British Travel Awards 2023: Winners, Host, Voting, Theme, and More

Discover the epitome of excellence in the travel industry with the British Travel Awards 2023 from prestigious accolades to new categories and engaging events.

by Aishwarya R

Updated Nov 30, 2023

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British Travel Awards 2023: Winners, Host, Voting, Theme, and More
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British Travel Awards 2023

On November 28, 2023, the travel industry eagerly gathered to unveil the highly anticipated results of The British Travel Awards. This annual event holds special significance as it represents the collective voice of the traveling consumer, who cast their votes to recognize outstanding contributions and exceptional services within the British travel sector. The awards serve as a testament to the industry's commitment to excellence, showcasing the dedication of companies and destinations that have left a lasting impact on the travel experiences of individuals throughout the year.

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Amidst the excitement of the ceremony, various categories celebrated the diversity of the travel industry, ranging from accommodations and airlines to tour operators and travel agencies. The winners, determined by the discerning preferences of the public, reflect not only the popularity of destinations but also the quality of services provided by travel-related businesses. The British Travel Awards thus stand as a dynamic barometer, gauging the pulse of consumer satisfaction and industry performance, offering a comprehensive snapshot of the state of British travel in 2023.

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Host and Theme of British Travel Awards 2023

The British Travel Awards 2023 was not only a night of recognizing excellence in the travel industry but also a celebration infused with entertainment and philanthropy. The event was skillfully hosted by sports presenter and actress Charlotte Jackson Coleman, adding a vibrant touch to the proceedings. Guiding the audience through the night with charm and expertise, Coleman ensured a lively atmosphere, making the awards ceremony an engaging and memorable experience for all attendees.

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Adding to the festivities, the awards night embraced a carnival theme, injecting a dose of excitement and energy into the ambiance. The Latin American dance performances further heightened the celebratory mood, creating a dynamic and visually captivating backdrop for the announcement of winners. The infusion of cultural elements through the theme and performances added an extra layer of uniqueness to the event, making it not only an awards ceremony but a cultural and entertainment spectacle.

Beyond the glitz and glamour, The British Travel Awards 2023 also demonstrated a commitment to making a positive impact. The event supported the Make-A-Wish charity, which focuses on fulfilling simple wishes for critically ill children.

As part of the charitable initiative, guests had the opportunity to contribute through a charity auction, bidding on various items to raise funds for Make A-Wish. This dual focus on celebration and philanthropy showcased the multifaceted nature of the British Travel Awards, bringing together industry recognition, entertainment, and a meaningful contribution to a noble cause.

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British Travel Awards 2023 Highlights

The British Travel Awards 2023 showcased a night of triumph and recognition for outstanding achievements in the travel industry. Among the notable winners were the Leeds-based sister firms, who secured an impressive array of prizes, including Best Large Travel Company in multiple categories such as Summer Sun Holidays, Winter Sun Holidays, Family Holidays, Luxury Holidays, and Best Airline for Short-haul Flights and Economy Class Travel. Newmarket Holidays also shone with eight golds, excelling in categories like Best Travel Company for Escorted Group Holiday, Touring Holidays, and Safari Holidays, covering destinations from Central/Northern Europe to Sub-Saharan Africa and Canada and the USA.

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Solmar Villas earned seven golds, securing Best Medium Travel Company in various holiday categories. The cruise industry saw P&O, Hurtigruten, Viking, and Cunard winning in different categories, while Spoons, the popular Wetherspoons, claimed the title of Best Airport Retailer for Food and Beverage. Boots soared as Best Airport Retailer for Consumer Goods. Heathrow and East Midlands were recognized as Best Large and Medium UK Airports for Leisure Travel, respectively. EasyJet took the crown for Best Airline for Low-Cost Flights, while Emirates excelled in Long Haul Flights and Business Class Travel. APH continued its winning streak for the 13th year as Best Company for Airport Parking.

In land travel, Avis reclaimed the gold for Best Company for Car Hire, Shearings dominated in coach holidays, and Leger Holidays secured Best for Coach Holidays and Special Interest Holidays. Travelzoo emerged as the Best Travel Website for Travel Deals, and Hays Travel took home three Golds for National Travel Retailer, Agency for Cruise Holidays, and Retailer of Forex/Travel Money. Notably, in its debut at the British Travel Awards, Lapland Specialist tour operator Santa Claus Trips was recognized as the Best Small Travel Company for Family Holidays and Central/Northern Europe. With over one and a half million votes, this record-breaking year marked the 15th edition of the British Travel Awards, emphasizing the significance of consumer input in determining the industry's best.

