HotelPlanner and Meetings.com Announce Categories and Nominees for its Fifth Annual 2019 European Group Travel Awards

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Voting is open to recognize suppliers delivering the finest group travel services throughout Europe

Hotelplanner and Meetings.com, leading online providers of group hotel bookings and meeting space worldwide, are pleased to announce the seventeen categories and nominees for the 2019 European Group Travel Awards (EGTA), an event recognizing the top suppliers delivering outstanding services and group travel experiences throughout Europe. Voting is now officially open at https://europeangrouptravelawards.com/EGTA/voting.cfm.

The fifth annual awards gala, hosted by documentary film producer and former MSNBC host Dylan Ratigan, will take place on March 7th during ITB at the InterContinental Hotel in Berlin.

"A diverse range of nominees have been put forward this year, from the biggest brands in travel to unique individual hotels, media, and innovators that are changing how groups find travel suppliers. This special night reflects the huge diversity that enables the lucrative Group market to flourish. Research indicates that groups make up a third of all hotel bookings, so if your numbers don’t reflect this, we encourage you to find out more by attending, networking and leaving with a wallet of cards that will enable your business in 2019," said Tim Gunstone, EVP of Marketing, Hotelplanner and Meetings.com.

Now in its fifth year, EGTA has become recognized as ITBs best after party. Following the dinner and awards ceremony, the industry’s top executives, travel organizers and journalists will enjoy entertainment by world-renowned DJs Paul Oakenfield and Gatecrasher’s Tall Paul, generously sponsored by Translations.com.

The categories and nominees for the 2019 European Group Travel Awards include:

Best Group Hotel Brand - Full Service
     
Hilton Hotels & Resorts    
InterContinental Hotels & Resorts    
Sheraton Hotels & Resorts    
Leonardo Hotels    
Meliá Hotels & Resorts    
Radisson Blu    
H4 Hotels    
Rotanna Hotels    
Pestana Hotels Portugal

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    
Elegancia Hotels    

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 Hotel Brand for Weddings    

Hôtel La Pérouse    
Hotel Palaci Estoril     
Trump International Doonbeg    
Tharroe of Mykonos Hotel        

Best Group Tour Operator     

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

Best Online Transportation Service for Groups    

Rome2Rio    
British Airways    
Kiwi.com    
Interrail.eu    
TAAP Portugal        

Best City Tour for Group Travel     

Big Bus Tours    
Freetour.com    
ToursByLocals    
Sterna Travel    
City Sightseeing    
Golden Tours

Best Social Media Platform for Group Travel    

Facebook    
Whatsapp    
Snapchat    
Wechat    
Instagram

Best Independent Hotel Brand for Groups     

The Leading Hotels of the World    
Rosewood Hotels & Resorts    
QHotels    
Relais & Châteaux    
COMO Hotels and Resorts    
Kämp Collection Hotels    
Design Hotels    
Dorchester Collection    
Mogotel
Magnusson Hotels    

Best City Destination for Groups 

London    
Berlin    
Stockholm    
Rome    
Amsterdam    
Reykjavik    
Paris    
Barcelona    
Liverpool

Best Accommodation Alternative Provider for Groups

Airbnb
HomeAway
Hostelworld
Booking Group        

Best Technology Award for Innovation in Group Travel     

Weddingwire    
Trip Adavisor    
TrekkSoft    
Priceline    
Expedia    
Derbysoft    
Lastminute        

Best Online Tours and Activities Provider for Groups

Viator    
Get your guide    
TrekkSoft    
Bokun     
Fareharbour    

Best Ticketing and Registration Provider for Groups    

Ticketmaster    
EventBright    
Ticketsource    
Bizzabo    

Best Search for Groups

Skyscanner     
Trivago    
Google    
Momondo     
Kayak  

For more information on this year’s 2019 European Group Travel Awards, please visit https://europeangrouptravelawards.com and follow #AGTAwards on Facebook and Twitter for all of the latest event updates.

About European Group Travel Awards: 
The European Group Travel Awards (EGTA) was created by Tim Hentschel, CEO of HotelPlanner.com, 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 organizations in Europe put into providing group travellers with exceptional travel experiences. 

The concept was introduced into the marketplace by Peter Stonham who, with Group Travel Organiser, have been providing group travellers 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.

HotelPlanner and Landor Travel Publications also launched the European Group Travel Awards which took place in Berlin, Germany on March 9th, 2017 at the Intercontinental Hotel Berlin. The European Group Travel Awards recognizes the finest suppliers on the continent that specialize in group travel.

HotelPlanner 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.

To find out more vote or attend go to https://europeangrouptravelawards.com or call Tim Gunstone +44 (0) 7815814314 tim.gunstone@hotelplanner.com.

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