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Greg Mortimer, Aurora Expeditions

Aurora Expeditions, an Australian-owned expedition travel company, has been named ‘The World’s Leading Polar Expedition Operator 2020’ in the prestigious World Travel Awards.

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.”

Aurora Expeditions’ CEO Monique Ponfoort says, “We are honoured, humbled and thrilled to receive this global award. Thank you to our rapidly growing family of expeditioners in the United Kingdom and Europe and elsewhere, 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.

With a brand new, purpose-built small expedition ship, 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.

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