Readers of Leisure Group Travel are invited to vote for their favorite group travel suppliers in the new Group Travel Awards program sponsored jointly by the magazine, its sister publication in London and Hotel Planner.

Jeff Gayduk

Jeff Gayduk

For 11 years we’ve held our annual Reader’s Choice awards in December. This program recognizes excellence in the field of group travel. Many of you have voted for your favorite tour operator, cruise line, tour attraction or destination and we sincerely appreciate your dedication to this program.

Earlier this year I was approached by two partners in the business, Hotel Planner, which handles group hotel reservations for a lot of readers, and Group Travel Organiser, our sister magazine based in London. They were seeking to expand on a successful Group Travel Awards show that’s put on by Group Travel Organiser in London with a similar event based in New York this November.

They asked if we would be interested in participating in the program with our Reader’s Choice program and after reviewing the pros and cons I thought this would be a worthwhile endeavor. After all, what better way to be recognized for outstanding achievement than by your peers, live in New York!

Thus, this year we are transitioning voting for Reader’s Choice to the new Group Travel Awards. From your perspective, not much has changed. Yes, there are a few more categories to choose from, and voting is strictly online (blame technology for that). But your role is as important as ever in deciding who takes home the big prize.

So, before you get too entrenched in this edition of Leisure Group Travel – which is fabulous by the way – visit and click on the Reader’s Choice tab. You’ll be taken to our new online voting system which I promise to be quick and easy. You can also learn more about this big event, and if you’re interested in attending, mark your calendars for the night of November 11, 2014 as the industry’s finest will gather at the historical and renowned Hudson Theatre in the Millennium Broadway Hotel, Times Square, New York.

Just as we work hard to produce Leisure Group Travel for you, vendors work hard to deliver an outstanding travel experience for your travelers. Show your appreciation by voting for them in our Reader’s Choice & the new Group Travel Awards. Every vote counts!

Get started by visiting and click on the Reader’s Choice tab.

Happy Traveling,

Jeff Gayduk, Publisher