By Bev Fearis, published 23/09/20
The winners of the Business Travel People Awards 2020 were revealed at a live, virtual ceremony on Friday.
The awards, now in their ninth year, recognise individuals and teams across the business travel and meetings industry for their professionalism and business excellence.
The 18 winners will now be sent their prestigious awards while certificates will go to those who were awarded Highly Commended and to all of the finalists.
Kirsty Hicks, Publisher and Commercial Head Business Travel at BMI Publishing, said: “Although we were so disappointed not to be able to present the awards in person, we look forward to getting together with all the winners when the restrictions are lifted, and I hope they were all having their own mini celebrations on Friday.
“I would like to thank all of those who tuned in to watch our live ceremony to celebrate our industry’s amazing talent. We’ve had some fantastic feedback.
“I would also like to say a big thank you to our judging panel, chaired by Leigh Cowlishaw, and our sponsors – ATPI, Corporate Traveller, Egencia, FCM Travel Solutions and South Western Railway – for their support.
“Well done to all of this year’s winners – the standards were exceptionally high – and we hope those who narrowly missed out will enter again next year. We have some exciting developments planned for 2021, which will be our special tenth anniversary awards.”
The winners of the Business Travel People Awards 2020 were:
TMCs and Hotel Booking Agencies
Reservations Consultant of the year: Christie Heath Capita Travel and Events
Reservations Team of the year: FCM Medical Repatriation Team FCM Travel Solutions
Operations Manager of the year: Paul Coates ATPI
Operations Team of the year: Click Travel Operations, Team Click Travel
Account Manager of the year: Gary Dobbins Diversity Travel
Account Management Team of the year: Capita Travel and Events
Sales/Business Development Manager of the year: Zara Higgins ATPI
Sales/Business Development Team of the year: ATPI UK Sales Team ATPI
Meetings and Events Manager of the year: Katy Johnson INNTEL Ltd
Meetings & Events Team of the year: Travel Counsellors for Business
Sales/Business Development Manager of the year: Jessica Blackmore Dwellworks Living
Sales/Business Development Team of the year: London North Eastern Railway (LNER)
Account Manager of the year: Graeme O’Donnell TBR Global Chauffeuring
Best Newcomer: Ethan Field Blue Cube Travel
Rising Star: Peter Snowdon TAG
Company excellence in approach and actions during Covid-19: TripBAM
Individual excellence in approach and actions during Covid-19: Clive Wratten, The BTA