Travel & Tourism Awards 2022


welcome to the 2022 Travel & Tourism Awards The Travel & Tourism industry is one of the largest sectors in the world, contributing trillions each year and providing the global economy with millions of jobs. Undeniably 2021 has been uniquely challenging for the industry, as we slowly embark on the journey to recovery. As the borders open and tourists begin to return to their favourite spots, we at LUXlife Magazine feel it’s the perfect time to reveal the businesses and enterprises responsible for making our dream holidays and adventures come to life with the deserved exposure, in the 2022 LUXlife Travel & Tourism Awards. Now in our seventh year, the 2022 LUXlife Travel & Tourism Awards cover all markets from travel agencies to food and beverages services, those managed accommodations, transportation, entertainment and tours (and everything in between) to hail the key players, contributing to one of the fastest growing sectors, by revealing their dedication and hard work. With two million-page views in the past 12 months, and a worldwide circulation of 238,000, LUXlife remains the perfect platform for businesses looking to promote their brand across a global readership, and each winner in the 2022 Travel & Tourism Awards has the chance to utilise the LUXlife platform to share their news with our highly engaged audience. The 2022 Travel & Tourism Awards are judged purely on merit. In order to determine our lucky few, our in-house research team carefully analyse the information that is available both online and in the public domain as well as any materials supplied by nominees. Additionally, nominees are provided the opportunity to prepare a short case file disclosing details of their chosen business sector and practice, as well as any previous accolades awarded. Case files, product samples and media packs are all accepted but are not mandatory to be included. Sif Brookes - Senior Editor Website: AI Global Media, Ltd. (AI) takes reasonable measures to ensure the quality of the information on this web site. However, AI will not assume any legal liability or responsibility for the accuracy, correctness or completeness of any information that is available through this web site. If errors are brought to our attention, we will try to correct them. The information available through the website and our partner publications is for your general information and use and is not intended to address any particular finance or investment requirements. In particular, the information does not constitute any form of advice or recommendation by us or any of our partner publications and is not intended to be relied upon by users in making or refraining from making any investment or financial decisions. Appropriate independent advice should be obtained before making any such decision. Any arrangement made between you and any third party named in the site is at your sole risk and responsibility.

4. Stan Stephens Cruises: Leading Glacier & Cruise Tours of the Year - Alaska 5. LupoLab Food and Coffee Crafters: Best Authentic Roman Cuisine Eatery - Western Australia 6. Waterways & Beyond: Most Luxurious French Barge Cruise Operator - USA 7. Locanda al Colle Guesthouse: Best Luxury B&B - Tuscany 8. Mertel: Most Innovative Global Event Production Agency 2022 9. ZuBlu: Best Dive & Ocean Travel Agency 2022 10. Bamboo: Best Global Eco-Friendly Adventure Travel Company 2022 11. Clare Page Photography Ltd: Most Dedicated Fine Art Landscape Photographer (Australia) 12. VAT Leisure Travel & Event Professionals: Best Group Travel Services Provider - Texas 14. Arts & Crafts Tours: Best Bespoke Group Art Tours Operator - USA 15. World Traveler News: Best International Travel Magazine 2022 16. Bamboo Ecotours: Best Small Group Gorilla Trekking Safari Experience - East Africa 17. Seven Corners, Inc: Best Travel Insurance & Speciality Benefit Management Company 2022 18. All Travel Guru: European Luxury Travel Experts of the Year 2022 19. The Cross at Kingussie: Best Riverside Restaurant & B&B – Scottish Highlands 20. Social Nature Movement: Best Outdoor Education Services Provider - New Zealand 21. TML Travel Group Limited: Most Unique Niche Tour Operators – UK 22. Enchanted Ireland Tours: Best Inbound Tour Operator - ROI 23. Cars Calipodes: Best Airport Transfers Business - Spain 24. GoKo Travels: Best Sustainable Group Adventure Agency - London 25. Vanilla Balcony - Event Solutions: Best Destination Wedding Planner - Portugal 26. Düsseldorf Convention – a unit of Düsseldorf Marketing GmbH: Most Innovative Convention Bureau 2022 27. Untold Story Travel: Best Bespoke Private Tour & Vacation Company - London 28. Distinct Service Tour: Best Corporate Services & Sightseeing Tours Company - Central Portugal 29. Blue Hills Corp: Best Travel Blankets Range - USA 30. Blu Isles: Best Full-Service DMC - Barbados 31. Lounge Couture: Best Lifestyle & Travel Management Concierge Service - Southern California 32. Shangu Business Services: Best Health Treatment & Travel Facilitation Service - South Africa 33. Canossa Events SRL: Most Trusted Boutique Luxury Tours Company - Italy 34. INSPIRE EUROPE: Best Package & Custom Travel Arrangement Company - UK 35. Sunlight Resorts: Holiday RV Resort of the Year - Florida 36. John Hall’s Alaska Cruises & Tours: Alaskan Tour Operator of the Year - USA 37. Inspiration Cruises & Tours Inc: Best Christian Travel Management Company 2022 38. CARE Travel: Best Destination Weddings & Caribbean Travel Specialists - Midwest USA 39. BizAway: Best Travel Booking Solution 2022 40. Mister Loo AG: Best Digital Public Toilet Facility - Asia

Page 4 LUX 2022 Travel & Tourism Awards Celebrating its 50th year anniversary in 2021, Stan Stephens Cruises began back in 1971 as North Star Marine Charters, operating fishing and hunting charters on its first boat, the 26-foot motor vessel, Mary Helen. Initially, the company was run by the husband-andwife team, Stan and Mary Helen Stephens, however, the company has since become a family affair. In 1978, Stan Stephens Cruises provided its first tour to the Columbia Glacier – an excursion that would change the face of the company for good. Since that very day, Stan, Mary, their daughters, and team have worked tirelessly to develop their operations and increase awareness of Valdez and the Sound amongst travellers. Stan Stephens Cruises has an extensive and fascinating history. Since its founding, the company has strived to protect the environment, and has taken the conservation of the unique eco-system seriously. However, on Good Friday 1989, an incident would change the lives of many of the Prince William Sound’s residents. One of Exxon Corporation’s tankers, the Exxon