Vimeo

 

 

The Prizes

An exotic escape to Morocco
Rickshaw Travel is offering you and a guest the chance to win a seven-night self-drive trip to Morocco, including flights. Journey to the mountain town of Chefchaouen and hike in the Rif Mountains, passing traditional Berber villages. Rickshaw Travel has been offering enriching, experiential travel since its launch in 2008. Now covering 24 destinations across Africa, Asia, Central and South America, its individual approach to independent exploration enables travellers to experience the real spirit of a local culture. rickshawtravel.co.uk

A luxury trip to France
Hot tubs with epic views, cosy log fires, superb skiing and outstanding food and wine in Morzine-Avoriaz — AliKats Mountain Holidays is offering all of this to you and a guest, plus flights to Geneva. AliKats Mountain Holidays provides exceptional catered chalet holidays, where Champagne and canapes on arrival, a full English breakfast, afternoon tea, aperitifs and canapes and four-course evening dinners with good-quality wine are all included. alikats.eu

A UK rural getaway
Natural Retreats is offering you and a guest a long weekend at the winner’s choice of either Natural Retreats Trewhiddle in Cornwall, Natural Retreats Yorkshire Dales or Natural Retreats John O’Groats. Natural Retreats is a unique leisure and travel company offering luxury self-catering accommodation, unrivalled local knowledge and extraordinary holiday experiences at a fantastic selection of coastal, countryside and wilderness locations around England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland — and beyond. naturalretreats.com

A year’s subscription to National Geographic Traveller (UK)
Never miss an issue of National Geographic Traveller! We’re giving away 20 subscriptions to our award-winning travel magazine.

Amazon Kindles
We’re got four of these touchscreen E-readers up for grabs — a travel must-have that’s lighter than a paperback and downloads books in under 60 seconds.

 

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