9 December 2019
Traveleyes has been announced as the winner of Best Assisted/Accessible Holiday Company in the prestigious 2019 British Travel Awards. The announcement was made on 27th November at a glamorous gala awards ceremony, held in London and attended by nearly a thousand travel industry people.
Traveleyes is the world’s first commercial tour operator offering independent group travel for both blind and sighted travellers. Established in 2004 by the blind entrepreneur, TV presenter and world traveller Amar Latif, Traveleyes now runs over 70 trips a year to destinations all around the world, from hiking the famed Camino de Santiago and ziplining in Costa Rica, to discovery tours across Turkey and exploring Europe’s most loved cities.
On each holiday, half of the group is blind or visually impaired (VI), and the other half fully is sighted. Each day, the sighted travellers guide and describe to a different blind partner, and together they explore the destinations that they visit. In return for sharing their sight, the cost of their holiday is subsidised by up to 50%.
Sharing the adventure as blind and sighted travellers, both help each other to ‘see the world differently’!
“Winning a British Travel Award is such an honour and a very proud moment for accessible travel” said Amar Latif, the Traveleyes founder. “This is the first time the BTAs have had a category recognising accessible travel and we are over the moon to have been voted as the inaugural winners.”
British Travel Awards’ chief executive Lorraine Barnes Burton said: “Traveleyes is to be congratulated on winning Best Assisted/Accessible Holiday Company. Competition was particularly strong this year but ultimately it is the travelling public who decide the winners by voting for the travel companies they consider the best in the business. The British Travel Awards is the largest consumer awards programme in the UK, and to win is truly an accolade.”
The British Travel Awards is a proudly independent organisation, and votes are verified by leading global business practitioners Deloitte.