We are very excited to announce the winners of the annual TourRadar Awards, naming the Most Amazing Tours of 2014 and the inaugural Guide of the Year Award winners. The awards are based on thousands of reviews submitted by travellers throughout 2014.
We launched our first awards in 2012 to highlight extraordinary trips, based solely on customer feedback. All TourRadar awards are based on the quality & quantity of traveller feedback, which is then normalised to compensate for the frequency, length and size discrepancies of the tours. In 2014, TourRadar additionally introduced a new award, Guide of the Year. As guides are the backbone of every group tour, we, at TourRadar, feel it is an important addition to our awards list.
The Most Amazing Tour Award 2014 in the ‘worldwide’ category was awarded to ThaIntro – an 8 day introductory tour to Thailand for backpackers and young travellers. ThaIntro was a consistently high performing and well reviewed tour throughout 2014; particularly among travellers between 18 – 30 years old.
The inaugural Guide of The Year Award 2014 recipient and winner of the €10,000 in prize money is Isobel Needham, a tour guide for the Busabout & Contiki brands. Isobel received hundreds of reviews that emphasised her bubbly personality, knowledge and experience in guiding a number of different tours across multiple continents.
With this new Guide award category, TourRadar is acknowledging the excellent dedication and enthusiasm that the guides give to make every traveller’s experience an incredible one. Additionally, the winning guide can nominate the charity of their choice which will receive €5,000 of the prize money, donated by TourRadar. Isobel has selected the New Zealand based charity livemoreawesome, a registered New Zealand based charity determined to find better ways to help the people of New Zealand deal with depression, a very worthwhile cause.
2014 Award Winners:
TourRadar will be continuing their Awards race in 2015, with travellers encouraged to leave their reviews at www.tourradar.com/review
Carly is a travel addicted Aussie with a bad case of Wanderlust. After a stint of backpacking Europe, touring South-East Asia and slaving away as a desk monkey for a travel agency she knew there had to be better ways to see the world. One ticket to London later she was leading group tours around Europe, running ski resorts in Tyrol and now lives and loves life in Vienna, with weekend adventures aplenty.