British Travel Awards 2023 Voting

The British Travel Awards 2023 witnessed an unprecedented level of public engagement with a record-breaking 1.56 million votes cast by UK travelling consumers. Serving as the largest consumer-voted travel awards in the UK, the BTAs garnered opinions across 76 award categories, reflecting the diverse experiences and services encountered by individuals during their leisure travels in 2023. The substantial number of public votes serves as a testament to the significance of the awards in the travel industry and highlights the trust placed in the opinions of the general public to determine the winners.

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Since its inception in 2008, the British Travel Awards has been dedicated to gauging public sentiment towards leisure travel companies. The transparency and authenticity of the award accreditations are maintained through a meticulous process where the number of public votes is the sole determinant, with security software in place to identify and investigate any spurious or suspicious voting activity. This commitment to fair and unbiased results has solidified the British Travel Awards as a reliable benchmark for excellence in the travel industry.

The voting period for the 2023 awards spanned from June 19 to October 1, during which 420,453 voters cast an impressive total of 1,561,370 votes. In appreciation of the participants, all BTA voters were entered into a draw for a substantial travel prize jackpot valued at around £47,700. The prize pool included a diverse range of offerings such as cruises, villa holidays, ferry crossings, holiday vouchers, European trips, airport hotels and parking, staycations, and more, adding an extra layer of excitement to the voting process. Furthermore, the partnership with Reach plc, boasting over 130 national and regional news brands, including the Mirror website, as the official media partner of the 2023 BTAs, underscored the awards' widespread recognition and influence within the travel industry.

British Travel Awards 2023 Winners

Category

Gold Winner

Best Small Travel Company to Hellenic Europe

Abercrombie & Kent

Best Small Travel Company to the Far East/Central Asia

Abercrombie & Kent

Best Small Travel Company for Arts & Culture Holidays

ACE Cultural Tours

Best Small Travel Company to the Indian Ocean

Affordable Luxury Travel

Best Small Travel Company to Southern Asia

Affordable Luxury Travel

Best Small Travel Company for All-Inclusive Holidays

Affordable Luxury Travel

Best Small Travel Company to the U.S.A.

American Sky

Best Company for Airport Parking

APH (Airport Parking & Hotels)

