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  2023 Annual Awards  

Celebrating Success

Following the success of our new-look awards last year, we’re so excited to be back again in 2023 to celebrate individuals and organisations who are changing the travel industry in a positive way, and give them the recognition they so rightly deserve.

Take a look at the 2023 Winners below...

Award Categories for 2023

AWTE Honorary Award


Honouring a female who has gone above and beyond in the past year to challenge the status quo as a thought leader in the industry.

Sponsored by: Gail Kenny Recruitment

WinnerZina Bencheikh, Intrepid Travel 

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Ambassador Award


This award recognises a travel industry male professional who actively encourages, enables and supports women in business.

Sponsored by: Ambassador Cruise line

Winner: Stuart Milan, Riviera Travel


Mentor of the year Award - New for 2023

This award recognises a member who positively affects others via demonstrated mentorship qualities.

Sponsored by: Elman Wall

Winner: Britt-Marie Monks, Honeymoon and Holiday Fixer

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Social Impact Award

For an individual or brand that has shown innovation in ways that have positively impacted the travel community or has developed their strategy in a sustainable and impactful way.

Sponsored by: FINN Partners

Winners: Anna Perrott and Vicky Billing, Back in time for Bed.

Inclusion Award


For a travel brand that has shown outstanding commitment to equality on their board and the whole business, allowing women to reach their full potential.

Sponsored by: Intrepid Travel

Winner: Eesha Singh, No Footprints

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Rising Star of the year Award


For an individual who is 30 or under, relatively fresh to the industry and has made a significant impact.

Sponsored by: ITT

Winner: Ella Dunham, Exsus Travel



“Intrepid is thrilled to be sponsoring the AWTE Inclusion Award for a second year. As a B Corp certified travel company, we are committed to building inclusivity across our business. Creating a diverse workforce is not just ticking a box - it helps to attract and retain good talent, diversifies ideas, and is the secret to building a successful team. We are looking forward to celebrating other brands who are going above and beyond to support equality and inclusion in their own workplaces"

Laura Davis, Gail Kenny Exec Recruitment

"As experts in connecting the best talent with innovative, diverse and growing travel and hospitality brands, Gail Kenny Executive Recruitment is delighted to sponsor the AWTE Honorary Award this year. Passionate about our industry, it’s people and championing great talent, we are proud to support this initiative. As champions of diversity, equality and well-being in the workplace, this Award is a unique opportunity to recognise female leadership and achievement in our Industry. We are proud to support this Award which not only recognises great individual impact and success, but showcases what amazing things can be achieved with a career in Travel."

Jonathan Wall, Elman Wall

Elman Wall Travel Accountants, part of the Xeinadin Group, are delighted to once again support the AWTE Awards, specifically this year, the Mentor of the Year Awards. As a professional services organisation, all of our team are mentored from joining us as graduates through their professional qualifications and developing continuous and supported on the job training. Mentoring and coaching is in our DNA…we guide our clients continuously as well as our colleagues. So we totally understand the importance of Mentoring, and are proud and honoured to partner with AWTE to acknowledge the achievements of the nominees in the Mentor of the Year category.”
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