Flight Centre Reveals Winners of its 2017 Travel Blog Awards
The overall winner – First Piper – received a £1,000 prize.
Flight Centre, the world’s number one travel agent to Australia, has just revealed the winners of its 2017 Travel Blog Awards. Ross OC Jennings took the top spot for his blog The First Piper with over 2,000 votes in total and won a £1,000 Flight Centre holiday voucher with Eat Sleep Love Travel coming in second place.
On his blog The First Piper, Ross, 27, from Edinburgh records his attempt to play the bag pipes in every country of the world. The initial idea was to combine his love of travel and music (with the added challenge of a world record!) but the project has now become a seemingly endless Celtic musical adventure where he gets to travel full time and meet incredible people.
Following the success of last year’s awards, a judging panel of Flight Centre Travel Experts scoured the internet to seek out the latest and greatest travel bloggers covering a range of categories. Thousands of members of the public then voted to choose the very best bloggers in their field.
The winners of each of the ten categories – who represent some of the most informative and inspirational travel blogs out there – were:
- OVERALL WINNER & Winner of Travel Photography Blog Category: The First Piper – received 80% of category votes
- Established Travel Blog: Eat Sleep Love Travel – received 52% of category votes
- Up and Coming Travel Blog: Salt in our Hair – received 46% of category votes
- Australia Travel Blog: Food, Wine Travel – received 28% of category votes
- Luxury Travel Blog: S. I’m On My Way – received 46% of category votes
- Foodie Travel Blog: Sana on Food – received 45% of category votes
- Expat Travel Blog: Life with a View – received 45% of category votes
- Travel Publications: Suitcase Magazine – received 40% of category votes
- Travel Instagrammers: Girl vs Globe – received 32% of category votes
- Travel YouTubers: I am Aileen – received 59% of category votes
Sue Johnson, Head of Retail Marketing at Flight Centre, said: “We were so impressed with the huge talent showcased in this year’s awards. Congratulations to all of the winners and a huge well done to all our hand-picked 2017 nominees. We look forward to the 2018 awards and results!”
Ross Jennings from the First Piper said: “This is incredible. It’s absolutely made my week to win and I can’t wait to start booking some more adventures with Flight Centre. A huge thank you to all for including me in the competition and for the support so far!”
The Flight Centre Travel Group (fctgl.com) is one of the world’s largest travel companies. Since establishing the first Flight Centre store in 1995, the business has grown its team of Travel Experts to include over 80 stores within the United Kingdom, with new stores opening regularly. Worldwide, Flight Centre has an amazing 2,500 stores globally, making Flight Centre one of the largest and most successful independent travel retailers in the world.
The Flight Centre team are experts when it comes to travel and are committed to providing customers with a great experience. They can organise anything from flights to holidays, hotels, car hire, tours, travel insurance, visas and more.
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About the Flight Centre Travel Group (FCTG)
The Flight Centre Travel Group (fctgl.com) is one of the world’s largest travel companies with over 18,000 staff and 2500 stores across its leisure, corporate and wholesale businesses. The company’s turnover in 2014/2015 financial year was £9 billion. After starting with one shop 30 years ago, FCTG has enjoyed remarkable growth and is one of the top 100 publicly listed companies on the Australian Securities Exchange.
All specialist brands under the FCTG Corporate banner offer 24/7 support and the benefits of a blended offline/online solution; global negotiation strength and unique and superior business travel products.
About Flight Centre
The team at Flight Centre are experts when it comes to travel and are committed to providing customers with a great experience. The company’s success comes down to its people, experienced Travel Experts who are passionate about finding their customers the holiday they want, for the price they want.
Since establishing the first Flight Centre store in 1995, the business has grown its team of Travel Experts to include over 80 stores within the United Kingdom, with new stores opening regularly. Worldwide, Flight Centre has an amazing 2,500 stores across the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, United States, Canada and more, making Flight Centre one of the largest and most successful independent travel retailers in the world. With its global reach and close relationships with the world’s best travel providers, the company is able to provide competitive travel deals as well as offer a ‘Lowest Airfare Guarantee’.
The Flight Centre team can organise anything from flights to holidays, hotels, car hire, tours, travel insurance, visas and more. They also have dedicated First and Business Class flight teams and Business Travel teams to help with any specialised travel needs.