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


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