Best Small Travel Company to Iberia/Macaronesia

Archipelago Choice Ltd

Best Company for Holiday Car Hire

Avis

Best Medium Travel Company to the Caribbean/Central America

Blue Bay Travel

Best Medium Travel Company to Southeast Asia

Blue Bay Travel

Best Medium Travel Company for All-Inclusive Holidays

Blue Bay Travel

Best Small Company for UK Family Holidays

Bluestone Wales

Best Small Travel Company to Italy/Western Med. Islands

Bookings For You

Best Airport Retailer for Consumer Goods

Boots

Best Small Travel Company for Coach Holidays

Brightwater Holidays

Best Medium Travel Company to Western Europe

Brittany Ferries

Best Small Travel Company for Luxury Holidays

Ciconia Exclusive Journeys

Best Large Travel Company for Ski/Winter Sports Holidays

Crystal Ski Holidays

Best Cruise Line for Ultra-Luxury Holidays

Cunard

Best Small Travel Company to East/Southeast Europe

Cyprus Paradise

Best Medium UK Airport for Leisure Travel

East Midlands

Best Airline for Low-Cost Flights

EasyJet

Best Airline for Long-haul Flights

Emirates

Best Airline for Business Class Travel

Emirates

Best Large Travel Company to the Middle East/North Africa

Emirates Holidays

Best Large Travel Company to the Indian Ocean

Emirates Holidays

Best Large Travel Company to Western Europe

Eurostar

Best Medium Travel Company for Adventure Holidays

Exodus Travels

Best Small Company for UK Coach/Touring Holidays

Family Outings North East

Best Small Travel Company for Activity/Sports Holidays

GolfKings

Best Small Travel Company for Sports Tours Holidays

GolfKings

Best Medium Travel Company for Rail Holidays

Great Rail Journeys

Best Small Travel Company to Sub-Saharan Africa

Hayes & Jarvis

Best Small Travel Company to Australasia/Oceania

Hayes & Jarvis

Best Small Travel Company for Special Occasions Holidays

Hayes & Jarvis

Best Small Travel Company for Safari Holidays

Hayes & Jarvis

Best National Travel Retailer

Hays Travel

Best Travel Agency for Cruise Holidays

Hays Travel

Best Retailer for Forex/Travel Money

Hays Travel

Best Small Company for UK Short Breaks

Holiday Extras

Best Hotel Brand for Midscale Accommodation

Holiday Inn

Best Cruise Line for Expedition Voyages

Hurtigruten

Best Large Travel Company for Special Interest Holidays

Inghams

Best Large Travel Company for Activity/Sports Holidays

Inghams

Best Medium Travel Company to Hellenic Europe

Ionian & Aegean Island Holidays

Best Small Travel Company for Villa Holidays

Ionian & Aegean Island Holidays

Best Small Travel Company for Weddings & Honeymoons

Ionian Weddings

Best Airline for Short-haul Flights

Jet2.com

Best Airline for Economy Class Travel

Jet2.com

Best Large Travel Company to East/Southeast Europe

Jet2.com/Jet2holidays

Best Large Travel Company to Iberia/Macaronesia

Jet2.com/Jet2holidays

Best Large Travel Company to Italy/Western Med. Islands

Jet2.com/Jet2holidays

Best Large Travel Company to Hellenic Europe

Jet2.com/Jet2holidays

Best Large Travel Company for Summer Sun Holidays

Jet2.com/Jet2holidays

Best Large Travel Company for Winter Sun Holidays

Jet2.com/Jet2holidays

Best Large Travel Company for Family Holidays

Jet2.com/Jet2holidays

Best Large Travel Company for Luxury Holidays

Jet2.com/Jet2holidays

Best Travel Website for Flight Booking

Jet2.com/Jet2holidays

Best Small Travel Company to South America

Journey Latin America

Best Medium Travel Company for Singles Holidays

Just You

Best Medium Travel Company to the Indian Ocean

Kuoni

Best Medium Travel Company to Australasia/Oceania

Kuoni

Best Medium Travel Company for Luxury Holidays

Kuoni

Best Medium Travel Company for Weddings & Honeymoons

Kuoni

Best Medium Travel Company for Special Occasions Holidays

Kuoni

Best Medium Travel Company for Coach Holidays

Leger

Best Medium Travel Company for Special Interest Holidays

Leger

Best Large UK Airport for Leisure Travel

London Heathrow

Best Small Company for UK Holiday Home Rentals

Luxury Coastal

Best Small Travel Company to the Caribbean/Central America

Luxury Worldwide Collection

Best Medium Company for UK Family Holidays

Lyons Holiday Parks

Best Medium Company for UK Parks & Lodges Holidays

Lyons Holiday Parks

Best Small Travel Company to Southeast Asia

Mabuhay Travel

Best Small Travel Company to Canada

My Canada Trips

Best Small Travel Company for Tailor-Made Holidays

My Canada Trips

Best Small Travel Company for Touring Holidays

My Canada Trips

Best Medium Company for UK Coach/Touring Holidays

National Holidays

Best Medium Company for UK Holiday Home Rentals

National Trust Holidays

Best Small Travel Company for Wildlife & Nature Holidays

Naturetrek

Best Medium Travel Company for Activity/Sports Holidays

Neilson Active Holidays

Best Medium Travel Company for Ski/Winter Sports Holidays

Neilson Active Holidays

Best Medium Travel Company to Central/Northern Europe

Newmarket Holidays

Best Medium Travel Company to Italy/Western Med. Islands

Newmarket Holidays

Best Medium Travel Company to Sub-Saharan Africa

Newmarket Holidays

Best Medium Travel Company to Canada

Newmarket Holidays

Best Medium Travel Company to the U.S.A.

