BGTW International Tourism Awards

The BGTW International Tourism Awards (ITA) scheme recognises excellence in tourism projects in three categories:

  • Best UK and Ireland Tourism Project
  • Best Europe Tourism Project
  • Best Wider World Tourism Project

Guild members really do travel the world, reporting back on projects and initiatives they think deserve notice. Some projects have cost millions and are well-publicised; others are simpler community projects that take just as much effort and love.

For the ITA, projects are proposed by members. The Guild’s ITA team shortlists the best of those put forward. The members that have proposed the shortlisted projects are then invited to present the projects to Guild members at a special evening event that take place in central London in September.

During the evening members vote for the projects they would like to see win. At the end of the evening the ITA team has a list of nine finalists; three in each category. This list of finalists is then put out to all Guild members to vote on.

The winners

The winners are announced at the BGTW Annual Gala Awards Dinner, held in November each year at The Savoy hotel in central London, and on the eve of World Travel Market. An overall winner and two Highly Commended awards in each category are presented. Those projects that made it through to the first shortlist also receive a Merit Award.

But whether a tourism project wins or not, this really is about taking part. Being nominated by members of the prestigious British Guild of Travel Writers as one of the best new tourism projects in the UK, Europe or the wider world is a significant achievement, and one that can be used to help promote the project to attract even more visitors.

The winners of the BGTW International Tourism Awards 2018 can be seen here.

Putting projects on the map

See which destinations have won awards on this map. You’ll be surprised and even impressed by the range of projects.

Click the layers menu icon (top left) to view different award categories (whose names have changed over the years).

More information

If you’re a BGTW member and would like to propose a tourism project for this year’s awards, please log in to the Members’ section of the website and click on the awards tab. Full details of each award, nomination criteria and how to propose will be found there.

For more information about the BGTW Annual Gala Awards Dinner, how to buy tickets, or to look at sponsorship opportunities, click here: BGTW Annual Gala Awards Dinner.


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