Voting Now Open for the 2015 European Group Travel Awards

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The group travel market is an important part of the travel industry and we are excited to recognize the finest European companies that make group travel experiences excellent., in partnership with UK based Landor Travel Publications, has created the European Group Travel Awards (EGTA), recognizing organizations and individuals that represent the leaders in group travel.

Effective December 2, 2014 voting is now open to recognize the best of the best in each category. To vote, please visit The voting link is featured on the homepage under “2015 Voting.” Each featured nominee has been selected by an expert panel of judges within the travel industry as providing the highest quality service and delivering outstanding group travel experiences. There are 21 award categories recognizing the very best in hotels, airlines, destinations, cruise lines, attractions, and more.

Tim Hentschel, CEO of HotelPlanner stated, “The group travel market is an important part of the travel industry and we are excited to recognize the finest European companies that make group travel experiences excellent.”

Dylan Ratigan, former MSNBC television host, TV journalist, and documentary film producer, will be hosting the inaugural European Group Travel Awards to be held on March 5th, 2015 at the prestigious Intercontinental Berlin in the heart of the city. A glittering evening of entertainment and celebration is planned for the award show. “We are honored to have Dylan Ratigan hosting the EGTA,” continued HotelPlanner CEO, Tim Hentschel. “Having successfully hosted the American Group Travel Awards in New York City, to work with him again makes for another exciting collaboration.” and Landor Travel Publications look forward to celebrating what makes group travel memorable plus recognizing the individuals and organizations whose performance is exemplary in this field.

Here are the nominees for the 2015 European Group Travel Awards:

Best Group Hotel Brand - Full Service

  •     Hilton Hotels & Resorts
  •     Marriott Hotel & Resorts
  •     InterContinental Hotel & Resorts
  •     Maritim Hotels
  •     Swissôtel Hotels and Resorts
  •     Pullman Hotels & Resorts
  •     Ramada Worldwide
  •     Radisson Blu Hotels & Resorts

Best Group Hotel Brand - Limited Service

  •     Quality Inn
  •     Best Western International
  •     ibis
  •     Jury’s Inn
  •     Holiday Inn Express & Suites
  •     Motel One

Best Group Hotel Brand – Luxury

  •     InterContinental Hotel & Resorts
  •     Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group
  •     Sofitel Luxury Hotels
  •     The Ritz-Carlton
  •     Steigenberger Hotels & Resorts
  •     Dolce Hotel & Resorts
  •     Park Hyatt
  •     Taj Hotel Resorts & Palaces

Best Group Hotel Brand- Boutique

  •     Me By Meliá
  •     Tryp by Wyndham
  •     Hotel Indigo
  •     Ace Hotels
  •     citizenM Hotels
  •     25hours Hotels

Best Resort/Spa Brand for Groups

  •     Renaissance Hotels & Resorts
  •     Sandals Resorts International
  •     Wyndham Hotels & Resorts
  •     Meliá Hotels & Resorts
  •     Steigenberger Hotel & Resorts
  •     Westin Hotels & Resorts

Best Group Tour Operator

  •     Riviera Travel
  •     Albatross Travel
  •     Kuoni
  •     JAC Travel
  •     Hirsch Reisen
  •     Polster & Pohl
  •     Studiosus
  •     Salaü Autocars

Best Rail Service for Groups

  •     Deutsche Bahn
  •     Eurostar
  •     Italo Treno
  •     Thalys
  •     Leo Express

Best Airline for Groups

  •     easyJet
  •     Air Berlin
  •     Norwegian
  •     KLM
  •     Jet2

Best Ocean Cruise Line for Groups

  •     Pullmantur Cruises
  •     Oceania Cruises
  •     Norwegian Cruise Line
  •     AIDA Cruises
  •     Celebrity Cruises
  •     Hurtigruten

