//ABTA Magazine named Trade Publication of the Year

ABTA Magazine named Trade Publication of the Year

Two Waterfront publications have been recognised at this year’s prestigious Travel Media Awards in London. 

ABTA Magazine, relaunched by Waterfront in May 2018, won Trade Publication of the Year (Print) in its first year of eligibility. 

Sue Bryant also won the award for Best Trade Feature for her review of Celebrity Cruises’ innovative Celebrity Edge in Cruise Adviser

Waterfront received eight nominations across four categories. Alongside the winner, ABTA MagazineCruise Adviser was nominated in the category of Trade Publication of the Year (Print). 

The magazines’ websites, ABTAmag.com and cruise-adviser.com, were nominated for Trade Publication of the Year (Online), while Waterfront co-founder Sam Ballard was nominated for Trade Writer of the Year. 

In the Trade Feature of the Year category, Stuart Forster and Daniel Allen were nominated for features in Waterfront publications Solus and ABTA Magazine, alongside Sue Bryant’s winning entry. 

It is the third year in a row that Cruise Adviser has won Trade Feature of the Year, and the third year in a row it has been nominated for Trade Publication of the Year. 

Anthony Pearce, director and co-founder of Waterfront Publishing, said: “It’s a great honour to be named Trade Publication of the Year in the print category, particularly as we only relaunched ABTA Magazine 18 months ago. 

“We set out to create a trade magazine with a difference, so we’re absolutely delighted to be recognised by the judges. I’d like to thank all of our readers and our contributors for making it possible” “I’d also like to extend a massive congratulations to Sue Bryant for a much-deserved win for Trade Feature of the Year.” 

The Travel Media Awards are the most prestigious awards in travel journalism, rewarding editorial quality and excellence across 20 categories. Categories are judged by a combination of travel industry professionals and media peers. The winners of the Travel Media Awards 2019 were announced on October 21 at a ceremony at The Landmark London.

More than 300 people were present to see the best of the UK travel media honoured, including representatives of some of the UK’s leading travel media and industry organisations. 

The evening saw 21 publications, broadcasters, journalists and photographers awarded prestigious trophies, including Hilary Bradt, founder of Bradt Travel Guides, who was presented with the Special Contribution Award. 


Waterfront Publishing is an independent magazine publisher based in central London. It was launched in 2014 by Sam Ballard and Anthony Pearce. 

It has two in-house magazines, Cruise Adviser and Solus, both aimed at the travel trade, and also offers contract publishing services. It has produced magazines for Travelzoo; the Cruise Lines International Association, UK and Ireland (Clia); Cruise & Maritime Voyages; The Travel Village and Advantage Travel Partnership; Emerald Waterways and ABTA. See waterfront-publishing.com