Judges Comments

“I was blown away by the passion, commitment and creativity of these organisations providing unforgettable experiences for young travellers, in UK and around the world. Well done all those shortlisted and to the worthy winners.”  Mike Clewley, Cultural Tourism Officer, Greater London Authority.

“Travelmole felt privileged to once again be invited to judge the prestigious BYTAs. The calibre of the entries were extremely high, especially in the Customer Service category with several organisations going above and beyond to provide exceptional customer service that has the Wow factor. The Marketing and Social Media categories were jam packed with innovation, creativity and ingenious ideas that disrupt, connect and engage with the modern day consumer. One thing’s for sure, British Youth Travel’s Got Talent!” Helen Hays, Travelmole.com

“ The standard continues to grow each year and I’m always impressed by the creativity of some of the entries. The interest in this specialist sector of tourism is growing and the quality of product and service delivery improving all the time. These awards help sets standards across the industry which has got to be good for business and good for our clients”  Fiona Jeffery OBE

This year’s entries for the British Youth Travel Awards were of a really high standard and it took a lot of time and great deal of thought to select the finalists. It was a great pleasure to be a part of the judging panel and I am very much looking forward to the awards night.”   Dan Mew, African Adventures, Guest Judge, Rising Star 2015

“I was very impressed with the high standard of entries, particularly the high level of creativity that is being put into marketing campaigns.” Paul Richer, Genesys Digital Transformation

“For me, tourism is the people’s business. I was really impressed how this year’s entries had a strong focus on investing in people. I can safely say that future of youth tourism in Britain is bright and in very safe hands. It was a very close call in all of the categories so a huge congrats to everyone who was nominated.” Kash Bhattacharya, BudgetTraveller

“I really enjoyed being a judge for the British Youth Travel Awards and I was really impressed (and slightly surprised) at the high level of effort that had gone into so many of the entries. It has given me a sharpened appreciation for those shortlisted because it really wasn’t easy to get into that position! Each shortlisted company/entry impressed a diverse range of knowledgeable judges from the study travel and youth travel industries and clearly demonstrated exceptional performance in a range of requested criteria.” Amy Baker, MD, The PIE (Professionals in International Education).


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