The Isle of Wight has been announced as a finalist in this year’s annual Family Traveller Awards in the “Best UK region for Families” category.
The public will have until 20th October 2017 to vote for the Island and every vote will automatically be entered into a prize draw to win a holiday for a family of four to Malta, worth £4,000. Winners for each category will be decided on by the expert judging panel and the responses from the public, with the winners being announced by a celebrity host at a glamourous celebration in London in November.
Now in its third year, The Family Traveller Awards are dedicated to finding the best of the best in family travel and celebrating brands that work hard to make family holidays special.
New for the 2017 Awards is the Reader’s Choice Awards – where the winners will be selected based solely on the majority public vote, with no input from the judging panel. Children will call the shots in the ‘Best UK Days Out for Families category’, while mum and dad can have their say on what they think is the ‘Best UK Region’ and the ‘Best UK City Break’ for families.
Vist Isle of Wight is the Destination Management Organisation for the Isle of Wight and work in partnership with Visit England, Visit Britain, Tourism South East and other tourism bodies to promote the Island to UK mainland and overseas audiences. The VIOW website receives over 2.4million visitors a year.
In 2015, the Isle of Wight was Highly Commended for “Best Domestic Destination for Families” while Wightlink were Highly Commended in the “Best Family Ferry Operator” category. Last year, the Isle of Wight Festival won in the “Best Family Festival” category.
Included in the Family Traveller Awards finals this year as wellas the Isle of Wight in the Best UK region for Families category, Wigwam ( Tapnell Farm) in the Best Holiday Rental category, Carisbrooke Castle (English Heritage) in the Best UK Day Out category, Kingswood Family Adventure, ( Bembridge) in the Best Activity Specialist category and the Isle of Wight Festival in the Best Family Festival category.
David Thornton, CEO, Visit Isle of Wight said: “The Family Traveller Awards give consumers the opportunity to reward travel and tourism enterprises for outstanding performance and it’s wonderful to see the Island and so many of its tourism businesses in the running for these prestigious awards. We’re up against some big industry names, so please do spread the word and encourage everyone you know to vote for the Isle of Wight and circulate the message “Pure Island Happiness” is what the whole world needs right now”.
Last year, the awards were met with huge support from the travel industry and public, with over 27,000 public votes received. This year there are 21 different categories, up from 18 in 2016.
This year, the panel of judges will consist of a range of travel experts, including: Jane Anderson, editor of Family Traveller magazine; Simon Reeve, BBC presenter; Mariella Frostrup, BBC Radio 4 presenter; Sue Ward Davies, travel director of ELLE and Jane Knight, travel editor of The Times.
To vote, go to www.familytraveller.com/awards
Everyone who votes will be automatically entered into a competition to in a £4,000 family holiday to Malta https://familytraveller.com/travel-competitions/family-traveller-awards-2017-malta/