Tourism

REVEALED: All the Travel Awards winners for 2019!

Yes, that’s right folks – it’s the moment you’ve all been waiting for. The winners for The Travel Awards 2019 have been announced!

More than 600 industry professionals put on their glad rags and made their way to The Venue in the Sydney suburb of Alexandria on Friday night, where a teal carpet and champagne was waiting for them on arrival, courtesy of the awards’ principal partner, Crystal.

After posing for a few snaps in front of the media wall and exchanging pleasantries, it was time for guests to sit down and enjoy a three-course meal, plenty of booze and the antics of The Chaser’s Andrew Hansen and Chris Taylor, who were hosts of the grand event.

A total of 37 trophies were handed at the awards, as the industry honoured and celebrated its best and brightest. And just to give you an idea of the level of competition, Travel Weekly received more than 400 entries this year.

Special mention goes to The Travel Corporation, which took home the Grand Prix gong and an advertising package worth a whopping $75,000 from our media partner, Better Homes and Gardens, and Japan was named the People’s Choice winner (favourite destination).

Big thanks to all of our 13 sponsors, as well as our esteemed judges and those made The Travel Awards shortlist.

And, of course, a big congratulations to all of the fabulous winners, which you can check out in full below:

Corporate Travel Agency of The Year – 49 Employees and Under (sponsored by Travel Trade Recruitment)

Platinum Travel Corporation

Corporate Travel Agency of The Year – 50 Employees and Over (sponsored by Hertz Australia)

Stage and Screen Travel Services

Home Based Agency Group of the Year (sponsored by Intrepid Travel)

TravelManagers Australia

Travel Agency of the Year – Under 30 Employees (sponsored by G Adventures)

Spencer Travel Eastside

Travel Agency of the Year – Over 30 Employees (sponsored by Collette)

Travel Associates

Travel Recruitment Agency of the Year

TMS Talent

Wholesaler of the Year

Excite Holidays

Adventure Travel Wholesaler of the Year

World Expeditions

Specialist Wholesaler of the Year

Encounter Travel

Travel Insurance Provider of the Year

Cover-More Travel Insurance

Online Booking Website of the Year

Inspiring Vacations

Technology Provider of the Year (sponsored by The Travel Corporation)

Amadeus

Trade Sales Team of the Year (sponsored by Avis Budget Group)

G Adventures

Escorted Touring Company of the Year

Insight Vacations

Premium Economy Class Airline of the Year

Air New Zealand

Business Class Airline of the Year (sponsored by Corporate Traveller)

Etihad Airways

Social Media Campaign of the Year (sponsored by Universal Traveller)

Air New Zealand – ‘The Nicest Christmas Ever’

Marketing Campaign of the Year

GTI Tourism for New Caledonia – ‘The Bachelor in New Caledonia’

PR Campaign of the Year

Tourism Fiji – ‘Bulanaires’

Rail Operator of the Year (sponsored by The Travel Corporation)

Railbookers

Vehicle Hire of the Year

Avis

Innovation of the Year (sponsored by Red Havas)

G Adventures

Sustainable Tourism Company of the Year

Nanuku Auberge Resort

Social Responsibility Award

Intrepid Group

River Cruise Line of the Year (sponsored by Gate 1 Travel)

Uniworld Boutique River Cruises Collection

Small Ship Cruise Line of the Year

SeaDream Yacht Club

Ocean Cruise Line of the Year

Royal Caribbean International

Expedition Cruise Line of the Year

Hurtigruten

Hotel of the Year (sponsored by Travel Associates)

QT Melbourne

Boutique Hotel of the Year – 10 Properties or Less

Jamala Wildlife Lodge

Hotel Group of the Year (sponsored by Wendy Wu Tours)

InterContinental Hotels Group

Luxury Travel Brand of the Year

Crystal Cruises

Destination of the Year (sponsored by Crystal Cruises)

New York City

Tourism Board of the Year

Brand USA

Employer of Choice

The Travel Corporation

People’s Choice – Favourite Destination

Japan

Grand Prix

The Travel Corporation

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