The award tops an eventful year for the magazine. In addition to being nominated for several other prestigious awards, it successfully launched the inaugural National Geographic Traveller Reader Awards — held in London’s Le Meridien Piccadilly last week — while also holding its first photography exhibition plus masterclasses in both travel writing and photography.
Pat Riddell, editor, said: “Winning this award last year was a fantastic achievement, but to win it again in 2015 is even better, especially as there’s been no let up in the levels of competition. It’s been another very busy year for the magazine, so it’s really satisfying to know that we’re doing something right.”
Anthony Leyens, chief executive of APL Media, the publishers of National Geographic Traveller, said: “Thank you to all those who voted and congratulations to our hardworking and dedicated team of professionals who I’m enormously proud of.
“We’re so delighted to receive this award because it recognises the quality of the content we’ve been producing across all media platforms — and what makes it even more special is that, with a record number of UK travellers voting this year, we’ve won this based on a consumer vote.”
British Travel Awards’ chief executive Lorraine Barnes Burton said: “More than a quarter of a million consumers voted this year to determine the winners of the 2015 British Travel Awards – it’s the largest awards programme in the UK and to win is a clear statement that companies are providing excellence in travel to the discerning consumer. The travelling public regard the British Travel Awards winners logo as the benchmark for excellence when it comes to finding out who are the best travel companies and National Geographic Traveller is to be congratulated on their achievement.”
The award further cements its position as a leading title in the consumer travel market. The 180-page magazine celebrates compelling storytelling featuring award-winning writers, you-are-there-photography and inspiring narratives.
National Geographic Traveller success continues
Pat Riddell was also shortlisted for the Digital Editor of the Year, Consumer in the British Society of Magazine Editors (BSME) Awards 2015.
National Geographic Traveller has been shortlisted in the category Consumer Media Brand of the Year, at the Professional Publishers Association (PPA) Independent Publisher Awards.
And finally, three contributors were shortlisted for Association of Independent Tour Operators (AITO) awards. Zoe McIntyre won a silver award in the Young Travel Writer of the Year category, while Chris Leadbeater and Adrian Phillips were shortlisted for the Travel Writer of the Year and Travel Blogger of the Year awards, respectively.