The 2005 TTG British Travel Awards were held at a gala ceremony in London's Battersea Park last week. Organised by the Travel Trade Gazette (TTG), these industry awards seek to recognise outstanding performance in a wide range of travel industry related categories. A total of 61 awards were presented at the ceremony, which was hosted by BBC TV presenter Jeremy Vine and attended by some 1500 people. Leading the accolades was travel group Thomas Cook, which took seven awards including Travel Company of the Year and Tour Operator of the Year. A full list of British Travel Awards winners can be found on the TTG website. Speaking about the awards, TTG Group Director Ben Greenish said: "The TTG British Travel Awards have always been the biggest event in the travel industry. But the real thrill is being able to recognise the hard work and creativity of so many people in the industry."
These prestigious industry awards seem to tick many of the right boxes for a well-run awards scheme: the publicity reach of a media backer (Travel Trade Gazette, part of the CMP Information group); a prestigious venue (Battersea Park); a professional presenter (Jeremy Vine); a separate identity for the awards, including their own logo; and widespread industry support in the form of entries and attendance at the awards ceremony. Way to go, TTG!