The prestigious accolade was revealed at the UK Group Travel Awards at a gala presentation evening in London’s Mayfair on Friday 5th June. Each year, readers of Group Travel Organiser magazine are asked to vote for the very best suppliers within the industry across more than 20 categories.
Pipped to the post only by Eurotunnel in the Best Sea Crossing Operator for Groups category, Wightlink was named as runner up, beating off stiff competition from major cross-Channel and local ferry companies.
Sarah Jeffery, Partnership & Product Director at Landor Travel Publications and Organiser of The Group Travel Awards, congratulated the Wightlink Team:
“The Group Travel Awards are the longest established event celebrating excellence in the supply of services to group travel organisers. The winners are voted for by the readers of GTO magazine through personal experience over the last 12 months and Wightlink are to be congratulated on being runner-up in the ‘Best Sea Crossing Operator For Groups.”
This latest national recognition follows another industry award for Wightlink, which was named the top transport provider in the UK for its use of social media for its recently relaunched #wightlive campaign in the Social Travel Britain Awards 2015. The success of #wightlive 2014 led to Wightlink and its PR agency Flagship Consulting winning a bronze at the prestigious Travel Marketing Awards.
Frederique Lacorre-Phillips, Head of Sales at Wightlink, said:
“Organisers of group travel to the Isle of Wight are at the heart of our tourism economy and play a vital role in helping to maintain a thriving tourist industry. To know that we are judged by them to be the very best supplier of ferry travel for visitors to the Island is a fantastic endorsement of the great service they receive from our staff and fleet.
“We will continue to work hard to ensure the very highest standards of travel for all our customers, including this important sector”.
“We’re really proud to have been recognised at this prestigious event. Many attractions on the Isle of Wight offer really great rates for groups, and we work closely with partner attractions to promote them and their group offers. Our website also features a page dedicated to giving more information to groups and schools which are looking for the ideal destination”.