Finalists Announced: Arival Spotlight Awards

The finalists are in for the first Arival Spotlight Awards. Learn more about the awards and see the finalists in each category here!

The results are in for the  Arival Spotlight Awards, and we’re excited to announce the top finalists for each category. 

These awards shine a spotlight on the global in-destination experiences industry, celebrating the very best in tours, activities, attractions and experiences. Nominations were open to anyone until 15 September 2023, and the finalists for each category were chosen by a panel of experienced and impartial experts: leaders in marketing, tour and attraction operations, research, technology and other aspects of the industry. 

(Note: these awards are separate from the Arival TourReview Spotlight Awards, which were selected through a data-driven, independent and impartial analysis of customer reviews across multiple major review sites, online travel agencies (OTAs) and millions of customer reviews, powered by review management platform TourReview. Winners of both types of awards will be announced in Orlando.)

We will be announcing the winners for each category at Arival 360 | Orlando, on Tuesday, October 10th, 2023. 

Congratulations to all the finalists!

Arival Spotlight Awards: Finalists

The inaugural edition of the Arival Spotlight Awards includes five categories, which honor tour operators, activities providers and experience creators, and the companies that support them, who reflect the growing innovation, creativity, diversity,  and specialization and technology within the in-destination experiences industry.

Learn more about the awards here and see the complete list of judges here.

Tour Innovator Award Finalists

This category honors tour operators that demonstrate innovative approaches, offer creative itineraries, or have designed unique travel experiences that set them apart from traditional offerings.

Attraction Innovator Award Finalists

This category honors attraction operators who demonstrate innovative approaches, creative design, or unique experience offerings that set them apart from traditional offerings.

Tech Trailblazer Award Finalists

This category recognizes tour operators that have demonstrated exceptional innovation and integration of technology within their operations to enhance the traveler experience, streamline processes, and introduce cutting-edge solutions in the travel industry.

Inclusive Operator Award Finalists

This category recognizes tour operators that have demonstrated exceptional commitment to inclusivity and accessibility, going above and beyond to ensure that their travel experiences are accessible and welcoming in to individuals of diverse backgrounds, abilities, and needs.

Social Purpose / Community Engagement Award Finalists

This category acknowledges tour operators that actively engage with local communities, supporting local economies, empowering residents, and promoting cultural exchange.

Industry Advancement Champion Award Finalists

This category recognizes non-operator companies* that are integral to the advancement of the In-destination Experiences industry through their support, advocacy, tools and technology for Operators of tours, activities, attractions and experiences. 

*Includes: Distribution / Reseller (OTA, Wholesaler, Local, GDS, Travel Agent, etc.), DMO or CVB’s, DMC’s, Technology, Marketing / Advertising Agency, Training & Education, Consultants, Association / Not for Profits, and others.

The Arival & TourReview Awards at Arival 360 | Orlando 

All finalists will be contacted by Arival—and we’ll be unveiling the winners at the upcoming Arival 360 | Orlando event during the Arival TourReview Spotlight Awards Ceremony, on Tuesday, October 10, 2023. While you do not have to be present to receive an award, we hope to see you there!

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