Valdez, ran aground on Bligh Reef during a voyage from Valdez, Alaska, to California. This resulted in a catastrophic oil spill, in which 11,000,000 Explore the ice-carved landscape of Valdez, Alaska with Stan Stephens Cruises, as you plunge into the scenic world that lies ahead. From viewing magnificent glaciers to spotting orcas, the company’s excursions through the calm waters of Prince William Sound are truly a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Indeed, for up to eight hours, Stan Stephens Cruises frees you from the mundane day-to-day and transports you into a breathtaking environment where you can truly be harmonious with the natural world. Jan22210 Stan Stephens Cruises Leading Glacier & Cruise Tours of the Year - Alaska gallons of North Slope crude oil spread across the sound, leaving 1,300 miles of shoreline, as well as adjacent waters, polluted. Some of the Stan Stephens Cruises fleet played a role in the clean-up efforts and were some of the first to carry response observers to the site. It is safe to say that over the years Stan Stephens Cruises has cultivated a team of local experts – indeed, the Stephens family lives in Valdez year-round. Moreover, the staff are all from Valdez or elsewhere in Alaska, which ensures a level of unbeatable customer service, as the company encourages guests to directly interact with the team to ask questions or learn about the local area. Additionally, each staff member makes an investment of time to sustain and better the community by volunteering with associations that support the local commercial fishing and tourism industries, community, and the environment. Be it the 7.5 to 8-hour tour of the Meares Glacier or the 6-hour Columbia Glacier Cruise, Stan Stephens Cruises endeavours to provide an awe-inspiring experience. For example, tours offer guests the opportunity to view some of the local wildlife, including sea otters, harbour seals, sea lions, humpback and orca whales, porpoise, eagles, puffins, cormorants, and more. En route, the captain details the immense history of the Prince of Wales Sound, from the early explorers, gold and copper mining, oil shipping, commercial fishing, and the 1964 Earthquake. Whilst the Covid-19 pandemic has had a great impact on the company, the upcoming year is set to be filled with exciting new prospects. Stan Stephens Cruises have taken the events of the past few years as a chance to look internally and redevelop its operational steps, safety protocols, cleaning processes, and staffing. This season it is looking forward to hosting new guests from across the globe, welcoming them to the striking habitat. Contact: Colleen Stephens Company: Stan Stephens Cruises Web Address: Page 5 LUX 2022 Travel & Tourism Awards Established from a childhood passion, LupoLab Food and Coffee Crafters has been recognised for the Italian hospitality that is brewed, steamed, and seared with every ounce of love and dedication. Acknowledged as Western Australia’s Best Authentic Roman Cuisine Eatery, Lupolab’s fresh, seasonal and product-driven menu permeates with the finest local ingredients that provide traditional flavours and dishes that honour the founder’s homeland – Rome. LupoLab Food and Coffee Crafters Best Authentic Roman Cuisine Eatery - Western Australia Jan22124 Lupolab is a love story and homage to traditional Italian dishes with authentic and locally sourced ingredients. The rotating menu of items is a product of Mirko Silvestri, the founder’s heritage, and passionate insight into Roman cuisine. From hand-cut pasta to speciality coffee delivered weekly, Lupolabs works hard to keep the creative integrity and craftsmanship at the peak of quality and standards by working individually with farmers and producers to ensure the best selection of products. Growing up in a traditional Roman household, Mirkos has the knowledge, the passion and the understanding of how to handmake and craft dishes from scratch, passed down through generations from Nonna to Nonna. Lupolabs is dedicated to the homestyle traditions learnt from his family and is passing down a piece of Rome and his Italian roots to his customers in Perth. Launched with guaranteed authenticity, Lupolabs began from an intrinsic passion and curiosity into the culinary world as Mirko’s witnessed his parents run their own restaurant back in Rome. Once in university, that culinary curiosity grew from food unto coffee and the process from crop to cup. Once his path was clearly set towards the food industry, Mirko completed his Specialty Coffee Diploma and became an Authorised Specialty Coffee Trainer in roasting, sensory, green beans, and brewing. Additionally, Mirko acquired his Coffee Science Certificate to entirely understand the science behind making a truly distinguished coffee. With a plethora of qualifications to solidify his passion and talent, Mirko’s then travelled through the plantations of El Salvador, Guatemala, Mexico, Honduras, Colombia and Burundi. Witnessing the dedicated work that the farmers produce to grow imported goods changed the way Mirko’s viewed the industry. Thus, Mirko’s Lupolab decided to honour the dedication and tireless work that went into the crops and deliver it directly to the public of Perth, Australia, where Lupolab’s in-house roastery resides. Within Perth, culture and people are diverse, enriched with an appreciation for those like Mirko, who have brought a piece of their heart into the area with a homage to heritage with local inspirations. From fresh, local ingredients to seasonal product-driven dishes, Lupolabs creates authentic, delicious and sustainable dishes that reflect his roots as a Roman and his life in Perth. The vibrant service at Lupolabs offers a casual and youthful vibe that enchants its customers with a classical comfort and familiarity all at once. With incredible views of the city from its floor to ceiling windows, Lupolab is a showstopping restaurant that invites you. From its location to the scent of the freshly cooked food, which can be seen from its open kitchen – where quality and high standards of the products used can be observed. Weaving in cultures from across the globe, team members at Lupolabs are diversified from countries such as Vietnam, Japan, Italy, Brazil, Colombia, England, America, Bhutan and Australia, bringing in warm hospitality, a sense of home and inclusion and a feeling of familiarity. While Covid-19 has shocked every corner of the earth, Lupolabs was able to remain open, ensuring that the same passion, comfort and deliciously authentic blends of culture can be received through its takeaway service. Continuing to support locals, especially during these more difficult times, Lupolabs is working tirelessly to deliver good food and friendship – the two things that people across the globe are in search of. For Lupolabs, 2022 is a year of expansion – in flavours, menu items and eCommerce. With plans in the works to shake up the local food scene, Lupolabs is bringing quality and comfort every day to those in the Perth area. Company: LupoLab Food and Coffee Crafters Name: Nicole Nguyen Email: [email protected] Web Address:

