And the Winners Are…Irish Travel Industry Awards January 24 2013

2013 ITIA award winners pose with Craig Doyle

Best Airline To North America: United Airlines, nominees: Aer Lingus, British Airways, Delta Airlines, United Airlines, Virgin Atlantic; Category sponsor: Travelport

Best Full Service Airline To Europe: Aer Lingus; nominees: Aer Lingus, Air France, British Airways, SAS, Turkish Airlines; Category sponsor: Travelport

Best Long Haul Airline: Etihad Airways, nominees: British Airways, Emirates, Etihad Airways, Singapore Airlines, Virgin Atlantic; Category sponsor: Travelport

Best Escorted Tours Operator: Insight Vacations, nominees: American Holidays, Cosmos, Insight Vacations, Sunway, Topflight; Category sponsor: Hertz

Best European Sun Tour Operator: Falcon Holidays, nominees: Falcon Holidays, Sunway, Thomas Cook, Topflight, Wings Abroad; Category sponsor: Hertz

Best Longhaul Tour Operator: Classic Resorts, nominees: Classic Resorts, Sunway, Topflight, Travel Focus, Travelmood; Category sponsor: Hertz

Best Ski Tour Operator Topflight; nominees: Club Med, Concorde, Crystal, Thomas Cook, Topflight; Category sponsor: Hertz

Best Specialist Tour Operator: Classic Resorts, nominees: Classic Resorts, One Stop Touring Shop, Sunway, Topflight, Travel Focus; Category sponsor: Hertz

Best Ferry Company Irish Ferries, nominees: Brittany Ferries, Irish Ferries, P&O Ferries, Stena Line; Category sponsor: United Airlines

Best Cruise line Royal Caribbean, nominees: MSC Cruises, NCL, Royal Caribbean, Silverseas, Thomson Cruises; Category sponsor: United Airlines

Best Specialist Cruise line: Uniworld; nominees: (Including River) Azamara, Insight Vacations, Royal Caribbean, Sunway, Uniworld; Category sponsor: United Airlines

Best Luxury Cruise line: Silverseas; nominees: Azamara, Celebrity, Msc Cruises, Royal Caribbean, Silverseas; Category sponsor: United Airlines

Best Car Hire Company: Holiday Autos; nominees: Affordable Car Hire, Alamo, Avis, Hertz, Holiday Autos; Category sponsor: ITAA

Best Supplier Rep: Lee Osborne, Bookabed, nominees: Audrey Headon, WTC, Lee Osborne, Bookabed, Olwen McKinney, Amadeus, Shannon O’Dowd, 1STS, Thomas McNally, Bedsonline; Category sponsor: iTAA

Best Supplier Support Team: Amadeus, nominees: Amadeus, Falcon Holidays, Lowcostbeds, Sunway, World Travel Centre; Category sponsor: iTAA

Best Technology Provider: Amadeus, nominees: Amadeus, Proactive Labs, Travelport; Category sponsor: iTAA

Best Tourist Board Irish Office: Spanish TB, nominees: Las Vegas, New York, Portugal, Spain, Visit USA; Category sponsor: iTAA

Best Travel Insurance Provider: Blue Insurance, nominees: Accident & General, Blue Insurance, Viasure, Worldwide Insurance; Category sponsor: iTAA

Best European City Destination: Barcelona, nominees: Amsterdam, Barcelona, Paris, Rome, London; Category sponsor: Etihad

Best Summer Sun Destination: Spain, nominees: Greece, Italy, Portugal, Spain, Turkey; Category sponsor: Etihad,

Best Winter Sun Destination: Lanzarote, Nominees, Dubai, Florida, Gran Canaria, Lanzarote, Tenerife; Category sponsor: Etihad

Best Worldwide City Destination: New York, nominees: Capetown, Dubai, Las Vegas, New York, Sydney; Category sponsor: Etihad

Best Worldwide Theme Park: Universal Orlando Resort, nominees: Busch Gdns, Disneyland Paris, Portaventura, Universal Orlando Resort, Disney World Resort; Category sponsor: Etihad

Best accommodation-only provider: Bookabed, nominees: Bedsonline, Bookabed, Globe Hotels, Hotelbeds, Lowcostbeds; Category sponsor: Royal Caribbean

Best Irish Hotel Chain: Jurys, nominees: Carlton, Clarion, Doyle Collection, Jurys, Radisson Blu; Category sponsor: Royal Caribbean

Best Worldwide Hotel Chain: Marriott, nominees: Hilton, Hyatt, Marriott, Radisson Blu, Sheraton; Category sponsor: Royal Caribbean

ITAA Travel Agency Of The Year: O’Hanrahan Travel, nominees: Abbey Travel, Keller Travel, Lee Travel, Navan Travel, O’Hanrahan Travel, Tour America; Category sponsor: British Airways

ITAA Corporate Travel Agency of the year: Fcm Travel Solutions, nominees: BCD Travel, Carlson Wagonlit, Corporate Travel Management (Ctm), Fcm Travel Solutions; Category sponsor: BA

Travel Professional of the year: Clare O’Dwyer (Shandon Travel Group), nominees: Clare O’Dwyer (Shandon Travel Group), Donna Gibbons (Blackpool Travel), Geraldine Armstrong (Abbey Travel), Katrina McMullan (Navan Travel), Lorna McCann (Tour America), Trish Power (Blackpool Travel); Category sponsor: DAA

ITAA Leisure Travel Professional of the year Katrina McMullan (Navan Travel); nominees: Charlotte Mclean (Abbey Travel), Katrina McMullan (Navan Travel); Category sponsor: DAA

ITAA Corporate Travel Professional of the year: Rhona McCann (Fcm); nominees: Kyra Murray (Carlson Wagonlit), Rhona McCann (Fcm); Category sponsor: Dublin Airport Authority

ITAA Contribution to the Travel Industry award: Con Horgan of Abbey Travel Listen to Con Horgan’s speech here

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Guest of honur Katie Taylor poses with ITAA President Clare Dunne and CEO Pat Dawson.

Guest of honur Katie Taylor poses with ITAA President Clare Dunne and CEO Pat Dawson.

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