BGTW International Tourism Awards and BGTW Members’ Excellence Awards

Each year, the British Guild of Travel Writers organises two prestigious awards schemes: the BGTW International Tourism Awards and the BGTW Members’ Excellence Awards.

See the 2019 Winners and the Finalists for the International Tourism Awards and the Finalists for the Members’ Excellence Awards.

About the BGTW Awards

Launched over 40 years ago as the Silver Otter Award, the BGTW International Tourism Awards scheme recognises excellence in tourism projects, this year in four categories:

  • Best UK and Ireland Tourism Project
  • Best Europe Tourism Project
  • Best Wider World Tourism Project
  • The Armchair Award

The BGTW Members’ Excellence Awards recognise the best in travel writing, photography, blogging and broadcasting. For 2020 there are 13 categories:

BGTW Members Excellence Awards logo
  • Travel Feature of the Year – UK
  • Travel Feature of the Year – non UK
  • Travel Feature of the Year – regional and specialist media
  • Specialist Travel Feature of the Year – The Bryn Frank Award
  • Transport Feature of the Year – The Kenneth Westcott-Jones Award
  • Travel Book of the Year – The Adele Evans Award
  • Travel Photo Feature of the Year
  • Travel Blog Post of the Year
  • Travel Broadcast of the Year
  • BGTW Travel Blogger of the Year
  • BGTW Travel Broadcaster of the Year
  • BGTW Photographer of the Year
  • BGTW Travel Writer of the Year

This year’s awards will be presented at the BGTW Annual Gala Awards Dinner – in partnership with Tenerife Tourism, which was due to take place on Sunday 1 November at The Savoy hotel in central London. However, because of the pandemic the event has now moved to Sunday 21 March 2021, still at The Savoy.

For more information about the awards, click the buttons below. Please note that entry for the 2020 awards is now closed.

Buy tickets or be a sponsor

Individual tickets, or tables of 10, 11 or 12 are available for purchase. If you would like buy tickets or explore sponsorship opportunities, please contact the BGTW Secretariat – click the button below.

Last year’s awards dinner

The 2019 BGTW Annual Gala Awards Dinner was kindly sponsored by Rocky Mountaineer.