The Advantage Travel Partnership will mark in 40th anniversary year in 2019 by supporting children’s charity Make-A–Wish UK.

The consortia aims to raise £25,000 to support the charity which creates life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses.

The announcement came at Advantage’s third annual Big Celebration Lunch, attended by 250 guests in London, where 22 awards were hand out to members and business partners.

Advantage Travel Partnership CEO Julia Lo Bue-Said said: “We are very proud of our members and business partners and are excited to once again celebrate what we have collectively achieved in the past year.

“We’re delighted that our event is now an annual calendar event in the industry”.

Make-A-Wish UK head of mass fundraising Nina Allard said: “We’re delighted that Advantage Travel Partnership have chosen to support Make-A-Wish UK.

“Over the next year, employees at The Advantage Travel Partnership in London and their members, based across the UK, will be aiming to raise £25,000 by taking part in a number of events.

“Through the partnership we’ll be able to grant the wishes of even more seriously ill children, giving them the strength to cope, resilience to fight their illness and hope for the future.”

2018 winners:

Leisure Sales Team of the Year 2018
Jet2holidays

Advantage Holidays Agent of the Year 2018
Polka Dot Travel

Hotel Partner of the Year 2018
Meliá Hotels International

Most Engaged Leisure Travel Agent of the Year 2018
Garstang Travel

Most Engaged Business Travel Agent of the Year 2018
Blue Cube Travel

Advantage Business Travel Agent of the Year (Less than £30M sales annually) 2018
Global Travel Management

Advantage Business Travel Agent of the Year (More than £30M sales annually) 2018
Business Travel Direct

Business Travel Partner of the Year (Air) 2018
Emirates

Business Travel Partner of the Year (Technology & Ancillary) 2018
Travelogix

Business Travel Account Manager of the Year 2018
Michael Rainford, Air France KLM

Advantage Leisure Travel Agent of the Year (North) 2018
Althams Travel

Advantage Leisure Travel Agent of the Year (South) 2018
Baldwins Travel Group

Leisure Partner of the Year 2018
Gold Medal and Travel 2

Agent Friendly Leisure Partner of the Year 2018
Classic Collection

Leisure Account Manager of the Year 2018
Jonny Peat, Celebrity Cruises

Employee of the Year – Business Travel 2018
Heeral Patel, Omega Business Travel

Employee of the Year – Leisure Travel 2018
Nicki Lahiri, Meon Valley Travel

Marketing Excellence Award 2018
Oasis Travel

Rising Star Award 2018
Amy Floyd, Sevenoaks Travel

Outstanding Achievement Award Winner 2018
Suzanne Horner, Gray Dawes Group

Advantage Employee of the Year
Lee Ainsworth

The winners were chosen by a mixture of members, business partners and an independent panel.