Silver Travel Awards 2015

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Jennie BondSilver Travel Advisor Awards

We asked you to vote for your favourite holiday companies and destinations; and for hotels or B&Bs which gave you a special experience.  Attractions which went the extra mile to meet your needs, and airlines or rental car companies which you like to recommend to others?

And here are the long awaited results of the Silver Travel Awards which were announced at the Dinosaur Gallery of the Natural History Museum on 4th June 2015. The charming broadcaster, Jennie Bond, welcomed our nominees and winners, as well as our valued sponsors including Headline Sponsor, Imagine Cruising.  And our Patron John Carter made special mention of our Exceptional Achievement Awards nominees. See all photos and watch our video.

Best Cruise Line

MSC Cruises
Peter Shanks (Imagine Cruising), Giles Hawke (MSC Cruises), and Debbie Marshall (Silver Travel Advisor)

Best Tour Operator

Thomson Holidays
Peter Shanks (Imagine Cruising), Harriet Massetti (Thompson), and Debbie Marshall (Silver Travel Advisor)

Best Limited Mobility Provider

Warner Leisure Hotels
Mark Nicholls(Quingo Mobility Scooters), Tony Ineson (Warner Leisure Hotels), and Debbie Marshall (Silver Travel Advisor)

Best UK Town

Tony Ineson (Warner Leisure Hotels), Sandie Daw (London & Partners), and Debbie Marshall (Silver Travel Advisor)

Best Hotel

Warner Leisure Hotels
 Harry Heeley (The National Trust) Tony Ineson (Warner Leisure Hotels), and Debbie Marshall (Silver Travel Advisor)

Best Bed and Breakfast

Tregenna, Pembrokeshire
Denis Wormwell (Shearings), Deborah Robinson (Tregenna, Pembrokeshire), and Debbie Marshall (Silver Travel Advisor)

Best Self-Catering Accommodation

Center Parcs

Best Airline

British Airways

Best UK Attraction

Tower of London
Naama O’Ryan Kaplan (Israeli Government Tourist Office), Lesley Terrell (Historic Royal Palaces), and Debbie Marshall (Silver Travel Advisor)

Best Car Rental Company

Andy Fairburn (Solos Holidays), Evalin Imperatrice and Stanimira Georgieva (Hertz), and Debbie Marshall (Silver Travel Advisor)

Best Coach Operator

Shearings Holidays
Andy Fairburn (Solos Holidays), Denis Wormwell (Shearings), and Debbie Marshall (Silver Travel Advisor)

Best Rail Holiday Provider

Great Rail Journeys
Pinar Yuce (My InterRail), Alex Roberts (Great Rail Journeys), and Debbie Marshall (Silver Travel Advisor)

Best Overseas Destination

Peter Shanks (Imagine Cruising), Pamela Newman (on behalf of the USA Tourist Board), and Debbie Marshall

Exceptional Achievement Award

Paul Bennett, Founder and Managing Director of Grand UK Holidays

Paul Bennett, Founder and Managing Director of Grand UK Holidays  
  Paul said: "This says a lot about the company and
  the people who have helped us get to where we
  are today, including the first person I took on who
  is still with the company. It is a collective effort and
  a great privilege to win,"

Read about all of the nominees for the Exceptional Achievement Awards

• Martyn Lewis talks to Debbie Marshall, MD, about the Silver Travel Awards on The Wireless.

If the soundplayer does not display properly, please click here to listen

Headline Sponsor
We are delighted that our headline sponsor is Imagine Cruising, experts in luxury cruise holidays ans stay holidays, offering unique holidays and destinations from leading cruise lines around the world. So for specialist advice, you cannot go wrong. Imagine Cruising’s Development Director, Peter Shanks is looking forward to being part of our Awards and very much values the importance of Silver Travellers.

Gold Sponsor of the Silver Travel Awards

We welcome the The National Trust as our Gold Sponsor, and we are honoured to be associated with this important charity and the work it does to preserve historic homes, gardens and landscapes. The National Trust also offers a number of holiday options throughout the UK with over 400 cottages, 120 working holidays and a number of campsites and bunkhouses.

Israel Government Tourist OfficeSilver Sponsor of the Silver Travel Awards
We are very pleased that the Israel Government Tourist Office have joined us as the Silver Sponsor.  Naama Oryan-Kaplan from the IGTO said “We are delighted to be the Silver Sponsor of the first Silver Travel Awards.  Mature travellers understand the importance of visiting a destination that can enrich their minds as well as delight their senses - Israel is that type of country.”

