BGTW Tourism Awards 2018 finalists announced


A museum about Brunel in Bristol, a tank museum in France, and a civil rights trail in the USA are just three of the finalists in the British Guild of Travel Writers Tourism Awards 2018.

The awards scheme, celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2018, recognises new tourism initiatives in three categories: UK, European, and Wider World. Initiatives are proposed by BGTW members based on first-hand experience gained during visits made over the last 12 months.

The winners will be announced at the BGTW Annual Awards Dinner to be held on Sunday 4 November at The Savoy in central London.

The finalists are:

Best UK and Ireland Project

  • Being Brunel, Bristol, UK
  • Eat Exmoor, Somerset/Devon, UK
  • Hook Lighthouse Visitor Experience, County Wexford, Ireland

Best European Project

  • Cambrai Tank 1917, Flesquières, Nord, France
  • Electric Hybrid Cruise Boat, Championing Responsible Tourism – Backwaters Tours, France
  • Journey on the High Seas, Nausicaá, Boulogne sur Mer, Pas de Calais, France

Best Wider World Project

  • Waitukubuli National Trail, Clearance and Restoration, Segment 11, Dominica
  • Tennessee Williams Key West Exhibit, Florida, USA
  • United States Civil Rights Trail, USA

Commenting on this year’s awards, Alastair McKenzie, chairman of the BGTW, says: “I’m amazed just how often I walk into a visitor attraction in the UK, in continental Europe, or further afield, and spot a BGTW Tourism Awards certificate in pride of place at the entrance. The impact of these awards shouldn’t be underestimated.” 

Tickets for the BGTW Annual Awards Dinner on 4 November are still available, priced at £216 (including VAT) by email to [email protected] or online at

Simon Willmore
By: Simon Willmore BGTW Chairman, Digital manager, Writer