AN ISLE of Wight travel company has won a national award.

IOW Tours won the award for best group tour operator at the Group Travel Awards, held in London earlier this month.

The winners were voted for by the readers of Group Travel Magazine

The Island firm, which provides holidays across the UK and Europe, triumphed over companies including Grand UK, Riviera Travel, and Travelsphere.

IOW Tours owner and managing director Shirley Winn said: "I am so proud of my team for achieving this major award.

"What makes it special is our customers not only nominated us, but voted for us to win — it's a true reflection of how we are valued by customers.”

IOW Tours this year celebrated its 30th anniversary and also has a mainland brand,

GoWightAway, which brings visitors to the Island.

Geoff Holt, IOW Tours sales manager, said: "We are not just about holidays to and from here, we heavily promote our Island, and have a broad client base across the UK.”

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