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2015 Travel Media Awards - Finalist in the Travel Blogger and Vlogger of the Year award.

This month saw a spate of awards ceremonies, including three in London that I attended as a shortlisted candidate. I was a contender for four major awards, which itself is a significant achievement, though I won none.

The 2015 Travel Media Awards, held at the St Pancras Renaissance Hotel London on 9 November saw me on shortlists for the Travel Blogger and Vlogger of the Year award plus the Travel Trade Feature of the Year awards.

2015 Travel Media Awards - Finalist in the Travel Blogger and Vlogger of the Year award.

2015 Travel Media Awards – shortlisted for Travel Blogger and Vlogger of the Year award

Alas, it wasn’t to be but chatting to fellow members of the travel media proved both interesting and enjoyable.

2015 Travel Media Awards - Finalist in the Travel Trade Feature of the Year award.

2015 Travel Media Awards – shortlisted for the Travel Trade Feature of the Year award

On 24 November I started the day at a breakfast ceremony within the hall of the Royal Institute of British Architects. I was one of the three people on the shortlist for the Independent Blogger of the Year award at the Comment Awards organised by Editorial Intelligence and hosted by Peter York.

I was placed on a table with journalists and editors from the Financial Times. Collectively the table bagged five awards. None of them bore my name.

Later the same day I headed to Central Hall at Westminster for the Association of Independent Tour Operators (AITO) awards. At the AITO Awards I was shortlisted for the Blogger of the Year award.

Smiles and Champagne in The Savoy at the British Guild of Travel Writers gala dinner

Smiles and Champagne in The Savoy prior to the British Guild of Travel Writers gala dinner

At the beginning of the month I attended the British Guild of Travel Writers’ annual gala dinner at The Savoy. The evening provided an insight into the food and culture of Armenia, one of the sponsors of the event, along with Pas de Calais. I contributed a photo feature, Dresden through the lens, for the British Guild of Travel Writers website that appeared midway through the month.

After the event at The Savoy I went to the World Travel Market at the Excel London. While there I attended press conferences and met with PRs and representatives from tourist boards. It was great to see a number of new products, including Virtual Reality headsets, which look like they have huge potential.

A Virtual Reality headset being demonstrated at the 2015 World Travel Market.

A man demonstrates a Virtual Reality headset at the 2015 World Travel Market in London

I wrote about the impact of Formula One on tourism in host cities for the WTM Buyers’ Club Magazine. The feature includes facts and figures from Mexico and Abu Dhabi plus quotes from sports marketing experts but is too large to attach here.

The Rugby World Cup 2015 provided the basis of a feature about England as the tournament’s host nation.

Tyne Bridge during the Rugby World Cup 2015.

A sign announces the Rugby World Cup 2015 on the Tyne Bridge

On my blog – which I’m now very proud to say was shortlisted for three major awards – you’ll also see pieces on the chef Monk Epifanios of Mylopotamos and the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta.

My feature Dresden: Germany’s Most Photogenic City, for the Huffington Post, attracted a lot of Facebook likes and shares

The Semperoper in Dresden, Germany

The Semperoper in Dresden, Germany

I also wrote about golf on some stunning courses in Austria and India for the CountrybyCountry 2016 Golf guide.

My work on training with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police at their Depot base in Regina, Saskatchewan was published on the newly launched Canada Travel website.

Training at the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) Depot in Regina, Saskatchewan

Training at the Royal Canadian Mounted Police’s Depot base in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada