Our sponsors for the Silver Travel Awards 2017

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Headline Sponsor


‘Naomi Thornton, PR Manager from Saga Holidays: “We’re absolutely delighted to be sponsoring the 2017 Silver Travel Awards. Our partnership with Silver Travel Adviser means that holidaymakers really do have the information they need at their fingertips to enable them to travel with confidence. We’re really looking forward to another great event!”

Saga offers holidays to suit a variety of travel styles – from a taste of adventure to something a little more laid back. Unwind at a hotel, explore the local sights, discover a country on a tour or go for it on an adventure – the choice is yours!

Gold Sponsor


“We are thrilled to be partnering with Silver Travel Advisor in support of the 2017 Awards”, Ben Briggs, Head of Marketing at Wendy Wu Tours.

Wendy Wu Tours provide inspirational trips to Asia, specialising in China, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, India and Japan. Discover iconic sights and hidden treasures from the majestic Great Wall of China to stunning Halong Bay, the neon lights of Tokyo to the untouched shores of Burma’s Irrawaddy. Whatever itinerary you pick will be crafted by Asia specialists to be the very best holiday to this wonderful part of the world.

Silver Sponsor


Andrew Williams, Managing Director, is very pleased to continue sponsoring the Silver Travel Awards.

With over 30 years providing holidays for those travelling alone, in the UK and around the world, award – winning Solos Holidays are at the fore-front of this special market. Activity Holidays are a great way to get involved, with sports at all levels, including beginners, so you could try tennis, golf or skiing along with walking and cycling, in a friendly group. Or if touring, cruising or relaxing on a beach are your preferred holidays, these are options too. Every Solos Holiday has the advantage of a tour manager to ensure your trip is free from hassle, so you can get the best from every moment.

Bronze Sponsor


It is with great pleasure that we announce Shearings Holidays as our Bronze Sponsor again this year. Shearings Holidays offer the very best in coach travel around the UK and in Europe. Their outstanding, award-winning trips to Italy are high on the travel list for many of you. There is of course, always the option of flying. Or how about a wonderful train journey around Europe or the UK, maybe even heading to join a cruise. If you’re staying closer to home, why not choose one of the friendly Country and Bay Hotels around the UK, where you come and go as you please. The wide range of ways to travel and choices of accommodation are just what make this company so popular.

Drinks Reception Sponsor


Celebrating 25 years of radio in 2017; Classic FM has been educating, inspiring, comforting and motivating listeners with the greatest music, delivered by passionate and knowledgeable broadcasters, making classical music relevant and accessible to everyone. Today it’s the world’s biggest classical music brand reaching 7 million people across its platforms each week. Listeners have a broad range of interests and when it comes to travel they have a healthy appetite to explore the world and the available funds to do it. 65% of the audience take two – four holidays a year and 73% like to choose a different destination each time with 87% choosing a more luxurious break. When asked, over 60% said they would spontaneously book a holiday and 53% take less than a week when researching where to go. One of Classic FM’s most well-travelled personalities; Aled Jones will be hosting the Silver Travel Awards 2017. He will be also be presenting the special 25th anniversary Classic FM award – recognising an iconic travel brand.  

Source: Rajar Q4 2016 / Global Labs Travel Survey Sep 2015

Sponsor for Best Specialist or Activity Tour Operator


If you are looking for a wonderful holiday in Sun Park Living may be the answer. Staying in comfortable apartments where there’s the chance to enjoy community activities – shared meals, shopping trips, walks, art or Spanish classes, T’ai Chi and yoga – there’s never a dull moment and plenty of fun! Sun Park Living is all about active retirement, so that’s why they are enthusiastic supporters of this Award.

Sponsor for Best Overseas Destination Award


Offering everything from Alaska’s glaciers to Asian temples; the balmy Caribbean to colonial Canada; and, closer-to-home leisurely summer European cruises, Holland America Line epitomises the ultimate in worldwide premium travel experiences onboard 5-star mid-sized ships. 

