Big turnout for awards ceremony in Copenhagen
Only in one category did a Danish Travel Award winner from last year stay in first place this year. The many changes are probably due to an altered voting system. The travel industry could not vote for itself, so new analysis was used with an expanded ‘Danish panel’.
Over 300 top executives and company representatives from the Danish travel industry gathered at the capital’s Cirkus building, where for the 23rd consecutive year Stand By was the organiser of the Danish Travel Awards.
TV host Cecilie Beck again presented, giving 17 awards, two less than last year. This year, there was only one cruise prize, as was the case for the category Best Business Event Bureau.
Winners were chosen in a new way, changing its analytical institute to Epinion, who asked an expanded panel of 2,000 members, a representative section of the population by age, education, income, residence and other factors. In particular, quality of the product was the basis for selection. However, the winner for Best Car Rental Company was found after a vote in the hall.
This year’s Danish Travel Award winners 2017 (last year’s winner in brackets):
Best Cruise Line: MSC Cruises ahead of Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines and Celebrity Cruises (last year there were two cruise categories)
Best Passenger Line (with traffic to and from Denmark): Bornholmerfærgen ahead of DFDS and Color Line (DFDS)
Best Hotel in Copenhagen and surroundings: Copenhagen Marriott Hotel ahead of Copenhagen Admiral Hotel and Hotel d’Angleterre (AC City Marriott Hotel Bella Sky Copenhagen)
Best Hotel Outside the Capital: Hotel Hesselet at Nyborg ahead of Hotel Koldingfjord and Scandic Bygholm Park at Horsens (Radisson Blu Scandinavia in Aarhus)
Best Hotel Chain in Denmark: Guldsmeden Hotels ahead of Sinatur and Comwell (Arp-Hansen)
Best Travel Agency: Stjernegaard Rejser ahead of Nilles Rejser and Happydays (FDM Travel)
Best Charter Organizer: Atlantis Rejser ahead of Spies and Aarhus Charter (Star Tour / TUI)
Best Business Travel Agency: Travellink Corporate ahead of American Express Global Business Travel and Carlson Wagonlit Travel (CWT)
Best Meeting and Event Bureau: Travellink Corporate ahead of Profil Grupperejser and Nyhavn Rejser (Nyhavn Rejser)
Best Car Rental Company: AVIS ahead of Enterprise, Europcar, Hertz and Sixt
Best Charter Company: Thomas Cook Airlines ahead of SAS and TUI-Fly Nordic (SAS)
Best European Airline: Sun-Air ahead of Icelandair and Atlantic Airways (SAS)
Best Overseas Airline: Singapore Airlines ahead of Emirates and Thai Airways (SAS)
Best Domestic Airline: Alsie Express ahead of Danish Air Transport and SAS (SAS)
Best Tourist Office in Denmark: Austria ahead of Ireland and Norway (Spain)
Best Travel Country Inside Europe: Portugal ahead of Scotland and Spain (Spain)
Best Travel Country Outside Europe: USA ahead of South Africa and Thailand (USA)
Thanks to the sponsors (without sponsors, no Danish Travel Awards):
Gold Sponsors: APG, Cirkusbygningen, Guldsmeden Hotels, Trippus Event Solutions, Spanish State Tourist Office
Silver Sponsors: Avis Car Rental, Base Bank, Epinion, Gouda Travel Insurance, Hertz Car Rental, Copenhagen Airport, Nimb, November First
(photo by Michael Stub)