Page 6 LUX 2022 Travel & Tourism Awards French barge operator, Waterways & Beyond, is the parent company of Grand Victoria Cruises, which operates a luxury river yacht in the country’s famed Burgundy region. Formerly a private yacht for the De Kuyper family, well known for their distilleries around the world, the vessel was converted into a luxury hotel barge catering to eight people originally. Following being purchased in 2015 by Waterways & Beyond, it has since been renovated from top to bottom, changing the cabin configuration into a six-passenger barge, which has created a larger, more luxurious space, including cabins, an interior salon and dining area. Waterways & Beyond offers customers seeking a getaway from the daily grind of life the chance to unwind in their own private living quarters, whilst spending quality time with their family or friends, in the intimate space of the Grand Victoria, alongside providing luxury private tours to wineries, chateaux, French Markets, and other cultural heritage sites. The firm’s focus is on its incredible attention to detail, the main unique selling points which differentiates Waterways & Beyond from its competitors. The fact that Edward and his team own and operate the barge themselves allows for a personal service, with a homogenized crew. Executive Director, Edward Anderson, tells us more about the company and its core values. “Our attentive service, featuring one crew member per guest, means that our guests are well looked after and taken care of every step of the way,” he explains. “We have the pleasure of being flexible, as owners and Whilst cruising down the river in the heart of France’s famous wine region, it’s fair to say that an air of tranquil calm descends, and life’s stresses and worries simply melt away. This is what can be experienced with a luxury cruise, courtesy of Waterways & Beyond. We speak to Edward Anderson about life on the water. Dec21700 Waterways & Beyond Most Luxurious French Barge Cruise Operator - USA operators, we’re able to change itineraries, meals, excursions, at the whim of our customers. It allows us to really focus on the pursuit of excellence that we feel all of our guests deserve.” The majority of the company’s clients, which are typically retired people enjoying their annual vacation aboard, or professionals looking to unwind from the rigors of life, book directly with Waterways & Beyond after finding them on the internet. This, along with word-of-mouth referral from happy customers, is how the company secures its bookings, so it’s clear to see that Edward’s dedication to client satisfaction is what really works. Being a family-run firm, Edward serves as Captain and Tour Guide, whilst his wife, Cindy, is the Interior Manager, and son, Alexander, operates as deckhand. Then three further members of staff are hired to complete the crew – an executive chef, which is paramount as most meals are cooked on-board. There are two meals off board and included in the price, one of which is lunch at a Michelin star restaurant and one lunch at a local brasserie after a jaunt to the market. Then there are two hostesses who take exceptional care of guests throughout their time onboard. “When selecting crew, we’re very specific in what it is we’re after,” says Edward. “Our chef has to come well recommended, as well as have an impeccable menu with the finest of ingredients. Our hostesses need to excel at hospitality first and foremost and have a good understanding of meeting our client’s needs, prior to our clients thinking they need something. It is this attentive touch, that makes cruising onboard the Grand Victoria so much more than simply a canal cruise experience.” Obviously COVID-19 has had a huge impact on everyone globally. The travel industry has been heavily impacted, with travel restrictions, quarantine mandates and just general safety for one’s wellbeing coming into play. There has, however, been a positive impact on Waterways & Beyond in that it caters to only six guests who charter the vessel, which appeals to those who are now a little nervous about cruising on a large river yacht and mixing with strangers. The intimacy of having a six-passenger charter vessel means that everyone is either friends or family and they all know each other. All the tours and excursions are private so, once again, there are no large tour busses, or mass guided tours, where the risk of Covid infection is higher.” Regarding the future of the travel industry, Edward truly believes that once the world begins to recover from the pandemic, that small private companies will flourish. Right now, the family is focusing their attentions on researching new excursions and routes that might appeal to new and returning guests, including cruises down the Rhone river to Avignon and a visit to the famous Chateauneuf de Pape, Pont SaintBénézet, and other Rhone river sights, as well as possibly cruising through the Champagne region of France. “The tourist industry is an ever-changing landscape, and as small business owners and operators, we’re always striving to be one step ahead of the large hotel chains and trends.” Company: Waterways & Beyond Contact: Edward Anderson Website: Email: [email protected] Page 7 LUX 2022 Travel & Tourism Awards Nestled amongst the rolling hills of Tuscany, the Locanda al Colle Guesthouse is the premier accommodation for a relaxing getaway. Surrounded by mountains, art, and culture, the quiet and cosy hotel is the perfect place to reside whilst you explore the surrounding area. Providing an outstanding level of customer service, there is nowhere else quite like the Locanda al Colle Guesthouse. Locanda al Colle Guesthouse Best Luxury B&B - Tuscany Dec21693 Renowned for its scenic landscape and romantic atmosphere, Tuscany is the goto region for history, culture, and luxury. Regarded as the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance, the capital city, Florence, is home to numerous masterpieces – including Michelangelo’s David, which resides at the Galleria dell’Accademia di Firenze. Indeed, whether its fine wines, historical sites, or nature reserves, Tuscany simply has it all. Therefore, its vital to find an accommodation where you can relax at the end of the day, somewhere homely and calming. Locanda