Advantage celebrates its winners of 2018 at Big Celebration Lunch

Advantage Travel Partnership today celebrated its members and their successes as The Big Celebration Lunch.

Running for its third consecutive year, the event was attended by 250 guests with TV presenter Mark Durden-Smith once again taking to the stage to host and present 22 awards to members and business partners.

Julia Lo Bue-Said, CEO of the partnership said: “We are very proud of our members and business partners and are excited to once again celebrate what we have collectively achieved in the past year. We’re delighted that our event is now an annual calendar event in the industry”.

For its 40th Anniversary year it was announced that the consortia will also be supporting Make-A–Wish UK, the children’s charity which creates life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses. Nina Allard, head of mass fundraising for the charity, commented: “We’re delighted that Advantage Travel Partnership have chosen to support Make-A-Wish UK. Over the next year, employees at The Advantage Travel Partnership in London and their members, based across the UK, will be aiming to raise £25,000 by taking part in a number of events. Through the partnership we’ll be able to grant the wishes of even more seriously ill children, giving them the strength to cope, resilience to fight their illness and hope for the future.”

The winners from today’s awards, held at Hilton London Bankside, were chosen by a mixture of members, business partners and an independent panel.

The 2018 winners were:

Leisure Sales Team of the Year 2018 - Jet2holidays

Advantage Holidays Agent of the Year 2018 - Polka Dot Travel

Hotel Partner of the Year 2018 - Meliá Hotels International

Most Engaged Leisure Travel Agent of the Year 2018 - Garstang Travel

Most Engaged Business Travel Agent of the Year 2018 - Blue Cube Travel

Advantage Business Travel Agent of the Year (less than £30m sales annually) 2018 - Global Travel Management

Advantage Business Travel Agent of the Year (more than £30m sales annually) 2018 - Business Travel Direct

Business Travel Partner of the Year (Air) 2018 - Emirates

Business Travel Partner of the Year (Technology & Ancillary) 2018 - Travelogix

Business Travel Account Manager of the Year 2018 - Michael Rainford, Air France KLM

Advantage Leisure Travel Agent of the Year (North) 2018 - Althams Travel

Advantage Leisure Travel Agent of the Year (South) 2018 - Baldwins Travel Group

Leisure Partner of the Year 2018 - Gold Medal and Travel 2

Agent Friendly Leisure Partner of the Year 2018 - Classic Collection

Leisure Account Manager of the Year 2018 - Jonny Peat, Celebrity Cruises

Employee of the Year- Business Travel 2018 - Heeral Patel, Omega Business Travel

Employee of the Year- Leisure Travel 2018 - Nicki Lahiri, Meon Valley Travel

Marketing Excellence Award 2018 - Oasis Travel

Rising Star Award 2018 - Amy Floyd, Sevenoaks Travel

Outstanding Achievement Award Winner 2018 - Suzanne Horner, Gray Dawes Group

Advantage Employee of the Year - Lee Ainsworth


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