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European Group Travel Awards 2019: Award Show Highlights from Group Travel’s Biggest Night

March 14, 2019 Accolades No Comments Email Email

Hotelplanner and, leading online providers of group hotel bookings and meeting space worldwide, are pleased to announce the winners of the 2019 European Group Travel Awards (EGTA), an event recognizing the top suppliers delivering outstanding services and group travel experiences throughout Europe.

Co-founded by HotelPlanner in 2015, this year’s awards gala, hosted by documentary film producer and former MSNBC host Dylan Ratigan, was held on March 7th at the premier luxury InterContinental Hotel in Berlin during ITB. Seventeen award categories were presented throughout the evening, recognizing those organizations offering the highest quality of group travel experiences and outstanding services across hotels, airlines, cruises, technology, media, travel agencies and more.

“On behalf of the entire team at HotelPlanner and, I would like to extend my most sincere congratulations to the evening’s esteemed winners and runner-ups. This year’s nominees continued to raise the bar for the group travel industry, and it’s an honor to celebrate their outstanding achievements,” said Tim Gunstone, EVP of Marketing, Hotelplanner and

Now in its fifth year, EGTA has become recognized as ITBs best after party. Following the dinner and awards ceremony, the industry’s top executives, travel organizers and journalists enjoyed live entertainment by renowned electropop duo Breathe Carolina, Gatecrasher’s DJ Tall Paul, and the very best in Las Vegas-style entertainment Stars in Concert – all generously sponsored by

The winners and runner-ups for the 2019 European Group Travel Awards include:

Best Group Hotel Brand – Full Service:
Winner: Hilton Hotels & Resorts
Runner-up: Sheraton Hotels & Resorts

Best Group Hotel Brand – Limited Service:
Winner: Holiday Inn Express
Runner-up: Best Western Hotels & Resorts

Best Group Hotel Brand – Luxury:
Winner: InterContinental Hotels & Resorts
Runner-up: Best Western Premier

Best Group Hotel Brand – Boutique:
Winner: Best Western Plus
Runner-up: Bulgari Hotels & Resorts

Best Resort/Spa Brand for Groups:
Winner: Steigenberger Hotels and Resorts
Runner-up: Wyndham Hotels & Resorts

Best Hotel Brand for Weddings:
Winner: Hôtel La Pérouse
Runner-up: Hotel Palaci Estoril

Best Group Tour Operator:
Winner: TUI Group
Runner-Up: Thomas Cook

Best Online Transportation Service for Groups:
Winner: British Airways

Best City Tour for Group Travel:
Winner: Big Bus Tours
Runner-up: City Sightseeing

Best Social Media Platform for Group Travel:
Winner: Facebook
Runner-up: Instagram

Best Independent Hotel Brand for Groups:
Winner: Mogotel
Runner-up: The Leading Hotels of the World

Best City Destination for Groups:
Winner: London
Runner-up: Barcelona

Best Accommodation Alternative Provider for Groups:
Winner: Airbnb
Runner-up: Booking Group

Best Technology Award for Innovation in Group Travel:
Winner: TripAdvisor
Runner-up: Expedia

Best Online Tours and Activities Provider for Groups:
Winner: Get your guide
Runner-up: Viator

Best Ticketing and Registration Provider for Groups:
Winner: Ticketmaster
Runner-up: EventBright

Best Search for Groups:
Winner: Google
Runner-up: Trivago

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