The annual National Geographic Traveller Reader Awards are our readers’ chance to have their say, voting for their favourite destinations, airlines and more.
In 2016, readers were again able to vote for their favourite destinations, airlines and tour operators, as well as five new categories, including best travel blog. The results were announced during a ceremony on 29 November 2016 at Le Meridien Piccadilly hotel in London, hosted by celebrity TV chef Kiran Jethwa. Michael Palin was also present to collect the award for Outstanding Contribution to Travel.
Winners were selected by a record 7,957 voters — almost 2,000 more than 2015 — and were automatically entered into a draw to win a range of prizes, from a seven-night cruise in northern Iceland to a year’s subscription to National Geographic Traveller (UK). Over 300 travel industry professionals attended the invite-only event, which was live-streamed on the night. The hashtag #NGTReaderAwards reached over 500,000 Twitter accounts with nearly 4 million impressions. Following the success of the past two years, the NGT Reader Awards will run again in 2017, with the awards ceremony due to be held on 27 November.