The awards, now in their 10th year, have been redesigned to reflect current trends and to recognise the way the industry has responded to the pandemic challenges.
Four of the new categories are open to both teams and individuals who have been responsible for initiatives relating to Covid-19 support, duty of care, customer wellbeing and business transformation.
Special recognition will go to a Change Champion Leader who has made significant and impactful change within their business, sector or in the wider industry, while a new Industry Contribution Award will be given to an outstanding leader, innovator, and influencer whose contribution, throughout their career, has bought real and positive change to the business travel industry.
There are 16 awards in total, all recognising outstanding individuals and teams whose professionalism and business excellence make them stand out from their industry peers.
For the first time, nominations are open to all sectors of the industry, except for two awards dedicated to the meetings and events sector.
Entries will be judged by an esteemed panel of industry experts led by Chair Leigh Cowlishaw, Joint Managing Partner of Black Box Partnerships, Global Supplier Partnership Director for the Advantage Travel Partnership and former Chair of the HBAA.
Nominations close on April 23 2021.
Winners will be announced at a glamorous evening ceremony at the Hilton London Bankside, 6–11pm, on Wednesday 15 September 2021, the second day of The Business Travel Conference.
“For the last 10 years we have championed the talent, dedication and passion of the people in our industry and our awards have become one of the most prestigious and joyous events in the business travel calendar,” said Kirsty Hicks, Publisher and Commercial Head Business Travel for organisers BMI Publishing.
“As we emerge from the crisis, our 10th anniversary ceremony in September will be the perfect chance for us all to come together to celebrate the wonderful achievements of our people and give them the recognition they deserve.”