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M&IT Awards turns on style as record-breaking event is hailed as best ever

05 March 2019

M&IT Awards turns on style as record-breaking event is hailed as best ever

The industry turned out in force for a glittering night at the 2019 M&IT Awards – and the record-breaking event has been hailed as the best ever.

There were 1,300 event professionals in attendance at Battersea Evolution to celebrate the great and good of the industry. Glasgow Convention Bureau picked up the Best UK Convention Bureau gong for the 13th year running, Conference Care landed Best Intermediary Agency (more than 40 employees) for a third time and Delegate Wranglers founder Neil Thompson proved a very popular winner of the Personality of the Year award.

Martin Lewis, managing editor of CAT Media, said: “We were really grateful for the support of the entire industry to deliver a record-breaking attendance of 1,300! But in particular, we want to thank all our sponsors – in particular our headline sponsor, the ICC Wales, who contributed so much to the success of the event. It was, without doubt, our best event ever – it set the bar a long way higher than ever before.

Headline sponsor ICC Wales staged a ‘Welsh takeover’ of the awards with an exciting and action-packed programme of entertainment on St David’s Day. Attendees were welcomed at Battersea Evolution by Welsh boys choir Only Boys Aloud, while the evening was compered by Welsh television presenter Gethin Jones and also saw a stunning performance from Welsh singer Sian Evans.

Neil Thompson said: “To say I’m absolutely thrilled to have won the M&IT Personality of the Year award is the understatement of the year! Words can’t express how much it means to me as it’s an award not just for me but for every single one of us in this group.”

Glasgow Convention Bureau said: “Wow! We are delighted to have won Best UK Convention Bureau for the 13th consecutive year! Thanks to everyone who voted and congratulations to all the finalists!”

First Choice Conference and Events said it was “delighted” to pick up the gold award for Best Intermediary Agency (fewer than 40 employees), adding: “We would like to massively thank all of our incredible clients who voted for us. Here’s to another year of working together to achieve incredible things.”

Conference Care director Andrew Deakin celebrated winning Best Intermediary Agency (more than 40 employees) for a third time with an impromptu version backstage of Lionel Richie’s Three Times a Lady.

The winners were as follows:

Best Airline
Gold – British Airways
Silver – Emirates
Bronze – Virgin Atlantic

Best UK Convention Bureau
Gold – Glasgow Convention Bureau
Silver – NewcastleGateshead Convention Bureau
Bronze – London & Partners

Best Overseas Convention Bureau
Gold – Monaco Tourist Authority
Silver – The Hague Convention Bureau
Bronze – Dubai Business Events

Best Academic Venue
Gold – Imago Venues – Burleigh Court
Silver – Warwick Conferences
Bronze – Technology & Innovation Centre, University of Strathclyde

Best UK Unusual Venue
Gold – Coombe Abbey Hotel
Silver – Natural History Museum
Bronze – Cliveden

Best Venue Group Meeting Product
Gold – Hilton Worldwide
Silver – Marriott International
Bronze – QHotels

Best Food & Beverage Supplier
Gold – Imago Venues
Silver – Kudos
Bronze – rhubarb

Best Event Provider
Gold – KDM Events
Silver – Shocklogic
Bronze – Firebird Events

Best Destination Management Company
Gold – Vista Events DMC Greece
Silver – Factor 3 Events
Bronze – Kuoni Destination Management

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

Best Intermediary Agency [more than 40 employees]
Gold – Conference Care
Silver – Banks Sadler
Bronze – Capita Travel and Events/NYS

Best UK Conference Centre
Gold – Scottish Event Campus
Silver – ACC Liverpool
Bronze – Imago Venues – Burleigh Court

Best Overseas Conference Centre
Gold – The Convention Centre Dublin (The CCD)
Silver – RAI Amsterdam
Bronze – Fira Barcelona

Best Overseas Hotel
Gold – Sandals Grande Antigua
Silver – Four Seasons Resort Marrakech
Bronze – W Barcelona

Best UK Hotel
Gold – Celtic Manor Resort
Silver – The Belfry Hotel & Resort
Bronze – Chewton Glen

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