Newmarket Holidays

Best Medium Travel Company for Escorted Group Holidays

Newmarket Holidays

Best Medium Travel Company for Touring Holidays

Newmarket Holidays

Best Medium Travel Company for Safari Holidays

Newmarket Holidays

Best Small Company for UK Parks & Lodges Holidays

North Lakes Lodges

Best Small Travel Company to Western Europe

Osprey Holidays

Best Cruise Line for Family Holidays

P&O Cruises

Best Cruise Line for No-fly Cruise Holidays

P&O Cruises

Best Operator for Short Sea/Mini Cruises

P&O Ferries

Best Large Company for UK Family Holidays

Parkdean Resorts

Best Large Company for UK Parks & Lodges Holidays

Parkdean Resorts

Best Large Company for UK Short Breaks

Parkdean Resorts

Best Hotel Brand for Tourist Accommodation

Premier Inn

Best Hotel Brand for Upscale Accommodation

Radisson

Best Hotel Brand for Luxury Accommodation

Radisson Blu

Best Small Travel Company to the Middle East/North Africa

Red Sea Holidays

Best Large Travel Company to Sub-Saharan Africa

Riviera Travel

Best Large Travel Company for Arts & Culture Holidays

Riviera Travel

Best Large Travel Company for Singles Holidays

Saga

Best Large Travel Company for Escorted Group Holidays

Saga

Best Large Travel Company for Rail Holidays

Saga

Best Large Travel Company for Special Occasions Holidays

Saga

Best Cruise Line for Luxury Holidays

Saga

Best Hotel Brand for All-Inclusive Resorts

Sandals & Beaches Resorts

Best Small Travel Company to Central/Northern Europe

Santa Claus Trips

Best Small Travel Company for Family Holidays

Santa Claus Trips

Best Large Travel Company for Touring Holidays

Shearings

Best Large Travel Company for Coach Holidays

Shearings

Best Large Company for UK Coach/Touring Holidays

Shearings

Best Cruise Line for Ultra-Small/Boutique Holidays

Silversea

Best Small Travel Company for Ski/Winter Sports Holidays

Ski Safari

Best Travel Website for Price Comparison

Skyscanner

Best Medium Travel Company to East/Southeast Europe

Solmar Villas

Best Medium Travel Company to Iberia/Macaronesia

Solmar Villas

Best Medium Travel Company for Summer Sun Holidays

Solmar Villas

Best Medium Travel Company for Winter Sun Holidays

Solmar Villas

Best Medium Travel Company for Family Holidays

Solmar Villas

Best Medium Travel Company for Villa Holidays

Solmar Villas

Best Medium Travel Company for Tailor-Made Holidays

Solmar Villas

Best Small Travel Company for Singles Holidays

Solos Holidays

Best Company for Travel Insurance

Staysure Travel Insurance

Best Online/Call Centre Travel Retailer

Stewart Travel

Best Large Company for UK Holiday Home Rentals

Sykes Holiday Cottages

Best Small UK Airport for Leisure Travel

Teesside International Airport

Best Small Travel Company for Adventure Holidays

The Bucket List Company

Best Small Travel Company for Rail Holidays

The Railway Touring Company

Best Medium Travel Company to South America

Titan Travel

Best Medium Travel Company to Southern Asia

Titan Travel

Best Medium Travel Company for Wildlife & Nature Holidays

Titan Travel

Best Large Travel Company to Central/Northern Europe

Trailfinders

Best Large Travel Company to Southeast Asia

Trailfinders

Best Large Travel Company to Australasia/Oceania

Trailfinders

Best Large Travel Company for Tailor-Made Holidays

Trailfinders

Best Large Travel Company for Safari Holidays

Trailfinders

Best Medium Travel Company for Sports Tours Holidays

Travel Center

Best Small Travel Company for Escorted Group Holidays

Travel Department

Best Small Travel Company for Special Interest Holidays

Travel Editions

Best Travel Website for Accommodation Booking

Travel Republic

Best Medium Travel Company to the Middle East/North Africa

Travel Talk Tours

Best Medium Travel Company for Arts & Culture Holidays

Travel Talk Tours

Best Large Travel Company to Canada

Travelbag

Best Large Travel Company to Southern Asia

Travelbag

Best Travel Website for Travel Deals

Travelzoo

Best Large Travel Company for All-Inclusive Holidays

TUI

Best Large Travel Company for Weddings & Honeymoons

TUI

Best Medium Company for UK Short Breaks

ukBreakaways

Best Cruise Line for River Cruise Holidays

Viking

Best Large Travel Company to the U.S.A.

Virgin Holidays

Best Medium Travel Company to the Far East/Central Asia

Wendy Wu Tours

Best Airport Retailer for Food & Beverages

Wetherspoons

Best Ferry Operator for Routes from/to UK Ports

Wightlink

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British Travel Awards 2023 - FAQs

1. What are the British Travel Awards (BTAs) and how are the winners determined?

The British Travel Awards (BTAs) are prestigious accolades in the travel industry, honoring outstanding contributions and services based on consumer votes. Winners are determined solely by the number of public votes cast, with a transparent process that investigates any suspicious voting activity.

2. How many categories were covered in the British Travel Awards 2023, and why is it significant?

The British Travel Awards 2023 covered 76 categories, reflecting the diverse experiences in leisure travel. This extensive range underscores the awards' ability to capture the nuanced aspects of the industry and recognize excellence across various segments.

3.  What made the 2023 British Travel Awards unique compared to previous years?

 The 2023 British Travel Awards set a record with 1.56 million public votes, making it a standout year for consumer engagement. This increased participation highlights the growing importance of public opinion in determining industry benchmarks.

4.  Were there any new categories introduced in the 2023 British Travel Awards?

 Yes, the 2023 British Travel Awards introduced two new categories. Wetherspoons claimed the title of Best Airport Retailer for Food and Beverage, while Boots secured the position of Best Airport Retailer for Consumer Goods, adding fresh dimensions to the awards.

5.  How long was the voting period for the British Travel Awards 2023, and were participants rewarded?  

The voting period for the 2023 awards ran from June 19 to October 1, allowing ample time for travel enthusiasts to voice their opinions. All voters were entered into a draw for a substantial travel prize jackpot worth around £47,700, including cruises, holiday vouchers, and various other enticing travel experiences.

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