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AWTE Annual Awards 2019 – Nominations extended!

Nomination deadline has been extended for the annual 2019 AWTE Awards

Lots of you asked us to extend the deadline as so many of you are enjoying your holidays at the moment and so we just had to oblige.  Nominations are now open until 30th August for the annual AWTE Awards where we celebrate the achievement of AWTE members over the last 12 months.

The finalists will be selected by a panel of travel industry judges from the nominations put forward. A shortlist will be announced at the beginning of September and the winners will be announced at the AWTE Awards Evening on the 23rd September 2019, with headline sponsor The Travel Network Group.

Last year, we introduced the Ambassador Award, celebrating our male colleagues, who actively encourage and support female employees within their business.   To add to that, this year we are introducing our Rising Star Award to recognise new and upcoming talent in our industry.

Please take time to nominate yourself, a deserving colleague or someone you admire, as well as a company that you believe really supports women with their career in the industry so that AWTE can publicly recognise their contribution.

At our 60th Anniversary, in 2014, we published a list of 60 influential women in the industry. We now add further names each year to that roll call of most influential women, so please also nominate a woman that you would like to join that honours list.

Nominations for all 5 Awards and the 60for60 honours list can be completed on the form below and should be returned to

You can also nominate using our online form here

Please note – You do not need to nominate in every category, just those you wish to.

Deadline for nominations is now 30th August 2019.
Please provide your nominations for the following categories:

  • AWTE Honorary Award (In memory of Joan Richardson) – the nominee must be an AWTE member who has contributed significantly to the association or the travel industry specifically over the past 12 months.
  • Business Impact Award – can be any female in the travel, tourism and hospitality sector who has shown great innovation and made an impact in her role – either as an employee or her own business – and as a result positively impacted her business/and or the industry.
  • Company Award – A company in the travel industry who has shown that they support and are committed to equality on their board and within their management structure. Allowing women to reach their potential within the company and impact the business, or the industry with the company’s support.
  • Ambassador Award – Celebrating our male colleagues who actively encourage, enable and support women in business.
  • Rising Star Award – for any female under the age of 30, in the travel, tourism and hospitality sector who has shown great innovation and made an impact in her role and as a result positively impacted her business/and or the industry.
  • Most influential women in the travel, tourism and hospitality industry honour list – any female in the travel, tourism and hospitality sector who you feel should be recognised for their contribution to the industry. Please let us know why you feel that this woman should take her place on the honours list. We are looking at their influence,
    contribution and impact as well as their progressive career and leadership

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Click here for the Awards Nominations Form 2019

Claire Osborne
Published by Claire Osborne
Claire has held various roles within the Travel Industry across a wide variety of disciplines over more than 20 years. At the start of her career, she held various Account Management positions before progressing to be Head of Agency Sales at STA Travel. During this time she led a team of 9 and had complete responsibility for the success of the division. Claire then progressed into the role of Commercial and Marketing Manager for Resorthoppa, help take the company from a small start-up to an organisation employing over 100 people just prior to its sale to the LowCost Group. During her time here she led various initiatives including creating legal and finance processes, designing marketing campaigns, setting up business support functions and developing relationships with Travel Agency partners. Before joining Travelport, she held the role of Business Expert at TUI helping them shape and define changes to their internal systems and consumer technology solutions. This enabled Claire to learn a great deal about technology, project management and business analysis which has been invaluable in her current role. Initially joining Travelport as Product Support Manager, UK & Ireland, in 2011 she was promoted just over 12 months later to Director of Product Support for Europe heading up a team of 9 product professionals. In 2014, Claire was asked to join the commercial side of the organisation as Solutions Sales Director and re-define the role of the functional support team within the UK. In 2016, this role grew to encompass the Northern European area increasing the number of employees from 8 to the 25 we have today. In 2017, Claire was pleased to be elected to the Board of AWTE and in 2019 was delighted to be nominated as Chair.