Reader Travel Awards 2020

Our Reader Travel Awards 2020 are now open for nominations! Vote here, and you can not only help decide where the most trusted awards in travel go this year, but be in with a chance to win one of eight bucket list travel prizes. Voting is free. To enter, simply click through to the voting page, enter your nominations and comments for each category, and your name goes into our prize draw... entries close on October 13. So get cracking!

Pól Ó Conghaile 

Travel Editor

How does it work?

To enter our Reader Travel Awards 2020, simply complete our online survey here. Enter your nominations in each category, together with any comments on your picks, and that's it! Entries require registration, but are free and open to all readers in Ireland and overseas. Best of all, complete 10 or more categories, and you’ll be entered into a draw to win several amazing holiday prizes.

What’s the entry period?

We’re taking entries from today, September 14, until midnight on October 13, when our online nomination form closes. At that stage, the top nominees in each category will be tallied and our expert judging panel will adjudicate on our readers’ shortlist — choosing the final winners and runners-up from your favourites.

When will the winners be announced?

A shortlist will be revealed in December, with the winners unveiled at an exclusive awards ceremony at Dublin's Mansion House on Friday, January 17, 2020. The awards promise to be a brilliant event, and a who's who of the tourism and travel industries in Ireland.

I’m in the tourism business... How can I get nominated?

You can, of course, nominate your own business, but make sure to ask your customers, family and friends to nominate you too (they must, however, fill out at least 10 categories). The top vote-getters go before the judges, who will then make the final decision.

Previous years' results


Sunway Stunner

Win a week in the sun for two at the 4-star Golden Wings in Kusadasi, Turkey.

ClickAndGo City Break

Choose between Rome, Prague or Berlin on this super short break, with flights included.

Magical Monart

Pamper yourself with a two-night break for two at Ireland’s leading destination spa... with dinner and a treatment.

Heaven with Neven

Dinner for two with an overnight stay at Neven Maguire’s MacNean House!

London Calling

Fly to London and enjoy two nights' B&B with Jurys Inn and Leonardo Hotels.

Beautiful Boyne Valley

Win two nights at the Decoy Country Cottages, with a spa treatment.

Ireland’s Blue Book

Tuck into a two-night stay with dinner at Donegal’s Rathmullan House. Yum!

Derry Girls (and guys)

B&B, dinner and a Derry Girls tour for two in the Maiden City

NB: Enter a minimum of 10 categories and you will be entered into a prize draw for one of our amazing prizes! Prize specific T&Cs are available here.

Awards Ceremony 2020

The Reader Travel Awards 2020 ceremony will take place in The Round Room at The Mansion House, Dublin 2 on Friday, January 17, 2020.

The winners of Ireland's most credible, reader-driven travel awards will be announced over a premium lunch for 300+ attendees, followed by an after-party to celebrate!

Attendees can avail of a unique opportunity to network with tourism industry leaders, with representation ranging from airports and airlines to tour operators, destinations and local tourism businesses and leaders, as well as meeting INM’s top writers, editors and content producers.

Hosted by Francis Brennan and Pól Ó Conghaile, the event promises to be a fun-filled afternoon honouring Ireland’s travel heroes across 15 categories. What’s more, each attendee will be entered into a series of competitions with luxury prizes to be won and receive a goodie bag to remember.

It’s the perfect opportunity to thank your staff, suppliers and business partners by bringing them along to help celebrate the very best of Ireland’s travel and tourism industry.

We look forward to seeing you there!

The Irish Independent Reader Travel Awards Team

What will attendees receive?

  • Complimentary drink on arrival & goodie bag
  • Four course Lunch
  • Awards Ceremony
  • Access to post event celebrations

How do I book a table for the awards?

Bookings are now available upon request. Individual seats and tables of 10 are available. Please contact Judy Maguire on +353 (87)2476769 or email:

Standard Ticket: €179.00

Table of 10: €1790.00

Vat @ 23%


Pól Ó Conghaile

Travel Editor of Weekend magazine and

Francis Brennan

Runs the Park Hotel Kenmare with his brother John; Francis's new TV show, 'All Hands on Deck', airs in October.

Rachel Dugan

Editor of the Irish Independent’s Weekend magazine.

Niall Tracey

Director of Marketing with Fáilte Ireland, the National Tourism Development Authority.

John Brennan

Runs the Park Hotel with his brother Francis; co-host of RTE's 'At Your Service'.

Katy McGuinness

Food writer and restaurant critic with the Irish Independent’s Weekend magazine.

Prize Terms & Conditions

Jurys Inn and Leonardo Hotels

Prize is for 2 nights B&B for two adults sharing a standard bedroom in one of the following Jurys Inn and Leonardo London hotels: Leonardo Royal Hotel London St Paul’s, Leonardo Royal Hotel London City, Leonardo Royal Hotel London Tower Bridge, or Jurys Inn London Holborn. Prize includes return flights from Dublin to London. Winner and guests must be over 18. Prize is valid for six months, is non-transferable, non-amendable and subject to availability. Prize will be dispatched within 28 days.

Derry Visitor & Convention Bureau

Prize is for 2 nights B&B plus 1 dinner for two people at the 4 star Hastings Everglades Hotel, Derry. Derry Girls Tours with Derry Guided Tours - See the locations of the Derry Girls Hot TV show on Channel 4! Guided tour of The Guildhall and Tower Museum. No cash or other alternatives will be offered.

Ireland’s Blue Book

Services subject to availability. Reservations should be made directly with the property. Prize is as offered and no cash alternative will apply.

Decoy Cottages

Prize limited to 2 people for a 2 night stay in The Tack Room and is valid until 31st March 2020. Excludes Christmas and New Year.


Voucher valid until 19/08/2020. Treatment subject to availability.

Click & Go

Prize is for 4* City Break to choice of following destinations: Prague, Budapest, Berlin or Rome subject to availability. Winner provides Click&Go with 3 preferred dates for travel. Travel period must be between January 2020 to February 2020. Excludes school mid-term breaks and bank holidays. 4* Hotel will be chosen by Click&Go and will be one of the hotels featured on No spending money, no cash in lieu, non-transferable. Transfer not included.


Prize is for one week for two people at the Golden Day Wings in Kusadasi. It must be taken in May 2020. Not transferrable or valid with any other offer. No cash alternatives.

MacNean House

Subject to availability. No cash or other alternatives will be offered.