Star Award Winners 2019 on stage

Presenting your Star Award winners of 2019

It was an evening filled with stars at the Travel Bulletin Star Awards with starstruck winners overjoyed and finalists deeply honoured for the tremendous support shown by agents who had voted them as their stars of 2019.

As the travel industry’s most prestigious awards event, destinations spanning the globe over and some of the biggest names in the travel trade were welcomed to the Landmark Hotel in London last night. This year also marked the 23rd rendition of the Star Awards and it was our most spectacular yet!

Katerina Bomshtein, destination manager for Gran Canaria, said: “The Star Awards are so important to us. Travel Bulletin is the only media awards night that is just voted for by travel agents - it is a highly established event, it is a great venue, and has a very good reputation.”

Jetset who have been sponsoring the Star Awards for the best part of a decade were also voted as your Star Consolidator with the company’s managing director John Bond on hand to say: “The Star Awards are the fillip for me and the company to continue to work hard, ensuring services are top-notch for agents and their customers. To us, the travel agent is the most important aspect to our business.”

Jet2 went for the hattrick, picking up the awards for Star Leisure Airline, Star Family Holidays Operator and Star Trade Sales Team. Alan Cross, the company’s head of trade, said: “It's fantastic to be at these awards because it’s the travel agents who decide, and they make Jet2 what it is. Every award we win means a lot to us; its vitally important because it shows we’re doing something right with independent travel agents.”

Actress and accomplished comedian Jo Caulfield contributed to the fun of the evening as our guest MC along with all the dazzle of the West End brought to our guests with leading lady Louise Dearman performing some spectacular show tunes. Jonathan Mountford, co-founder and managing director of made, said: “We sponsored the performance tonight and it’s from Wicked to celebrate 14 years in London. The success of Wicked is largely down to travel agents and all their ticket sales through us are commissionable. The travel trade ensures the success of the West End and Broadway musicals and they have a huge impact.”

As ever ‘Star Destinations’ proved a hotly-contested sector. Italy was voted your Star Cultural & Heritage Holidays Destination, with Ilenia Cocco, travel trade & MICE manager for the Italian State Tourist Office, commenting: “It’s an amazing opportunity to be linked with such a great brand like Travel Bulletin in order to strengthen our relationship with travel agents. Travel agents are extremely important, they have means to show the destination at its best: they are the real experts.”

In testament to their continued engagement with the trade, Birmingham Airport picked up Star UK Airport. Catherine Reeves, travel trade executive, said: “The travel trade is so important to us. As the UK airport with the biggest travel trade team, we have a very strong relationship with the trade - when they succeed, we succeed.”

New for this year was also the category of Star Rail Operator, which was awarded to Eurostar. Stephen Roby, business development manager, commented: “The Star Awards are really good for us, especially this year with the introduction of the rail category to the awards, it’s nice to see the rail industry recognised. The travel trade is very important and can reach people that we can’t always reach and so for November, we are launching an agent web portal that will be available 24/7 - for the first time, full web access for agents.”

Take a look now at all the winners to see if your favourite suppliers and destinations have won at: www.travelbulletin.co.uk/starawards/winners-2019


More News...

Harry Potter Studio Tour …

Harry Potter Studio Tour on European Waterways' 2020 Magna Carta cruises

European Waterways' hotel barge Magna Carta is featuring Warner Bros. Studio Tour London - The Making of Harry Potter, Legoland and Thorpe Park themed resort for 2020 family cruise charters.

West Cliff Hotel in Bourn…

West Cliff Hotel in Bournemouth unveils after £1.4m refurbishment

Bournemouth’s West Cliff spa hotel has revealed the results of a £1.4m refurbishment which transformed its reception, bar, lounge, restaurant and indoor swimming pool.

Carnival Cruise Line cele…

Carnival Cruise Line celebrates 25 years of sailing from Tampa

Carnival Cruise Line celebrated its 25th-anniversary sailing from the Port of Tampa with a reception and luncheon aboard Carnival Legend.

South Africa scraps unabr…

South Africa scraps unabridged birth certificates for foreign children

Dr Aaron Motsoaledi, South Africa's minister of home affairs, has signed a waiver which allows foreign children to enter South Africa without carrying additional supporting documents.

Scenic Eclipse introduces…

Scenic Eclipse introduces Urban Cultivator to grow microgreens aboard

Scenic Eclipse introduces Urban Cultivator, which provides a constant supply of fresh herbs and micro vegetables to the ship's four main kitchens.

Regent unveils new Culina…

Regent unveils new Culinary Arts Kitchen classes aboard Seven Seas Splendor

Regent Seven Seas Cruises has revealed 16 new Culinary Arts Kitchen classes that will debut during the 2020 inaugural season of Seven Seas Splendor. 

NH Hotel Group launches '…

NH Hotel Group launches 'City Connection'

NH Hotel Group has unveiled 'City Connection' under the tag line 'Stay in one hotel, enjoy them all', which is a selection of services guests can enjoy in any of...

AmaWaterways unveils 2021…

AmaWaterways unveils 2021 River Cruise Collection

AmaWaterways has announced that its 2021 programme is now on sale and includes a new ship, four new itineraries and new pre- and post-cruise land programmes in some of Europe's...

Tourists want hotels to c…

Tourists want hotels to cut back on plastics used in hotel rooms

Interested in the hospitality and leisure sector’s eco-intentions, Taxi2Airport.com surveyed 1,528 Brits to discover the commonly used plastic items in hotels they would most like to see fully replaced with environmentally...

Vietnam Airlines to launc…

Vietnam Airlines to launch two new routes to Shenzhen, China

Vietnam Airlines is launching new services on routes Ho Chi Minh City – Shenzhen on November 27 and Hanoi – Shenzhen on November 28, at a frequency of three and...

Malta leads eco-friendly …

Malta leads eco-friendly forum at WTM

Dr Konrad Mizzi, Malta’s tourism minister (pictured with ex-Manchester United footballer Wes Brown), called for a global transformation to climate-friendly travel to respond to the challenge of climate change.

WTM news: Jamaican minist…

WTM news: Jamaican minister calls for responsible travel advisories

Addressing delegates on safety and security at WTM, Edmund Bartlett, Jamaica’s tourism minister, called for global oversight of travel advisories issued for destinations. 

Prev Next

twn Are you sure that you want to switch to desktop version?