Cayman guide publisher lauded by peers

A worldwide publisher of guidebooks that include a travel guide to the Cayman Islands has been honoured by the British Guild of Travel Writers.

Hilary Bradt of Bradt travel guides was given the Lifetime Achievement Award by the organisation in recognition of 35 years of producing guidebooks. She wrote her first book in 1974 and the series has now expanded to more than a 100 titles about destinations worldwide.

Ms Bradt retired from overseeing the day-to-day running of the British company in 2007, but has been busy working on what will be the 12th guidebook that she has written, titled Go Slow in Devon & Exmoor.

Ms Bradt is also active in environmental awareness and sustainable tourism initiatives. She won an MBE for services to charity and tourism in 2009, partly in recognition of her work with street children in Madagascar and conCERT Cambodia, which stands for Connecting Communities, Environment & Responsible Tourism, an organisation set up to help tourists contribute to or volunteer for local projects during their stay in Cambodia.

Bradt travel guides won the Sunday Times Small Publisher of the Year in 1997 and last year came up trumps in Wanderlust magazine’s Top Travel Guide Series category.

The latest award was given to Ms Bradt as part of the 13th annual British Guild of Travel Writers’ Gala Awards dinner, which was held at the Marriott in Grosvenor Square, London.