al Colle Guesthouse is the perfect place to unwind. The restored centuries old farmhouse is wrapped up in the Tuscan scenery, and is located near a variety of tourist spots, making it the perfect accommodation for those eager to explore. Florence, Lucca, Cinque Terre, Portovenere, Carrara marble quarries, Siena, Forte dei Marmi, Pietrasanta, and Viareggio, are all located within a two-hour journey from the hotel. Furthermore, the Apuanian Alps surround the Locanda al Colle Guesthouse, rising from the Versilian plain to a height of 2000 meters, providing a breath-taking backdrop to the accommodation. From standard rooms to suites, Locanda al Colle Guesthouse has cosy rooms for everyone – no matter what the budget. Operating under its philosophy of being a ‘private home open to paying guests,’ the hotel truly takes the phrase ‘home away from home’ to heart. With up to 24 guests staying at one time, the company ensures a relaxed, quiet, and private ambiance. Moreover, Locanda al Colle Guesthouse does away with the barriers between the staff and the guests as guests are encouraged to help themselves to the kitchen utilities, where delicious freshly baked cakes and biscuits and fruit can be found. At the Locanda al Colle Guesthouse, guests have the opportunity to indulge in the finest, homecooked Italian cuisine. All of the hotel’s produce is fresh and sourced locally, and breakfast and dinner menus change daily, tailored to the seasonality of dishes to ensure robust flavours. Each dish is masterfully crafted by the in-house chef, Gian Luca, who utilises an abundance of experience to deliver mouth-watering sweet and savoury meals. In addition, on Sundays, a vast array of local cheeses and charcuterie is available. Offering a multitude of once in a lifetime experiences, the Locanda al Colle Guesthouse treats visitors to exciting outings and peaceful activities. Be it yoga or mountain treks, the company is able to cater to everyone’s preferences. For example, there is the chance to take a bicycle tour of the surrounding hills and mountains, guided by a former cycling professional and Canadian National Champion. Or, for those that would rather kick back and relax, for the low cost of 90 Euros guests can rediscover peace and harmony through a massage amongst the rolling landscape. It is clear that the Locanda al Colle Guesthouse takes a simpler approach than the larger chain hotels. Simply, it prioritises the smaller things – elements of the trip that truly make all the difference. The staff are attentive and respectful, ready to cater to the guests’ needs at all times. Living locally, each member of the team is able to offer first-hand knowledge and advice, be it on the best place to dine out or the best sightseeing spots. As another year unfolds, the company has a variety of plans in the works. From expansion to customer service, the Locanda al Colle Guesthouse is working on numerous ways to enhance the overall experience. From the end of May to the beginning of September, each guesthouse reservation will be complimented by a cabana reserved at a nearby private beach club. Ultimately, the Locanda al Colle Guesthouse hopes to welcome more guests into its magnificent home, providing them with a luxurious holiday that they’ll never forget. Contact: Riccardo Barsottelli Company: Locanda al Colle Guesthouse Web Address:

Page 8 LUX 2022 Travel & Tourism Awards Established in 2004 as an innovative marketing agency thriving in national and international markets, Mertel brings a creative fire to even the most straightforward projects. Located in Bratislava, Vienna, Belehrad, Prague and Dubai the agency aims to make its clients events special by utilising its core values in all that it does. Mertel is built on a foundation of dynamic creativity that sets it apart from its competitors and has done for nearly 20 years. For the agency, the most prominent aspect of becoming successful and standing out amongst others is how it produces and showcases its innovative ideas and treats its clients. Together, a satisfied client ensures excellent marketing on the agency – a circle of trust and reputation that enlightens potential customers and engages them with Mertel’s offerings. The agency heavily relies on innovation and creativity, as the industry itself is competitive by nature. Thus, teamwork and cooperation are necessary for the agency to provide successful results to its client’s final product. Mertel drives its employees to think outside the box and flourishes as creative individuals; however, a strong emphasis on collaboration pushes Mertel into an unmatched sector within the industry. Employee connectivity is the essence of the agency – with one spark alighting Mertel with a blazing fire of innovation. “At Mertel, we may have small offices, but when we work together, we create one big agency, mostly thanks to our own internal system called Orchestra. All of the offices are using Founded nearly two decades ago, Mertel is a live and experiential marketing agency with a significant application in advertising. Recognised as the Most Innovative Global Event Production Agency, Mertel focuses on 360° creative events production, merchandising, conferences, sales promotions, hybrid solutions and more. Mertel has led the industry with an original flair for innovation, ready for any challenge. Dec21657 Mertel Most Innovative Global Event Production Agency 2022 Orchestra; therefore, we all have the same process where we can teach and inspire each other at the same time,” states Veronika Hanecakova, Mertel’s Junior Project Manager. Mertel offers pure innovation, unconfined by conventional creativity methods and thriving on the integrated ideas provided by its employees. An example of their collaborative innovation is its internal system, Orchestra, explicitly designed for the agency to be utilised on its projects. Fortunately for Mertel, the agency persevered throughout the Covid-19 pandemic by shifting everything digitally, which allowed the company to remain relevant and active in the eyes of its clients and the world. “We organised either hybrid or fully online projects, like an online festival that consisted of multiple concerts throughout the year and brought happiness into the homes of the people. In doing so, we supported local artists all while winning multiple awards for our solutions,” states Veronika. In addition to transforming into a digitalised platform, Mertel prepared for the immense competition to be the organiser of the Slovak Pavilion in Expo 2020 Dubai. With great triumph, Mertel succeeded due to its engaging and innovative efforts. With the aim to deliver an unforgettable Slovakia experience to Expo 2020 Dubai, Mertel