Finalists Announced for Irish Travel Industry Awards in association with MSC Cruises

Dublin, 14th January 2019  The shortlist for the Irish Travel Industry Awards in association with MSC Cruises has been released today. The winners will be announced and presented with their awards at a ceremony in the historic Round Room of the Mansion House, Dublin on Thursday 24th January.  Over 500 travel professionals will attend and the MC for the night will be the well-known TV and Radio broadcaster, Miriam O’Callaghan.

 

The Irish Travel Industry Awards, now in their ninth-year, are the premier awards for suppliers and agents in the travel industry in Ireland. The awards are an initiative of the Irish Travel Agents Association (ITAA), in association with MSC Cruises, and supported by Travelsavers, Travelcentres and Worldchoice.

 

The annual event is designed to showcase excellence within the industry and the difficult job of judging the Member Award Winners falls to an independent panel of judges, chaired by Bill Smith.

 

Speaking about the awards, John Spollen, President of the ITAA, said “The Irish Travel Industry Awards celebrate excellence among travel professionals and providers in Ireland and offer suppliers and ITAA members the opportunity to boost their profile and reputation within the industry. I would like to congratulate each of our very deserving nominees. To be nominated for an award is, in itself, a wonderful achievement, and I wish them the best of luck on awards night.”

 

He added, “We are also thrilled to welcome MSC Cruises as this year’s title sponsor and are looking forward to working with them on what will be the biggest and best Travel Industry Awards night yet.”

 

The event is organised on behalf of the ITAA by Business Exhibitions Limited. Award categories are sponsored by Amadeus, American Airlines, British Airways, Cork Airport, Dublin Airport, Hertz, Ireland West Airport Knock, PortAventura, Riveria Travel and Turkish Airlines.  The event is also sponsored by Emirates, Independent News & Media, Shannon Airport and The Travel Corporation.

 

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

 

 

Irish Travel Industry Awards 2018 ITAA Member Finalists are:

 

BEST ITAA LEISURE TRAVEL PROFESSIONAL – SPONSORED BY PORTAVENTURA

Overall winner will be announced on the night

 

BEST ITAA CORPORATE TRAVEL PROFESSIONAL – SPONSORED BY PORTAVENTURA

Overall winner will be announced on the night

 

BEST ITAA MEMBER BRICKS & MORTAR MARKETING CAMPAIGN – SPONSORED BY PORTAVENTURA

Overall winner will be announced on the night

 

BEST ITAA MEMBER DIGITAL MARKETING CAMPAIGN – SPONSORED BY PORTAVENTURA

  • J Barter Travel Group
  • Cassidy Travel
  • Club Travel
  • Tour America
  • Click&Go

 

BEST ITAA GENERAL MARKETING CAMPAIGN – SPONSORED BY PORTAVENTURA

  • J Barter Travel Group
  • Tour America
  • Click&Go

 

BEST ITAA CORPORATE TRAVEL AGENCY – SPONSORED BY AMADEUS

  • Atlas Travel
  • Corporate Travel.ie
  • Club Travel HRG
  • FCM Travel Solutions
  • Carlon Wagonlit
  • Frosch CTM

 

ITAA TRAVEL AGENCY OF THE YEAR – UNDER 10 EMPLOYEES – SPONSORED BY AMADEUS

  • TravelAgent.ie
  • Galvins Travel
  • Corrib Travel
  • O’Hanrahan Travel
  • O’Donohoe Travel
  • The Travel Broker

 

ITAA TRAVEL AGENCY OF THE YEAR – OVER 10 EMPLOYEES – SPONSORED BY AMADEUS

  • Frosch CTM
  • Cassidy Travel
  • Click&Go
  • Tour America

 

 

Irish Travel Industry Awards 2018 ITAA Supplier Finalists Are:

 

AIR TRAVEL CATEGORY – SPONSORED BY DUBLIN AIRPORT

 

BEST AIRLINE TO EUROPE

  • Aer Lingus
  • Lufthansa
  • Ryanair
  • SAS
  • Turkish Airlines

 

BEST BUSINESS CLASS AIRLINE TO EUROPE

  • British Airways
  • KLM
  • Lufthansa
  • SAS
  • Turkish Airlines

 

BEST AIRLINE TO NORTH AMERICA

  • Aer Lingus
  • Air Canada
  • American Airlines
  • Delta Airlines
  • United Airlines

 

BEST LONG HAUL AIRLINE

  • Aer Lingus
  • Emirates
  • Etihad Airways
  • Qatar Airways
  • Turkish Airlines

 

 

 

TOUR OPERATOR CATEGORY – SPONSORED BY HERTZ

 

