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2017 Solo Travel Awards

Between June 2012 and December of last year, the number of Google searches for solo travel has tripled, confirming the explosive growth in this travel trend through 2017.

Despite this trend, independent travellers have long been at a disadvantage when it comes to organized or packaged travel, often hit with archaic single supplement fees, ranging from 10% to 100%, averaging at 15%.
 
2017 Solo Travel Awards

“It’s a completely unfair practice,” says Phil Sylvester, Travel Expert at World Nomads. “Travel is about pushing limits, challenging the status quo, and giving back, and some of the best adventures involve traveling solo.”
 
For this reason, the brand is partnering with the Solo Travel Awards to encourage the travel industry to help individual travellers to continue pursuing their passions.

2017 Solo Travel Awards
 
The first annual Solo Travel Awards will honour tour, cruise and packaged travel companies that have developed products and services specifically for solo travellers, including no (or very low) single supplements. The awards are now open for nominations; Solo Traveler and World Nomads will announce the winners in Fall 2017.

The Solo Travel Awards shine the spotlight on industry leaders that support a key segment of the travel market. – Phil Sylvester, World Nomads

2017 Solo Travel Awards

With demographic shifts and the huge increase in the number of people choosing to travel alone, the travel industry has begun to respond. The Solo Travel Awards are designed to acknowledge travel companies that are serving the solo market well, and to motivate others to follow suit.

Nominations are currently open for the following categories: tours, specialty tours, packaged tours, river cruises, and ocean cruises.

Solo Travel Awards Judges
[L to R: Judges Spud Hilton, Keith Jenkins, Andrew McCarthy, Tracey Nesbitt and Oneika Raymond]

The judges for the Solo Travel Awards include:
Spud Hilton, travel editor, San Francisco Chronicle
Keith Jenkins, CEO, iambassador and publisher, Velvet Escape
Andrew McCarthy, director, award winning travel writer, and actor
Tracey Nesbitt, editor and contributor, Solo Traveler
Oneika Raymond, publisher and in-house travel expert for CTV’s Your Morning
 
Nominations may be submitted on the Solo Travel Awards website. The final deadline to enter is August 1, 2017, after which a shortlist of companies that best meet the criteria will be submitted to the panel of judges for their review.

This post produced in partnership with Solo Travel Awards.

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