Travel management companies Click Travel, Giles Travel and Portman Travel all picked up two awards each last night at the 2016 Business Travel Awards.

The glittering gala ceremony hosted by comedian Hugh Dennis and held at London’s famous JW Marriott Grosvenor House Hotel on Park Lane, saw Qatar Airways win best long-haul airline and Virgin Trains win best rail operator.

Carlson Wagonlit Travel’s Samantha Simmons picked up the new Rising Star of the Year Award and Alison Webb from Centrica/British Gas won Travel Buyer of the Year.

There were also gongs for SilverDoor, Flybe, AirPlus International and Etihad Airways.

More than 1,200 guests, including many of the industry’s leading figures, attended this key event in the business travel calendar, which this year saw a record number of entries.

See below the full list of winners. 

See photos from the night on BBT’s Facebook page here

and photos of the winners here

2016 Business Travel Awards Winners & Highly Commended

Best Small Hotel Company

Best Midscale Hotel Brand

Jurys Inn

Best Upscale Hotel Brand
NH Collection (NH Hotel Group)

Best Serviced Apartment Company


Best Self Booking Tool

Click Travel

Best Car Rental Company


Highly Commended – Europcar

Best Ground Transportation Company

Tristar Worldwide Chauffeur Services

Highly Commended – Econnect

Best Corporate Card provider

AirPlus International

Best Rail Operator

Virgin Trains

Best Short-Haul Airline


Best Long-Haul Airline

Qatar Airways

Business Airline of the Year

Etihad Airways

Best Specialist Business Travel Service

International SOS

Best Technology Product

Portman Travel – Portman One

Best Sales Account Management Team

Giles Travel

Best Travel Management Company

(LESS than £50 million UK annual sales)

Giles Travel

Best Travel Management Company
(£50 – 200 million UK annual sales)

Click Travel

Highly Commended – Chambers Travel

Best Travel Management Company
(MORE than £200 million UK annual sales)

Portman Travel

Best Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Programme

Virgin Atlantic

Rising Star of the Year

Samantha Simmons  – Carlson Wagonlit Travel

Travel Buyer of the Year

Allison Webb, Procurement Category Manager. Centrica/British Gas PLC

Travel Team of the Year

Sparrows Offshore Services – Global Travel Team

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