Aurora Expeditions has received one of the highest honours in global travel and tourism, named “The World’s Leading Polar Expedition Operator 2020” in the prestigious World Travel Awards, announced in London.
On the eve of its milestone 30th anniversary in 2021, the adventure company founded by renowned mountaineer and explorer, Greg Mortimer, and his wife Margaret, has been recognised for industry excellence in product, service and quality.
Established in 1993, the World Travel Awards are regarded globally as the ultimate hallmark of travel and tourism industry excellence. Votes are cast by the general public along with qualified professionals working within travel and tourism – senior executives, travel buyers, tour operators and travel agents – and the results are audited to ensure validity and authenticity.
Graham E. Cooke, World Travel Awards Founder, says: “Despite the unprecedented challenges faced by the travel and tourism sector this year, Aurora Expeditions continues to lead the way in ship-based adventures. Its strive for excellence remains unrivalled and I am delighted that it has been acknowledged by both the travel trade and travellers alike.”
“We are honoured, humbled and thrilled to receive this global award,” says Aurora Expeditions’ CEO Monique Ponfoort.
“We were the only Australian cruise company to be nominated in this key category, so it’s a win not only for us but also for Australia in what has been a very challenging year for so many in the local and global cruise industry.”
“Thank you to our family of expeditioners and everyone who voted for us. Your loyalty and support mean the world to us, and we can’t wait to take you to ever-more remote corners of the planet.”
Monique Ponfoort, Aurora Expeditions CEO
Monique says the award is a testament to the entire Aurora Expeditions team who work tirelessly to deliver the best in expedition travel. “You are the heart and soul of this great Australian company and I’m so proud of everything you achieve,” she concludes.
With a brand new, purpose-built small expedition ship, the Sylvia Earle, scheduled to sail on her maiden voyage in November 2021, exciting global and Arctic destinations planned for 2022, and updated health and safety protocols, Aurora Expeditions is at the forefront of expedition travel.
Destinations in the new Global and Arctic 2022 program will include Alaska, the Russian Far East, Raja Ampat and West Papua, the North West Passage, and Baja California.
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