Irish Travel Industry Supplier Awards 2016 Finalists Announced

Irish Travel Industry Supplier Awards 2016 Finalists Announced

 

Dublin, 8th January 2016 The shortlist for the Irish Travel Industry Supplier Awards 2016 was released today. The Supplier Awards are the premier awards for suppliers in Ireland and nominees are voted upon by travel agents throughout Ireland. The winners will be announced as part of the Irish Travel Industry Awards at The Mansion House on Thursday 21 January 2016.

 

The Irish Travel Industry Awards are an initiative of the Irish Travel Agents Association in association with Amadeus.  Award categories are sponsored by American Airlines, British Airways, Cork Airport, Dublin Airport, Shannon Airport, Ethiopian Airlines, Emirates, Hertz, Turkish Airline, Riviera Travel and The Travel Corporation. This year’s Master of Ceremonies is radio and TV presenter, Miriam O’Callaghan.

 

The awards will commend a range of companies from air and sea transport companies, through tour operators, destination representatives and specialist service providers to the trade. They are designed to showcase excellence in the delivery of international travel services, to both leisure and business customers travelling from Ireland, and are attended by travel and tourism professionals from around the World.

 

Speaking about the Awards, Pat Dawson, CEO of the ITAA said, “I would like to congratulate all the suppliers who have been nominated. These prestigious awards recognise the excellence among service providers in the Irish travel industry. They also celebrate the important relationship between travel agents and their suppliers”

 

The ITAA Member Awards Finalists will be announced on 13th January, 2016.

For more information on the awards event please see www.irishtravelindustryawards.com

 

Irish Travel Industry Awards 2016 ITAA Supplier Finalists Are:

 

Air Travel Category – Sponsored By Dublin Airport

 

Best Airline to Europe:

Aer Lingus

British Airways

Ryanair

SAS

Turkish Airlines

 

Best Business Class Airline to Europe:

Aer Lingus

Air France

British Airways

SAS

Turkish Airlines

 

Best Airline to North America:

Aer Lingus

British Airways

Delta Airlines

United Airlines

Virgin Atlantic

 

Best Long Haul Airline:

British Airways

Emirates

Etihad Airways

Turkish Airlines

Virgin Atlantic

 

Tour Operator Category – Sponsored By Hertz

 

Best European Sun Tour Operator:

Concorde Travel

Crystal Holidays

Falcon Holidays

Sunway

Topflight

 

 

Best Escorted Tour Operator:

G Adventures

Insight Vacations

Riviera Travel

Sunway

Wendy Wu

 

Best Specialist Tour Operator:

Discover Travel

If Only

The Travel Corporation

Sunway

Wendy Wu

 

 

Best Ski Tour Operator:

Club Med

Crystal Holidays

Inghams

Top Deck

Topflight

 

Best Long Haul Tour Operator:

Classic Resorts

If Only

Sunway

Topflight

Travel Focus

 

Cruise & Ferry Category                              

 

Best General Cruise Company:

Celebrity Cruises

MSC Cruises

NCL

Royal Caribbean International

Thomson Cruises

 

Best Ultra Luxury Cruise Company:

Azamara Cruises

Celebrity Cruises

Royal Caribbean International

Silversea Cruises

Uniworld

 

Best Specialist Cruise Company:

AMA Waterways

Celebrity Cruises

Riviera Travel

Royal Caribbean International

Uniworld

 

Best Ferry Company:

Brittany Ferries

Irish Ferries

Stena Line

 

Agency Services Provider Category – Sponsored by Riviera Travel

                                                                                       

Best Technology Provider:

Amadeus

Bookabed

Digital Trip

Proactive Labs

Travelport

 

Best Car Hire Company:

Affordable Car Hire

Alamo

Avis

Flexible Car Hire

Hertz

 

Best Travel Insurance Provider:

Accident & General

Blue Insurances

Worldwide Insurance

Viasure

 

Best Tourist Board:

Dubai Tourist Board

Las Vegas

Portuguese Tourist Board

Spanish Tourist Board

Visit USA

 

Best Supplier Support Team:

Amadeus

Arrow Tours

Bookabed

MSC Cruises

Sunway

 

Best Accommodation Only Provider:

Arrow Tours

Bedsonline

Bookabed

Hotelbeds

Lowcostbeds

 

Best Supplier Representative:

Brian Hughes – United Airlines

Holly Best – Virgin Atlantic

Lee Osborne – Bookabed.ie

Rebecca Kelly – MSC Cruises

Thomas McNally – Bedsonline

 

Destinations Category – Sponsored By Turkish Airlines

 

Best Worldwide City Destination:

Cape Town

Dubai

Las Vegas

New York

San Francisco

 

Best European City Destinations:

Barcelona

Krakow

Lisbon

Paris

Rome

 

Best Ski Destination :

Andorra

Austria

France

Italy

Switzerland

 

Best Summer Sun Destination:

Italy

Greece

Portugal

Spain

Turkey

 

Best Winter Sun Destination:

Dubai

Florida

Gran Canaria

Lanzarote

Tenerife

 

Best Worldwide Theme Park:

Disneyland Paris

PortAventura

Siam Park Tenerife

Universal Orlando Resort

Walt Disney World Resort

 

Best Worldwide Hotel Chain:

Hilton

Marriott

Radisson Blu

Sheraton

Sofitel

 

 

For more information on the awards please see www.irishtravelindustryawards.com

 

ENDS

 

About the ITAA:

The ITAA was founded in 1971 and, since then, has represented Ireland’s Travel Agents. The Association brings together 100 member companies covering 161 outlets in different towns and cities throughout the Republic of Ireland. The ITAA members are licensed and bonded and are committed to following the Association’s code of conduct.

 

For further information please contact:

Maree Rigney, Limelight Communications, maree.rigney@limelight.ie 01 668 0600 or 086 3587153

Kathryn Byrne, Limelight Communications, kathryn.byrne@limelight.ie  01 668 0600 or 085 233 6033

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Travel Agent: ITAA