2021 Winners

Concierge Agency of the Year

Open to an agency who is either a dedicated concierge specialist or has a full concierge operation within their business. All entries must be from agents who are part of the Aspire Luxury Travel Club. You must be able to fully explain the level of concierge service offered by your business, whether this extends past travel, and how you cater to your clients post-booking. Please answer each question in no more than 350 words, and avoid including your company name other than where specifically requested to assist with the anonymisation of the judging process. 

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Ten Lifestyle Group

Independent Agency of the Year (high street)

Open to any Aspire Luxury Travel Club agent that has a presence on the high street. Agencies entering this award should be able to clearly show their luxury travel sales, how much of their business is focused on luxury and their intentions to grow this. They should highlight future growth plans, details of their client base and their route to new clientele. Please answer each question in no more than 350 words, and avoid including your company name other than where specifically requested to assist with the anonymisation of the judging process.

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Swords Travel

Independent Agency of the Year (homeworking)

Open to any Aspire Luxury Travel Club agent that makes the majority of its sales via a homeworking model. Agencies entering this award should be able to clearly show their luxury travel sales, how much of their business is focused on luxury and their intentions to grow this. They should highlight future growth plans, details of their client base and their route to new clientele. Please answer each question in no more than 350 words, and avoid including your company name other than where specifically requested to assist with the anonymisation of the judging process.

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Tarporley Travel

Innovation of the Year (agency)

Open to any Aspire Luxury Travel Club agent or agency with a demonstrable track record in luxury travel sales. Agents entering this award must be able to demonstrate clear evidence of a new product launch, an innovation in marketing or business development strategy, or a new business model implemented in the 24 months prior to June 15, 2021. Entries should highlight the impact on sales and client engagement, your current level of luxury sales and your growth strategy. Please answer each question in no more than 350 words, and avoid including your company name other than where specifically requested to assist with the anonymisation of the judging process.

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Travel Matters, partner promotion/B2B business tool

Innovation of the Year (supplier)

Open to any Aspire Luxury Travel Club supplier member with a demonstrable track record in luxury travel sales. Suppliers entering this award must be able to demonstrate clear evidence of a new product launch, an innovation in marketing or business development strategy, or a new business model implemented in the 24 months prior to June 15, 2021. Entries should highlight the impact on sales and client engagement, your current level of luxury sales and your growth strategy. Please answer each question in no more than 350 words, and avoid including your company name other than where specifically requested to assist with the anonymisation of the judging process.

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Trees4Travel, Carbon Calculator/Island Love project

Luxury Adventure Brand of the Year

Open to brands that serve the high-end luxury adventure travel sector.The brand should offer unique propositions allowing customers to go off the beaten track and explore non-mainstream destinations. Entries should reflect how a brand assists in immersing clients in the unique destinations and cultures they are visiting, and its approach to adventure travel while ensuring comfort and quality. Entries should also reflect how the company supports the UK trade. This category is open to all forms of supplier including expedition cruise brands, tailor-made tour operators, escorted tour operators, private jet brands, safari operators, hotel brands or individual properties. Please answer each question in no more than 350 words, and avoid including your company name other than where specifically requested to assist with the anonymisation of the judging process.

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White Desert

Luxury Air Service of the Year

Open to all commercial air services and private jet companies. Entries should highlight why the onboard premium cabins, lounge and service cater to an affluent traveller. Entries should also reflect how the company supports the UK trade. Please answer each question in no more than 350 words, and avoid including your company name other than where specifically requested to assist with the anonymisation of the judging process.

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VistaJet

Luxury Hotel Brand of the Year

Open to all luxury hotel brands, whether single properties or multi-resort brands, who can show a demonstrable commitment to the luxury traveller. Companies must be able to show a strong record of engagement with the UK travel trade. Please answer each question in no more than 350 words, and avoid including your company name other than where specifically requested to assist with the anonymisation of the judging process.

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Sani & Ikos Group

Luxury Ocean Cruise Line of the Year

Open to any cruise brand offering a luxury product and onboard experience across its accommodation, cuisine and other inclusions. Please answer each question in no more than 350 words, and avoid including your company name other than where specifically requested to assist with the anonymisation of the judging process.

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Celebrity Cruises

Luxury River Cruise Line of the Year

Open to any cruise brand offering a luxury or premium product and onboard experience across its accommodation, cuisine and other inclusions. Please answer each question in no more than 350 words, and avoid including your company name other than where specifically requested to assist with the anonymisation of the judging process.