Best River Cruise Operator for Groups

  •     CroisiEurope
  •     Viking Cruise Lines
  •     Feenstra Line
  •     Avalon Cruise Lines
  •     AmaWaterways
  •     Lüftner Cruises

Best Airport for Groups

  •     Stuttgart
  •     Gatwick
  •     Vienna
  •     Schiphol
  •     Madrid

Best Group Shopping Experience

  •     Westfield Stratford City
  •     Bicester Shopping Village
  •     Chic La Vallée
  •     Munich Christmas Market
  •     Mercado de San Miguel (El Centro)

Best Theme Park for Groups

  •     Disneyland Paris
  •     Europa Park
  •     Efteling
  •     Tripsdrill
  •     PortAventura
  •     Mirabilandia
  •     Legoland- Denmark
  •     Alton Towers

Best Animal Attraction for Groups

  •     Nausicaá
  •     Berlin Zoo
  •     ZSL- London Zoo
  •     Leipzig Zoo
  •     Pairi Daiza (Belgium)
  •     Burgers’ Zoo (Holland)

Best City Destination for Groups

  •     London
  •     Berlin
  •     Rome
  •     Munich
  •     Strasbourg
  •     York
  •     Amsterdam
  •     Bruges

Best Tourism Office Supporting Group Travel

  •     Visit Flanders
  •     German National Tourist Office
  •     Sud de France
  •     Salzburgerland
  •     Visit Malta
  •     Czech Tourism

Best Heritage Experience for Groups

  •     Stonehenge
  •     The Ruhr (Industrial Heritage Route)
  •     Neuschwanstein Castle (Germany)
  •     Buckingham Palace
  •     Versailles
  •     Vatican City
  •     Cologne Cathedral
  •     Amiens Cathedral
  •     Wartburg Castle (Eisenach)
  •     Hofburg Palace in Vienna

Best Visitor Attraction

  •     London Eye
  •     Eiffel Tower
  •     Monet’s Garden
  •     Autostadt
  •     Titanic Experience

Best Museum/Gallery for Groups

  •     Tate Britain
  •     Louvre Museum
  •     Rijksmuseum
  •     Hermitage Museum in Saint Petersburg
  •     Van Gogh Museum (Amsterdam)
  •     Museo Nacional del Prado
  •     Neues Museum

Best Live Stage/Theatrical/Musical Performance for Groups

  •     Lion King in London
  •     Folies Bergère in Paris
  •     Starlight Express in Bochum
  •     Bayreuth Festival in Germany
  •     Opera at La Scala Milan
  •     The Concertgebouw in Amsterdam
  •     Salzburg Festival

Best Technology Award for Innovation in Group Travel

  •     Galileo
  •     Amadeus
  •     Kayak
  •     Expedia
  •     Orbitz

About HotelPlanner & provides online services to the global group hotel market. The company’s service ensures the lowest rates by allowing customers to receive quotes online directly from hotel group sales managers. HotelPlanner allows customers to book hotels for business meetings, conferences, conventions, family reunions, weddings, extended stays, tours, military reunions, church events, and group travels. The company also provides mobile applications for booking group hotel reservations. The company owns and operates, a site that provides information and booking services for meeting and banquet venues around the world for corporate and association meeting planners. Founded in 2002, the company’s USA headquarters is based in West Palm Beach, Florida. The company also has offices in Las Vegas, European headquarters in London, United Kingdom, and Asia headquarters in Hong Kong.

About Landor Travel Publications

Landor Travel Publications is the publisher of Group Travel Organiser magazine, the UK’s first and leading publication exclusively addressing the needs of group travel organisers. GTO was first published in 1988 and over the past 19 years has brought a wealth of news, information and ideas for group trips to organisers all over Great Britain. The magazine is published ten times a year and mailed to 10,000 individuals, along with numerous supplements on particular countries, regions and subjects of interest to groups.

To find out more information, please contact Bruce Rosenberg at (818) 661-0244 or via email at Bruce.Rosenberg(at)hotelplanner(dot)com.

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