Explore Tour Leaders are the best in the business - the awards they've won show that! Although external recognition is great, we also like to show our amazing leaders that here at Explore head office we know they're crucial to the success of each individual tour we run and we simply couldn't function without them. The Explore Tour Leader Awards recognise those leaders who have made your adventure extra special.
How do we choose the winners?
Once voting has closed (14 November 2014), a panel of Explore staff and travel industry professionals lock themselves in a room to sort through the nominations and pick a shortlist, runners-up and an overall winner. It's often a stressful day but very rewarding; reading through all the nominations really highlights how much you appreciate the job our leaders do.
Although there are no individual categories, there are four main criteria the judges use when making their decisions:
1. Local knowledge
2. People skills
3. Organisational skills
4. Respect for local people, culture and the environment
If you feel that your tour leader displayed these qualities, make sure you nominate them in the 2014 Tour Leader of the Year Awards (by 14 November 2014) and in the 2014 World Guide Awards which are run by travel magazine Wanderlust.