DK guide, Daily Telegraph travel website receive Travel Press Awards

DK guide, Daily Telegraph travel website receive Travel Press Awards

Organizers received nominations from UK travel industry executives as well as travel editors, writers, photographers and broadcasters. The judging panel was composed by industry members including Paul Simmons of easyJet, Patricia Yates of VisitBritain and Matthew Crummack from the travel website lastminute.com.The consumer and trade travel press was recognized across 20 categories including:

Travel website: the Travel section of the British newspaper The Daily Telegraph took this award for the third time in four years. This year editors of the travel site have added new portals such as luxury breaks, adventure holidays and rail travel. The city guides and cruises sections also saw an expansion and now covers a total of 90 cities and 100 cruises reviews. However, the Twitter following of the Telegraph travel section (32,100) remains modest compared to that of the Guardian travel supplement which currently reaches 253,665 Twitter followers.

Guide book of the year: DK's Family Guide to Washington DC beat out fellow contestants Bradt Guides, Lonely Planet and Rough Guides. The Family Guide to Washington was described at the ceremony as "extremely informative, with well laid out information..." Written by parents, the guide includes child-friendly sleeping and eating options as well as detailed maps and budget guidance.

Online travel trade publication of the year was granted, for the second year running, to Tnooz.com defeating strong competition from Travel Weekly (UK), TTG, Breaking Travel News and BTNews.

Travel blogger of the year went to Emily Chappell for her blog thatemilychappell.com. Emily, who has worked as a cycle courier in London, decided to leave her city and travel the world by bicycle, while blogging about her experiences.

The complete list of winners can be viewed at http://www.kingley.co.uk/the-2012-british-travel-press-awards-winners.