Visit Isle of Wight is excited to announce that the Island has been Highly Commended in the Best Domestic Destination for families category at the Family Traveller Awards 2015.

Hosted by BAFTA award winning presenter Katy Hill, the awards took place on 6 October 2015 at London’s highest viewing platform at the top of the tallest building in Western Europe, The View from The Shard.

The Awards, in association with Family and Friends Railcard and Efteling Theme Park were the first of their kind having been devised by Family Traveller magazine and to recognise the best of the best in family travel.

The Awards revealed the results of the public and panel votes which saw over 26,000 recorded across 18 categories. The expert panel was made up of Family Traveller Columnists Simon Reeve and Mariella Frostrup, Family Traveller Editor Jane Anderson, The Times Travel Editor Jane Knight and Elle’s Travel and Lifestyle Director Sue Ward Davies.

Wightlink Ferries also won a Highly Commended Award in the Best Family Ferry Operator category at the ceremony.

Simon Dabell, Chairman, Visit Isle of Wight said: “I’m delighted that the Island has won two prestigious Family Traveller Awards.   Tourism is a very important industry in our area and I hope that the profile of these awards will help to bring even more visitors to the Island as it is a great reflection of the quality of our tourism offer.”

“I would like to congratulate the Wightlink Ferries and their team for their fantastic achievement and wish them every success in the future.”

“We were thrilled to be honoured by this popular magazine and website and delighted that so many of our customers voted for us in the online poll” said Head of Marketing at Wightlink, Mark Persad.

Andrew Dent, Publisher of Family Traveller magazine, said: “We are delighted with the travel industry’s response to our first ever Family Traveller Awards, and congratulate the Isle of Wight on their Highly Commended for Best Destination for families category.