AirAsia boss honoured as 2017 Travolution Awards winners announced

AirAsia boss honoured as 2017 Travolution Awards winners announced

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.

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This year’s winners

CategoryWinner
Best for CruisingAccord Marketing for ROL Cruise
Best for ExperiencesAttraction Tickets Direct
Best for FlyingMomondo
Best for HolidaysOn the Beach
Best for StayingHostelworld – Speak the World
Best Meta Search WebsiteKiwi
Best On the RoadBlacklane
Best Technological InnovationZen3 – SAYINT speech analytics product (sayint.ai)
Best Technology ProductZolv – Full Picture
Best Technology ProviderIntilery
Best Trade SupplierRentalsCombined.net
Best Travel Agent WebsiteLove Holidays
Best Travel BlogHoliday Pirates
Best Travel Deals PublisherTravelzoo
Best Use of Content MarketingCheapflights.ca – #ExportYourself
Best Use of DataZen3 – SAYINT speech analytics product (sayint.ai)
Best Use of MobileCheapflights – Cheapflights Chat
Best Use of Search Engine MarketingOban International
Best Use of Social MediaHoliday Pirates
Best Website User ExperienceContiki
Travolution Rising BrandKiwi
Rising StarJames Lee, Carnival UK
Start up of the YearSplitty Travel
Technology Team of the YearOpen Destinations
Travolution Achievement AwardTony Fernandes, AirAsia
Travolution Brand of the YearLove Holidays

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