Globe Travel Awards 2009: All the winners by category

Globe Travel Awards 2009: All the winners by category

Last night the Globe Travel Awards 2009 brought together 1,200 guests to honour the travel industry’s leading suppliers and personalities.

The 48 winners – as chosen by you, with a staggering 52,500 votes cast – received their awards in a glittering ceremony at London’s Grosvenor House Hotel.

Comedian Michael McIntyre presented the awards, with the assistance of our category sponsors and TWgroup editor-in-chief Penny Wilson. Entertainment came from 70s superstars Rose Royce.

All the winners are listed below, and you can catch up on photos and video from the ceremony on our Globe Travel Awards 2009 page.

The 2009 Globe Travel Award winners

Innovation in Travel

Cruise and ferries

  • Best Ferry Company – P&O Ferries
  • Best Cruise Company, 3 star plus – Fred Olsen Cruise Line       
  • Best Cruise Company, 4 star plus – Royal Caribbean International
  • Best Specialist Cruise Company – Hurtigruten          
  • Best Cruise Company, Luxury – Silversea Cruises 

Air travel

  • Best Regional UK Airport – London Gatwick   
  • Best Scheduled Airline to US/Canada – Virgin Atlantic  
  • Best Scheduled Airline to The Pacific, New Zealand or Australia – Emirates       
  • Best Scheduled Airline to the Middle East or Asia – Emirates       
  • Best Scheduled Airline to Europe – British Airways 
  • Best Scheduled Airline to Africa – Emirates
  • Best Charter Airline – Monarch Airlines 
  • Best Seat Only Operator – Avro            
  • Best Scheduled Consolidator – Gold Medal Travel

Coach and rail

  • Best Coach Operator – Shearings Holidays
  • Best Rail Operator– Eurostar          

Add-ons and extras

  • Best Theme Park – Walt Disney World Resort Florida
  • Best Insurance Provider – Holiday Extras           
  • Best Car Rental Company – Holiday Autos           
  • Best Add-ons Provider – Attraction World 


  • Best Recruitment Consultancy – Travel Trade Recruitment


  • Best Specialist Operator, Middle East – Kuoni 
  • Best Specialist Operator, US or Canada or the Caribbean – Virgin Holidays
  • Best Specialist Operator, Far East or The Pacific, Australia or New Zealand – Kuoni
  • Best Specialist Operator, Africa – Somak    
  • Best Operator, Long Haul – Kuoni   
  • Best Operator, Ski/Activity – Crystal Holidays     
  • Best Operator, Short Breaks – Superbreak    
  • Best Operator, UK Holidays – Superbreak    
  • Best Operator, Western Mediterranean – Thomson Holidays  
  • Best Operator, Eastern Mediterranean – Thomson Holidays
  • Best Dynamic Packaging Operator – Gold Medal Travel  

Accommodation and resorts

  • Best Accommodation Only Provider –
  • Best Business Hotel Chain – Hilton            
  • Best Leisure Hotel Chain – RIU         
  • Best All Inclusive Resort – Sandals


  • Best Tourist Board (UK Office) – Australia

Technology and online

  • Best TWAcademy On-line Training Course – Dubai Tourism & Commerce Marketing
  • Best Travel Trade Website –
  • Best Technology Provider – Amadeus 

Consumer Awards

Sponsored by Associated Newspapers

  • Favourite Cruise Company – P&O Cruises
  • Favourite Airline – Virgin Atlantic
  • Best Rail Operator – Virgin Trains
  • Favourite Hotel Chain – Hilton
  • Favourite European Short-Break Provider – Thomas Cook Signature
  • Best Online Booking Website –
  • Favourite Long-Haul Operator – Virgin Holidays
  • Favourite Package Holiday Provider – Thomas Cook

Outstanding Achievement Award


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