Voting Officially Open for the 2016 European Group Travel Awards

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EGTA was created to build awareness of suppliers that provide group services to the marketplace, plus recognize the contributions these providers contribute on a global scale to make group travel successful and enjoyable, in partnership with UK based Landor Travel Publications, are excited to announce the 2016 European Group Travel Awards (EGTA), recognizing organizations and individuals that deliver outstanding services and experiences to group travelers.

Voting is now open to recognize the best of the best European suppliers in the industry. To vote, please visit and click on the “Vote Now!” link featured under the Nominees tab. Each featured nominee has been selected by a panel of industry experts as providing the highest quality service and delivering outstanding group travel experiences. 20 award categories were selected recognizing the very best in hotels, airlines, destinations, cruise lines, and attractions, including two brand new categories this year: Best Golf Resort for Groups and Best Independent Hotel Brand for Groups.

“We’ve had a tremendous amount of growth over the last year in group travel, especially in Europe, and want to recognize the companies that specialize in group travel who have made a great impact within the industry,” stated Tim Hentschel, CEO of HotelPlanner. “EGTA was created to build awareness of suppliers that provide group services to the marketplace, plus recognize the contributions these providers contribute on a global scale to make group travel successful and enjoyable.”

The black-tie awards gala will take place on Thursday 10th March 2016 at the prestigious InterContinental Berlin, located in downtown Berlin and back for a second year in a row, former MSNBC television host, TV journalist, and documentary film producer Dylan Ratigan, will be hosting. An exciting evening of entertainment and festivities is planned for the event.

“Dylan is a huge supporter of our company, and brings excitement and humor to the awards,” continued HotelPlanner CEO, Tim Hentschel. “He’s a big part of the show and we are very happy to have him on board again hosting the European Group Travel Awards.”

The nominees for the 2016 European Group Travel Awards are:

Best Group Hotel Brand - Full Service

  •     Hilton Hotels & Resorts
  •     InterContinental Hotels &Resorts
  •     Sheraton Hotels & Resorts
  •     Maritim Hotels
  •     Meliá Hotels & Resorts
  •     Pullman Hotels and Resorts
  •     Ramada Worldwide
  •     Radisson Blu Hotels & Resorts

Best Group Hotel Brand - Limited Service

  •     Ibis
  •     Best Western
  •     Jurys Inn
  •     Comfort Inn
  •     easyHotel
  •     Holiday Inn Express & Suites
  •     Tune Hotels

Best Group Hotel Brand - Luxury

  •     InterContinental Hotels &Resorts
  •     Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group
  •     Sofitel Luxury Hotels
  •     Dorint Hotels & Resorts
  •     Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces
  •     Dolce Hotels and Resorts
  •     Rocco Forte Hotels
  •     Best Western Premier

Best Group Hotel Brand - Boutique

  •     ME by Meliá
  •     TRYP by Wyndham
  •     Hotel Indigo
  •     De Vere Hotels
  •     Malmaison Hotels‎
  •     Best Western Plus
  •     Bulgari Hotel & Residences
  •     Commune Hotels + Resorts

Best Resort/Spa Brand for Groups

  •     Sandals Resorts International
  •     Wyndham Hotels and Resorts
  •     Meliá Hotels & Resorts
  •     Steigenberger Hotels and Resorts
  •     Westin Hotels & Resorts
  •     Rotana Hotel & Resorts

Best Group Tour Operator

  •     TUI
  •     Kuoni
  •     Albatross Travel
  •     Pierre & Vacances
  •     Polster & Pohl
  •     Thomson Holidays
  •     Thomas Cook

Best Rail Service for Groups

  •     Deutsche Bahn
  •     Eurostar
  •     Italotreno
  •     Thalys
  •     LEO Express

Best Airline for Groups

  •     easyJet
  •     airberlin
  •     Norwegian
  •     KLM
  •     Jet2
  •     Deutsche Lufthansa
  •     British Airways
  •     Air France

Best Ocean Cruise Line for Groups

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

Best Golf Resort for Groups

  •     The Celtic Manor Resort
  •     The Belfry
  •     Argentario Golf Resort & Spa
  •     Terre Blanche Hotel Spa Golf Resort
  •     Evian Resort
  •     Desert Springs Golf Club
  •     Cameron House, Loch Lomond

Best Natural Attraction for Groups

  •     Spanish Riding School, Vienna
  •     West Midland Safari Park
  •     Maison du Marais, St Omer
  •     Haras National de Cluny/National Stud in Cluny, Burgundy
  •     Royal Burgers' Zoo, Arnhem
  •     Ceide Fields, Co. Mayo
  •     Nausicaa

Best Theme Park for Groups

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

Best Independent Hotel Brand for Groups

  •     The Leading Hotels of the World
  •     Relais & Châteaux
  •     Design Hotels
  •     Rosewood Hotels & Resorts
  •     COMO Hotels and Resorts
  •     Dorchester Collection
  •     QHotels

Best City Destination for Groups

  •     London
  •     Rome
  •     Paris
  •     Berlin
  •     Amsterdam
  •     Barcelona
  •     Bruges

Best Tourism Office Supporting Group Travel

  •     Belgium Tourism Office/Brussels Wallonia
  •     Tourism Ireland
  •     Visit Flanders
  •     German National Tourist Office
  •     Austria National Tourist Office
  •     Seine-et-Marne

Best Heritage Experience for Groups

  •     Buckingham Palace
  •     Cologne Cathedral
  •     Notre Dame Cathedral
  •     Chateau de Fontainebleau
  •     The Ruhr (Industrial Heritage Route)
  •     Vatican City
  •     Hofburg Palace, Vienna
  •     Stonehenge

Best Visitor Attraction

  •     The Shard
  •     Efteling Park
  •     The Colosseum
  •     Eiffel Tower
  •     Tower of Pisa
  •     Monet’s Garden
  •     Titanic’s Dock & Pump-House

Best Museum/Gallery for Groups

  •     TATE Britain
  •     Van Gogh Museum (Amsterdam)
  •     Imperial War Museums, London
  •     The Louvre
  •     Museum of Santa Giulia, Brescia, Lombardy
  •     Rijksmuseum
  •     Jewish Museum, Berlin

Best Live Stage/Theatrical/Musical Performance for Groups

  •     Cirque du Soleil
  •     The Lion King, London
  •     Starlight Express, Bochum
  •     Moulin Rouge, Paris
  •     Wicked, London
  •     Mamma Mia! London
  •     Bayreuth Festival, Germany
  •     Opera at La Scala Milan

Best Technology Award for Innovation in Group Travel

  •     Galileo
  •     Kayak
  •     WeddingWire
  •     Priceline
  •     Expedia
  •     Venere

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 hotel and venue sourcing services for corporate and leisure event planners from around the world. 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 27 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 about EGTA, please contact Bruce Rosenberg at (818) 661-0244 or via email at Bruce.Rosenberg(at)hotelplanner(dot)com.

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