The British Guild of Travel Writers’ Dinner

November 8, 2018

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Travel PR’s table at‎ the British Guild of Travel Writers’ annual black-tie dinner at London’s Savoy Hotel on Sunday 4th November included clients Sunvil and CV Villas.

The journalists joining us this year were Michelle Jana Chan, Chris Leadbeater, Pól Ó Conghaile and Mike Unwin.

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Pictured clockwise from the front of the table are: Pól Ó Conghaile, Sue Ockwell (Travel PR), Michelle Jana-Chan, Tristan Symondson (CV Villas), Karen Carpenter (Travel PR), Mike Unwin, Julia Farish (Travel PR), Chris Leadbeater, Noel Josephides (Sunvil) and Jackie Franklin (Travel PR).

Travel PR sponsored the BGTW Travel Writer of the Year (won by Adrian Phillips for articles in National Geographic Traveller and Beastly Journeys: Unusual Tales of Travel with Animals) and BGTW Travel Blogger of the Year (won by Kirstie Pelling for The Family Adventure Project).

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Travel PR’s Founder Director, Sue Ockwell, presents Adrian Phillips with the BGTW Travel Writer of the Year Award.

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Travel PR’s Jackie Franklin presents Kirstie Pelling with the BGTW Travel Blogger of the Year Award.

Travel PR client CV Villas also sponsored an award: Best European (non-UK) Feature over 850 words. The winner was Ben Lerwill for ‘Paris: The City of Artisans’, published in National Geographic Traveller, July 2018.

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CV Villas’ Tristan Symondson presents Ben Lerwill with the Best European (non-UK) Feature over 850 Words Award.

Our Founder Director, Sue Ockwell, also made an impassioned speech to the assembled guests, urging the travel industry to play its part in the global war on plastic pollution.

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Sue Ockwell gives her speech in front of a screen displaying logos from Travel PR’s array of clients.

Several of our clients (Ffestiniog Travel, GIC The Villa Collection, and Hoshino Resorts) generously provided prizes for the charity raffle, which this year raised funds for The Family Holiday Association:

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Travel PR’s Karen Carpenter presents a £1,000 voucher (courtesy of and a journey for four on the Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland Railways (courtesy of Ffestiniog Travel).

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Chairman of Sunvil and GIC The Villa Collection, Noel Josephides presents the prize of a seven-night, self-catering holiday to a villa with private pool for two people, with flights and transfers included.

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Travel PR’s Julia Farish presents the prize of three nights at the new OMO hotel, followed by three nights at the flagship Hoshinoya hotel in Tokyo, on behalf of Hoshino Resorts.

Thank you everyone for their support, and to the organisers of yet another great British Guild of Travel Writers‘ Awards Dinner.