Each year we invite senior members of the travel industry to judge from a group of nominees a person whose has made an exceptional contribution to travel for the over 50s.
In 2017 our nominees are:
Managing Director – UK, Ireland and APAC
Jo’s lengthy career, starting as a rep in Mallorca, has given her experience of travellers across all ages. Her current role allows her and her team the opportunity to create luxury cruises, with the awareness that those over 50 enjoy many of the finer things in life! Within the industry, Jo has received many awards and is particularly known for her championship of matters LGBT.
Service is at the forefront of the ethos at Tropical Sky, which Mike founded in 2005, with specialist sub-brands for long-haul destinations. Mike is keenly aware of the diverse and adventurous requirements of the mature traveller, who seeks leisurely opportunities to enjoy culture. Tropical Sky has won awards inside and outside the industry.
Riviera Travel, much loved by silver travellers, is a recommended Which? provider due to the culture David has been instrumental in growing, namely deliver a genuine experience and never cut corners. His customers are very loyal as a result. Under David’s leadership, Riviera has become the UK’s largest escorted touring operator and river cruise line.
In her current role, Wendy has been highly innovative and is responsible for bringing river cruising to our televisions, with bespoke advertising aimed purely at the over 50s. She has focussed on thoroughly understanding thoroughly understanding her customers, their desires and wishes, which has led to Viking’s success.
Specialist Businesses at Kuoni UK
Francis has many years in travel, however his experience at Kuoni and in particular, heading up Jules Verne have led him to appreciate and respond to the needs of the older traveller – and whilst they may be less fast-paced than ‘young things’, they are certainly not dull. Recent new destinations, responding to older clients’ requests, include Iran and North Korea.
The judges this year are:
John McEwan, former President of ABTA
Mark Palmer, Travel Editor, Daily Mail
Derek Moore, Chairman of AITO
Maria Whiteman, Managing Director of Saga Holidays
Caroline Brown, Commercial Director of Shearings
Andrew Williams, Managing Director of Solos Holidays
Lyn Hughes, Editor of Wanderlust Magazine
Ben Briggs, Head of Marketing, Wendy Wu Tours
Amie Keeley, News Editor, Travel Weekly
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