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The Isle of Wight is a Finalist in the Family Traveller Awards 2017

The Isle of Wight has been announced as a finalist in this year’s annual Family Traveller Awards in the “Best UK region for Families” category.

The public will have until 20th October 2017 to vote for the Island and every vote will automatically be entered into a prize draw to win a holiday for a family of four to Malta, worth £4,000. The winners for each category will be decided on by the expert judging panel and the responses from the public, with the winners being announced by a celebrity host at a glamourous celebration in London this November.

Now in its third year, The Family Traveller Awards are dedicated to finding the best of the best in family travel and celebrating brands that work hard to make family holidays special.

New for the 2017 Awards is the Reader’s Choice Awards – where the winners will be selected based solely on the majority public vote, with no input from the judging panel. Kids will call the shots in the ‘Best UK Days Out for Families category’, while mum and dad can have their say on what they think is the ‘Best UK Region’ and the ‘Best UK City Break’ for families.

Vist Isle of Wight is the Destination Management Organisation for the Isle of Wight and work in partnership with Visit England, Visit Britain, Tourism South East and other tourism bodies to promote the Island to UK mainland and overseas audiences. Their top-ranking website (www.visitisleofwight.co.uk) receives over 2.4million visitors a year.

In 2015, the Isle of Wight was Highly Commended for “Best Domestic Destination for Families” while Wightlink were Highly Commended in the “Best Family Ferry Operator” category.   Last year, the Isle of Wight Festival won in the “Best Family Festival” category.

Included in the Family Traveller Awards finals this year are the Isle of Wight in the Best UK region for Families category, Wigwam (which has a location at Tapnell Farm) in the Best Holiday Rental category, Carisbrooke Castle (English Heritage) in the Best UK Day Out category, Kingswood Family Adventure, (which has a location in Bembridge) in the Best Activity Specialist category and the Isle of Wight Festival in the Best Family Festival category.

David Thornton, CEO, Visit Isle of Wight said: “The Family Traveller Awards give consumers the opportunity to reward travel and tourism enterprises for outstanding performance and it’s wonderful to see the Island and so many of its tourism businesses in the running for these prestigious awards.

“We’re up against some big industry names, so please do spread the word and encourage everyone you know to vote for the Isle of Wight and circulate the message “Pure Island Happiness” is what the whole world needs right now”.

Last year, the awards were met with huge support from the travel industry and public, with over 27,000 public votes received. This year there are 21 different categories, up from 18 in 2016, ranging from Best European Hotel for Families, to Best Family Festival and Best Activity Specialist for Families.

This year, the panel of judges will consist of a range of travel experts, including: Jane Anderson, editor of Family Traveller magazine; Simon Reeve, BBC presenter; Mariella Frostrup, BBC Radio 4 presenter; Sue Ward Davies, travel director of ELLE and Jane Knight, travel editor of The Times.

To vote, go to  www.familytraveller.com/awards      

Everyone who votes will be automatically entered into a competition to in a £4,000 family holiday to Malta https://familytraveller.com/travel-competitions/family-traveller-awards-2017-malta/

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Notes to Editors

For more information, please contact: Sue Emmerson, Tel: 07766 705672, Email: sue@visitwight.co.uk

 

About Family Traveller:

Family Traveller is the UK’s premier media brand focusing on all things related to family centric travel. Family Traveller has a monthly reach of over 500,000 affluent UK families with a specific target audience of 30-50-year-old mothers with an ABC1 demographic. Family Traveller magazine is available at Waitrose stores nationwide and selected independent retailers. Our social media following is 100,000+ and the website has over 350,000 monthly unique visitors. The Family Traveller awards received 2,600 nominations in 2016 with a public vote recorded at 27,000.

