European Group Travel Awards 2018: Award Show Highlights from Group Travel’s Biggest Night

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Top winners include Best Western, Choice, Hilton, InterContinental and Wyndham Hotels with a show stopping after-party performance by Record Producer and Grammy Nominee Paul Oakenfold.

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We are honored to have recognized the leading Euorpean suppliers in the industry who year over year continue to provide the kinds of products and programs that offers group travelers the best services and experiences., the leading provider of online group hotel bookings worldwide is proud to announce the winners and runner-ups of last night’s 2018 European Group Travel Awards (EGTA).

The fourth annual black-tie awards gala was hosted by Dylan Ratigan, former MSNBC television host, TV journalist, and documentary film producer and held on Thursday 8th March 2018 at the InterContinental Berlin. Music for the evening will be provided by Grammy Award nominee and record producer Paul Oakenfold along with Berlin’s top DJ Benjamin Fröhlich. Eighteen categories were presented throughout the evening to recognize the nominees earning top recognition in their field ranging from hotels, resorts and airlines, to city destinations, cruise lines and theme parks, among others.

“Congratulations once again to this year’s winners and runner-ups in each respective category,” said Tim Hentschel, CEO and Co-Creator of the awards. “We are honored to have recognized the leading Euorpean suppliers in the industry who year over year continue to provide the kinds of products and programs that offers group travelers the best services and experiences.”

More than several hundred travel and hospitality executives, organizers, and journalists were in attendance. The evening also featured a live raffle for a one-carat diamond and magnum bottle of champagne to raise money for UNICEF, the official 2018 charity partner of EGTA.

The evening was generously sponsored by Best Western, Choice Hotels, Carlson Rezidor, and Wyndham Hotel Group, along with ITB Berlin, Big Bus Tours, Cleverdis, and Travelport.

The winners and runner-ups of the 2018 European Group Travel Awards are:

Best Group Hotel Brand - Full Service    
Winner: Hilton Hotels & Resorts     
Runner-Up: InterContinental Hotels & Resorts

Best Group Hotel Brand - Limited Service
Winner: Comfort Inn     
Runner-Up: Best Western Hotels & Resorts

Best Group Hotel Brand - Luxury    
Winner: InterContinental Hotels & Resorts    
Runner-up: Best Western Premier

Best Group Hotel Brand - Boutique    
Winner: Best Western Plus    
Runner-Up: TRYP by Wyndham

Best Resort/Spa Brand for Groups
Winner: Wyndham Hotels & Resorts    
Runner-Up: Iberostar Hotels & Resorts

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

Best Rail Service for Groups    
Winner: Eurostar    
Runner-Up: LEO Express

Best Airline for Groups
Winner: British Airways
Runner-Up: KLM

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

Best Golf Resort for Groups    
Winner: East Sussex National - UK    
Runner-Up: Quinta do Lago – Portugal

Best City Tour for Group Travel    
Winner: Big Bus Tours    
Runner-Up: City Sightseeing

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

Best Independent Hotel Brand for Groups    
Winner: The Leading Hotels of the World    
Runner-Up: Rosewood Hotels & Resorts

Best City Destination for Groups
Winner: Paris    
Runner-Up: Amsterdam

Best Sport Event for Groups    
Winner: Red Bull Crashed Ice - St Petersburg    
Runner-Up: UEFA Champions League Final

Best Visitor Attraction
Winner: Eiffel Tower    
Runner-Up: Ice Cave Langjökull – Iceland

Best Travel Association facilitating Group Travel
Winner: ETOA    
Runner-Up: IBTM

Best Technology Award for Innovation in Group Travel
Winner: Expedia    

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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