The glitzy awards were held at the London Ice Rink venue in South Kensington on Wednesday, November 14th and the night saw 50 of the top travel experiences and attractions including game reserves, theme parks and interactive museums crowned winners in the newly formatted Family Traveller Excellence Awards, hosted by renowned singer songwriter, Sophie Ellis-Bextor.
In a pioneering new approach to the awards to make them more meaningful and relevant to how British families are travelling, Family Traveller moved away from the traditional set award categories such as best hotel for families to adapt to the emerging and changing travel trends. This bold move gave their readers and subscribers the freedom to nominate the most unique, unusual and family friendly travel brands and experiences. These were then grouped into ten clear and well-defined themes which naturally occurred through the nominations.
Over 110,000 votes were cast by Family Traveller readers and subscribers to find the 50 Excellence Award Winners, double the number of votes cast for the 2018 awards.
Sophie Ellis-Bextor, the host for the evening said “The outstanding calibre of the award winners really shows what’s important to Family Traveller readers when choosing and booking their holiday experiences. As a mum of five boys it’s important to me that they not only have a wonderful time, but they are also educated by other cultures and experiences.”
Jane Anderson, editor, Family Traveller said “It’s vital to us that we are constantly evolving with the times and offering our audience choice. We know their holidays are precious and we have seen from the awards that sustainability and environmental impact is a real deciding factor when they choose to book an experience or holiday. We want to support those intentions and will continue to raise the bar with the content we create and make sure it’s topical and informative to help them make those informed decisions.”
Diggerland were awarded partly for their innovative commitment to the environment and sustainability. All Diggerland parks boast carbon-neutral biomass boilers, solar panels on the roofs of all buildings, electric vehicle charging points and also have partnered with EVision Electric Vehicle Hire to providing collection and drop off points for EVision customers.
The Diggerland UK Theme Parks are located in Kent, Devon, Durham and Yorkshire; and offer a unique experience whereby children and adults can ride on, drive and operate real JCB and Komatsu construction machinery, including various diggers and dumpers.