was faced with several challenges. Still, with great care and dedication, the agency was able to bring an incredible outcome that is being recognised internationally, bringing rapid attention and success. “Putting 150% of effort into everything we do is what we are known for. We will go the extra mile and keep up to date with the latest trends in the Live & Experiential marketing industry, which has led our agency to grow into a franchising network of local European offices,” boast Veronika. Mertel’s network continues to flourish as the agency has kept steadily on track during some of the most challenging times for business. With dedication, persistence and pocket full of passion, the agency has remained noticed in the eyes of the world due to the addition of its NYX award for social events and live streaming, three Global Eventex awards, two Muse awards and 2022’s Travel and Tourism award for Most Innovative Global Event Production Agency. Currently, Mertel is preparing several projects, one of which is the development of a merchandising brand network that the agency would like to extend within the company. Moreover, Mertel is progressing with its internal system, Orchestra, to support the aforementioned project and provide a possibility of expanding its portfolio. New and innovative creations are coming from Mertel, and 2022 is ready for all its glory. Company Name: Mertel Contact Name: Veronika Hanecakova Web Address: Page 9 LUX 2022 Travel & Tourism Awards Established as the Best Dive and Ocean Travel Agency in 2022, ZuBlu was launched with the promise to deliver breathtaking underwater experiences, whilst protecting the future of the planet’s oceans. Dedicated to making the searching, discovering, and booking of scuba diving and underwater adventures easier, ZuBlu’s passionate team works with over 600 ecofriendly resorts, liveaboards and dive centres to turn dream dive experiences into a sustainable reality. ZuBlu Best Dive & Ocean Travel Agency 2022 Dec21498 ZuBlu was founded by two professional underwater photographers, Adam Broadbent and Matthew Oldfield, backed by decades of combined experience. Together, Adam and Matthew launched ZuBlu with the hope of turning dream dive experiences into reality while encouraging everyday divers to become environmentally-conscious and self-aware of their contribution towards sustaining the health of our oceans. With first-hand, in-depth knowledge of some of the most beautiful underwater destinations and eco-friendly dive operators around the world, ZuBlu offers ‘once in a lifetime’ experiences that help to forge a connection with nature unlike any other. First established as a travel platform for scuba diving and ocean experiences in Asia, ZuBlu has since crafted a connection to over 600 resorts, liveaboards and operators across 85 of the planet’s most renowned diving destinations. “We’ve selected our partners not only for the incredible experiences they offer but also for their focus on conservation and improving their eco-friendliness. The focus on creating more conscious resorts and operators is critical for the future of travel and something we set out to achieve from the beginning,” explains cofounder Adam Broadbent. Designed uniquely for scuba divers, ZuBlu’s travel platform aims to solve the main questions when planning a holiday: who, what, when and where. From individuals, groups, couples and families, ZuBlu is able to support anyone in need of a one-of-a-kind, sustainable ocean experience. ZuBlu ensures that its expert travel team is on hand 24/7 to assist with any and all travel requirements and enquiries, ensuring that each holiday is entirely personalised to the individual. Adam explains, “Our focus is on the experience, ensuring our guests get in the water in the right location at the right time of year, so they experience each destination at its very best and see the marine life that they came to see.” Prioritising safety, organisation, and high customer satisfaction standards, ZuBlu aims to provide unrivalled customer service from expert travel advisors. The expertise found within the company has been built from decades of first-hand experience while travelling and diving around the world, guaranteeing that a dive holiday booked with ZuBlu is exactly how it should be – smooth sailing. Of course, due to the impact of Covid-19, the last several years have seen significant changes for the company. Such issues have been accentuated due to many of the world’s best diving destinations being located in developing countries where continuing pandemic phases create ongoing challenges. But, while Covid-19 has slowed things down, ZuBlu hasn’t stopped progressing towards new and innovative services. “As a business, we have taken this time to improve our platform and expand our offerings across the globe. We have also excitingly taken the time to launch our Ecoventures - a selection of positive impact experiences where travellers can get involved in ocean conservation through internships, joining expeditions, and more. It’s an opportunity for all to have a profound experience while making a positive impact on your holiday,” proclaimed Adam. Drifting into the new year, ZuBlu’s primary goal is to support its guests in getting back into the water. The team’s irresistible passion and expert knowledge suggests a bright future lies on the horizon - meaning our oceans, our marine life, and your holiday, will be in good hands with ZuBlu. Company Name: ZuBlu Contact Name: Adam Broadbent Web Address: Contact Email [email protected]

Page 10 LUX 2022 Travel & Tourism Awards The Bamboo Group was established in 2016 by cofounders Colin and Mark, who have a combined experience of over four decades in international travel and give-back initiatives. Moreover, the two share the same mission and outlook that travel companies should give back to the communities they visit along with having an undeniably eco-friendly and ‘funtastic’ time. The two founders have built a business foundation based on their Welsh and Kiwi culture. Mark and Colin created Bamboo to embody these ideologies while adding a proud, professional, and gentle approach to their vision by sharing a passion for adventure travel, appreciating diverse cultures, and combating global issues like animal welfare and climate change. Since its inception, Bamboo has taken great pride in its work, remaining steadfast in its commitment to making the world a better place through travel. For six years, Mark and Colin have dedicated their efforts to creating a difference in all Bamboo connections – customers and communities alike. However, while the foundation of Bamboo is firmly rested on the two cofounders’ beliefs and