BGTW 2020 award news

Postive BGTW 2020 award news. Stuart Forster reports that Go Eat Do is shortlisted for two of the British Guild of Travel Writers’ 2020 Members’ Excellence Awards. Additionally, The Auckland Project is shortlisted in the Best UK and Ireland Tourism Project category of the BGTW’s International Tourism Awards.

I’m happy to announce that I’ve been shortlisted as a finalist in two categories of the British Guild of Travel Writers (BGTW) Members’ Excellence Awards 2020.

Go Eat Do shortlisted for 2 awards

I’ve been shortlisted as a finalist for the prestigious BGTW Travel Blogger of the Year award for a portfolio of work published here on Go Eat Do.

Additionally, I’ve been shortlisted for the Travel Blog Post of the Year award for my post A Rhino Walk in Zimbabwe’s Matobo National Park.

I strive to produce high quality, informative, engaging and inspirational content here on Go Eat Do. It therefore means a lot to me to be shortlisted in two categories of the Members’ Excellence Awards.

2020 has proven challenging on many levels. Travel opportunities have been limited. I hope that content published on Go Eat Do is providing people with ideas about places to visit and things to do when it’s again safe to travel.

Thank you to everyone who reads posts and follows Go Eat Do on social media. I’d also like to thank everyone who has worked with Go Eat Do since I launched the blog in 2013.

White rhinos under trees in bush in Matobo National Park, Zimbabwe
While travelling in Zimbabwe I was fortunate to spend time with wildlife experts in Matobo National Park and write about the experience.

Members’ Excellence Awards 2020

The Members’ Excellence Awards recognise the very best work in blogging, travel writing, photography and broadcasting by members of the BGTW.

The awards were judged by 30 travel media professionals from the United Kingdom and elsewhere. The judges include representatives from the BGTW’s sister organisations, the Australian Society of Travel Writers (ASTW) and Society of American Travel Writers (SATW).

A celebration of travel

Winners of the BGTW Members’ Excellence Awards are due to be announced early in 2021. The BGTW Annual Gala Awards Dinner – ‘A Celebration of Travel’ – is planned for Sunday 21 March 2021 at The Savoy hotel in central London.

The British Guild of Travel Writers is a community of more than 250 accredited writers, bloggers, photographers and broadcasters. It is regarded as a trusted body for independent editorial comment and expert content on worldwide travel.

You can find out who wins on 21 March by following the hashtag #BGTWawards on social media.

Penshaw Monument illuminated at night on Penshaw Hill in Sunderland, England
As a journalist and travel blogger based in North East England I’m always on the lookout for exciting tourism developments and stories from the region.

International Tourism Awards 2020

Additionally, I’m pleased to report that a project which I nominated for the BGTW’s International Tourism Awards 2020 has been shortlisted among finalists. The Auckland Project is a finalist in the Best UK and Ireland Tourism Project category.

Cast gathers under the light show during the finale of Kynren at Bishop Auckland in County Durham
In addition to tourism attractions that are part of The Auckland Project, Kynren, the outdoor spectacle that tells a tale of England’s history, is another reason to visit Bishop Auckland.

The prestigious awards recognise excellence in tourism projects visited by members of the BGTW. Projects must have started or opened within the last three years.

During October 2020, nominated tourism projects and initiatives were voted on by all the members of the BGTW.

The Auckland Project shortlisted

As a journalist and travel blogger based in North East England, I’m particularly happy to see one of the region’s initiatives among contenders for the BGTW’s International Tourism Awards. I was born in County Durham and The Auckland Project impresses me as doing an outstanding job in showcasing Bishop Auckland’s cultural heritage. The County Durham town’s Mining Art Gallery, Deer Park, Auckland Castle and Auckland Tower are all part of The Auckland Project and further aspects are under development.

“Each year our members nominate tourism projects and initiatives that they have visited and feel deserve wider notice. Being shortlisted as a finalist is not only an achievement in its own right but also recognition of the important role the tourism project plays in attracting visitors and boosting the region’s visitor economy,” says Simon Willmore, the chairperson of the BGTW.

Winners of the BGTW International Tourism Awards are also due to be announced on 21 March 2021 at The Savoy in London.

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