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Suppliers and travel managers alike were recognised for their contribution to the business travel industry last night at the 2018 Business Travel Awards.
The exclusive ceremony was hosted by stand-up comedian and actor Jack Dee and held at Grosvenor House Hotel on London’s Park Lane. Guests were treated to a champagne reception followed by a three-course gala dinner and entertainment.
All Nippon Airways (ANA) took home two awards, for Best Corporate Social Responsibility Programme and Business Airline of the Year, while Giles Travel also won two accolades, for Best Sales Account Management Team and Best Travel Management Company (Less than £50 million UK annual sales).
This year’s Rising Star award went to Amy Hogarth, sales partnership manager at CTI. Buyers also got to take home trophies, including Hannah Richardson, category manager travel and marketing at KPMG, who won Travel Buyer of the Year, and the Unilever and HRG team, who were named Travel Team of the Year.
Other winners include Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts, Addison Lee, Tripbam and FCM Travel Solutions.
The Business Travel Awards feature 22 categories, and this year saw a record number of entries. The annual ceremony is a must-attend event for the business travel calendar, with 1,300 guests at this year’s dinner.
View pictures from the event here.
Here is the full list of winners:
Best Small Hotel GroupJurys Inn
Best Midscale Hotel BrandPremier Inn
Best Upscale Hotel BrandShangri-La Hotels and Resorts
Best Serviced Apartment ProviderWinner: Oakwood WorldwideHighly commended: The Apartment Service
Best Corporate Social Responsibility ProgrammeANA (All Nippon Airways)
Best Ground Transportation CompanyWinner: Addison Lee GroupHighly commended: CMAC Group
Best Car Rental CompanyAvis
Best Corporate Payment ProviderAirplus International
Best Rail OperatorWinner: Heathrow ExpressHighly commended: Virgin Trains East Coast
Best Short-Haul AirlineWinner: EasyjetHighly commended: Flybe
Best Long-Haul AirlineLufthansa
Business Airline of the YearANA (All Nippon Airways)
Best Specialist Business Travel ServiceTripbam
Best Travel Technology ProductWinner: Conferma ConnectHighly commended: Trainline Mobile Ticketing
Best Sales Account Management TeamGiles Travel
Best Travel Management Company (less than £50 million UK annual sales)Giles Travel
Best Travel Management Company (£50-£200 million UK annual sales)Business Travel Direct
Best Travel Management Company (more than £200 million UK annual sales)FCM Travel SolutionsBest Self-Booking ToolMinicabit
Rising Star of the YearAmy Hogarth, sales partnership manager, CTITravel Buyer of the YearWinner: Hannah Richardson, category manager travel and marketing, KPMGHighly commended: Kristian Collard, global travel services manager, Unilever
Travel Team of the YearWinner: Unilever and HRG travel teamHighly commended: Astrazeneca Global Travel Team and BCD Travel