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Family Traveller awardwightlinkWightlink Ferries have received the Highly Commended Award at the inaugural Family Traveller Awards 2015.

Head of Marketing Mark Persad received the trophy in the Best Family Ferry Operator category at the ceremony in London.

The Awards, organised by Family Traveller magazine and, recognise the best family-friendly destinations and providers of holidays and travel in the UK and around the world.

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Mark Persad said:

“We were thrilled to be honoured by this popular magazine and website and delighted that so many of our customers voted for us in the online poll.

“We are the leading cross-Solent ferry company and carry millions of holidaymakers to the Isle of Wight every year. It is the perfect place for a family holiday with beautiful beaches, amazing attractions to visit and accommodation to suit all budgets. Wightlink operates three great routes to help family travellers start their holiday.”

Visit Isle of Wight (VIOW) also won a Highly Commended Award in the Best Domestic Destination  category.

VIOW Chief Executive David Thornton said:

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“The Isle of Wight is just two hours away from London but it’s another world with so much for families to enjoy. This award is recognition for everyone on the Island who works so hard to look after our holidaymakers”.

Wightlink has been recently recognised in several competitions. It was named the top ferry company in the country for using social media in the Social Travel Britain Awards 2015. Its #wightlive campaign, run in collaboration with Visit Isle of Wight, promoted Island events and boosting tourism by encouraging customers to share photographs online.

Wightlink also took the runner-up prize in the Best Sea Crossing Operator for Groups category in the 2014 Group Travel Awards organised by Group Travel Organiser magazine.

Photographed: Wightlink’s Mark Persad with Family Traveller Editor Jane Anderson and former Blue Peter presenter Katy Hill

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