The sponsors of the Wanderlust World Guide Awards are dedicated to celebrating excellence in the travel industry - here's how they reward the winning guides...
Swarovski Optik's binoculars and scopes are among the best in the world. They're the finest wildlife-watching companions, the best tools for appreciating architecture up-close, and the ultimate accessories for serious adventurers – whether you're cruising the Galapagos or eyeing your next mountain challenge.
We'd be lost without them – and that's why we teamed up with Swarovski Optik to reward every winning guide with a pair. The Gold Award winner will receive a pair of EL 8x32 binoculars (RRP £1,600), while the Silver and Bronze Award winners will receive the CL Companion 8x30 model (RRP £830) to use while guiding and on their personal travels.
In the middle of nowhere but need to charge your smartphone, tablet or camera? Then the Powermonkey Extreme - a waterproof, rugged, solar-powered charger, offers the perfect solution.
We wouldn't travel without ours – so we were delighted when Powertraveller offered to provide each of our Guide Award winners with their own Powertraveller Extreme charger. And if you fancy your own solar power charger, Wanderlust readers get 10% off every online order. Energy is vital to guides out on the road, and it certainly helps when you're powering cameras, tablets and phones too!
D & S Travel Supplies are celebrating 47 years of specialising in tailor made travel merchandise, supplying tour operators and travel agents worldwide.
They design and produce tailor-made travel gifts and travel supplies ranging from small promotional items to complete sets of branded products. Their wide selection of colours, fabrics and finishes, matched with a personal approach to design and manufacturing, ensures that every client receives both the very best service and has access to the best promotional products.
For the first time in the awards history, each of the finalists will receieve a beautifully crafted trophy, a keepsake of their achievement and lasting recognition for the award they win. D & S Travel Supplies are kindly supplying the trophies, each tailor made from sustainable FSC certified wood. For more information on their products and services visit www.dstravelsupplies.com.
Touriocity is an online and mobile platform for booking private and bespoke tours on-demand. They currently operate in 50 cities and with over 1500 of the best tour guides around the world.
Touriocity kindly arranged for the finnalists of the 2016 awards to enjoy an afternoon tour of London, taking in the sights around Westminster. As two of the guides had never visited the UK before, the tour, helped by the energy and humour of the tour's guide James Kingston, brought to life the images they had only ever seen of our wonderful capital city.