Visit Isle of Wight

Working in partnership with Visit England, Visit Isle of Wight Ltd (VIOW) is responsible for developing tourism and attracting more visitors to the Isle of Wight.   As well as the consumer website www.visitisleofwight.co.uk the DMO also operates a small industry website containing recent research and tourism news along with links to Visit England reports and opportunities www.visitwight.org

 

Get social media updates from Visit Isle of Wight.   Go to https://www.facebook.com/VisitIOW, https://twitter.com/VisitIOW, https://instagram.com/visitisleofwight/, https://www.youtube.com/user/VisitIsleofWight, https://plus.google.com/114584030216192729120/posts

 

Isle of Wight receives Highly Commended (Best Destination for families) at the inaugural Family Traveller Awards

Visit Isle of Wight is excited to announce that the Island has been Highly Commended in the Best Domestic Destination for families category at the Family Traveller Awards 2015.

Hosted by BAFTA award winning presenter Katy Hill, the awards took place on 6 October 2015 at London’s highest viewing platform at the top of the tallest building in Western Europe, The View from The Shard.

The Awards, in association with Family and Friends Railcard and Efteling Theme Park were the first of their kind having been devised by Family Traveller magazine and familytraveller.com to recognise the best of the best in family travel.

The Awards revealed the results of the public and panel votes which saw over 26,000 recorded across 18 categories. The expert panel was made up of Family Traveller Columnists Simon Reeve and Mariella Frostrup, Family Traveller Editor Jane Anderson, The Times Travel Editor Jane Knight and Elle’s Travel and Lifestyle Director Sue Ward Davies.

Wightlink Ferries also won a Highly Commended Award in the Best Family Ferry Operator category at the ceremony.

Simon Dabell, Chairman, Visit Isle of Wight said: “I’m delighted that the Island has won two prestigious Family Traveller Awards.   Tourism is a very important industry in our area and I hope that the profile of these awards will help to bring even more visitors to the Island as it is a great reflection of the quality of our tourism offer.”

“I would like to congratulate the Wightlink Ferries and their team for their fantastic achievement and wish them every success in the future.”

“We were thrilled to be honoured by this popular magazine and website and delighted that so many of our customers voted for us in the online poll” said Head of Marketing at Wightlink, Mark Persad.

Andrew Dent, Publisher of Family Traveller magazine, said: “We are delighted with the travel industry’s response to our first ever Family Traveller Awards, and congratulate the Isle of Wight on their Highly Commended for Best Destination for families category.

 

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For further information about The Isle of Wight, please contact:  Sue Emmerson, Press Officer, Visit Isle of Wight, 07766 705672

sue@visitwight.co.uk

Notes to editors:

Working in partnership with Visit England, Visit Isle of Wight Ltd (VIOW) is responsible for developing tourism and attracting more visitors to the Isle of Wight.   As well as the consumer website www.visitisleofwight.co.uk the DMO also operates a small industry website containing recent research and tourism news along with links to Visit England reports and opportunities www.visitwightpro.com

Our Wightpress site brings you all the latest news and views from the Isle of Wight: http://visitwightpress.com/

Get social media updates from Visit Isle of Wight.   Go to https://www.facebook.com/VisitIOW, https://twitter.com/VisitIOW, https://instagram.com/visitisleofwight/, https://www.youtube.com/user/VisitIsleofWight, https://plus.google.com/114584030216192729120/posts

Family Traveller is a multi-platform media brand which is devoted entirely to helping parents find the right holidays for their family to maximize the precious time they have.

The Best Domestic Destination winner was Isle of Scilly, others on the shortlist were Guernsey, Cornwall, North Norfolk, Devon, Northumberland, Brighton & Hove, Cairngorm mountains, Cardiff Bay and Argyllshire.

The Best Family Ferry Operator winner was Brittany Ferries, others on the shortlist were DFDS Seaways, MyFerryLink, Hovertravel and Stena Line Harwich to Hook of Holland.

In all, 18 awards were presented on 6 October at London’s highest viewing platform at the top of the tallest building in Western Europe, The View from The Shard.

The Awards, in association with Family and Friends Railcard and Efteling Theme Park, were devised by Family Traveller magazine and familytraveller.com to recognise the best of the best in family travel.

The expert panel was made up of Family Traveller Columnists Simon Reeve and Mariella Frostrup, Family Traveller Editor Jane Anderson, The Times Travel Editor Jane Knight and Elle’s Travel and Lifestyle Director Sue Ward Davies.

http://familytraveller.com/news/family-traveller-awards-2015/