It’s that time of year again, the ‘season of mists and mellow fruitlessness’; the time of year that, for our industry, also means World Travel Market – an event that we all hope will be fruitful. This year the Selling Travel team will have an extra spring in its step as they trawl the halls of ExCel – that’s because we've been awarded Trade Publication of the Year, Print and Online, at the 2018 Travel Media Awards (I thought I’d mention it in case you hadn’t seen our day-glo cover wrap!).
It’s a title we also won in 2015 and 2016, but it’s just as good to have it this year, especially considering the competition. I was proud to hear the judges' comments praising Selling Travel's 'impactful visuals', 'useful selling tips' and 'engaging insights' into the industry.
We’ll be using WTM not only to meet with long-time industry colleagues and friends but also to seek out new relationships, spy next year’s trends and identify burgeoning destinations - your future top-sellers.
Flicking through this issue it struck me that tourism giants Mauritius, the Maldives and Seychelles (p47) were mostly unknown specks on the map to my parents when they were planning their honeymoon. Equally, the Caribbean (p8) was an exotic, unreachable dream. How times change!
I was sad to see the demise of Club 18-30. Do we wish for too much these days? What's wrong with a knees-up in the sun with friends? Do people really choose a holiday on its 'gramability?' And will a vegan yoga retreat with a pillow menu really make us happier than a foam party? These are questions for our times - along with something called Brexit.
It was nice to see so many of you at our roadshow (see p16) and thanks for voting in the
Selling Travel Agents Choice Awards - we couldn't win awards without you. See the winners online!
Laura GelderDEPUTY EDITOR