Vote Now: Categories & Nominees Announced for the 2018 European Group Travel Awards

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Awards recognize the leading European suppliers in the group travel industry

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We look forward to a great night of recognition for the hundreds of suppliers and organizations that continue to excel in the European group travel marketplace. Show your support and vote for your favorites today. and Landor Travel Publications, co-hosts of the 2018 European Group Travel Awards (EGTA), are pleased to co-announce this year’s categories and nominees.

EGTA celebrates the finest European suppliers delivering the best accommodations, attractions and amenities that continue to enhance the group travel experience. Winners representing the highest levels of achievement in the industry will be recognized at the fourth annual gala awards dinner taking place on Thursday 8th March 2018 at the renowned InterContinental Berlin. Hosted by Dylan Ratigan, former MSNBC television host, TV journalist, and documentary film producer, the evening will include music by Grammy Award nominee and record producer Paul Oakenfold and Berlin’s top DJ Benjamin Fröhlich, along with electrifying performances that will be announced next month.

Online voting is officially open now through mid-February at Each category and its respective nominees have been selected by a panel of industry experts whose final criteria was based on quality of service, consumer engagement, and exemplary feedback.

“We look forward to a great night of recognition for the hundreds of suppliers and organizations that continue to excel in the European group travel marketplace. Show your support and vote for your favorites today,” said Tim Hentschel, Co-Founder and CEO of

Eighteen award categories will be presented, recognizing the vast range of services in the group travel market, including hotels, resorts, cruise lines, airlines, city destinations and sporting events, among others. EGTA will also coincide with ITB Berlin, the world’s leading travel trade show, taking place between March 7-11.

The nominees for the 2018 European Group Travel Awards are:

Best Group Hotel Brand - Full Service        

  • Hilton Hotels & Resorts
  • InterContinental Hotels & Resorts
  • Sheraton Hotels & Resorts
  • Leonardo Hotels
  • Meliá Hotels & Resorts
  • Radisson Blu
  • H4 Hotels

Best Group Hotel Brand - Limited Service    

  • ibis
  • Best Western Hotels & Resorts
  • Jurys Inn
  • Comfort Inn
  • Holiday Inn Express
  • 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
  • W Hotels Worldwide
  • 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 Hotels & Resorts
  • Commune Hotels + Resorts

Best Resort/Spa Brand for Groups    

  • Wyndham Hotels & Resorts
  • Meliá Hotels & Resorts
  • Steigenberger Hotels and Resorts
  • Westin Hotels & Resorts
  • Rotana Hotels & Resorts
  • Iberostar Hotels & Resorts

Best Group Tour Operator    

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

Best Rail Service for Groups    

  • Deutsche Bahn
  • Eurostar
  • Italotreno
  • Renfe
  • LEO Express
  • NS - Nederlandse Spoorwegen

Best Airline for Groups    

  • easyJet
  • 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    

  • Amendoeira Resort - Portugal
  • Quinta do Lago - Portugal
  • PGA Catalunya - Spain
  • The Oxfordshire (Leaderboard Group) - UK
  • East Sussex National - UK

Best City Tour for Group Travel    

  • Big Bus Tours
  • ToursByLocals
  • City Sightseeing
  • Sterna Travel

Best Theme Park for Groups    

  • Disneyland Paris
  • Europa-Park
  • Tripsdrill
  • PortAventura World
  • Mirabilandia
  • Legoland Billund Resort
  • 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
  • Kämp Collection Hotels

Best City Destination for Groups    

  • London
  • Rome
  • Paris
  • Berlin
  • Amsterdam
  • Barcelona
  • Stockholm
  • Reykjavik
  • Liverpool

Best Sport Event for Groups    

  • Euroleague Basketball Final Four
  • Red Bull Crashed Ice - St Petersburg
  • PDC Premier League Darts Final
  • UEFA Champions League Final
  • The Ashes
  • ATP Tour – Wimbledon

Best Visitor Attraction    

  • The London Eye
  • Efteling Park
  • The Colosseum
  • Eiffel Tower
  • Tower of Pisa
  • Monet’s Garden
  • Albert Dock - Liverpool
  • Ice Cave Langjökull – Iceland

Best Travel Association facilitating Group Travel    

  • ETOA
  • MPI
  • IBTM
  • IMEX

Best Technology Award for Innovation in Group Travel    

  • Galileo (Travelport)
  • Kayak
  • WeddingWire
  • Priceline
  • Expedia

For more information on this year’s 2018 European Group Travel Awards, please visit and follow #EGTAwards on Facebook and Twitter for all the latest event updates.

About European Group Travel Awards:
The European Group Travel Awards (EGTA) was created by Tim Hentschel, CEO of, and Peter Stonham, Editorial Director at Landor Travel Publications. Mr. Hentschel and Mr. Stonham organized the EGTA to recognize all the effort and dedication that European suppliers and organizations put into providing group travelers with exceptional travel experiences.

The concept was introduced into the marketplace by Peter Stonham who, with Group Travel Organiser, have been providing group travelers with information and ideas for group travel trips since 1988. The event in London, called the UK Group Travel Awards, is attended by nearly 500 attendees and awards are provided in 23 categories. and Landor Travel Publications also launched the American Group Travel Awards which took place in New York, New York on November 13th, 2017 at TAO Downtown. The American Group Travel Awards recognizes the finest suppliers in North America that specialize in group travel. and Group Travel Organiser believe that the group market will continue to grow. Shared travel experiences with family and friends and by corporations and businesses help build more productive relationships and memories that last a lifetime.

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