Voting Opens for the 2017 European Group Travel Awards

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This year we have some great finalists who continue to demonstrate real commitment and skill in delivering for groups as well as playing an important role in the industry. We look forward to giving them the recognition they deserve., in partnership with UK based Landor Travel Publications, are pleased to announce the categories and nominees for the 2017 European Group Travel Awards (EGTA).

The third annual event recognizes the highest levels of achievement in group travel - celebrating the finest suppliers who not only deliver the types of accommodations, attractions, and amenities groups seek, but are overall are the best providers of group travel experiences.

Online voting is now open to recognize the best European suppliers in the industry. To vote, visit and click on the “Vote Now!” link featured on the homepage. Each finalist has been selected by a voting panel of industry experts based on providing the highest quality of group services plus delivering outstanding group travel experiences. 18 award categories were selected recognizing the very best in hotels, airlines, destinations, cruise lines, and more, including two brand new categories this year: Best Sport Event for Groups and Best Travel Association facilitating Group Travel.

Tim Hentschel, CEO of HotelPlanner, said the awards is, “about celebrating the talent and expertise of organizations who contribute so much to the profession.” He added: “This year we have some great finalists who continue to demonstrate real commitment and skill in delivering for groups as well as playing an important role in the industry. We look forward to giving them the recognition they deserve.”

The winners will be announced at a black-tie awards gala on Thursday 9th March 2017 at the prestigious InterContinental Berlin, located downtown. Hosting the night’s festivities is former MSNBC television host, TV journalist, and documentary film producer Dylan Ratigan, promising to deliver yet again a thrilling evening of accolades, entertainment and festivities. Music will be provided by top Berlin artist DJ Fröhlich, “Stars in Concert” performances by the Estrel Hotel, and a lively after hour’s party featuring international powerhouse DJs; in 2016 the headline DJ was David Vendetta.

“We are thrilled to have him be a large part of our awards show,” continued Mr. Hentschel. “Dylan believes that ‘when people come together, meaningful work gets done’ which is a true testament to the meaning of group travel and the work that is done to create meaningful travel experiences across this industry. This makes him the ideal HotelPlanner Global Brand Ambassador and once again host of the European Group Travel Awards.”

The European Group Travel Awards will also coincide with ITB Berlin, the world’s leading travel trade show, taking place at the same time.

The nominees for the 2017 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
  •     Pullman Hotels and Resorts
  •     Ramada Worldwide
  •     Radisson Blu
  •     H4 Hotels
  •     Nordic Choice Hotels

Best Group Hotel Brand - Limited Service    

  •     ibis
  •     Best Western Hotels & Resorts
  •     Jurys Inn
  •     Comfort Inn
  •     easyHotel
  •     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
  •     Amrâth Hotels

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    

  •     Sandals Resorts International
  •     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
  •     Thalys
  •     LEO Express
  •     NS - Nederlandse Spoorwegen

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 Hotel & Resort
  •     Argentario Golf Resort & Spa
  •     Terre Blanche Hotel Spa Golf Resort
  •     Evian Resort
  •     Desert Springs Resort
  •     Cameron House, Loch Lomond
  •     Steigenberger Camp De Mar

Best City Tour for Group Travel    

  •     Big Bus Tours
  •     ToursByLocals
  •     City Sightseeing
  •     CityDiscovery
  •     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
  •     Comwell Hotels
  •     Kämp Collection Hotels

Best City Destination for Groups    

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

Best Sport Event for Groups    

  •     Euroleague Basketball Final Four
  •     RFL Magic Weekend
  •     PDC Premier League Darts Final
  •     UEFA Champions League Final
  •     The Ashes
  •     ATP Tour - Wimbledon

Best Visitor Attraction    

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

Best Travel Association facilitating Group Travel    

  •     European Tourism Association
  •     Meeting Planners International
  •     IBTM
  •     IMEX Group

Best Technology Award for Innovation in Group Travel    

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

About HotelPlanner provides group hotel booking services to 3,000 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 owns and operates, 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 & 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 (Asian Headquarters), West Palm Beach, FL (USA Headquarters), and Las Vegas, Nevada.

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.

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