Held every Autumn at our 'Meet the Media' event, the prestigious Travel Writer of the Year (TWOTY) awards are always hotly contested. Over the past 27 years, some of the most respected travel journalists in the industry have featured on the roll of honour.
The awards recognise excellence in the huge field of travel writing and offer a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the incredible talent we enjoy across the sector. The awards ceremony is attended by a remarkable collection of travel journalists, tour operators, and tourist boards.
In 2023, expert judges from the across the travel industry gave their verdict on entries based on four key tenets, ensuring the winners articles were inspirational, informative, interesting, and well-written.
2023 AITO TRAVEL WRITER OF THE YEAR (TWOTY) WINNERS & RUNNERS-UP:
AITO Travel Writer of the Year - Long (Over 1,500 words):
First Place - Liz Edwards – Son spa and sand in Oman, The Sunday Times
Second Place - Meera Dattani – No homework needed, Adventure.com
Third Place - Emma Thomson – Camping with custodians, National Geographic Traveller
AITO Travel Writer of the Year - Short (Under 1,500 words):
First Place - Sean Newsom – Following in the footsteps of Cézanne in Provence, The Sunday Times
Second Place - Sarah Gillespie – The underrated country that is destined to be SE Asia's next big thing, The Times
Third Place - Lucy Perrin – The blissful Indian idyll perfect for first timers, The Times
AITO Young Travel Writer of the Year:
First Place - Jacqui Agate – Where the crawdads sings, The Times
Second Place - Anna Richards – Holy Fork, Suitcase Magazine
Third Place - Doug Loynes – Rio’s favela tours are back, but are they ethical?, Fodors
AITO Travel Trade Writer of the Year:
First Place - Madeleine Barber – School for Cool, TTG
Second Place - Erica Rich – Star-studded journey, Aspire
Third Place - Lottie Gross – Why Chefs should take part in Regenuary, The Caterer
AITO Travel Blogger of the Year:
First Place (Joint) - Albania the great value Med beach destination that needs to be on your radar, Travelsupermarket.blog
First Place (Joint) - Heidi Fuller-Love – Albania the great value Med beach destination that needs to be on your radar, Travelsupermarket.blog
Second Place - Abigail King – Gambian cuisine, Inside the Travel Lab
Third Place - Phoebe Smith – Rewilding Portugal, Guardian.com
Many congratulations to our winners who have entered the AITO Hall of Fame alongside some of the most respected travel journalists in the industry.
Applications for this year open early summer for articles written during the previous 12-month period.