European Group Travel Awards 2016: All the Highlights and Winners

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HotelPlanner.com and Landor Travel Publications Honor Leading Group Travel Suppliers in the Industry

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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

Top international group specialist, HotelPlanner.com and Landor Travel Publications, UK’s first group travel publication today announced the winners of 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
Runner-up: Radisson Blu Hotels & Resorts

Best Group Hotel Brand - Limited Service
Winner: Comfort Inn
Runner-up: Best Western

Best Group Hotel Brand - Luxury
Winner: Dolce Hotels and Resorts
Runner-up: Rocco Forte Hotels

Best Group Hotel Brand - Boutique
Winner: Best Western Plus
Runner-up: Commune Hotels + Resorts

Best Resort/Spa Brand for Groups
Winner: Wyndham Hotels and Resorts
Runner-up: Meliá Hotels & Resorts

Best Group Tour Operator
Winner: Thomas Cook
Runner-up: TUI

Best Rail Service for Groups
Winner: Eurostar
Runner-up: Thalys

Best Airline for Groups
Winner: airberlin
Runner-up: easyJet

Best Ocean Cruise Line for Groups
Winner: Celebrity Cruises
Runner-up: Norwegian Cruise Line

Best Golf Resort for Groups
Winner: Desert Springs Golf Club
Runner-up: The Celtic Manor Resort

Best Natural Attraction for Groups
Winner: Spanish Riding School, Vienna
Runner-up: Maison du Marais, St Omer

Best Theme Park for Groups
Winner: Disneyland Paris
Runner-up: Legoland Billund

Best Independent Hotel Brand for Groups
Winner: The Leading Hotels of the World
Runner-up: Relais & Châteaux

Best City Destination for Groups
Winner: London
Runner-up: Barcelona

Best Tourism Office Supporting Group Travel
Winner: Visit Flanders
Runner-up: Tourism Ireland

Best Heritage Experience for Groups
Winner: Notre Dame Cathedral
Runner-up: Vatican City

Best Visitor Attraction
Winner: The Shard
Runner-up: Eiffel Tower

Best Museum/Gallery for Groups
Winner: The Louvre
Runner-up: TATE Britain

Best Live Stage/Theatrical/Musical Performance for Groups
Winner: The Lion King, London
Runner-up: Bayreuth Festival, Germany

Best Technology Award for Innovation in Group Travel
Winner: WeddingWire
Runner-up: Galileo

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

About HotelPlanner
HotelPlanner.com provides group hotel booking services to 2,000 groups per day in the global group travel market. The company’s group hotel booking 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 Meetings.com, a site that provides information, planning and booking services for group, meeting, and individual hotel stays for the corporate, associations and business to business enterprises. With a mission statement geared towards, “Bringing People Together,” HotelPlanner & Meetings.com are the global experts for hotel sourcing, providing direct clients and market leading affiliates with unmatched group and event discounted room rates plus localized service levels not available at other travel companies. Founded in 2002, the company has offices in London, England, (European Headquarters), Hong Kong (Asia Headquarters), West Palm Beach, FL (USA Headquarters), and Las Vegas, Nevada.

HotelPlanner.com is proud to provide hotel reservation services to the following valued clients within the sports team and university, corporate, and government organizations. The company’s Pro Sports Team clients most notably include the San Diego Chargers, Washington Redskins, St. Louis Rams, Professional Bowlers Association, European Professional Golfers (EuroPro), Super League (Rugby), AFC Wimbledon, Millwall F.C., and Queens Park Rangers F.C. In terms of college travel, Universities such as Texas A&M, New Mexico State, Saint Mary’s College, Bradley University, University of Reno-Nevada, University of Illinois-Chicago, Northeastern University, Cal Poly, and California State University Northridge use HotelPlanner to negotiate their group travel and recruiting stays. Corporations such as CROMPCO, Siemens, Jackson Motor Sports, National Grid, Chicago Bridge & Iron, Publix, and Servpro and Government clients such as the State of Louisiana, State of Mississippi, Government Services Agency, US Marines-Camp Le Jeune (Group), and US Communities also utilize HotelPlanner.com as their hotel procurement provider to negotiate hotel rates, book hotel reservations and provide excellent service year-round.

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.

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