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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

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