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AmaWaterways

Luxury Team of the Year

Open to suppliers from all parts of the luxury travel sector. Entries should reflect a team’s dedication to supporting the luxury travel trade including training and education, sales support, after-sale support and concierge. You should highlight your company’s commitment to growing your sales through the luxury focused agent community, including working with new agencies, and your support of the trade during the pandemic. Please answer each question in no more than 350 words, and avoid including your company name other than where specifically requested to assist with the anonymisation of the judging process.

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Carrier

Luxury Tour Operator of the Year

Open to a tour operator working with fewer than 100 key account agent partners. At least 80% of the product from operators entering this category must be five-star and the vast majority of bookings should be with premium air cabin flights. Operators must also offer a 24-hour support service based in the UK for the trade, as well as a concierge service to be eligible for this category. Entries should also reflect how the company supports the UK trade. Please answer each question in no more than 350 words, and avoid including your company name other than where specifically requested to assist with the anonymisation of the judging process.


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Carrier

Luxury Tourist Board of the Year

Open to tourist boards who have a clear focus on serving the high-end sector. Entries should showcase a destination’s trade and consumer strategy to target affluent clients, the product in the destination that serves these clients and how successful the combination of both the implementation of the strategy and the product has been in delivering increased spend, longer stays in the destination and higher visitor numbers. Please answer each question in no more than 350 words, and avoid including your company name other than where specifically requested to assist with the anonymisation of the judging process.

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Tourism New Zealand

Premium Tour Operator of the Year

Open to any premium tour operator working with more than 100 key account agent partners. A majority of product from operators entering this category must be five-star. Entries should also reflect how the company supports the UK trade. Please answer each question in no more than 350 words, and avoid including your company name other than where specifically requested to assist with the anonymisation of the judging process.

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Kuoni

Rising Star of the Year (individual or agency)

Open to an individual agent or agency which has been operating as a business for less than 24 months prior to the closing date of August 20, 2021. All entries must be from agents who are members of the Aspire Luxury Travel Club. Entries should highlight your route to launching the business, your initial plans, current state of the business and your growth strategy. Please answer each question in no more than 350 words, and avoid including your company name other than where specifically requested to assist with the anonymisation of the judging process.

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Ben Poole, The Travel Journal

Sales Representation Company of the Year

Open to all sales representation businesses that are dedicated to serving the luxury travel sector and educating agents on high-end product. Entries should detail the breadth of your portfolio, the number of agents/agencies you work with, and your trade strategy for future growth for the clients you represent. You should also detail how your support is benefiting an agent’s business. Please answer each question in no more than 350 words, and avoid including your company name other than where specifically requested to assist with the anonymisation of the judging process.

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Perowne International

Sustainable Practice of the Year

Open to any Aspire Luxury Travel Club supplier member with a demonstrable track record in luxury travel sales. Suppliers entering this category must be able to demonstrate clear evidence of a new sustainable innovation or a measurable improvement in sustainable practices in the 24 months prior to June 15, 2021. Entries should highlight your current level of luxury sales and your growth strategy. Please answer each question in no more than 350 words, and avoid including your company name other than where specifically requested to assist with the anonymisation of the judging process.

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Six Senses Hotels, Resorts & Spas

Travel Advisor of the Year

Open to an individual agent who must be a member of the Aspire Luxury Travel Club, this could be a member of staff at a high street shop, concierge agency or a homeworking agency. Agents entering this award should be able to clearly show their luxury travel sales, how much of their business is focused on luxury and their intentions to grow this. They should highlight future growth plans, details of their client base and their route to new clientele. Please answer each question in no more than 350 words, and avoid including your company name other than where specifically requested to assist with the anonymisation of the judging process.

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Dan Salmon, Never A Wasted Journey

Unsung Hero of the Year (supplier)

Open to an individual working behind the scenes at a luxury travel supplier, including tour operator, cruise line, airline, adventure company or other supplier in the luxury travel sector. This may be someone in sales support, product development, marketing or the trade team. The supplier should be a member of the Aspire Luxury Travel Club, although the nominated member of staff does not need to have individual membership. Case studies will be requested for this category and details of the winner’s case study will be shared at the ceremony. Please answer each question in no more than 350 words.

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Katherine Evans, Knighton Reeve