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Kiran Jethwa announced as host of the National Geographic Traveller Reader Awards 2016

Kiran Jethwa

Kiran Jethwa announced as host of the National Geographic Traveller Reader Awards 2016

LONDON (2 November 2016) — Kiran Jethwa will be hosting the National Geographic Traveller Reader Awards 2016, in association with Qatar Tourism Authority. The ceremony will take place in London this November, with the winners appearing in the Jan/Feb 2017 issue of National Geographic Traveller (UK).

Celebrating its sixth anniversary this year, National Geographic Traveller invited readers to vote for their favourite destinations, airlines, tour operators and more. The 2016 awards has seen an additional five categories added, and a record 7,957 responses — up nearly 2,000 from last year.

Pat Riddell, editor of National Geographic Traveller (UK), said: “We’re very excited to have Kiran presenting our second annual awards. As an up-and-coming TV personality with a taste for adventure travel and extreme food, he’s the perfect host for our main event of the year.”

Kiran Jethwa is the star of the Channel 4 series The Fearless Chef, Food Unwrapped and Extreme Food. Regarded as Kenya’s first celebrity chef, and widely recognised for his self-taught, adventurous approach to cooking, he’s also a keen traveller. The Fearless Chef, which follows Kiran as he travels around the globe, sees him discovering indigenous ingredients and extreme methods of harvesting.

In October 2010, Kiran opened his first restaurant, Seven Seafood & Grill, in Nairobi, which was soon followed by Seven Grill & Lounge establishments. Born in Kenya to an Indian father and an English mother, Kiran currently lives in Kenya with his wife, Sarah and their one-year-old daughter, Indiana.

Those who entered the National Geographic Traveller Reader Awards 2016 were automatically entered into a prize draw. Holiday prizes included a seven-night cruise of Northern Iceland on board a brand 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.

Sponsors of the National Geographic Traveller Reader Awards 2016 are:


Qatar Tourism Authority

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.



Crystal Cruises
Crystal Cruises is the World’s Most Awarded Luxury Cruise Line™, having earned more “World’s Best” accolades than any other cruise line, hotel, or resort in history. crystalcruises.co.uk

Barrhead Travel
Established in 1975, Barrhead Travel specialises in all types of travel, from far-flung worldwide adventures and cruises to city escapes and summer-sun getaways. barrheadtravel.co.uk

Bring your best holiday photographs and happiest travel moments to life in a beautiful CEWE PHOTOBOOK and create a personalised keepsake you’ll always treasure. cewe-photoworld.com/photo-books

Swhype is the creative motion agency — experts in social video and film content for global brands and businesses. swhype.com

We treasure our members, ensuring they get their choice of the exclusive, quality products they desire at the very best price possible, guaranteed. Our exclusive member-only offers are industry leading and we allow members to earn ‘savings credits’ that they can use to save even more — all with the friendly, personalised service our esteemed members should expect. live-365.global/en

For more information, please visit natgeotraveller.co.uk/readerawards

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The National Geographic Traveller (UK) app is available for iPad from the App Store: bit.ly/NGTUKapp


National Geographic Traveller (UK) is published under license by APL Media Limited, from National Geographic Partners LLC in Washington, D.C. It was launched in December 2010, and is one of 17 local-language editions. The magazine is also available in Australia, China, Czech Republic, France, India, Indonesia, Israel, Italy, Germany, Hungary, Latin America, the Netherlands, Poland, Romania, Russia and Spain. The 180-page travel and lifestyle magazine is packed full of you-are-there photography, authentic travel experiences and inspiring narratives. natgeotraveller.co.uk

About National Geographic Travel (USA)

National Geographic Travel creates authentic, meaningful and engaging travel experiences through National Geographic Traveler magazine; National Geographic Expeditions; National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World; digital travel content; travel books; maps; and travel photography programmes. National Geographic Traveler (six issues per year) has 16 international editions. National Geographic Expeditions, the travel programme of the Society, offers a variety of unique travel experiences led by top experts to more than 80 destinations across all seven continents. National Geographic Travel books bring readers curated travel advice, photography and insider tips. nationalgeographic.com/travel

About National Geographic Partners LLC

National Geographic Partners LLC, a joint venture between National Geographic Society and 21st Century Fox, combines National Geographic television channels with National Geographic’s media and consumer-oriented assets, including National Geographic magazines; National Geographic Studios; related digital and social media platforms; books; maps; children’s media; and ancillary activities that include travel, location-based entertainment, archival sales, catalog, licensing and e-commerce businesses. A portion of the proceeds from National Geographic Partners LLC will be used to fund science, exploration, conservation and education through significant ongoing contributions to the work of the National Geographic Society. nationalgeographic.com


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