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New categories, winners and venue light up – Business Traveller Middle East Awards 2019

April 29, 2019

It was all change for the Business Traveller Middle East Awards 2019 with three new categories, new winners inscribed on the diamond trophies and a fresh venue in the form of Grand Plaza Mövenpick Media City.

Hosted by Motivate Media Group and Panacea Publishing, the magazine’s joint venture partners, the ceremony attracted 300 leading travel executives.

Guest of Honour Michael Ellis, Chief Culinary Officer for Jumeirah and former International Director of the Michelin Guides – who has visited more than 1,500 restaurants – entertained guests with anecdotes from his years sampling premier dishes and beverages.
Industry guests enjoyed a three-course dinner overseen by Executive Chef Alfred Zuberbuehler.

Three new awards, covering Best MICE Tourism Destinations in MENA, Europe and Asia, went to Dubai, London and Singapore respectively.

Emirates once again starred in the airline category, winning Airline with the Best First Class and Economy Class; Airline with the Best Frequent Flyer Program; Best Airport Lounge in the Middle East (First Class Lounge, Dubai International Airport); and the coveted Best Airline Worldwide.

Etihad Airways collected Airline with the Best Business Class and Airline with the Best Cabin Crew awards and other airlines which secured the most votes from the magazine’s readers included Turkish Airlines (Best Regional Airline Serving the Middle East) and flydubai (Best Low-Cost Airline Serving the Middle East).

Singapore Airlines picked up a brace of awards – Airline with the Best Premium Economy and Best Asian Airline Serving the Middle East – and British Airways won Best European Airline Serving the Middle East.

Dubai International Airport was voted Best Airport in the Middle East and Best Airport for Duty Free Shopping in the Middle East and Singapore Changi Airport once again received the accolade of Best Airport in the World. Avis excelled in the Best Car Rental Company in the Middle East category.

In the fiercely competitive hotel arena, InterContinental Hotels Group had a night to remember, collecting five awards – Best Hotel Brand Worldwide; Best Business Hotel in Jeddah and Riyadh; Best Business Hotel in Cairo; and Best Business Hotel in Beirut.

Jumeirah had a strong showing, with Jumeirah at Etihad Towers winning Overall Best Business Hotel in the Middle East and Best Business Hotel in Abu Dhabi, and Jumeirah Emirates Towers winning Best Business Hotel in Dubai.

Four Seasons shone in both the Kuwait and Bahrain categories while
Rotana also picked up a brace – Best Hotel Brand in the Middle East and Amman Rotana won Best Businesss Hotel in Amman.

Radisson Blu Dubai Waterfront was voted Best New Business Hotel in the Middle East; The Oberoi Beach Resort, Al Zorah won Best Hotel in Sharjah and the Northern Emirates and Kempinski Hotel Muscat walked off with Best Business Hotel in Muscat.

Rounding off the hotel winners, the Ascott Limited collected Best Serviced Apartments Company in the Middle East; Rove Hotels was voted Best Budget Hotel Brand in the Middle East; and Marriott International picked up Best Hotel Loyalty Programme in the Middle East for Marriott Bonvoy.

Ian Fairservice, Motivate Media Group’s Managing Partner and Group Editor – whose video address charted major changes in the industry – said: “It’s been another busy year with new brands, hotels and airports opening in the Middle East and more Gulf airline passengers are choosing the Middle East as their end destination for business, leisure or ‘bleisure’ purposes.”

This year’s sponsors included Masar Printing and Publishing Co, Pearl-Continental Hotels & Resorts, Bric’s Milano, Zero Halliburton and Blacklane.

For more information on all the winners, click on www.btme.ae
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