Blackpool-based school travel company, WST School Travel, has been named the UK’s Best School Tour Operator in The School Travel Awards for the second year running, at a glittering ceremony held at the Royal Garden Hotel in Kensington, London on 9 November.
The UK’s biggest event for school travel and learning outside the classroom provided a celebration of the very best in the sector at a ceremony hosted by BBC TV news anchor and Antiques Roadshow presenter Fiona Bruce.
The School Travel Awards, organised by School Travel Organiser magazine, recognise how important it is to reward those in the education sector, especially those who go the extra mile to provide exciting and educational trips for Primary and Secondary schools.
The award is voted for by teachers across the UK and highlights organisations that support learning outside the classroom.
Speaking of the award, Sian Belfield, WST Travel customer relations director said: “We’re delighted to win this award for the second consecutive year. It’s been a difficult year for the industry in general, demanding exceptional flexibility and customer reassurance in the wake of the UK terror attacks. Our strong relationship with our customers has given them confidence to be able to continue offering amazing learning experiences outside of the classroom. We’re so proud to have been voted the best by teachers and owe a big thank you to our customers.”
Editor of School Travel Organiser magazine, Keeley Rodgers said that everyone at School Travel Organiser was delighted to be involved with such a prestigious occasion: “I’d like to thank everyone who took part, including those who voted or nominated and our fantastic partners, for making it all possible. We are already planning for next year so roll on the next campaign and the ceremony in November 2018. This is a brilliant initiative and we are very proud of it”
The award follows WST Travel’s achievement being awarded the Customer Service Excellence and Investors in People standard and ‘Best Customer Service’ award at the British Youth Travel Awards in December 2015.
WST Travel started with a team of four in 2010 and following rapid expansion now employs 41 staff. By choosing employees with the highest levels of specialist travel experience, the team has over 300 years’ combined industry experience.