Special Report: The Globe Travel Awards to return in 2022

Nominations open for event which will recognise the hard work and determination of the industry as it comes together to restart and rebuild

Gearing up for the Globe Travel Awards is usually a time of celebration and anticipation, highlighting the travel industry’s biggest success stories or most innovative trade teams, and looking ahead to an awards ceremony to remember.

This year, things are rather different, as we continue to grapple with the extraordinary challenges posed by the pandemic. Yet the past 18 months have also seen some incredible examples of the trade coming together to support each other and navigate the crisis as best they can, and those relationships are more important than ever as the industry strives to rebuild.

Now, it’s time to recognise the dedication and determination of the suppliers who have stood out across every sector of the industry, from airlines and cruise lines to tour operators and tourist boards.

The Globe Travel Awards are entirely nominated and voted for by agents, making them the accolades that travel companies value above all else. To nominate your chosen companies in the categories listed below, simply go to

Travel Weekly editor-in-chief Lucy Huxley said: “We’re delighted to see the return of our much-loved Globe Travel Awards, as we look forward to 2022 and what we hope will be a more positive year for the travel industry.

“The past 18 months have tested the industry to its limits, and we know many travel businesses still face an uncertain road ahead. Yet we have also seen incredibly tough bonds forged in these times of adversity, and knowing how much this industry values its relationships, I feel sure they will outlast the pandemic and set the trade on a stronger footing for the future.

“I urge every agent to think about which trade partners have supported them through this crisis and nominate them now.

“After such a difficult time, we all need something to look forward to, and we hope the Globe Travel Awards will be a chance for the industry to reconnect as we move towards better times ahead.”

Book your tickets

Make sure you don’t miss out on the biggest night in the travel industry calendar by booking your place now for the Globe Travel Awards, which will take place on January 13, 2022.

The ticket price includes a welcome reception, three-course meal, glittering awards ceremony and star-studded entertainment, followed by a fun-packed after-party.

Individual tickets cost £349 plus VAT, while a table of 10 is £3,490 plus VAT.

Contact us: If you have any questions, additional requirements or would like assistance in booking your tickets, please email:

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Special Awards

The Globe Travel Awards recognise the best brands from across the sector for a range of different achievements, but there are three categories that sit apart from the others.

These special awards highlight the efforts of individuals and companies that go above and beyond to help make the travel industry a better place – whether by being a source of support for colleagues and customers, an entrepreneur driving innovation, or a stalwart of the sector who has dedicated their working life to building successful travel businesses.

The Penny Akam Unsung Hero Award Sponsored by Affordable Car Hire

This award pays tribute to those who work to improve the lives of those around them in both big and small ways. That could be a member of the back office team who goes the extra mile to support their colleagues, someone who has made extraordinary efforts to help their local community during this time, or a charity fundraiser who has made a difference to a worthy cause.

Nominate now: To nominate a deserving candidate for the Penny Akam Unsung Hero Award, go to before the closing date of December 10.

The Innovation in Travel Award Sponsored by Biblio Travel

This award is open to individuals and companies who have found a new and improved way of doing business. This could
be a technological innovation, a solution to a business problem that has increased efficiency or streamlined processes, or a groundbreaking idea that has had a clear and measurable impact on the industry.

Nominate now: UK-based companies and individuals can put themselves forward for the Innovation in Travel Award by going to before December 10.

The Outstanding Achievement Award Sponsored by Avis

The ultimate accolade goes to an exceptional individual whose contribution to travel truly stands out. Past recipients have included Abta’s Alistair Rowland,’s Steve Heapy, Celebrity Cruises’ Jo Rzymowska, Sunvil’s Noel Josephides and travel industry photographer Steve Dunlop.

The winner is chosen by a panel of expert judges and will be announced at the Globe Travel Awards on January 13, 2022, so follow @travelweekly on Twitter that evening or log on to the Travel Weekly website to find out more.


Donna Jones (second right) collects the Penny Akam Unsung Hero Award in 2020 on behalf of all Thomas Cook staff who helped customers after the company’s collapse despite losing their jobs

Nominate your favourites for the Globe Travel Awards

There’s no doubt every travel company that has battled through the past 18 months deserves recognition for the grit and determination it takes to stay afloat in the face of the most challenging time our industry has ever come up against.

