Tim Shaw, Reader Awards

Tim Shaw to host National Geographic Traveller Reader Awards 2015

LONDON (20 November) — Tim Shaw will be hosting the National Geographic Traveller Reader Awards 2015, in association with Qatar Tourism Authority. The ceremony will take place in London this November, with the winners appearing in the Jan/Feb issue of National Geographic Traveller (UK).

Celebrating its fifth anniversary this year, National Geographic Traveller (UK) invited readers to vote for their favourite destinations, airlines, tour operators and more — and they replied in their thousands.

Pat Riddell, editor of National Geographic Traveller (UK), said: “We’re excited to have Tim hosting our inaugural awards. He’s a great fit for our brand, having presented multiple National Geographic Channel shows and we look forward to a great Awards evening.”

Tim Shaw is a radio presenter, TV host, madcap inventor and closet engineer. He’s presented primetime radio shows on nearly all the UK’s biggest commercial radio stations over the past 17 years, and with more than 14 global comedy and speech radio awards to his name, Tim moved into television seven years ago. He’s hosted National Geographic Channel’s Street Genius and Car S.O.S., Channel 4’s Extreme Male Beauty and three series of Channel 5’s Fifth Gear.

At the age of 12, Tim was certified as a ‘creative genius’ in problem solving by the British Dyslexia Association, and by the age of 16 he was designing products that are still on sale in high street shops, from folding walking aids to fast-flashing brake lights that illuminate when cars brake heavily and rubberised ice cube trays, plus many other items.

Having shunned a career in the lab, he admits his biggest fascination is with everyday people. It’s Tim’s belief everyone is interesting and one of his goals is to travel the world, meet everybody and learn as much as possible.

Those who entered the National Geographic Traveller Reader Awards 2015 were rewarded with the opportunity to win a number of fabulous prizes including a seven-night escape to Morocco, courtesy of Rickshaw Travel; a week’s winter luxury trip to France, courtesy of AliKats Mountain Holidays; and a long weekend in the UK, courtesy of Natural Retreats. Twenty National Geographic Traveller (UK) subscriptions were also up for grabs, as well as four Amazon Kindles.

Sponsors of the National Geographic Traveller Reader Awards 2015 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. qatartourism.gov.qa

G Adventures
G Adventures’ sustainable approach to small-group travel means the tour operator gives back wherever it goes. With eight travel styles on seven continents, G Adventures has a life-changing experience for everyone. gadventures.co.uk

Philippines Department of Tourism / Philippine Airlines
The tourism promotions board and the flag carrier of the Philippines have teamed up to sponsor the Reader Awards 2015. itsmorefuninthephilippines.com / philippineairlines.com

The global feedback engine is an award-winning consumer ratings and reviews platform. Offering a comprehensive solution that harnesses the power of customer reviews, using Feefo can enhance your online visibility, grow sales conversions and provide valuable customer insight. feefo.com

Exodus Travels
For over 40 years, Exodus Travels has been creating the best activity and adventure holidays on the planet, offering more than 450 trips to over 90 countries. exodus.co.uk

Swhype is a creative motion agency based in London. They work with their clients to create film, motion graphics and original content for broadcast, digital and tablet. swhype.com

Franciacorta signifies three things: the undiscovered region in the Northern Italian lakes, the production method and the wine. Franciacorta sparkling wines are arresting yet elegant, reflecting timeless and distinctive Italian style. franciacortawines.com

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


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National Geographic Traveller (UK) is published under license by APL Media, from the National Geographic Society in Washington, D.C. It became the 15th local-language edition when it was launched in December 2010. The magazine is also available in China, Spain, Russia, the Netherlands, Israel, Poland, Latin America, Armenia, Czech Republic, Croatia, Indonesia, Romania and South Africa. The 180-page travel and lifestyle magazine is packed full of you-are-there photography, authentic travel experiences and inspiring narratives. natgeotraveller.co.uk

National Geographic Traveler (USA) is the world’s most widely read travel magazine, created in 1984. It championed sustainable travel before it was cool and, eight times annually, celebrates journeys that are about place, experience, culture, authenticity, living like the locals and great photography. It makes a distinction between tourism and travel and stresses inquisitive, not acquisitive, trips. It employs storytelling and outstanding photography to inspire readers to pick up and go, eschewing fashion and fluff in favour of articles that offer a strong sense of place, inspiring narratives that make readers take trips, and solid service information to help them plan those trips.

The National Geographic Society is one of the world’s largest non-profit scientific and educational organisations. Founded in 1888 to “increase and diffuse geographic knowledge,” the member-supported Society’s mission is to inspire people to care about the planet. Through its online community members can get closer to explorers and photographers, connect with other members around the world and help make a difference. National Geographic reflects the world through its magazines, television programs, films, books, DVDs, radio, maps, exhibitions, live events, school publishing programs, interactive media and merchandise. National Geographic magazine, the Society’s official journal, published in English and 39 local-language editions, is read by more than 60 million people each month. The National Geographic Channel reaches 440 million households in 171 countries in 48 languages. National Geographic Digital Media receives more than 27 million visitors a month. National Geographic has funded more than 10,000 scientific research, conservation and exploration projects and supports an education programme promoting geography literacy. For more information, visit nationalgeographic.com



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