The British Educational Travel Association (BETA) is pleased to announce the shortlisted entries in the 2015 British Youth Travel Awards.
Emma English, BETA’s Executive Director said “I am extremely impressed with the volume and standard of this year’s entrants. Its a true testament to the quality of our industry and the organisations that operate within it. The judges had a tough time this year as scoring was very tight. In some categories finalists were separated by just 1 point. Congratulations to all that entered this year’s competition.”
Here is what our judges had to say:
“It’s encouraging that each year the standard of entries for the awards improves with more innovation, resource and diversity. The youth of today have an enormous and comprehensive choice of quality options available to them.” Graham Mckenzie, Travelmole
“The Best Educational Product category seemed to have a lot more entries this year making it even harder to choose a winner when the entries were so diverse. Young travellers are incredibly lucky to have so much on offer. ” Laura Porter, Freelance Travel Writer
“There were a lot of impressive entrants to the awards, in particular the Volunteering category. It was great to hear the amazing opportunities being offered to the young people of the UK and further afield, and the good that is being done for those less fortunate than ourselves.” Steve Lowy, Guest Judge, Rising Star 2014, Founder, Umi Digital
“On volunteering I was impressed by the attention to detail that the best companies put in to identifying the right projects, working with local communities and experts, and the effort made to ensure that volunteers are matched with the right projects, are properly prepared for their experience and their expectations managed. This is much, much more complex than organizing an ordinary holiday and carries greater risks. I have huge respect for the businesses shortlisted – they were all excellent.” Sandie Dawe, CBE
BETA would like to take this opportunity to thank all of the organisations that entered this year’s awards.