Following the inaugural ATAS Suppliers showcase & Awards night in 2017, Aspen Travel was again in attendance for what was a day/night of the touring and adventure sector coming together to put on an all-around enjoyable event. The day started, of course with some hot and cold refreshments before we entered the seating area for the introductionby TravelWeekly’s very own Lucy Huxley & ATAS chairman Paul Melinis!
Throughout the course of the day, touring & adventure specialists such as the likes of Wendy Wu Tours, Travelsphere, Titan Travel & many more big names you may have heard of. This helped companies such as ourselves really develop a better understanding of the tours and packages we are truly proud to sell. This was then followed by a panel session, featuring the one and only founder of Wendy Wu Tours, Wendy Wu herself who was a real personality on the stage and also recommended Japan as a ‘must-do’ adventure for 2019.
Once the panel had come to a close, it was time to head back to the showcase area giving us an extra hour or so to sample unique experiences from Saga Holidays, Collette & Cox and Kings. Radio presenter and personality Penny Smith was announced as a special guest for the remainder of the day, she enthralled the audience with her fascinating stories about the times she has spent travelling around the world with Travelsphere, of whom she is an ambassador for and also shared her top travel destination: India.
The Gala Meal & Awards ceremony
The final leg of the day is undoubtedly the most memorable, thanks to a very special guest & our award-winning celebration. Once the 400+ travel advocates had enjoyed their three-course meal it was time for the 2nd Annual ATAS awards presentation – which of course wouldn’t have been a travel event without the very special celebrity guest; Aled Jones! With the people in attendance eagerly-anticipating the winners from each category, it was time for Mr Jones to present these coveted awards. As you already guessed by the title of this article, WE WON the award for Northwest England & North Wales Best High Street agency of the year which was a real honour to receive.
In conclusion, we would like to thank each and every person for putting us in such a privilegedposition to win yet another award on another landmark night for escorted touring. So, whether it’s an Ultimate escorted tour of Australia, or a romantic escape from the top to the toe of Italy, Aspen Travel are more than capable of finding the best suited holiday for YOU
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