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National Geographic Traveller Reader Awards 2016

Winners announced: National Geographic Traveller Reader Awards 2016

Michael Palin was among the winners announced at the National Geographic Traveller Reader Awards 2016.

The 2016 awards saw an additional five categories added, with winners selected by a record 7,957 readers – up nearly 2,000 from last year – who voted for their favourite tour operator, blog, destination, and more.

Michael Palin, British Airways and New York were among the winners announced at the National Geographic Traveller Reader Awards 2016, in association with Qatar Tourism Authority.

Celebrity chef and TV presenter Kiran Jethwa hosted the awards ceremony at Le Meridien Piccadilly in London on 29 November, which was attended by some of the travel industry’s top executives and senior figures.

Pat Riddell, editor of National Geographic Traveller (UK), said, “A huge congratulations to all the winners and finalists, and a huge thanks to all those who took part. Our readers are a knowledgeable, sophisticated, well-travelled bunch who don’t need much prodding to air their views – so it’s very satisfying to reward their favourite destinations, attractions and companies.

“And, of course, a very special mention goes to Michael Palin, who received our Outstanding Contribution to Travel Award this year. As far as we’re concerned, he’s nothing short of a national treasure, on account of his hugely significant and influential career to date.”

The 2016 awards saw an additional five categories added, with winners selected by a record 7,957 readers – up nearly 2,000 from last year – who voted for their favourite tour operator, blog, destination, and more. The winners will be featured in an eight-page spread in the Jan/Feb 2017 issue of National Geographic Traveller (UK).

Voters were automatically entered into a prize draw. Holiday prizes included a seven-night cruise of northern Iceland on board a new, boutique 17-cabin yacht with Variety Cruises; and a seven-night ski trip to Austria, courtesy of VIP SKI. An Apple iPad mini 2, two Amazon Kindles and 20 National Geographic Traveller (UK) subscriptions were also up for grabs.

2016 Reader Awards Winners

Short-haul Country
Italy

Long-haul Country
USA

Short-haul City
Barcelona

Long-haul City
New York

Short-haul Airlines
British Airways

Long-haul Airline
British Airways

Overseas Hotel group
Hilton Hotels & Resorts

UK Hotel Group
Premier Inn

Tour Operator
Kuoni

Family Travel Company
Thomas Cook

Rail Journey
Rocky Mountaineer, Canada

Cruise Line
P&O Cruises

Overseas Attraction
Grand Canyon, USA

UK Attraction
Eden Project

New Cultural Experience
Lincoln Castle (renovation), UK

New Green Initiative
Wilderness Safaris – Rhino Conservation Project

Travel Blog
Budget Traveller

Travel Book
The Road to Little Dribbling, by Bill Bryson

Travel TV Programme
Great Barrier Reef with David Attenborough (BBC)

OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTION TO TRAVEL
Michael Palin

Qatar Tourism Authority (QTA) works with stakeholders to promote the development of a sustainable and mature tourism sector, positioning the country as a leading tourism destination.

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