Silver Travel Awards 2016

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Amanda Redman MBESilver Travel AwardsWe all had a wonderful time at the Silver Travel Awards on 22 June at a champagne reception in the London Transport Museum and our guests were delighted to be welcomed by a superb recital from the Classic FM string quartet. 

In a unique setting of buses, trams and other historic exhibits, we enjoyed a splendid evening of good company, fine Hungarian wine and we were thrilled to meet so many of you there. Read our Forum thread

The ceremony was hosted by the fabulous Actress Amanda Redman MBE, of BBC1’s New Tricks fame, who brought an extra touch of glamour to a very special evening. Amanda said:- “it’s a real honour to be able to present the awards to companies and destinations which best support the mature traveller”.

Watch our video of the ceremony highlights

Now in their second year, our Awards were supported by headline sponsor Iglu Cruise, with a total of 16 categories and were voted for by Silver Travellers. Our other main sponsors were Shearings and Solos Holidays; the champagne reception was sponsored by Classic FM and our trade sponsors were Travel Weekly.

Silver Travel Awards 2016

The runners-up and winners at the 2016 Silver Travel Awards

Best Ocean Cruise Line

Runner-up: Cruise & Maritime Voyages
WINNER: Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines
Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines

Best Specialist Cruise Line

Runner up: Swan Hellenic
WINNER: Noble Caledonia
Noble Caledonia     

Best River Cruise Line

Runner up: Viking River Cruises
WINNER: Emerald Waterways
Emerald Waterways

Best Large Tour Operator

Runner up: Saga Holidays
WINNER: Shearings Holidays

Best Escorted Tour Operator

Runner up: Shearings Holidays
WINNER: Voyages Jules Verne
Voyages Jules Verne

Best Specialist or Activity Tour Operator

Sponsored by JFA Systems
Runner up: Ramblers Worldwide Holidays
WINNER: HF Holidays
HF Holidays

Best Accessible Travel Provider

Runner up: Saga Holidays
WINNER: Enable Holidays
Enable Holidays

Best UK Attraction

Runner up: Alton Towers
WINNER: London Eye
London Eye

Best UK Town or City

Runner up: York
WINNER: London

Best UK Hotel Group

Runner up: Hilton Hotels & Resorts
WINNER: Premier Inn
Premier Inn

Best Self-Catering Operator

Sponsored by Holiday Property Bond
Runner up: Haven
WINNER: Forest Holidays
Forest Holidays

Best Airline

Sponsored by Your Service Centre Gatwick
Runner up: Emirates
WINNER: British Airways
British Airways

Best Car Hire Company

Sponsored by Indigo Car Hire
Runner up: Hertz

Best Overseas Destination

Sponsored by Holland America Line
Runner up: New Zealand

Best City Breaks Operator

Sponsored by Uniworld Boutique River Cruises
Runner up: Riviera Travel
WINNER: Kirker Holidays
Kirker Holidays

Best Rail Holiday Provider

Sponsored by My InterRail
Runner up: Ffestiniog Travel
WINNER: Great Rail Journeys
Great Rail Journeys

Exceptional Achievement Award

Graham SimpsonGraham Simpson
Founder and Chairman of Simpson Travel

Graham’s entrepreneurial achievement in building two successful businesses from scratch is testament to his vision and drive. Simply Travel catered for the older,  discerning traveller and Simpson Travel has carried that on with its focus on the over 50’s with a passion for life and adventure. His business further reflects the cornerstones of the Silver Travel Advisor ethos by employing people who are ‘silver’ themselves.

Lynn NarrawayLynn Narraway
Managing Director of Holland America Line and Seabourn

Lynn has amazing energy and drive and inspires everyone who meets her. Her altruism sets her apart from her peers and she provides support to those most in need at the same time as managing a successful business. Lynn deserves to be recognised for her commitment to the silver travel market, and for exemplifying the success that women can and should have in their chosen careers.

Silver Travel Awards 2016

Photos © Steve Dunlop Photography

Read about all of the nominees for the Exceptional Achievement Awards 2016

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