Members of the Association of Touring and Adventure Suppliers (Atas) scooped a host of honours at Travel Weekly’s Globe Travel Awards 2020.
Kuoni, APT and associate member Gold Medal won two gongs each at the awards ceremony on Thursday (January 16) which was attended by 1,200 guests at the Great Ballroom at Grosvenor House on London’s Park Lane.
Other Atas members to win were Trafalgar, G Adventures and Wendy Wu Tours, along with associate member Holiday Extras.
Cosmos sponsored the host of the event, Hollywood star Richard E Grant, who shared stories about A-list celebrities and Donald Trump.
There was also good news for Cosmos when the operator won a £250,000 advertising campaign from the event’s consumer media partner Hearst.
Other stars performing at the ceremony included Blue and Sophie Ellis-Bextor, courtesy of sponsors Carnival Cruise Line and Kuoni.
Wendy Wu Tours sponsored a traditional Chinese display and gave away four cruises on new river vessel Victoria Mekong.
Paul Melinis (pictured with staff), managing director at APT and chairman of Atas, commented: “We’re so delighted to have been voted Best River Cruise and Best Premium Touring Company at the Globe Travel Awards by our travel agent partners.
“The trade make up around 75% of our current business and we see them as more than just a partner, but as an extension of our own business.
“To receive this recognition from agents up and down the country is overwhelming, and a true testament to the service and product we provide and the real partnerships we have built with them over the many years.”
Atas winners at Travel Weekly Globe Travel Awards 2020:
On the Move, sponsored by P&O Ferries
Best Mainstream Touring Company – Trafalgar
Best Premium Touring Company – APT
Best Adventure Operator – G Adventures
Long-Haul, sponsored by Norwegian Cruise Line
Best Long-Haul Operator – Kuoni
Best Long-Haul Specialist Operator – Wendy Wu Tours
Best Luxury Operator – Kuoni
Best Consolidator – Gold Medal
Serving the Industry, sponsored Palladium Hotel Group
Best Insurance Provider – Holiday Extras
Best Trade Sales Team – Gold Medal and Travel 2
On the Water, sponsored by icelolly.com
Best River Cruise Company – APT
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