Bronze Sponsor of the Silver Travel Awards
We are very pleased to welcome Solos Holidays as our Bronze sponsor. Solos Holidays have been providing wonderful trips, both short and long, for those travelling alone, for over 30 years. Whether you want to explore in China, go walking in Catalonia or relax in Crete, there will be a holiday for you. Solos Holidays and Silver Travel Advisor both believe that travel can be enjoyed by everyone.

Bronze Sponsor of the Silver Travel Awards

Our valued partners at Shearings Holidays are also Bronze sponsors.  Whether you are looking for short breaks and escorted tours by coach, Battlefield Tours, River Cruising or UK Hotels, Shearings have over 100 years of experience. Specialists in the very best holiday experiences for the over 50s, Shearings are delighted to take part in our Silver Travel Awards.

Sponsor of the Best Limited Mobility/Accessible Travel Provider
The Silver Travel Award for Best Limited Mobility / Accessible Travel Provider is proudly sponsored by Quingo mobility scooters - the world’s only 5 wheel mobility scooter, improving accessibility by offering enhanced stability, maximum manoeuvrability and full ergonomic posture control. This provides the user with superior comfort on all journeys.

Quingo mobility scooters are proud to be involved with the Silver Travel Awards. Silver Travel Advisor share their ethos of promoting accessibility and safe mobility.

Sponsor of the Best UK Town Award

Warner Leisure Hotels, based at 13 superb locations around the UK, are excited to be sponsoring this Award.  Warner Leisure Hotels  offer fantastic, fun short breaks just for adults, with excellent dining, great entertainment and an inspiring range of activities.  Whether you’d like to stay in an historic house or a coastal village, the choice is yours. Which wonderful town will you pick?

InterRailBest Rail Holiday Provider

My InterRail, passionate providers of European train travel are the proud sponsors of this award. My InterRail give you the chance to enjoy a rail adventure like no other through the entire continent with a brilliant rail pass range. From European history and food, to great shopping and fascinating art, it’s possible to see it all with the InterRail Pass of your choice. The question is, will you get on board?

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  • chrismse
    over 6 years ago
    Completed the form. Good luck
  • Silver-Travel-Advisor
    over 7 years ago
    Many thanks for your nominations, we have had a great response so far.
  • Silver-Travel-Advisor
    over 7 years ago
    Hi - if you would like to send us your husband's vote by email to [email protected], we will be very happy to register it for him. Apologies if you have already posted your letter - we very much appreciate your votes.
  • jimbill
    over 7 years ago
    Dear sir
    My nominations for Silver Travel awards
    Best Cruise line: - P+O
    My nomination is P+O, because of the quality of dress displayed by the staff; we particularly like the female officers wearing Tricorn hats. The quality of food and the quality of the Cabins is excellent. The standard of care for people with eating disabilities is excellent. After the first night if a person has a dietary requirement they are offered a special menu to suit their needs. They also have a dedicated waiter! The ships are modern and take into account people with disabilities providing superb toilet facilities. They also have dedicated vehicles (trip buses) available for wheelchair bound holiday makers, we have never seen that anywhere else. The Cabin beds are very comfortable and the standard of evening entertainment is very high.
    Best hotel: - Daffodil hotel
    I would put forward the Daffodil hotel, Lake Grasmere in the Lake District. The hotel has a large car park it also has good parking for the disabled traveller. It is very close to the small town of Grasmere and it has superb views over the lake. They also have a bus stop right outside the hotel so after viewing Dove Cottage (Wordsworths' house) and visiting and exploring Grasmere you can hop on the local service bus to explore the lakes! The rooms are well designed and spacious. the restaurant is also well placed within the hotel. It has a lovely outside patio area to sit out and enjoy the late evening sunshine.
    Best airline: - Emirates.
    As they give excellent on board entertainment vital when travelling long distances very comfortable planes with ample leg room, the meals are well prepared too.
    Best destination: - Dubai
    Modern destination with really good disabled facilities for transport and shopping. The sunny weather is also a great bonus. The people of Dubai all seem to speak English and the foreign workers certainly do. Getting through customs is hassle free too. The staff dedicated to assisting the disabled are very plentiful and helpful. There are good shopping and eating facilities too in the airport as well as in the city of Dubai.

  • holiday-lover
    over 7 years ago
    Was disappointed that I could not let my husband give his vote for our coach firm in the silver advisor awards. I had voted so realise my email address would be recognised but I think it should allow for both to give their votes. He will not lose out because we will send a postal entry even though that will be more expensive for us -----Our coach firm is worth that.