BEST EUROPEAN SUN TOUR OPERATOR

  • Classic Collection
  • Sunway
  • Topflight
  • TUI

 

BEST ESCORTED TOUR OPERATOR

  • G Adventures
  • Insight Vacations
  • Riviera Travel
  • Sunway
  • Wendy Wu Tours

 

BEST SPECIALIST TOUR OPERATOR

  • G Adventures
  • If Only
  • Sunway
  • Travel Focus
  • Wendy Wu Tours

 

BEST LONG HAUL TOUR OPERATOR

  • Classic Resorts
  • If Only
  • Sunway
  • Travel Focus
  • Wendy Wu Tours

 

 

CRUISE & FERRY CATEGORY – SPONSORED BY TURKISH AIRLINES

 

BEST MAIN STREAM CRUISE COMPANY

  • Carnival Cruises
  • MSC Cruises
  • Norwegian Cruise Line
  • Princess Cruises
  • Royal Caribbean International

 

BEST PREMIUM CRUISE COMPANY

  • Celebrity Cruises
  • Cunard Cruises
  • MSC Cruises
  • Oceania Cruises
  • Royal Caribbean International

 

BEST SPECIALIST CRUISE COMPANY (INCLUDING RIVER)

  • AMA Waterways
  • Avalon Waterways
  • Riviera Travel
  • Uniworld River Cruises
  • Viking River Cruises

 

BEST ULTRA LUXURY CRUISE COMPANY

  • Azamara Cruises
  • Celebrity Cruises
  • Norwegian Cruise Line
  • Seabourn Cruises
  • Silversea Cruises

 

BEST FERRY COMPANY

  • Brittany Ferries
  • Irish Ferries
  • P&O Ferries
  • Stena Line

 

 

AGENCY SERVICES PROVIDER CATEGORY – SPONSORED BY RIVIERA TRAVEL

 

BEST TECHNOLOGY PROVIDER

  • Amadeus
  • Dolphin Dynamics
  • Proactive Labs
  • Travelport

 

BEST CAR HIRE COMPANY

  • Affordable Car Hire
  • Avis
  • Flexible Car Hire
  • Hertz
  • Your Car Hire

 

BEST TRAVEL INSURANCE PROVIDER

  • Accident & General
  • AIG
  • AXA Insurance
  • Blue Insurance
  • Worldwide Insurance

 

BEST TOURIST BOARD

  • Las Vegas
  • New York
  • Portuguese Tourist Board
  • Spanish Tourist Board
  • South African Tourist Board

 

BEST ACCOMMODATION ONLY PROVIDER

  • Arrow Tours
  • Bedsonline
  • Bookabed
  • Globe Hotels
  • Innstant Travel

 

 

SUPPLIER STAFF / TRAVEL MEDIA CATEGORY – SPONSORED BY IRELAND WEST AIRPORT

 

BEST SUPPLIER SUPPORT TEAM

  • Aer Lingus
  • Amadeus
  • Bookabed
  • MSC Cruises
  • Sunway

 

BEST SUPPLIER REPRESENTATIVE

  • Brian Hughes – United Airlines
  • Jeanette Taylor – Sunway
  • Lee Osborne – Bookabed
  • Martin Penrose – If Only
  • Rebecca Kelly – MSC Cruises

 

BEST SUPPLIER PROMOTING TRAVEL AGENTS (to the public)

  • MSC Cruises
  • Royal Caribbean International
  • Sunway
  • The Travel Corporation
  • Wendy Wu Tours

 

 

DESTINATIONS CATEGORY – SPONSORED BY BRITISH AIRWAYS AND AMERICAN AIRLINES

 

BEST WORLDWIDE CITY DESTINATION

  • Dubai
  • Hong Kong
  • Las Vegas
  • New York
  • Toronto

 

BEST EUROPEAN CITY DESTINATION

  • Amsterdam
  • Barcelona
  • Krakow
  • Lisbon
  • Madrid

 

BEST SKI DESTINATION

  • Austria
  • Andorra
  • France
  • Italy
  • Bulgaria

 

BEST SUMMER DESTINATION

  • Italy
  • Greece
  • Lanzarote
  • Portugal
  • Spain

 

BEST WINTER DESTINATION

  • Dubai
  • Gran Canaria
  • Lanzarote
  • Las Vegas
  • Tenerife

 

BEST WORLDWIDE THEME PARK

  • Disneyland Paris
  • PortAventura
  • Siam Park
  • Universal Orlando Resort
  • Walt Disney World Resort

 

 

ENDS

 

 

 

 

 

Author Information

Travel Agent: Irish Travel Agents Association