The Isle of Wight Tours company has won two major awards.
The Sandown based company picked up Best Group Tour Operator and Outstanding Contribution by an Individual at the 2017 Group Travel Awards.
Twelve of the close knit team travelled to London for the ceremony.
Shirley Winn is the Managing Director of Isle of Wight Tours:
“I’m more than over the moon, just cannot believe that we’ve been chosen by our own group organisers, who have have to vote in this competition, and when you consider that we were up against a lot of the big mainland operators, to hear own name called out was just unbelievable.”
Geoff Holt was nominated for the Outstanding Contribution by an Individual. Shirley knew he had won and was ready with her camera. (see picture below)
“Sat opposite him at the table, to see his face when they were reading out a little bit about him and he ‘s like ‘that was me, yes, I did that, hang on a minute I think this is me’, and the realisation that came across his face, that photograph is priceless!”
Not everyone could attend the ceremony and Shirley says there will be a big party soon, and she told us what makes Isle of Wight Tours a winner:
“We’re small enough to still be a family type firm, so with the 26 of us in total, we laugh together, we cry together, we play together and it is one big family and it is lovely.”