On the eve of the show’s first day, 350 corporate travel industry professionals celebrated at the European Travel Buyer Awards at the Wyndham Grand, Chelsea Harbour, London.
“As business travel budgets remain tight and the pressure to reduce costs remains strong, managing an efficient travel and meetings programme is no mean feat and the organisations who are lucky enough to employ the leading travel buyers in Europe should be feeling very pleased with themselves right now,” said Business Travel & Meetings Show Event Director, David Chapple.
The winners of the European Travel Buyer Awards are:
Best CSR Initiative in a Travel Programme – Elaine Winterbottom, Head of Strategy, Property and Facilities, Eversheds, UK
Best Innovation in a Travel Programme – Tuija Snellman, Travel Manager, Finnish Broadcasting Co, Finland
Best Travel Policy Compliance Programme – Chris Banks, Business Travel Category Manager, Department for Work & Pensions, UK
Best Use of Technology in a Travel Programme – Siri Persson, Travel Manager, Logica, Sweden
Outstanding National Travel Coordinator/Booker of the Year – Julia Goodridge, Personal Assistant, PwC, UK
National Travel Buyer of the Year – Ville Svens, Group Travel Manager, Metso Oyj, Finland
European Travel Buyer of the Year – Mette Christensen, Global Travel Manager, A.P. Moller – Maersk, Denmark
European Travel Team/Department of the Year – Eversheds Travel Team – UK