Bev Fearis, the editor of The Business Travel Magazine, has been named Editor of the Year in this year’s Business Travel Journalism Awards.
In her first year as editor, the judges said she made “significant strides at the magazine resulting in a brand new website, refreshed magazine and the launch of various new initiatives to interact with their audience, including social media, podcasts, and videos”.
They added: “At a challenging time, Bev took the publication to the next level with fresh ideas, overseeing a successful revolution in the publication, introducing a variety of content, formats and styles, and covering a breadth of subject matter.”
Administered and curated by CWT, the Business Travel Journalism Awards are now in their 18th year and recognise distinguished business travel as well as meetings and events reporting.
Entries are open to journalists worldwide and there was a “significant influx” of entries this year submitted from across four continents.
Out of hundreds of entries, winners are selected by an expert judging panel of business travel and meetings managers, industry experts, and respected editors.
In another win for The Business Travel Magazine, regular contributor Gillian Upton won the Industry Trends award for her article on the imperative of post-pandemic sustainability in the May/June 2021 issue of the magazine.
“The 2021 Business Travel Journalism Awards once again uncovered new and exemplary talent in business travel writing along with a raft of new ideas from more established journalists,” said Julian Walker, CWT’s Head of External Market Communications and PR.
“The entrants proved skilful in characterising the main drivers and developments of a complex and dynamic industry.”
Earlier this year, The Business Travel Magazine’s new-look website, thebusinesstravelmag.com, was named Best Trade Publication Online at the Travel Media Awards.
The website was re-launched during the pandemic as part of a group-wide strategy to develop online content and expand digital reach.