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Amadeus Wins ‘Best Agent Friendly Supplier’

Amadeus Wins ‘Best Agent Friendly Supplier’

Amadeus won two of the 22 Irish Travel Trade Awards 2011 presented at the inaugural Irish Travel Industry Christmas Party at the Burlington Hotel, Dublin, last Friday night – including the new award category of ‘Best Agent Friendly Supplier’ as well as ‘Best Travel Technology Provider’. Etihad Airways also won two awards – ‘Best Long Haul Airline’ and ‘Best Business Class Airline’, while Spain won ‘Best Europe Destination’ and ‘Best National Tourist Office’.

Another new award category, ‘Best Resort Transfer Company’, was won by Holiday Taxis.

Announcing the Awards, Ronan Flood, Managing Editor of Irish Travel Trade News, said: “2011 has been an exceptionally difficult year for all involved in the travel industry. In hard times like these it is especially important to recognise and reward companies that continued to provide outstanding products and services in 2011 – as judged by Ireland’s travel agents.”

The ‘Best Airline to Europe’ Award was won by Aer Lingus and United was voted ‘Best Airline to North America’. Spain was declared the ‘Best Sun Destination’, Australia won the Award for ‘Best Asia / Pacific Destination’, and Thomas Cook Holidays was voted ‘Best Sun Holiday Tour Operator’.

Award Winners

All the Award winners at the 2011 Irish Travel Trade Awards

Amadeus

Trish O’Leary, Volker Lorenz and Olwen McKinney (second right) of Amadeus Ireland receive the Best Travel Technology Provider award from Justin Warby of Etihad Airways and Michael Flood of Irish Travel Trade News.

2011 Irish Travel Trade Awards – All the Winners

Best Europe Destination:                               Spain

Best North America Destination:                 New York

Best Middle East / Africa Destination:       Dubai

Best Asia / Pacific Destination:                   Australia

 

Best Sun Holiday Tour Operator:               Thomas Cook Holidays

Best Ski Tour Operator:                                Topflight

Best Niche Tour Operator:                           One Stop Touring Shop

Best Long Haul Tour Operator:                  Sunway

 

Best Airline to Europe:                                 Aer Lingus

Best Airline to North America:                 United

Best Long Haul Airline:                              Etihad Airways

Best Business Class Airline:                      Etihad Airways

 

Best Ferry Company:                                    Irish Ferries

Best Cruise Company (3/4 Star):              Thomson Cruises

Best Cruise Company (5/6 Star):              Celebrity Cruises

Best Leisure Car Rental Company:           Holiday Autos

Best Business Car Rental Company:        Hertz

Best Resort Transfer Company:                 Holiday Taxis

Best Accommodation Provider:                  Bookabed.ie

Best National Tourist Office:                      Spanish Tourism Office

Best Travel Technology Provider:              Amadeus

Best Agent Friendly Supplier:                     Amadeus

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NEIL STEEDMAN has been a trade journalist, editor and proofreader for 53 years, and ITTN's News & Features Editor for 43 years. His travel blog is at www.thetravelbuddhist.com.

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