The AFAR Travel Vanguard

Celebrating innovators in the travel industry

In 2016, we created the Travel Vanguard Awards to honor values-oriented leaders making positive changes in world. In 2023, we expanded our lens to focus on entire organizations that walk the walk to ensure that travel is a force for good.

Here, you can find the stories and accomplishments of the people and companies who have won the AFAR Travel Vanguard award over the past few years, along with a look into some of our previous events and celebrations.

  • Vanguard is the most inspiring travel event ever. It wasn’t just another award event. The honorees and their stories put meaning and purpose to travel like I have never seen before.
    Ted Teng, Former CEO of Leading Hotels Worldwide
Get to know our Travel Vanguard winners