Newspapers the Guardian and the Observer just announced Spotted by Locals, a publisher of cityblogs and travel guides by handpicked locals in 30 European cities, has won the award for "Best Travel Website" at the Guardian & Observer Travel Awards 2010.
The Guardian & The Observer, two of the oldest and most widely distributed newspapers in the United Kingdom, this year hosted the annual Travel Awards in Cardiff (Wales). The award ceremony was attended by many international travel industry professionals.
Some quotes from the jury report:
"Each of the 30 European city blogs are written by people who live there and speak the language. Spots are easy to browse online by city or topic and come with location maps. You can order a downloadable pdf guide or use them via Layar augmented reality on your phone."
"Spotted by Locals' blogs consistently turn up real hidden gems and quirky attractions. In fact we at the Guardian liked it so much we asked them to write some of their favourite spots for us each month."
Spotted by Locals co-founder Bart van Poll, who accepted the award in Cardiff: "We consider this award by one of the best newspapers in the world as a proof of our belief that traveling like a local is a more fun and rewarding way to experience cities. Our 160 writers in 30 European cities have done a fantastic job!"
About Spotted by Locals Spotted by Locals (www.SpottedbyLocals.com) is a publisher of cityblogs, downloadable guides and mobile applications that offer modern travelers the opportunity to experience cities just like a local. All tips, personal favorites of 160 handpicked local bloggers in 30 European cities, are always up-to-date. Spotted by Locals won a Lonely Planet travel blog award and Travel Mole tourist industry award in 2009
Spotted by Locals' blogs consistently turn up real hidden gems and quirky attractions. In fact we at the Guardian liked it so much we asked them to write some of their favourite spots for us each month.