Advantage Big Celebration Lunch: the winners

  • Big Celebration Lunch was attended by 240 delegates 
  • This is the second-time Advantage has held a standalone awards ceremony
  • TV presenter Mark Durden-Smith returned for a second year to host the event

In its second year, Advantage hosted The Big Celebration Lunch, celebrating members and their success. 

Overall 18 awards were presented to members, and business partners. The winners were chosen by a mixture of members, business partners and an independent panel. The awards were held on Friday 06 October at The Grange, City of London. A standalone award for Advantage employee of the year was also awarded for the very first time.

Julia Lo Bue-Said, Managing Director at Advantage said: “This year we will be welcoming yet again individuals who have themselves been directly involved in Advantage over the years; celebrating the success of individual members and businesses partners nominated by their peers; presenting this year’s recipient of our Outstanding Achievement Award.”

“Last year’s inaugural event was a huge success and proved that the Big Celebration Lunch should be firmly placed in the industry calendar.”

Advantage chose to support the Together Forever Foundation with a prize draw raffle on the day. It is a cause that has been set up by Advantage member, Westoe Travel, to help the families of Chloe Rutherford and Liam Curry, who tragically lost their lives in the Manchester bombing. Over £3,600 was raised on the day.

The UK’s premier improv comedy troupe, The Noise Next Door, took to the stage and entertained the room to leave guests on a high as the day drew to an end.

The full list of winners:

Travel Employer of the Year 2017    
Regal Travel

Leisure Sales Team of the Year 2017    
Jet2holidays

Advantage Holidays- Agent of the Year 2017
Terra Travel

Advantage Business Travel Agent of the Year 2017    
Ace Travel

Advantage Leisure Travel Agent of the Year 2017    
Baldwin's Travel Group

Business Travel Hotel of the Year 2017    
Meliá International Hotels

Business Travel Partner of the Year (Airline) 2017    
Virgin Atlantic

Business Travel Partner of the Year (Technology & Ancillary) 2017    
Avis Budget UK

Leisure Partner of the Year 2017    
Gold Medal / Travel 2

Agent Friendly Leisure Partner of the Year 2017    
(SUPER BREAK)

Most Supportive Leisure Travel Agent of the Year 2017    
Oasis Travel

Most Supportive Business Travel Agent of the Year 2017    
Norad Travel Group

Leisure Account Manager of the Year 2017    
Helen Parry - Jet2holidays

Business Travel Account Manager of the Year 2017    
Denise Bridgeman - Air Canada

Staff Member of the Year (Business Travel) 2017    
Amy O'Rourke - NYS Corporate

Staff Member of the Year (Leisure Travel) 2017    
Kim Kent - Spear Travels

Rising Star Award 2017    
Rajni Kaur - BS Executive Travel

Outstanding Achievement Award Winner 2017    
Scott Pawley- Global Travel Management

Advantage Employee of the Year (new for 2017)
Danni de Nervaux, Marketing Campaign & PR Manager 

Find out more about The Big Celebration Lunch at bigcelebrationlunch.com.

 

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