Our sponsors for the Silver Travel Awards 2019

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Gold Sponsors


It is with great pleasure that we announce Shearings Holidays as one of our Gold Sponsors 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 join Shearings for a relaxing river cruise. If you’re staying closer to home, why not choose one of the friendly Bay or Coast & Country Hotels, which are in some of Britain’s most popular holiday destinations. Choose from great value coach breaks or self-drive hotel breaks by car on which you can 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, leading to Shearings being crowned ‘Best Escorted Touring Operator (UK Tours)’ in last year’s awards, as well as being named runner up in the ‘Best Accessible Travel Provider’ category.

“We’re excited to be a gold sponsor of the Silver Travel Awards in 2019. Silver Travel Advisor website is such an important resource to customers and a great authority for travel in the over 50s community. We love working with Silver Travel Advisor and we are really looking forward to the awards evening in June!” Emma Morris, Shearings


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

“The Silver Travel Awards are a marvellous way of discovering what’s important to mature people. Avis is keen to show its commitment to travellers over 50, and so sponsoring these Awards makes perfect sense”,  Lynette Dungey, Head of Travel, International

Silver Sponsors

Saga Holidays

Saga Holidays – from Maria Whiteman, Managing Director, “We’re absolutely delighted to be sponsoring the 2019 Silver Travel Awards. It’s an exciting time to be in travel with more over-50s looking to immerse themselves in new experiences and cultures. Silver Travel Adviser offers these travellers the information they need at their fingertips to enable them to see the world with confidence. We’re 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!

Emerald Waterways

Emerald Waterways has been a proud supporter of Silver Travel Advisors since we launched in 2013 and we are very honoured to build on our close relationship by being part of the Silver Travel Awards for 2019”, says David Winterton, Head of Marketing UK & Global Brand Curator.

Emerald Waterways offers a diverse range of river and ocean cruises. A multi-award-winning tour operator, Emerald Waterways operates seven Star-Ships in Europe, two luxury yachts based in the Adriatic Sea and specially chartered river ships in Russia and Egypt. The new Star-Ship (Emerald Harmony) will join the fleet and sail on the Mekong River from summer 2019.

Bronze Sponsors

Wendy Wu Tours

“We are thrilled to be partnering with Silver Travel Advisor in support of the 2019 Awards”, Lucie Rutter, Brand Manager at Wendy Wu Tours.

Wendy Wu Tours provide inspirational tours and tailor-made holidays to some of the most iconic destinations in the world. Specialising in China, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, India, Japan and more recently South America, their comprehensive range of tours capture the very essence of the destination. From China’s Great Wall and Terracotta Warriors to Mount Fuji and Machu Picchu – whichever destination you choose, you’ll be in safe hands with their award-winning guides.

Solos Holidays

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.

“I’m delighted to be working closely with our good friends at Silver Travel Advisor again this year and look forward to bringing you all a whole range of exciting ideas for solo travel”, Andrew Williams, Managing Director.

Singapore Tourism

Singapore is so much more than the sum of its numerous attractions. It’s constantly evolving, reinventing, and reimagining itself, with people who are passionate about creating new possibilities. It’s where foodies, explorers, collectors, action seekers, culture shapers, and socialisers meet – and new experiences are created every day. Because we’re more than just a destination. We’re where passion is made possible.

Musical Partner

Classic FM

For over 25 years, 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. They are always in the market for holiday inspiration. 33% take up to a week researching where to go on holiday and 25% take less than a day to decide. 94% have been on an escorted tour and 83% enjoy taking ocean cruises.

Source: Global Labs Travel Survey September 2018


Global, the Media & Entertainment Group is home to brands including Heart, Capital and Classic FM. Wherever and whenever people want to consume music and entertainment, Global is there at scale. Across broadcast, mobile, social and live we reach weekly 32 million people every week.

Source: RAJAR W418

Media Sponsor

Kate Meillo, Head of Travel, Mail Metro Media, said: “Daily Mail and The Mail on Sunday readers took over 14 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 2019 Silver Travel Awards to celebrate the best travel players out there for the over 50s.”

Daily Mail

Daily Mail is the leading mid-market daily newspaper in the UK. Established in 1896, it is hugely influential and remains an integral force in the British cultural and political landscape.

The Mail on Sunday

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.

Travel Trade Media Sponsor

Travel Weekly

Travel Weekly is the UK’s market-leading publication and digital news site for the travel industry, and boasts a presence in print, online and with an extensive portfolio of events. Travel Weekly provides unrivalled news, analysis and features on the people, products and issues facing the travel industry, and is published by an award-winning editorial team on 51 weeks of the year.

Lucy Huxley, Travel Weekly Group editor-in-chief, said: “Travel Weekly is delighted to be the official trade media partner of the Silver Travel Awards once again, and to be supporting the dynamic and growing market for the ever-more discerning and adventurous over-50s traveller. We are really pleased to be involved in the Silver-i Award judging process and to be presenting an award to the Best Travel Agent serving this sector.”

Category Sponsors

Holland America Line

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, making them the ideal sponsor of the Best Cultural Tour Operator Award.

On an elegant, perfectly-sized ‘hotel at sea’, as well as enjoying spacious accommodation, attentive service and delicious dining choices, guests will feel the history, culture and cuisine of the incredible places they visit come to life through regional cuisine, entertainment, Explorations Central destination experiences and more.

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.

HF Holidays

HF Holidays have been creating walking and activity holidays since 1913. Our awarding winning holidays are designed with passion and adventure as well as giving choice and flexibility , whilst offering the best walking itineraries, unforgettable experiences and local cuisine. Stay in one of 18 UK country houses nestled in some of the most breath-taking areas of Britain, or let us take you worldwide – we fly to over 70 destinations across 6 continents, with a troop of over 800 volunteer leaders making our holidays exceptional every time! ‘We are delighted to be sponsoring the Best destination Award’, Michelle Laverick, Head of Marketing.

“We’re thrilled to be sponsoring the Silver Travel Awards for the first time this year, after being Award Winners for the last three years! It’s a fantastic opportunity to support Silver Travel Advisor who have our customers at their heart”, Michelle Laverick, Head of Marketing.


TourHound is the UK’s leading Touring & Adventure search website which aggregates real-time tour content, itineraries and prices from over 50 leading specialist tour operators. Visitors to its website can search and compare selected tours using a range of selected criteria and once found, they can book their tour directly with their chosen tour operator. ‘We’re pleased to be sponsoring the Best Escorted Tour Awards for Luxury, UK and Europe & Long Haul’, Laurence Hicks, Founder.

National Rail

National Rail works on behalf of the train companies in Britain to provide you with information on all passenger rail services on the National Rail network in England, Wales and Scotland. You can also visit friends, family and explore Britain for less with National Rail’s range of Railcards. At just £30 a year (or £70 for three years) the Senior Railcard can save you 1/3 off your rail journeys, plus give you discounts on days out, holidays, theatre and more. For more information visit railcard.co.uk

World of Cruising

World of Cruising offers cruisers everything they need for a memorable holiday at sea. From our luxurious monthly magazine to our constantly updated social media sites, we offer our audience unparalleled access to all the latest news and ship reviews in the cruising market. World of Cruising offers holidaymakers everything they need to know, from choosing their trip destination and ship to what to take on board and how to make the most of every moment of their vacation. Our aim is provide a one-stop shop for seasoned travellers and those new to cruise.

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