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Travolution Awards 2018: On The Beach tops the bill

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Travolution Awards 2018: On The Beach tops the bill

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Manchester-based OTA On The Beach was the big winner at last night’s Travolution awards picking up three gongs before its founder was given the night’s biggest individual honour.

The firm, which moved in to new headquarters in central Manchester on the morning of last night’s awards, scooped two judge-voted Travolution awards; for Best Travel Agent Website and Best Use of Data.

It also took one of the new consumer voted awards sponsored by icelolly.com for Most User-Friendly App.

And founder and chief executive Simon Cooper rounded off a victorious night by accepting the Travolution Achievement Award, given to an individual considered to have had a major impact on the online travel sector.

Cooper founded On The Beach in 2004 having started in travel by establishing ski specialist On The Piste which he later sold to Thomson.

He has led On The Beach through two rounds of private equity investment and eventually to floating on the London Stock Exchange and into the FTSE 250 this year.

The OTA now employs 350 people in its digital team and aims to grow that to 500 with its new offices. The firm is aiming for further growth in coming years with £1 billion turnover in its sights.

Other multiple award winner included metasearch giant KAYAK which took home the Best Metasearch and Best for Flying awards, Travel Republic for Best Technological Innovation with Bd4travel and Best for Holidays, and icelolly.com which won the Rising Brand and Best Use of Social Media awards.

The annual awards took place at The Troxy in east London with over 400 guests in attendance.

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Winners

Best Digital User Experience
YourTour

Best for Corporates
Click Travel

Best for Cruising
Imagine Cruising

Best for Experiences
Attraction Tickets Direct

Best for Flying
KAYAK UK

Best for Holidays
Travel Republic

Best for Staying
Holidaycottages.co.uk

Best Launch Campaign of the Year
Four Communications for CostEureka!

Best Meta Search Website
KAYAK UK

Best On the Road
Rhinocarhire.com

Best Technological Innovation
bd4travel & Travel Republic

Best Technology Product
travel.cloud

Best Technology Provider
Criton

Best Trade Supplier
Expedia Partner Solutions

Best Travel Agent Website
On the Beach

Best Travel Blog
Blue Bay Travel

Best Travel Deals Publisher
Travelzoo

Best Use of Content
lastminute.com

Best Use of Data
On the Beach

Best Use of Mobile
Seatfrog

Best Use of Social Media
icelolly.com

Digital Marketing Campaign of the Year
Oban International – Big Bus Tours

Technology Team of the Year
loveholidays

Rising Star of the Year
Milan Straub, TravelSupermarket

Start up of the Year
Stasher.com

Rising Brand of the Year
icelolly.com

Travolution Outstanding Achievement Award
Simon Cooper, On the Beach

Travolution Brand of the Year
Secret Escapes

Most User-Friendly Travel App
On The Beach

Winning At Social
Royal Caribbean International

Most Inspirational Use Of Photography
TUI

First Class For Online Customer Service
Very Holidays

Bosses Of The Booking Process
Jet2holidays

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