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2017 Travvys: A Look Back at the 2016 Best Escorted Tour Operator Winners

Tour Operator | Trafalgar | Art Kramer | December 01, 2016

2017 Travvys: A Look Back at the 2016 Best Escorted Tour Operator Winners

Awards season is upon us and the 2017 Travvy Awards are fast-approaching. This relatively new celebration of the travel industry is quickly becoming one of the most celebrated events and the 2017 awards will be no different. 

New York’s Gotham Hall will once again set the stage for the Travvy Awards where the coveted gold statuettes will be handed out to a crowd of industry greats on Jan. 27, 2017.

Looking forward to the 2017 Travvy Awards, we are remembering some of the winners that have graced the stage in previous years. 

Best Escorted Tour Operator Overall: TRAFALGAR

Trafalgar, a multiple winner in the 2016 Travvys, is one of the longest surviving tour operators, one of the most popular and one of the inventors of what we know as modern tour operating. Founded in 1947, Trafalgar developed a model that worked so well it made the company one of the highest-volume escorted tour operators,offering more than 230 tours in Europe, North America, South America, Asia, Africa and Australia. In 2011 the company reinvented itself, creating tours that are fun and effortless, with unique experiences in destinations, including personal meetings with locals. The result has been a spectacular success.

RUNNER-UP: Abercrombie & Kent

Founded in 1962 in Kenya as a safari operator, Abercrombie & Kent today has a network of more than 60 destination management offices around the world. The company offers unique, high-end trips to multiple destinations on every continent in a wide range of travel styles and prices. A&K has also been reinventing itself in recent years with its moderately priced Connections programs, upgraded and expanded private jet programs,
and new and challenging slate of special trips.

TOUR OPERATOR WINNERS BY REGION, NICHE AND STAFF (Gold and silver winners, respectively)

Best Escorted Tour Operator-Africa: Micato Safaris, Abercrombie & Kent
Best Escorted Tour Operator-Australia: Trafalgar, Globus
Best Escorted TourOperator-Europe: Trafalgar, Back-Roads Touring
Best Escorted Tour Operator-Mexico & Latin America: Trafalgar, Classic Vacations
Best Escorted Tour Operator-Pacific Asia: Trafalgar, SITA World Tours
Best Escorted Tour Operator-U.S. & Canada: Collette, Trafalgar
Best Escorted Tour Operator-Adventure: G Adventures, Micato Safaris
Best Escorted Tour Operator-Family: Trafalgar, Micato Safaris
Best Escorted Tour Operator-LGBT: Zoom Vacations, Oscar Wilde Tours
Best Escorted Tour Operator-Luxury: Abercrombie & Kent, Micato Safaris
Best Tour Guides: Abercrombie & Kent, Collette
Best Tour Reservations Team: Kensington Tours, Travel Impressions

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READ MORE: The 2016 Travvy Awards Winners List  

If you didn’t attend last year’s gala, see what you missed here.  And get ready, as travAlliancemedia CEO Mark Murphy promises that the third edition of the show will be the most electric night of the travel industry awards season.
Make sure you grab your seat or table now — the event is sure to sell out with only limited seating still available. Individual seats are still available for $450 per person. So make sure you act now to get your favorite travel professional a holiday gift that will let them network with the industry’s elite stars.
If you’re interested in more information on the gala or to inquire about availability of the $4,000 VIP tables, contact travAlliancemedia at 865-505-1400 or email awards@travalliance.com.

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