European Group Travel Awards Recognizes 2015 Champions

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It is important to acknowledge the organizations and individuals who put in so much effort to make group travel an enjoyable, memorable experience, the leading provider of online group travel services, and Landor Travel Publications, UK’s leading group travel publication today announced the winners of the 2015 European Group Travel Awards (EGTA).

The inaugural event celebrated the finest suppliers in the group travel industry on March 5th at the prestigious Intercontinental Berlin. At the event, 21 awards of outstanding leadership and excellence were given to the best operators offering the highest quality of group travel experiences ranging from hotels to cruise lines, city destinations, and more.

“It is important to acknowledge the organizations and individuals who put in so much effort to make group travel an enjoyable, memorable experience,” stated Tim Hentschel, CEO of HotelPlanner. “We’re very proud to have recognized the best of the best in group travel.”

Attended by more than 325 industry leaders, organizations, and publications from across Europe and abroad, the awards night was a success for not only group travel, but for the travel industry itself.

“As the group travel industry continues to grow it is great to have an awards show that exemplifies the effort, dedication, and leadership made by those within the group travel marketplace worldwide,” said Peter Stonham, Landor Travel Publications.

The host for the evening’s festivities was Dylan Ratigan, former CNBC Television News Journalist, MSNBC Television Host, New York Times Best-Selling Author, and a Documentary Film Producer. Premiere entertainment for the awards show was provided by Benjamin Fröhlich, one of the top DJs in the Berlin Club Scene and Sophia Ragaveles, widely known throughout the UK for her many performances both in London's West End and a number of national tours.

The 2015 European Group Travel Award winners are:

Best Group Hotel Brand - Full Service:
Radisson Blu Hotels & Resorts

Best Group Hotel Brand - Limited Service:
Quality Inn

Best Group Hotel Brand - Luxury:
InterContinental Hotels & Resorts

Best Group Hotel Brand - Boutique:
Me By Meliá

Best Resort/Spa Brand for Groups:
Wyndham Hotels & Resorts

Best Group Tour Operator:

Best Rail Service for Groups:
Deutsche Bahn

Best Airline for Groups:

Best Ocean Cruise Line for Groups:
Pullmantur Cruises

Best River Cruise Operator for Groups:
Viking River Cruises

Best Airport for Groups:

Best Group Shopping Experience:
La Vallée Village - Chic Outlet Shopping

Best Theme Park for Groups:
Disneyland Paris

Best Animal Attraction for Groups:
Berlin Zoo

Best City Destination for Groups:

Best Tourism Office Supporting Group Travel:
Visit Flanders

Best Heritage Experience for Groups:
Buckingham Palace

Best Visitor Attraction:
Titanic Belfast

Best Museum/Gallery for Groups:
Tate Britain

Best Live Stage/Theatrical/Musical Performance for Groups:
Folies Bergère

Best Technology Award for Innovation in Group Travel:

To learn more about EGTA, please visit:

About HotelPlanner provides online services to the global group hotel market and ensures the lowest rates by allowing customers to receive quotes online directly from hotel group sales managers. Customers can book hotels for business meetings, conferences, conventions, family reunions, weddings, extended stays, tours, military reunions, church events, and other forms of group travel. A mobile application for booking group hotel reservations is also available. The company owns and operates, a site that provides information and booking services for meetings 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, with additional 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 26 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(dot)Rosenberg(at)hotelplanner(dot)com.

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