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The nominees include an exciting line up of over 35 companies

Introducing The Golden Backpack Awards – Celebrating The Best In Adventure Travel, Transport & Tours

The UK version of the Golden Backpack Awards has finally arrived. Taking place on 12 October 2011 at the spectacular Shaka Zulu in London, the gala evening event will honour excellence in travel. The inaugural awards will recognise tour operators, airlines, accommodation and transport providers who have shown outstanding commitment to the adventure and youth travel market.

The nominees include an exciting line up of over 35 companies from well-known names such as British Airways, Contiki, Intrepid Travel and Thomas Cook to smaller niche companies and industry newcomers such as Wicked Campers and Balkan Road Trip. The 19 award categories range from Best Tour Operator and Best Tour Itinerary to Best Festival Tour Operator and are being judged by TNT readers via a two-month online campaign at tntmagazine.com.

Lonely Planet‘s Tom Hall will be presenting the awards. Tom is a regular commentator on travel news and events in the media, including The Guardian’s weekly Ask Tom live travel talks online, BBC Breakfast, BBC Radio One, Sky News, CNN and Six Music. He is the author of Lonely Planet’s Best Ever Travel Tips and was voted Online Travel Journalist of the Year at the 2010 Travel Press Awards.

The UK version of the event, which has for the last four years been a fixture of the travel awards scene in Sydney, Australia, is to be held at the stunning Shaka Zulu in The Stables Market, Camden. Home to the famous TV Soap awards and London’s largest South African restaurant, its 27,000 sq ft is filled with carved wooden murals, creating a dramatic backdrop, perfect for a travel awards ceremony.

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