values, the company would not be where it is today without the appreciation and significant efforts of the Bamboo team. “Our team bleed green, and without them, we are nothing. Both Colin and I are so proud of each one of them! We have amassed a large network of followers over the years; although we come in different shapes and sizes, we are all striving for the Operating in 11 countries with over 30 tours on offer, The Bamboo Group is a nationally recognized travel company acknowledged as the Best Global Eco-Friendly Adventure Travel Company. Offering a focus on two primary markets, 18+ and 50+, Bamboo can provide a ‘Young @ Heart’ escape for young hearts and young minds. Dec21461 Bamboo Best Global EcoFriendly Adventure Travel Company 2022 same goal – love to live, live to love,” enthuses cofounder Mark Foster-Murray. Bamboo has been nurtured and is continually growing and developing to ensure it keeps ahead of the travel industry by encompassing a fresher approach to travel. With Bamboo circling the founders’ eco-friendly, cultural, and diverse ideals, the company embraces this through its core, utilizing it as the essence of business. Tours that are provided truly capture that essence and are designed around the mission of having a positive impact where travelers and communities can work together. This leaves behind a heart-warming legacy of cultural experiences and adventure. While some companies are focused on the competition of this niche market, Bamboo is focused on setting an example of how the world should travel – with awareness, consideration, and respect for the different cultures that people visit. For Bamboo, success is driven by its customers who choose to stand out, not assimilate like other travel companies showcase. It puts forth a Bamboo adventure that brings memorable experiences whilst being environmentally and culturally compassionate. Bamboo has been gaining steady recognition over the years, which is heavily tailored to its customers. “We have an open forum for people to chat and discuss everything related to their tour. We have found that customers advising customers is far more powerful than our customer service team. At Bamboo, we believe in progress over perfection. You can’t expect perfection on a dusty bouncy road in Cambodia, but you can enjoy the ride,” explains Mark. In 2022, Bamboo is strapping on its boots and is more than ready to get a great big ball of adventure rolling again. Company: Bamboo [We Are Bamboo Co. Ltd.] Name: Mark Foster-Murray Web Address: Page 11 LUX 2022 Travel & Tourism Awards For nearly a decade, Clare Page Photography has been thriving in the world of Fine Art Landscape Photography, travelling from Southwest USA, Southeast Australia to New Zealand and France. Recognised was the Most Dedicated Fine Art Landscape Photographer in Australia, Clare Page revels and utilises the lifechanging stories of individuals and breath-taking destinations to capture her surroundings, producing artwork that is unlike anyone else. Most Dedicated Fine Art Landscape Photographer (Australia) Dec21368 Established in 2012, Clare Page Photography sprung as an idea when Clare was gifted a digital camera from her husband, Keith. The thoughtful present brought out an innate desire to experience the fulfilment of learning and growing as a fine art landscape photographer, which, gradually, Clare achieved. “Photography is not what I do, but it is who I am that accurately represents my identity. I believe that photography is my passport to experience a life of fulfilment. I define my passion for photography, travel, and people in equal measure,” Clare Page states. Clare Page offers quality and proficiency to her clients as a service that has been appreciated for ten years, along with her reputation for providing unique and personalised pictures. To do so, Clare upholds two core values that ensure each order is completed within an appropriate time frame: communication and professionalism. From commencement to completion, Clare keeps clients well informed and up to date during the process, where both client and artist are respected throughout. “As a professional fine art landscape photographer, my passion and purpose art landscape photographer, and this is known because of the way she fully immerses herself into a project. For example, she flew in a helicopter, doors off, to capture images from Mount Tutoko, Fiordland, New Zealand, at 53. Additionally, she has stood in rivers in Mount Aspiring National Park, South Island, New Zealand, at below freezing temperatures at 56. Clare explains, “I have ventured to places that have been lonely and isolated and walked to the ocean, lakes, and rivers in the dark, to reach my destination before first light. This was on my own, carrying my equipment, particularly in iconic photographic landmarks. All because I believe I am called to be a photographer with purpose. I capture nature from the depth of my soul, which is evident in my work.” Clare puts her life into every photograph taken, pushing the boundaries of photography whilst respecting the beauty and dangers of her natural surroundings. Above all else, she works with a reflection and appreciation for humanity, God and her clients through honour, integrity and excellence. “I believe in selling work that is distinctly different and unique in the form of an investment in Fine Art Landscape Photography. It is of utmost importance to my prospective clients that my work is far over and above in quality and originality. The organic imprint of nature captured through my lens,” Clare adds. For Clare, her photography makes a statement that is personal to everyone. Her passion for pursuing landscape photography enables her to produce high-quality imagery that respects nature, bewilders clients, and overall, feeds the flame that is her purpose in becoming the best fine art landscape photographer. Company: Clare Page Photography Ltd Name: Clare Page Email: [email protected] Web Address: are to grow my business through international influence and exposure with photography that leaves a lasting impression. In addition, I desire to inspire and educate individuals in learning landscape photography – enabling them to fulfil their purpose,” says Clare. For Clare, what sets her apart from competitors is how she markets herself as an individual and a photographer. She classifies herself as ‘an extreme nature’ and fine

