This year’s edition of the awards will debut seven new awards, with a bulk of the new titles in the Travel Services Awards category. The prestigious Destination of the Year award, previously an Outstanding Achievement Award in the non-voting category, is now classified as open voting. Other debuting awards include Best Luxury Cruise Line, Best River Cruise Line, and Best Travel Technology Provider.
For 20 recipients, it was a gratifying moment to take home the Hermès trophy, a signature hallmark of the awards, for the first time tonight. Especially so for TST Tourist (Best Travel Agency – Vietnam) who broke Vietravel’s 3-year winning streak. Other new winners include Dorsett Hospitality International (Best Mid-Range Hotel Brand), W Kuala Lumpur (Best City Hotel – Kuala Lumpur) and Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection (Best River Cruise Line).
Amidst the fierce competition, 16 awardees have marked their resurgence into tonight’s awards. Two winners in particular stood out from the rest. Having previously been awarded in 1999, both Bali, Indonesia and Hanjin Travel Service Co., Ltd made an incredible comeback in their respective titles Destination of the Year and Best Travel Agency – South Korea. In addition, seven returning organisations made their comeback in a different award title. They include Grand Hyatt Taipei (Best City Hotel – Taipei), Changi Airport Group (Best Airport Operator) and Dream Cruises (Best Luxury Cruise Line).
The most anticipated award category of the night, the Outstanding Achievement Awards, is the only non-voting category of the awards. Winners of this category are personally selected by TTG’s award winning editorial team for their remarkable contributions to the industry. This year’s winners include Mario Hardy, CEO of Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA), Jim Qian, Chairman & CEO of Fosun Tourism Group and Discova as Travel Personality of the Year, Travel Entrepreneur of the Year and Most Sustainable Travel Company respectively.
A majority of the night’s recipients comprised of organisations that have managed to successfully defend their titles once again. With this year marking yet another successive win, Avis Budget Group (Best Car Rental Company), Emirates (Best Airline Connectivity) and The Travel Corporation (Best Tour Operator) defied all odds to reign champion in their respective fields. Veterans Singapore Tourism Board (Best BT-MICE City) and Frasers Hospitality (Best Serviced Residence Operator) are on track to being inducted into the TTG Travel Hall of Fame with consecutive wins of their titles.
The esteemed TTG Travel Hall of Fame welcomed two new inductees, Best Western Hotels & Resorts (Best Mid-Range Hotel Brand) and Travelport (Best GDS), this year. A feat not easily achieved as inductees must fulfil the criteria of staying best in their class for at least 10 consecutive years before being inducted. The new additions brings the total number of honoraries inducted to 19.
The 30th Annual TTG Travel Awards 2019 Ceremony and Gala Dinner was held at Centara Grand at CentralWorld, the official venue sponsor for the event. This annual event coincides with Incentive Travel & Conventions, Meetings Asia (IT&CMA) and Corporate Travel World (CTW) Asia-Pacific – Asia-Pacific’s Only Doublebill Event in MICE and Corporate Travel.
About TTG Travel Awards
The TTG Travel Awards has been recognising the best of Asia-Pacific’s travel industry since 1989. This prestigious annual event honours stellar organisations and individuals in 4 categories: Travel Supplier, Travel Agency, Outstanding Achievement and Travel Hall of Fame. This TTG Travel Trade Publishing event is proudly organised by TTG Asia, with the support of TTG India, TTG China, TTGmice, TTGassociations, TTG-BTmice China and TTG Asia Luxury.
About TTG Travel Trade Publishing
TTG Asia Media’s Travel Trade Publishing group has been connecting Asia-Pacific’s travel industry with its leading trade publications since 1974. The one-stop integrated portfolio of print and online titles spans the leisure trade, corporate travel, MICE and luxury travel domains, reaching key decision makers, influencers and professionals in each sector. The group’s titles are widely acclaimed as the industry’s preferred read and chosen by advertisers as an effective marketing platform. With its online titles, circulation now reaches readers worldwide. Core titles include TTG Asia, TTG China, TTG India, TTGmice, TTG-BTmice China, TTGassociations, TTG Asia Luxury and TTG Show Daily.
About TTG Asia Media
Established in 1974, TTG Asia Media is at the forefront of the Asia-Pacific travel and tourism industry. Its authority encompasses the leisure trade, luxury travel, corporate travel, MICE and association domains. Through its four business groups, the company publishes leading regional trade titles for the travel industry, Singapore maps and guides for inbound tourists, organises international trade events and creates solutions that foster global business collaborations among travel industry players worldwide.