More than 40 prizes worth tens of thousands of pounds were won by members of the travel trade in a special virtual Globe Travel Rewards event hosted by Travel Weekly.
The event on Thursday evening marked the traditional date of the Globe Travel Awards, which take place in front of more than 1,200 guests at London’s Grosvenor House Hotel each January.
More than 20 supporters of the 2020 Globe Awards took part in the Rewards event, which was streamed via Facebook Premiere and on the Globes website.
In addition to the prize giveaways, the night of celebration also featured messages for the trade from well-known faces, with support from television presenter Eamonn Holmes, singer and presenter Aled Jones, singers Duncan James and Chico, Coronation Street actor Andy Whyment and author and documentary maker Simon Reeve.
The event also included tributes to those the industry has lost in the past 12 months, and a focus on the TravelCares charity appeal, founded by Travel Weekly and Abta LifeLine in 2020, which has so far raised more than £21,000 for those in the trade facing particular hardship due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Lucy Huxley, editor-in-chief of Travel Weekly Group, said: “The industry continues to face incredible challenges, and the Globe Travel Rewards was a chance to bring some light to a dark period and remind us all of the wonderful partnerships and relationships that underpin it.
“Throughout the pandemic, frontline travel agents and operators have worked tirelessly to support their customers, colleagues and partners, and the response of the 22 supporters of the event was testament to their desire to recognise those efforts. Thank you to everyone who took part, and everyone who joined us to celebrate our incredible industry.”
Managing director Stuart Parish, who co-hosted the event, added: “Throughout the pandemic, the Travel Weekly team has re-enforced its commitment to supporting and connecting the travel trade, continuing to produce unrivalled content online, via social media and in print to help readers and partners navigate this devastating period.”
He added: “As the only trade media title continuing to publish weekly and with all our digital content made freely available as broadly as possible to support the industry, we felt we shouldn’t let the traditional date of the biggest event in the calendar go unmarked.
“We hope the Globe Travel Rewards gave the industry a much-needed lift in these difficult times, and we look forward to bringing the Globe Travel Awards back in even more spectacular fashion in 2022.”
A night of celebration
A £500 Amazon voucher from Air Transat
A 2021 cruise from Virgin Voyages
A case of sparkling wine from Trafalgar/Insight Vacations
A hamper worth £300 from Cosmos
A two-night mini cruise for two from P&O Ferries
A £1,000 single-booking flight voucher from Manchester Airports Group
Subscriptions, beauty boxes and signed Good Housekeeping cookbooks from Hearst UK
Winners of the beauty boxes:
Winners of the cookbooks:
A £500 Lifestyle gift voucher from Carnival Cruise Line
A week’s holiday for two from Club Med
A UK break for two including a one-night stay from Icelolly.com
A motorhome touring holiday from Affordable Car Hire
A four-night Mekong cruise from Wendy Wu Tours
A £500 holiday voucher from Newmarket Holidays
A seven-night MSC Magnifica cruise from MSC Cruises
A one-week 2022 cruise on Silver Moon from Silversea Cruises
A hamper and £500 holiday gift card from Kuoni
A week’s car hire worldwide from Avis
A two-night UK hotel break from Travelzoo
A Norwegian Epic cruise plus theatre tickets from NCL
Winners of the theatre tickets:
A £500 Mastercard gift card from Paysafe
A five-night B&B stay at Hard Rock Hotel Tenerife from Palladium Hotel Group
A pair of flights plus £1,000 for a joint marketing campaign from Jet2holidays