GNTO announces winners of Travel Writers’ Awards 2017

Kevin Rushby of The Guardian has been awarded 1st prize at this year’s annual ‘Germany Travel Writers’ Awards’ by the German National Tourist Office (GNTO). Kevin Rushby’s article entitled “Watch out, Kapitän!” presented an intriguing journey through the northern Lakelands of Germany. 2nd prize was awarded to Lonely Planet Traveller’s Marcel Theroux for “Season of the Witch” about Walpurgis Night in the Harz Mountains and Stephen Davy-Osborne, for the Swindon Advertiser, won 3rd prize for his “A Trip to Cologne Makes Sense” article about Cologne as a city of trends. 

The Germany Travel Writers’ Awards recognises, each year, the outstanding UK editorial features about travel Destination Germany published over a 12 month period. In addition to the top 3 places, the coveted Goethe Bust was awarded to Lonely Planet Magazine for its highly individual and comprehensive travel features about Germany in 2017.  The online category prize was awarded jointly to Anthony Peregrine of The Telegraph and Christopher Beanland of The Independent.   

An independent judging panel selected the winners from a shortlist of 10, which included entries from national and regional press, plus specialist travel consumer publications and online editorial travel websites. The judging panel was made up of representatives from the German Embassy, the Association of Independent Tour Operators (AITO) and the Goethe-Institut.  

More than 50 guests, including journalists, cultural institutions and the judges attended the awards ceremony at Trinity House in London. The awards ceremony takes place during the GNTO’s annual media press lunch, which this year was co-sponsored by Lübeck und Travemünde Marketing GmbH and Europäisches Hansemuseum.  

Beatrix Haun, director of the GNTO UK and Ireland said: “the standard for this year’s awards was extremely high and we would like offer our warmest congratulations all our winners. We’re noticing a trend, particularly this last year that more journalists are choosing to go ‘off the beaten track’ when writing about Germany,  finding something unique, unusual or special as the focus for their travel feature.   If you’re looking for a different type of story and inspirational experience, Germany – whether city, coast or country - is the place to be!”    

The level of entries for 2017 and press coverage throughout the year reflects the continual, increasing interest in Germany as a holiday travel destination. For the third quarter 2017 there was a 4% increase in international overnight stays to Germany overall.  Specifically for the UK, in September, latest statistics show UK visitors registered showed a healthy increase of 3.2% in overnight stays for September 2017, compared to the same period in 2016.

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