Page 12 LUX 2022 Travel & Tourism Awards VAT Leisure Travel & Event Professionals was established in 2012 by Tanya Knapp after the experience of travelling the world changed her life. Thus, Tanya embarked on a mission and joined the travel and tourism industry to ensure others had the same exceptional moments she had during her own adventures. Once VAT was launched, success was inevitable, and clients have been radiating from the enlightening journeys that Tanya and her staff members have opened to them. VAT is a unique company whose staff members are not limited to the premises. Instead, the company is partnered with several individuals and organizations who provide support as wedding coordinators, event consultants, and destination specialists. Internationally linked to several professionals, VAT has the strongest association with Africa, Asia, the Caribbean and European countries. At VAT, clients venture to the company from all walks of life, with some visiting a third or fourth time. While mostly, these clients are Internationally regarded as Texas’s Best Group Travel Services Provider, VAT Leisure Travel & Event Professionals assists group travels across the globe. Established in the travel industry for over a decade, VAT has maintained and exceeded expectations, keeping on top of trending destinations and expanding its client base, year after year, due to its renowned reputation and unparalleled services. Dec21253 VAT LeisureTravel & Event Professionals Best Group Travel Services Provider - Texas middle-aged professionals or retirees, the ‘young heart, young mind’ mentality keeps these clients drawn to VAT. The company is highly-regarded for its ability to produce some of the most eloquent trips – satisfying any inner adventurer with philanthropic elements added to trips. Founder Tanya Knapp explains VAT’s connection to philanthropy, stating, “We have been partnering with several organizations since our launch to do projects, fulfil a wish list and provide monthly financial support to an orphanage in Ethiopia. In addition, we are always eager to consider a new and unique philanthropy project in any second or third world countries where we facilitate travel. So it is through our philanthropic efforts; we can still offer luxury-level trips to Cuba for our North American clients.” However, in more recent years, the travel and tourism industry has faced several challenging restrictions due to the aftermath of the Covid-19 pandemic. While people were anxious, desperate to escape and even reluctant to travel, VAT has been implementing safety protocols to ensure the safety of workers and its clients. Measures included research into Covid compliant hotels, up to date information and regulations for countries and flight protection towards booking details. “Once it was clear we were going to be dealing with Covid-19, VAT worked tirelessly to identify the most concerning aspects of travel. For starters, it was apparent that commercial flights were becoming riskier, and to mitigate this risk, we have recommended private or shared charter flights. We also communicated with our hotel partners around the world, learning which hoteliers were being progressive and proactive with COVID-19 protocols,” explains Tanya. With restrictions easing up and safety measures being implemented across the globe, VAT is making up for lost time and is ready to launch a few new projects. First is a group trip to Egypt departing from Canada/ USA. The trip includes a seven-night, full-board cruise up the Nile, a three-night All-inclusive stay at the Red Sea Beachfront Hotel and four nights in Conrad Cairo. Trip availability is limited, but VAT has three remaining (double occupancy) cabins left before departing on this trip of a lifetime. No matter the destination and no matter the dream, VAT and its incredible team of dedicated professionals will make it happen. Company Name: VAT Leisure Travel & Event Professionals Contact Name: Tanya & Cory Knapp Web Address: Contact Email [email protected] Page 13 LUX 2022 Travel & Tourism Awards Recognised as Asia’s leading travel technology company and Singapore’s Best Online Outbound Travel Agency, Tripwerkz provides online travel booking services such as hotel reservations, airline tickets, packages, customised tours, and various corporate travel management applications for customers internationally. Tripwerkz Pte. Ltd (Singapore) Best Online Outbound Travel Agency - Singapore Dec21241 Based in Singapore, Tripwerkz provides more than just the standard services of those offered by traditional travel agencies. Tripwerkz is founded under two principles – to support customers by aiding them with solutions, to ensure more accessible booking services, and to provide business partners with a trusted platform, allowing customers to access their services internationally. Other platforms under Tripwerkz includes Yousafir (Middle East), Qichengbao (China), as well as TravelBex business platform and GoETM executive travel management services. For Tripwerkz, innovation is at the core of the company, and for innovation to occur, staff members are intrinsically focused on the needs of the customers. Tricia Ng, Director of Tripwerkz, explains, “We leverage on their feedback to develop products and services that address the gaps they face at the moment. Our approach to finding solutions for our users is what drives our success. However, given the dynamic outlook of the industry, we are in no position to be complacent. Instead, continuous improvement is essential for us to grow our business to track.” In a customer-centric business, Tripwerkz connects with customers while adopting innovative technologies that searches for the best rates from over one million inventories around the world. As a result, Tripwerkz provides discerning travellers with comparably better rates and an easy-to-use platform that allows customers to book on a single form without the mess and fuss of navigating a series of websites and complex numbers. In addition, Tripwerkz provides a luxury travel segment focused on excellence and high-quality experiences that are organised and individualised for premium customer satisfaction. Tricia explains, “Customers from this segment want tailored packages that are not based off a cookie-cutter approach. In our approach toward the pursuit of perfection, we have our destination experts attending individual travellers, assisting them in creating a customised package based on their needs and wants.” Tripwerkz is the top-innovator of the travel industry as it continuously builds bridges to all clientele and partner services for easier and quality travelling. By providing an all-in-one platform that brings ticketing, reservations, and promo packages together, consumers find the best offers at the palm of their hands while travel agencies, hotels, restaurants and other business owners broaden their reach to their customers. Trend setting services continue with TravelBex, the ultimate business platform for the