The shortlist for the UK’s most prestigious travel agent awards has been unveiled.
This year’s Travel Weekly Agent Achievement Awards (AAAs) will take place in front of a capacity audience of more than 800 guests at London’s Park Plaza Westminster Hotel on Tuesday, July 11.
The event will honour the best agents and agencies in the country, as voted by suppliers, and will also reward large and small companies in self-nominated categories including best website, marketing campaign and use of social media.
The Aspire Awards will once again honour the best agents in the premium sector in association with Travel Weekly’s luxury magazine and travel agent club Aspire, while three individuals will be honoured for their contribution to the industry.
Lucy Huxley, editor-in-chief of Travel Weekly Group, said: “The sheer volume of entries and nominations we received is testament to the importance of the Agent Achievement Awards.
“The AAAs are the true benchmark of excellence in the travel trade, and we are looking forward to celebrating the best high street, call centre, online and home-based agents and agencies at another memorable ceremony in July.”
She added: “Travel Weekly is proud to champion the value of the incredible agents who engage with us in print, online and at our events, and it is a source of great pride that we have the opportunity to celebrate our readers in such spectacular fashion.”
Big winners at last year’s AAAs, now in its 22nd year, included Thomas Cook and Baldwins Travel, which were named best large and small high street agency, and Travel Counsellors, Reader Offers and Iglu.com, which won the best homeworking, call centre and online agency awards respectively.
Individual awards went to The Travel Village’s Gill Williams, who was named best agent; Kelsey Goulding, of Thomas Cook, who won the best young agent award; and Angela McCall, of Central England Co-operative, who was named best manager.