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2011 British Travel Awards honorees include theme parks and museums in US & UK

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THE 2011 BRITISH TRAVEL AWARDS on 2 November celebrated a line up of winning travel companies as voted for by the British public. With some 700,000 votes cast the BTA are said to be the largest independent awards scheme in the UK.

Over one thousand of the UK travel industry’s movers and shakers packed Battersea Evolution in Battersea Park, London to hear writer, broadcaster and actor, Gyles Brandreth announce the companies winning the prestigious BTA trophies. In celebration of the special forthcoming 2012 Olympics year BTA sponsor Lloyds TSB arranged for the Olympic Torch to take pride of place at the venue and the occasion was honoured with the presence of Gold winning heptathlete Denise Lewis, 100 and 400 metres paralympian Bethy Woodward, and Paralympian tennis athlete, Liam O’Reilly. In addition a special award ‘Best Spectator Sports Tours Operator’ was created to acknowledge the hard work being done by the travel industry to ensure the millions of visitors expected in London are well looked after. Thomas Cook Sport won this award, with Thomson Sport taking Silver and Gullivers Sports Travel receiving Bronze.

In the category “Best Worldwide Theme Park,” the awardees are:

Disneyland Florida (Winner)
Universal Orlando Resort (Silver)
Disney Magic Kingdom (Bronze)


In the UK/Domestic Holiday category, awardees include:
Center Parcs (Best UK Park Operator – Silver)

Best UK Theme Park
Alton Towers (Winner)
Legoland Windsor (Silver)
Thorpe Park (Bronze)

Best UK Leisure Attraction
Eden Project (Winner)
Natural History Museum (Silver)
London Eye (Bronze)

Best UK Heritage Attraction
Edinburgh Castle (Winner)
Beamish Museum (Silver)
York Railway Museum (Bronze)

To see the full list of winners, visit this link.

Judith Rubin
Judith Rubin ([email protected]) is a leading journalist, publicist, strategist, blogger, content marketing specialist and connector in the international attractions industry. She excels at writing about all aspects of design and technical design, production and project management. Areas of special interest include AV integration and show control, lighting design and acoustics, specialty cinema, digital video and world’s fairs. Judith has ties to numerous industry organizations. From 2005-2020 she ran communications, publications and social media for the Themed Entertainment Association (TEA). In 2013, she was honored with the TEA Service Award. She was development director of IMERSA, and co-chair of the 2014 IMERSA Summit. She was publicist for the Large Format Cinema Association in the 1990s, now part of the Giant Screen Cinema Association (GSCA) and has also contributed to the publications of PLASA, IAAPA and the International Planetarium Society. Already making her mark as a magazine and book editor, Judith joined World’s Fair magazine in 1987, which introduced her to the attractions industry. Launching as a freelancer in the mid 1990s she has contributed to dozens of publications and media outlets including Funworld, Lighting&Sound America, Sound & Communications, Urban Land, The Raconteur and The Planetarian. She joined InPark in 2010. Judith earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Pratt Institute. She has lived in New York City and the San Francisco Bay Area, and now makes her home in Saint Louis, where she is active in the local arts and theater community.

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