travel industry. With a highly developed API, it maximises the reach not only to the B2B sector, but to B2C segments as well. Businesses can now set up their prime trade online to operators and consumers all over the world. After signing up with zero costs, travel businesses like travel agencies, hotels, car rentals and property owners can offer their services globally to other business partners and direct consumers. It’s easy and great accessibility mutually benefits travellers and businesses towards excellent travel management.In communicating with several sectors that make up the business, the quality staff is integral to the success across all parts of the company. Providing the essence and reflecting the core of the company’s values, staff members are dependent on ensuring daily operations are effective. When recruiting new talent, Tripwerkz ensures that its potential members work hard and possess qualities that embody the business. “As mentioned earlier, innovation is at the heart of what we do, and this is intrinsically linked to empathy, where we put ourselves in the shoes of our customers. In a travel tech scene, changes are continuous, and we need talents to be tenacious in their endeavour,” explains Tricia. Adopting an open culture effect, Tripwerkz ensures that while customers are being understood and cared for, so are the employees. By exchanging feedback regularly and listening to any queries, Tripwerkz can establish continuous internal improvements, which aids customer satisfaction. Thus, the company can better compete within the industry. Like many sectors in business, the pandemic also brought some inconvenience to Tripwerkz however, due to the insurgent of new variants, the company reacted by developing products and services that would address the everchanging requirements and needs of the travellers. “We recognised the pent-up demand for travel during this period, and this has given us a good outlook that travel is still sought after by many people. In summary, this has provided us with an opportunity to think and align our strategy for the long term,” boasts Tricia. Continually developing services and products to ensure all end-users are thoroughly satisfied, Tripwerkz is working with innovative companies to provide solutions to its customers, enhance experiences, and be ready to launch within the new year. Company: Tripwerkz Pte. Ltd (Singapore) Name: Tricia Ng (Ms.) Email: [email protected] Web Address:

Page 14 LUX 2022 Travel & Tourism Awards Arts & Crafts Tours offers personalised, meticulously crafted small group tours to examine 19th and early 20th century British architecture, landscape, design, and fine arts. For over 25 years, the company has been offering tours that appeal to a range of interests and passions, focusing on the incredible objects and ideas of the Arts and Crafts movements, as well as the many men and women who were the movement’s makers and creators. Making each tour happen is company founder and president, Elaine Hirschl Ellis; Program Director, Gail Ettinger; and Associate Director, Peyton Skipwith, bringing decades of knowledge and industry relationships that are unparalleled to any other in this niche. Those who join an Arts & Crafts Tours trip get to enjoy unprecedented access to private homes, gardens, and collections rarely open to the public, each tour led by a wide range of experts – scholars, curators, historians, artists and writers – who take form as guides, lecturers, companions and dinner partners. At each property, you’ll find yourself getting to see beautiful objects rarely seen up close with your very own eyes. For the duration of your trip, you’ll receive personal attention and service, being catered to from the very moment you arrive in Britain until your return to the airport for your flight home, including luxury transportation, staying in lavish country manors, and enjoying delightful lunches, dinners and receptions. Many of the tours acknowledge anniversaries, such as one that was organised for the Ms. Ellis founded Arts & Crafts Tours in 1992 to examine the roots of the Arts and Crafts Movement where it all began: in Britain. Her international associations ensure that every tour – whether for an organisation, group of friends, or especially planned individual travel itinerary – is a unique, educational and fun experience, earning the company high praise in this specialised field. Dec21218 Arts & CraftsTours Best Bespoke Group Art Tours Operator - USA 10th anniversary of the establishment of the Court Barn museum which highlighted the work and ideals of Charles Ashbee and his Guild of Handicraft, along with the works by several other Cotswold designers. Also, there have been tours celebrating anniversaries of William Morris and John Ruskin. Additionally, Arts & Crafts Tours offers private tours for individuals and organisations. Most recently, it was delighted to have organized a weeklong private tour studying industrial and planned communities, garden cities and their patrons. The group travelled from New Lanark to Bedford Park in London and learned much about the variety of ways in which housing and communities developed. Meanwhile, it’s common knowledge that the travel and tourism industry took a hard hit during the COVID-19 pandemic. The situation was much out of the company’s control, including travel restrictions and temporary or permanent closures of private homes and public buildings. However, the growing Arts and Crafts Movement community is dedicated and resilient. And Arts & Crafts Tours’ advantage was its focus on small group tours, and as such, it was able to launch a successful eight-day tour in July 2021, following safety guidelines and protocols in the US and UK. The company is now excitedly looking ahead, with three amazing tours planned for 2022, starting with its May tour, Art and Soul: The Soul of the Arts and Crafts Movement. This will be followed by The Women of the Arts and Crafts Movement in June, and then the Yorkshire and Lake District tour in October. Also, it is working on several tours for 2023 including Scotland’s Influence on John Ruskin, a tour of Arts and Crafts Gardens, and a tour of Ireland. For more information about upcoming tours, visit the below website and please get in touch with Arts & Crafts Tours if you are interested in arranging a private tour for you or your organisation. Company: Arts & Crafts Tours Contact: Elaine Hirschl Ellis Email: [email protected] Website: Works of Phoebe Anna Traquair at Mansfield Traquair Centre, Edinburgh Walter Brierley, Goddards,York Giggleswick School Chapel, NorthYorkshire Marchmont House, Greenlaw The White Rose and The Red Rose by Margaret MacDonald Mackintosh