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 Group
Best Midscale Hotel Brand
Best Upscale Hotel Brand
Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts
Best Serviced Apartment Provider
Winner: Oakwood Worldwide
Highly commended: The Apartment Service
Best Corporate Social Responsibility Programme
ANA (All Nippon Airways)
Best Ground Transportation Company
Winner: Addison Lee Group
Highly commended: CMAC Group
Best Car Rental Company
Best Corporate Payment Provider
Best Rail Operator
Winner: Heathrow Express
Highly commended: Virgin Trains East Coast
Best Short-Haul Airline
Highly commended: Flybe
Best Long-Haul Airline
Business Airline of the Year
ANA (All Nippon Airways)
Best Specialist Business Travel Service
Best Travel Technology Product
Winner: Conferma Connect
Highly commended: Trainline Mobile Ticketing
Best Sales Account Management Team
Best Travel Management Company (less than £50 million UK annual sales)
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 Solutions
Best Self-Booking Tool
Rising Star of the Year
Amy Hogarth, sales partnership manager, CTI
Travel Buyer of the Year
Winner: Hannah Richardson, category manager travel and marketing, KPMG
Highly commended: Kristian Collard, global travel services manager, Unilever
Travel Team of the Year
Winner: Unilever and HRG travel team
Highly commended: Astrazeneca Global Travel Team and BCD Travel