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G Adventures Wins Inaugural ‘Best Adventure Holiday Tour Operator’ Award

G Adventures Wins Inaugural ‘Best Adventure Holiday Tour Operator’ Award

G Adventures has won the inaugural ‘Best Adventure Holiday Tour Operator’ award, while the company’s distributor in Ireland, Sunway, won three awards: ‘Best Sun Holiday Tour Operator’, ‘Best Long Haul Tour Operator’ and ‘Best Agent Friendly Company’. Aer Lingus won ‘Best Airline to Europe’ and ‘Best Airline to North America’, and Emirates also won two awards: ‘Best Long Haul Airline’ and ‘Best Business Class Airline’.

All staff working for a licensed and bonded travel agency anywhere on the island of Ireland were eligible to vote and the voting forms were submitted directly to, and then independently collated and audited by, international accountants and consultants Grant Thornton.

All fully completed, eligible Voting Forms received were entered into a prize draw, with first and second prize winners being randomly selected by Grant Thornton’s computer. Tom Kiernan, Ask Susan Travel, Co Dublin, was the winner of the Irish Travel Trade Awards Voters Prize of a Golden Triangle tour in India, courtesy of Sunway/G Adventures and Irish Travel Trade News, and Tatiana Soukhanova, Skytours Travel, won tickets to the Irish Travel Trade Awards for herself and Rachel Mulligan.

Tatiana Soukhanova and Rachel Mulligan, Skytours Travel, winners of a Voter’s Prize of two tickets to the event, with Sarah Slattering, Irish Travel Trade News

Tatiana Soukhanova and Rachel Mulligan, Skytours Travel, winners of a Voter’s Prize of two tickets to the event, with Sarah Slattering, Irish Travel Trade News

2016 Irish Travel Trade Awards – All the Winners

DESTINATIONS

Best Europe Destination:  Spain

Best Americas Destination:  Florida

Best Middle East / Africa Destination:  Dubai

Best Asia / Pacific Destination:  Thailand

Best Sun Destination:  Lanzarote

TOUR OPERATORS

Best Sun Holiday Tour Operator:  Sunway

Best Ski Tour Operator:  Topflight

Best Adventure Holiday Tour Operator:  G Adventures

Best Long Haul Tour Operator:  Sunway

Team Sunway celebrates winning the ‘Best Agent Friendly Company’ award

Team Sunway celebrates winning the ‘Best Agent Friendly Company’ award

AIRLINES

Best Airline to Europe:  Aer Lingus

Best Airline to North America:  Aer Lingus

Best Long Haul Airline:  Emirates

Best Business Class Airline:  Emirates

SEA TRANSPORT

Best Ferry Company:  Irish Ferries

Best Cruise Company:  Royal Caribbean International

Best Luxury Cruise Company:  Silversea Cruises

Best River Cruise Company:  Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection

LAND TRANSPORT

Best Car Rental Company:  Hertz

Best Rail Company:  Railshop.ie

Kathyrn MacDonnell, Teresa Gancedo and Sara Rivero are happy to have received the Best National Tourist Office award!

Kathyrn MacDonnell, Teresa Gancedo and Sara Rivero are happy to have received the Best National Tourist Office award!

TRAVEL AGENCY SERVICES

Best National Tourist Office:  Spanish Tourist Office

Best Accommodation Provider:  BookaBed.ie

Best Travel Technology Provider:  Amadeus

Best Travel Insurance Company:  Blue Insurance

Ciaran Mulligan, Blue Insurance, presents the ‘Best Newcomer’ award to Niall McDonnell, Classic Collection Holidays

Ciaran Mulligan, Blue Insurance, presents the ‘Best Newcomer’ award to Niall McDonnell, Classic Collection Holidays

ALL COMPANIES

Best Newcomer:  Classic Collection Holidays

Best Agent Friendly Individual:  Lee Osborne

Best Agent Friendly Company:  Sunway

John Booty, Wendy Wu Tours, presents the ‘Best Agent Friendly Individual’ award to twice-in-a-row winner Lee Osborne

John Booty, Wendy Wu Tours, presents the ‘Best Agent Friendly Individual’ award to twice-in-a-row winner Lee Osborne

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NEIL STEEDMAN has been a trade journalist, copywriter, editor and proofreader for 50 years, and News & Features Editor for ‘Irish Travel Trade News’ for the past 40 years.

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