Top international specialist group, HotelPlanner.com and Landor Travel Publications, first group travel publication in the United Kingdom announced on 10 March, the 2016 European Group Travel Awards (EGTA).
The event celebrated the finest suppliers in the group travel industry on March 10th at the prominent Intercontinental Berlin. 20 awards were presented honoring leading organizations offering the highest quality of group travel experiences and outstanding services ranging from hotels to tour operators, city destinations, ocean cruise lines, and more.
Dylan Ratigan, former CNBC Television News Journalist, MSNBC Host, and Documentary Film Producer, hosted the evening’s festivities for the second year in a row. EGTA highlights included premiere entertainment from Benjamin Fröhlich, one of Berlin’s best Club Scene DJs, vocal performances by "Stars in Concert" a top international act in Berlin, and an afterparty dance mix provided by hit record DJ and producer David Vendetta.
Attended by more than 350 industry executives, travel organizers, and trade publications from across Europe and abroad, the awards show was a successful celebratory night.
“The European Group Travel Awards shines a spotlight on those who offer the best of the best in the group travel market,” stated Tim Hentschel, CEO of HotelPlanner. “This event gives us an opportunity to thank these companies and organizations for their support and dedication. We are happy to see the awards getting bigger and better each year which is a testament to the importance of group travel’s sustainability within the industry.”
Congratulations to the 2016 European Group Travel Award Winners!
Best Group Hotel Brand - Full Service Winner: InterContinental Hotels & Resorts
Best Group Hotel Brand - Limited Service Winner: Comfort Inn
Best Group Hotel Brand - Luxury Winner: Dolce Hotels and Resorts
Best Group Hotel Brand - Boutique Winner: Best Western Plus
Best Resort/Spa Brand for Groups Winner: Wyndham Hotels and Resorts
Best Group Tour Operator Winner: Thomas Cook
Best Rail Service for Groups Winner: Eurostar
Best Airline for Groups Winner: AirBerlin
Best Ocean Cruise Line for Groups Winner: Celebrity Cruises
Best Golf Resort for Groups Winner: Desert Springs Golf Club
Best Natural Attraction for Groups Winner: Spanish Riding School, Vienna
Best Theme Park for Groups Winner: Disneyland Paris
Best Independent Hotel Brand for Groups Winner: The Leading Hotels of the World
Best City Destination for Groups Winner: London
Best Tourism Office Supporting Group Travel Winner: Visit Flanders
Best Heritage Experience for Groups Winner: Notre Dame Cathedral
Best Visitor Attraction Winner: The Shard
Best Museum/Gallery for Groups Winner: The Louvre
Best Live Stage/Theatrical/Musical Performance for Groups Winner: The Lion King, London
Best Technology Award for Innovation in Group Travel Winner: WeddingWire