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BBT March/April 2018
March/April 2018
For Business, Corporate Travel & Meeting Buyers & Arrangers

Business Travel Awards 2017: the winners

Shangri-La Hotels & Resorts and Virgin Trains West Coast both scooped two awards each at last night’s 2017 Business Travel Awards.

The glittering gala ceremony hosted by comedian and impressionist Rory Bremner and held at Grosvenor House Hotel on London’s Park Lane, saw Kevin Swindells, senior procurement manager, Royal Mail Group, win travel buyer of the year and Direct Line Group & Capita Travel and Events pick up Travel Team of the Year.

There were also gongs for Qatar Airways, Easyjet, Oakwood, Corporate Travel Management, Tristar Worldwide and Carlson Wagonlit Travel.

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

Photos of the event will be live shortly.

Full list of winners:

Best Small/Independent Hotel Company

Sponsor: Addison Lee

Best Midscale Hotel Brand
Premier Inn
Addison Lee

Best Upscale Hotel Brand
Shangri-La Hotels & Resorts
Addison Lee

Best Serviced Apartment Provider
Oakwood Worldwide
Corporate Travel Management

Best Corporate Social Responsibility Programme
Shangri-La Hotels & Resorts
Corporate Travel Management

Best Ground Transportation Company
Tristar Worldwide Chauffeur Services
Melia Hotels International

Best Car Rental Company
Melia Hotels International

Best Corporate Payment Provider
Citi Group
Melia Hotels International

Best Rail Operator
Virgin Trains West Coast
Portman Clarity

Best Short-Haul Airline
Portman Clarity

Best Long-Haul Airline
Qatar Airways
Diners Club UK & Ireland

Business Airline of the Year
Delta Air Lines
Diners Club UK & Ireland

Best Specialist Business Travel Service
Barclaycard Commercial Payments

Best Travel Technology Product
Virgin Trains West Coast – BEAM, on-board entertainment, on demand, on us
Barclaycard Commercial Payments

Best Sales Account Management Team
Click Travel

Best Travel Management Company (Less than £50 million UK annual sales)
NYS Corporate

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

Best Travel Management Company (More than £200 million UK annual sales)
Carlson Wagonlit Travel

Best Self-Booking Tool
The Apartment Service

Rising Star of the Year
Tom Davis, Head of Operations for Travel Cloud, Click Travel

Travel Buyer of the Year
Kevin Swindells, Senior Procurement Manager, Business Services, Royal Mail Group

Travel Team of the Year
Direct Line Group & Capita Travel & Events

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