The winners of the 2017 Travolution Awards winners were announced last night with AirAsia chief executive Tony Fernandes CBE taking the top individual honour.
Fernandes bought the carrier in 2001 from the Malaysian government for just 25p when it operated just two aircraft and has transformed it into a pioneer of budget flying in the far east.
His Travolution Achievement Award was the culmination of a night in which 26 awards were handed out including to multiple winners Cheapflights, kiwi.com, Holiday Pirates, Love Holidays and Zen3.
Cheapflights won the Best Use of Mobile and Best Use of Content Marketing awards, kiwi.com was named Best Meta Search Website and was also picked out as the 2017 Rising Brand of the Year.
Holiday Pirates won Best Use of Social Media for its impressive growth on Facebook and Whatsapp and Best Blog and Love Holidays scooped the Best Travel Agent Website gong and was named Brand of the Year having risen to become the UK’s second biggest OTA.
Indian technology firm Zen3 won the Best Use of Data and Best Technological Innovation awards for its Sayint call centre analytics platform that is being used by Teletext Holidays.
The other big individual winner of the night was James Lee of Carnival UK who was named Rising Star of the Year.
The 2017 awards, which were sponsored by headline partner Inspiretec, saw 450 guests gather at The Troxy in east London for the event.
Chosen charity for the evening was Broaden Out Their Horizons, a small charity that helps organise exchanges between school children in the UK and South Africa.
Founding patron and Oscar nominated actress Helena Bonham Carter CBE, a childhood friend of one of the charity’s founders, attended the awards to support the cause.
The awards were handed out by celebrity presenter, the comedian Rob Beckett.
This year’s winners
|Best for Cruising||Accord Marketing for ROL Cruise|
|Best for Experiences||Attraction Tickets Direct|
|Best for Flying||Momondo|
|Best for Holidays||On the Beach|
|Best for Staying||Hostelworld – Speak the World|
|Best Meta Search Website||Kiwi|
|Best On the Road||Blacklane|
|Best Technological Innovation||Zen3 – SAYINT speech analytics product (sayint.ai)|
|Best Technology Product||Zolv – Full Picture|
|Best Technology Provider||Intilery|
|Best Trade Supplier||RentalsCombined.net|
|Best Travel Agent Website||Love Holidays|
|Best Travel Blog||Holiday Pirates|
|Best Travel Deals Publisher||Travelzoo|
|Best Use of Content Marketing||Cheapflights.ca – #ExportYourself|
|Best Use of Data||Zen3 – SAYINT speech analytics product (sayint.ai)|
|Best Use of Mobile||Cheapflights – Cheapflights Chat|
|Best Use of Search Engine Marketing||Oban International|
|Best Use of Social Media||Holiday Pirates|
|Best Website User Experience||Contiki|
|Travolution Rising Brand||Kiwi|
|Rising Star||James Lee, Carnival UK|
|Start up of the Year||Splitty Travel|
|Technology Team of the Year||Open Destinations|
|Travolution Achievement Award||Tony Fernandes, AirAsia|
|Travolution Brand of the Year||Love Holidays|