Hoseasons have been named best large LGBT holiday company at the British Travel Awards.
The self-catering specialist won the award at a lavish ceremony in front of 1,000 guests last night, at Evolution in Battersea, London.
The honor comes two months after the company was named LGBT-friendly travel company of the year at the TTG Awards.
As we reported back in September, the firm has put diversity at the heart of its business internally and externally to ensure all guests have amazing experiences. Its brochures, website and marketing materials now depict different ages, races and sexualities.
Hoseasons also won best large special interest holiday company at the event for the second year running.
Meanwhile, Onthebeach.co.uk won best small LGBT holiday company. The awards were the result of almost 360,000 consumer votes.
‘We’ve spent a huge amount of time and resource diversifying our product portfolio’
Speaking after the ceremony Hoseasons Managing Director Simon Altham commented: ‘Obviously we are delighted to get national recognition in this way, especially when it’s come from the people who matter most to us – our customers.
‘Even more pleasing for me though is that both awards recognise that we are a company that has inclusivity at its heart – not just in the way we embrace diversity when it comes to every one of our employees, but also in the breadth of specialist products we offer to appeal to different audiences.
‘Many people still think of us as a boating business, but the reality is we now offer a huge range of luxury lodge breaks and hot tub escapes to suit couples, families and groups of friends. We’ve spent a huge amount of time and resource diversifying our product portfolio in recent years and nights like this make it all worthwhile.’
Other winners at the British Travel Awards include:
Best large family holiday company: Haven
Best medium family holiday company: Emirates Holidays
Best small family holiday company: Sailing Holidays
Best luxury holiday company overall: Emirates Holidays
Best large luxury holiday company: Kuoni UK
Best small luxury holiday company: Pure Destinations
Best all-inclusive holiday company overall: Mercury Holidays
Best large all-inclusive holiday company: Saga
Best small all-inclusive holiday company: Letsgo2.com
Best singles holiday company overall: One Traveller
Best large singles holiday company overall: Shearings
Best medium singles holiday company overall: Just You
Best large LGBT holiday company: Hoseasons
Best small LGBT holiday company: Onthebeach.co.uk
Best wedding and honeymoon company overall: Honeymoon Dreams
Best large wedding and honeymoon company: Virgin Holidays
Best medium wedding and honeymoon company: Destinology
Best large special interest holiday company: Hoseasons
Best medium special interest holiday company: Titan
Best small special interest holiday company: Martin Randall Travel
For the full list of winners, visit the official British Travel Awards website.