Step onboard and find beautiful lounges adorned with fine art and antiques; large, comfortable staterooms, most with ocean views, many with private balconies; restaurants that sparkle with chandeliers, crystal and conversation – all which give the company its reputation of offering classic elegance with a modern twist. 

Via a new and exciting partnership with BBC Earth and AFAR magazine, guests will now enjoy access to the most immersive destination experiences both before and during their cruise.

Sponsor for Best Airline


Part of the prestigious family company Bland Group (established 1810) and a working partner of Gatwick Airport, Your Service Centre Skybreak has more than 20 years Customer Service experience at the UK’s second largest Airport. Skybreak has a history of helping passengers, from offering advice and support to those travelling through the airport, to assisting in the re booking of travel arrangements for those who have had the misfortune to have their plans disrupted. Your Service Centre offers a wide range of services, including budget to luxury hotels, coaches, rail and attractions in the UK and beyond. Silver Travel Advisor is proud to have partnered with Your Service Centre to produce The Silver Travellers’ Guide to Gatwick Airport – order your free copy now!

Sponsor for Best Operator for the Single Traveller

Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines FRED. OLSEN CRUISE LINES

Award-winning Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines are proud to be sponsoring the Best Operator for the Single Traveller category.

At Fred. Olsen, we understand what makes a cruise holiday so special. It’s sailing to incredible destinations far and wide in pure comfort with like-minded travellers, enjoying fabulous food as you glide across the ocean, discovering out-of-this-world experiences and forging friendships that will last a lifetime. This is why we carefully craft each and every one of our cruises – from weekend breaks in Dublin to 108-night voyages around the globe – to ensure your time on board with us is simply unforgettable.

Sponsor for Best Specialist Cruise Line


Four, the independent integrated agency, is delighted to be sponsoring the 2017 Silver Travel Awards. As one of UK’s leading travel and leisure specialists we help destinations, tour operators, airlines, cruise companies and hotels to stand apart from the crowd. With over 300 staff we are able to provide a full range of services including award-winning creative, media buying and planning, PR, digital, social engagement and brand strategy. Four has offices in London, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Dubai and Abu Dhabi.

Sponsor for Best Large Tour Operator


Avis Car Rental operates one of the world’s best-known car rental brands with approximately 5,500 locations in approximately 170 countries. Avis has a long history of innovation in the car rental industry and is one of the world’s top brands for customer loyalty. Avis is owned by Avis Budget Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: CAR), which operates and licenses the brand throughout the world. For more information, visit www.avis.com or www.avis.co.uk

Sponsor for Best Rail Holiday Provider


My InterRail just love trains and rail travel so they are proud to be sponsoring this Award. My InterRail gives seniors the opportunity to travel throughout Europe, across 29 countries, with a range of rail passes, which can be upgraded to First Class for just a little extra. No longer is travelling around Europe by train only for students! You too enjoy culture, music, art, shopping and relaxation across the entire continent! What are you waiting for?

Headline Media Sponsor

Mail Advertising Peter Davenport, Mail Advertising: “Daily Mail and Mail on Sunday readers took 17.8 million holidays and short breaks abroad in the last 12 months. With travel being so important to our readers we’re delighted to be sponsoring the 2017 Silver Travel Awards to celebrate the best travel players out there for the over 50s.”

Daily Mail
The Daily Mail is the leading mid-market daily newspaper in the UK with a readership of nearly 4m*. Established in 1896, it is hugely influential and remains an integral force in the British cultural and political landscape.

The Mail on Sunday
With 325m readers*, The Mail on Sunday is the most-read mid-market Sunday newspaper in the UK. Its loyal audience loves it for its ground-breaking investigative journalism, incisive debate, must-read features and award-winning supplements, including YOU magazine and EVENT.

*NRS figures for the period of July to December 2016.

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