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Industry stars celebrated at 30th M&IT Awards

09 March 2017

Industry stars celebrated at 30th M&IT Awards

Glasgow City Marketing Bureau, Coombe Abbey Hotel and Spectra’s Wendy Fulcher were among the winners at the 30th M&IT Awards.

Leading the charge was Glasgow City Marketing Bureau, which won Best UK Convention Bureau for the 11th consecutive year, while Coombe Abbey Hotel picked up gold awards in the Best Value For Money Conference Venue and Best UK Unusual Venue categories.

Aileen Crawford, head of Glasgow’s Convention Bureau, said: “Winning this award 11 times is unprecedented and reinforces our reputation not just as the UK’s conference capital, but as a world-class conventions centre.

“The M&IT Awards are recognised as the industry’s Oscars and Glasgow’s unrivalled success is testimony to the outstanding partnership working that exists right across our conventions sector.”

Chris Gaines, sales director at Best Venue Group Meeting Product winner QHotels, said: “The prestigious M&IT awards recognise the very best in the industry and are especially important to us because they’re voted for by event professionals themselves, allowing us to understand how we’re performing in the eyes of our event guests.”

M&IT Personality of the Year went to Wendy Fulcher, owner of destination management company Spectra, who raised £8 million to help open a new research centre after her husband died from a brain tumour in 2001.

Other gold winners were The Celtic Manor Resort, Grand Hotel Huis ter Duin, GL Events CCIB, ACC Liverpool, Kudos, Conference Care, Principal. Global Events, Vista Events DMC Greece, KDM Events, The Moller Centre, University of Cambridge, Emirates and British Airways.

Almost 1,200 guests attended the awards on Friday evening, hosted by presenter Eamonn Holmes at Battersea Evolution.

Full list of winners were:

Personality of the Year – Wendy Fulcher

Best UK-based Airline
Gold British Airways
Silver Virgin Atlantic
Bronze easyJet

Best Overseas-based Airline
Gold Emirates
Silver Etihad Airways
Bronze Qatar Airways

Best UK Convention Bureau
Gold Glasgow City Marketing Bureau
Silver London & Partners
Bronze Newcastle Gateshead Convention Bureau

Best Overseas Convention Bureau
Gold Conventions Malta
Silver The Hague Convention Bureau
Bronze Monaco Tourism Authority

Best Value for Money Conference Venue
Gold Coombe Abbey Hotel
Silver Woodside – Sundial Venue
Bronze Highgate House – Sundial Venue

Best UK Management Training Centre
Gold The Møller Centre, University of Cambridge
Silver Woodside – Sundial Venue
Bronze Highgate House – Sundial Venue

Best Academic Venue
Gold The Møller Centre, University of Cambridge
Silver Warwick Conferences
Bronze Robinson College Cambridge

Best UK Unusual Venue
Gold Coombe Abbey Hotel
Silver Alton Towers Resort
Bronze Brighton Dome

Best Venue Group Meeting Product
Gold QHotels
Silver Sundial Group
Bronze Hilton

Best Food & Beverage Supplier
Gold Kudos
Silver rhubarb
Bronze Amadeus

Best Event Provider
Gold KDM Events
Silver Planet Pursuits
Bronze First Network Limited

Best Destination Management Company
Gold Vista Events DMC Greece
Silver ECMeetings Malta
Bronze OM DMC Greece – Cyprus

Best Intermediary Agency [fewer than 40 employees]
Gold Principal. Global Events
Silver First Choice Conference & Events
Bronze Seventa Events

Best Intermediary Agency [more than 40 employees]
Gold Conference Care
Silver NYS Corporate
Bronze Banks Sadler

Best Conference and Banqueting Staff
Gold The Møller Centre, University of Cambridge
Silver Coombe Abbey Hotel
Bronze Kudos

Best UK Conference Centre
Gold ACC Liverpool
Silver QEII Centre
Bronze Manchester Central

Best Overseas Conference Centre
Gold GL Events CCIB
Silver The Convention Centre Dublin
Bronze Grimaldi Forum Monaco

Best Overseas Hotel
Gold Grand Hotel Huis ter Duin
Silver W Hotel Barcelona
Bronze Puente Romano Beach Resort & Spa Marbella

Best UK Hotel
Gold The Celtic Manor Resort
Silver Chewton Glen
Bronze Cliveden

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