Project Description

National Geographic Traveller (UK) Reader Awards 2019



National Geographic Traveller (UK) readers are passionate about authentic, sustainable, experiential travel. Overtime, it became increasingly obvious it was important to recognise and reward the destinations, attractions and brands that live up to their expectations.


The annual Reader Awards launched in 2015, with various categories for readers to vote in over a four-month period. Designed to reflect a dynamic range of travel companies, TV shows, book, hotels, airlines and other numerous initiatives, the awards have become a byword for excellence and quality across the travel industry. Following the success of the previous events, APL Media and National Geographic Traveller — in association with Audley Travel — hosted the Reader Awards 2019.

Reader Awards 2019


The 2019 awards saw readers vote in 20 categories between June and September. The winners were announced at the National Geographic Traveller Reader Awards 2019, in association with Audley Travel. The ceremony, held at The Montcalm London Marble Arch on 4 December, was presented by Katrina Ridley and attended by some of the travel industry’s most senior figures.

The winners were also featured in the Jan/Feb 2020 issue of National Geographic Traveller (UK).

Voters were automatically entered into a draw to win a range of prizes, from a seven-night trip for two to the Dominican Republic to 20 National Geographic Traveller (UK) subscriptions.

Following the success of the past four years, the NGT Reader Awards will run again in 2020.


One to watch (city/region): Antarctica

Firm favourite (country): Italy

New national treasure (UK attraction): National Maritime Museum, London

Far & away (overseas attraction): Skywalk at Fuxi Mountain, China

One for the kids (family experience): Adventure Parc Snowdonia, Conwy

Right track (rail): DiscoverEU and Interrail

Across the waves (cruise & expedition): Celebrity Cruises’ Xpedition Class ships

Domestic bliss (UK hotel): Titanic Hotel Belfast

The destination hotel (overseas hotel): The Retreat at Blue Lagoon Iceland

Unique stays (accommodation worldwide): Panorama Glass Lodge, Iceland

High-flyer (airline): Emirates

The big operator (tour operators & travel agents): Trailfinders

The small-medium operator (tour operators & travel agents): Exodus Travels

The innovator (industry movers and shakers): Aberdeen Airport’s therapy dogs

Book worm (travel books): Around the World In 80 Trains, by Monisha Rajesh

Sound & vision (TV & radio): Amazing Hotels: Life Beyond The Lobby (BBC Two)

Beyond the recipe book (food & travel): Around the World in 80 Food Trucks, Lonely Planet

Tastiest food & travel show (TV, radio, podcasts): The Hairy Bikers’ Mediterranean Adventure (BBC Two)

Foodie hotspot (destination): Lisbon

The wish list (destination): Japan

Special contribution to travel: Felicity Aston MBE