AWARDS VOTING FORM: The winners of the 24th annual Irish Travel Trade Awards will be presented with their trophies at the Irish Travel Industry Christmas Party on Friday 27th November 2015 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Dublin – Burlington Road (formerly the Burlington Hotel), Dublin 4.

All staff working for a licensed and bonded travel agency anywhere on the island of Ireland are eligible to vote (see Regulations below) and your completed Voting Form must be returned directly to Grant Thornton below no later than Friday 6th November 2015.

WIN A TRIP TO SHARM EL SHEIKH: All fully completed, eligible Voting Forms received will be entered into a prize draw for a luxury one-week summer 2016 holiday for two ex-Dublin to Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt, and all-inclusive accommodation at the Ghazala Beach Hotel, courtesy of Red Sea Holidays Ireland and Irish Travel Trade News.

The hotel is 12km from the airport, five minutes walk from central Naama Bay, and 10 minutes by taxi from Sharm el Sheikh old town. The large lagoon pool with artificial beach is heated in winter and there is shared access to the private beach, with beach bar and waiter service, 300 metres across the road.


You are asked to nominate your 'Best Supplier' in each of the following 24 award categories.

Please read the award category descriptions carefully and ensure that all your 24 preferences are entered below.


Best Airline to Europe

For Britain and/or Continental Europe, which airline provides your ex-Ireland clients with the best service?

Best Airline to North America

Which airline flying across the Atlantic to North America leads the way from Ireland, either direct or indirect?

Best Long Haul Airline

When the destination is the Middle East, Africa, Asia / Pacific, Central or South America, which airline is top of your class for quality of performance?

Best Business Class Airline

For Business Class, which airline provides your clients with the best airport transfers, lounges, seat/bed, inflight services, cuisine and entertainment?


Best Car Rental Company

Whatever the destination, which rental company provides your business and leisure clients with the best cars, service and value for money?

Best Rail Company

Almost every country has its rail networks, but which company provides the best trains and ticketing service to set your clients on the right track?

Tour Operators

Best Sun Holiday Tour Operator

For summer or winter sun, which tour operator is the best for resorts, flights, accommodation, representation, value for money, and service?

Best Ski Tour Operator

For choice of ski resorts and accommodation, convenient flights and transfers, and excellent packages and après ski, who is at the very peak?

Best Long Haul Tour Operator

When your clients plan to travel beyond Europe, whether for a short stay, long stay, multi-centre or touring holiday, honeymoon, adventure or cultural tour, whom do you call?

All Companies

Best Newcomer

Which supplier company new to the Irish market since January 2014, whether airline, cruise or rail company, accommodation provider or tour operator, has provided travel agents with the best new product or service?

Best Agent Friendly Individual

Who is the most agent friendly individual, whether in management, sales or back-office service, and be they with an airline or consolidator, sea cruise or ferry company, rail or coach company, accommodation provider, car rental company, insurance provider, tour operator, national tourist office, or technology provider?

Best Agent Friendly Company

Who is the most agent friendly company, be it an airline or consolidator, sea cruise or ferry company, rail or coach company, accommodation provider, car rental company, insurance provider, tour operator, national tourist office, or technology provider?


1. Voting is confined to owners, management, staff and home workers of licensed and bonded travel agencies in Ireland (North and South).

2. You may vote online, by email, fax, or post.

3. Voting Forms must be validated with your travel agency licence number.

4. Only one Voting Form per person and a maximum of 10 Voting Forms per licence number are permitted. If more Voting Forms than permitted are received, the first 10 eligible Voting Forms received per licence number will be accepted.

5. No agency can vote for any company or organisation by which it is owned in whole or in part, or for which it is a dedicated franchise outlet.

6. No agency can vote for any destination, company, product or service for which the agency is an officially appointed representative on a wholesale / GSA basis in Ireland, North or South.

7. The closing date for receipt of Voting Forms is 6th November 2015.

8. Voting Forms and nominations must be sent directly to, and will be independently administered and audited by, Grant Thornton. Decisions of the auditor are final and no correspondence will be entered into regarding any aspect of the Irish Travel Trade Awards 2015.


Best Europe Destination

Which country in Europe offers the best holiday destinations, visitor attractions, culture, relaxation, sports, entertainment, and shopping?

Best Americas Destination

Which country in North, Central or South America – or which State in the USA – provides your clients with the top holiday experience and value for money?

Best Middle East / Africa Destination

Which country in this vast continent of adventure, landscapes, cultures and wildlife do you most recommend to your clients?

Best Asia / Pacific Destination

Whether it is in Asia, near or far, or down under in Australia, New Zealand or the Pacific Islands, which country is most worth the long haul?

Best Sun Destination

Which destination tops your list of recommendations for sun, sea, sand and... sensational value?

Sea Transport

Best Ferry Company

Between Ireland and Britain or Continental Europe, which ferry company’s ships and service ride the crest of your wave?

Best Cruise Company

When a holiday cruise package is your client’s request, which cruise company sails away with the booking?

Best Luxury Cruise Company

When your client desires personal service on a luxury cruise across the oceans or seas, which company is top of your deck?


Best National Tourist Office

Which National Tourist Office provides your agency with the best service and destination support?

Best Accommodation Provider

For a worldwide choice of quality hotels, resorts, and accommodation, with which accommodation group or bedbank do you check in your clients?

Best Travel Technology Provider

Whether it is a dynamic packaging system, a GDS, a website, social media, destination guides, or a back-office system, who provides your agency with the best technology product?

Best Travel Insurance Company

Whether a single, one-trip policy is required, or an annual worldwide multi-trip family policy, which company gives you and your clients the best travel insurance?




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