DK Eyewitness Travel has been voted the Top Guidebook Series in the Wanderlust Reader Travel Awards 2017.
The awards, based on readers’ travels from December 2015 to November 2016, took place at the Destinations Travel Show at London Olympia.
DK won the award after two years as runner-up, trumphing over last year's winner, Bradt Travel Guides, which this year came second. Cicerone came third and Lonely Planet in fourth, followed closely by Insight Guides, Footprint Travel Guides, Rough Guides, Time Out, Marco Polo, and Trailblazer.
The brand was said to have added "even more meat" to its offering through the launch of its audio walking tours app. The app was announced in October to accompany its 2017 travel guides to London and New York, interspersing suggested places to visit with historical facts on the local area, and pub, hotel and restaurant recommendations.
The finalists for the Top Guidebook Series category were rated by 1,800 of the publication’s readers, with a total of 165 countries, 830 cities, 440 airports and 484 tour operators being nominated.
Wanderlust said: “After two years as runner-up, it seems two decades of experience and its beautifully crafted illustrations have finally paid dividends for this year’s winner: DK Eyewitness Travel. To add even more meat to an already fine guide, the company has now added anecdote-laced audio accompaniments to its books in 2017.”
The awards, sponsored by The Money Shop, also saw book and map retailer Stanfords take the inaugural Wanderlust Travel Icon of the Year award.
Wanderlust commented: "Travel is full of icons. They’re the unsung people, places and companies inspiring the greatest travel experiences around. If anyone can appreciate the legwork that goes into making a great trip, it’s us. Which is why our inaugural Wanderlust Travel Icon of the Year award goes to Stanfords, a booksellers that has been providing books, maps and inspiration to explorers and armchair travellers alike for 164 years. With a customer roll call that includes everyone from Captain Scott to Ranulph Fiennes, it has launched countless adventures. Long may it continue. "