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British Annual Canada Travel Awards celebrate 25 years.

CTC’s annual UK awards luncheon acknowledges the best travel agent, tour operator, online coverage of Canada and more.

27 February 2015

The UK office of the Canadian Tourism Commission (CTC) marked a silver anniversary for the 2014 British Annual Canada Travel Awards (BACTA).

The 25th anniversary of the annual awards luncheon—a staple in the British travel industry calendar—took place Feb. 26 at BAFTA 195 Piccadilly in London.  Appropriately, the theme for the luncheon was Canada in the movies, hugely enjoyed by the 120-plus guests, some of whom marked 25 years at the awards themselves—that’s real dedication to Canada!

The judging duties had a fair division of labour: consumers voted for their fave ski tour operator, UK travel agents nominated the best tour operator, editors and PR reps monitored the top media and online coverage, while CTC-UK had the final word on the Keep Exploring award.

Without further ado, let’s meet the silver six winners:

NEW AWARD: Best Travel Agent Award (by agent sales)
Ann Anglesea , Delmar World
Runners-up: Claire Moore, Peakes Travel Elite
Maria Millard, Miles Morgan Travel
Pat Waterton, Langley Travel
Sue Baker, Villair

Best Ski Tour Operator (voted)
Crystal Ski

Runners-up: Canadian Affair, Inghams

Best Tour Operator (voted)
1st Class Holidays

Runners-up: Prestige Holidays, Thomas Cook

Keep Exploring Award (recognizing excellence in a marketing campaign promoting Canada in 2014; judged by the CTC)
Black Tomato
Runners-up: Canadian Affair, Trailfinders

Best Canada Media Coverage 2014 (judged)
Phoebe Smith, Wanderlust (Beyond the End of the Road)
Runners-up: Mark Carwardine, The Sunday Telegraph (In Search of Canada’s ghost bear)
Ian Belcher, Brummell (Beauty in the Beast)

NEW AWARD: Best Online Canada Coverage 2014 (judged)
Kerry Christiani, Lonely Planet blog (Wild Quebec: encountering nature in Canada’s backyard)
Runners-up: Nikki Bayley, The Maple Life Hello Blog(Crossing Canada by Train)
Jack Palfrey, World Travel Guide(Land of the Living Skies, Saskatchewan)

The award sponsors for the luncheon were Travel Yukon, Destination British Columbia, Travel Alberta, Travel Manitoba, Ontario Tourism, Destination Quebec and Atlantic Canada Tourism Partnership.

“These awards are a great celebration of the work carried out promoting Canada in the UK, rewarding the dedication and creativity of both travel trade and media,” says Rupert Peters, CTC vice-president, International (interim). “Given the growing global importance of travel as an industry, prospects couldn’t be better for the next 25 years for Canada in this market.”

  • Here comes the sun: CTC-France put Canada front and centre in French travel agents’ minds at a summer-season launch event in Paris last month. Acting as sponsoring partner alongside host tour operator Visiteurs, CTC-France had a dedicated booth, giving presentations to 22 travel agents.

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