AITO: The Association of Independent Tour Operators

AITO Awards

AITO's prestigious Travel Writer of the Year Awards are highly respected within the industry; this is the 25th year that AITO's awards have run and is a wonderful opportunity for us all to celebrate the incredible talent we enjoy across the travel writing sector.

Expert judges from the travel industry will give their verdict on entries based on four key tenets – how inspirational, informative, interesting, and well-written they are. Stay tuned for details about the award ceremony this year.

To enter the awards, please fill out the below form.



Tour Operator of the Year+-

The prestigious AITO Tour Operator of the Year award is awarded annually to those tour operators with the highest ratings on, judged from AITO Reviews. The award is presented at an AITO members only event, the Annual General Meeting, in July. Below are the winners from 2015 to present.


Gold  Inside Travel Group
Silver  Peter Sommer Travels and On Foot Holidays
Bronze  McKinlay Kidd


Gold  The Mountain Company
Silver  Peter Sommer Travels
Bronze  McKinlay Kidd


Gold  Peter Sommer Travels
Silver  Expert Africa
Bronze  Absolute Escapes


Gold  McKinlay Kidd
Silver  Peter Sommer Travels
Bronze  Casas Cantabricas


Gold  Peter Sommer Travels
Silver  CICERONI Travel
Bronze  The Mountain Company