Yet some have gone above and beyond to support their trade partners in everything they do. Whether it was a speedy turnaround on refunds and rebooking during the bewildering weeks at the beginning of the pandemic, or a positive outlook and proactive tools to help rebuild customer confidence as time rolled on, we want to know which suppliers have stood out in your eyes.

Submit your nominations in any of these categories, or for our special awards, at for your chance to highlight the hard work of your loyal trade suppliers during this difficult time.

Globe Travel Awards categories

On the Water – sponsored by
Best Ferry Company
Best Mainstream Cruise Company
Best Premium Cruise Company
Best Specialist Cruise Company
Best River Cruise Company
Best Luxury Cruise Company

On the Move – sponsored by P&O Ferries
Best Rail Company
Best Mainstream Touring Company
Best Premium Touring Company
Best Car Rental Company
Best Adventure Operator

Destinations – sponsored by Travelzoo
Best Tourist Board
Best All-Inclusive Resort Operator
Best Hotel Chain
Best Attraction

Flying – sponsored by Paysafe
Best Short-Haul Airline
Best Long-Haul Airline
Best UK Airport
Best Premium Airline Service

Serving the Industry – sponsored by Club Med
Best Add-Ons Provider
Best Technology Provider
Best Insurance Provider
Best Trade Sales Team
Best Trade-Friendly Brand

Best Long-Haul Operator (multi-destination)
Best Long-Haul Specialist Operator
Best Luxury Operator
Best Flight-Only Provider

Short-Haul – sponsored by Arosa
Best Short-Haul Operator
Best Operator for Activities
Best Accommodation-Only Provider
Best UK Holidays Operator

Special Awards
The Penny Akam Unsung Hero Award  – sponsored by Affordable Car Hire
Innovation in Travel Award – sponsored by Bibliotravel
Outstanding Achievement Award – sponsored by Avis


Globes supporters

Consumer media partner Hearst UK joins a host of travel trade partners in celebrating the success of the entire industry

The Globe Travel Awards would not be possible without the support of our partners across the travel and media landscape.

The UK’s leading consumer publisher, Hearst UK – the powerhouse behind Elle, Esquire, Cosmopolitan, Good Housekeeping and Harper’s Bazaar – will once again join the Globe Travel Awards as our consumer media partner.

Sharon Douglas, chief brand officer for lifestyle, home and weeklies brands, says: “This year has been a hugely challenging one for the travel industry and so our support of the Travel Weekly Globe Travel Awards is more important than ever. We are committed at Hearst to helping the industry recover and will be encouraging our 20 million readers to start travelling again, as Covid-19 restrictions ease.

“Our brilliant travel editors are planning more content than ever because, as the world reopens, we all want to experience the thrill of international travel and amazing holiday experiences again. Our partnership with Travel Weekly and the Globes has helped us make great new industry friends and we can’t wait to make even more this year. It is one of the best events we’ve had the honour of supporting and we can’t wait to do it again and look to the future with optimism.

“See you on the night, and the very best of luck!”

About Hearst UK

Hearst UK publishes 22 brands including Esquire, Elle, Harper’s Bazaar, Cosmopolitan and Good Housekeeping. Its digital brands reach half of UK women and one in three UK men every month, and its trusted content engages them wherever they are.

The titles sell more than 3.8 million magazines a month, reach 18.6 million UK digital unique users and have more than 79 million likes and follows on social media. Hearst UK’s events division, Hearst Live, connects with more than a million people a year through events such as Country Living Fairs, Esquire Townhouse and Red Smart Women Week, while licensed brand extensions include Country Living sofas, Esquire apparel and Men’s Health home gym equipment.


Hearst UK’s £250,000 advertising giveaway in 2020

Dates for your diary

September 1: Nominations open
Go to now to nominate your most trusted suppliers.

October 1: Nominations close
Make sure you’ve put your favourites forward before the closing date.

November 11: Voting opens
Get your copy of Travel Weekly to find out which suppliers have made your shortlists, then cast your votes at

December 10: Voting closes
Get your votes in – along with any nominations for our Unsung Hero and Innovation in Travel special awards – to ensure your voice is heard.

January 13, 2022: Globe Travel Awards
Join us for the travel industry’s most spectacular awards ceremony – to book your ticket visit

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