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February 22, 2009

Unsung travel industry heroes honoured at new awards ceremony

Following a busy week for the business travel industry, Centaur held the inaugural European Travel Buyer Awards as the closing event of Business Travel Week and received backing from all the major companies attending, with the event now set to be a firm date in the Business Travel Week calendar.

The ceremony was by invitation only and heavily biased towards the buying community, which made up 85% of the audience. It was this focus – highly unusual within the business travel world – that made the event so unique for the buyers that attended.

Jan Tucker Jones, global travel manager at BT and winner of the coveted European Travel Buyer of the Year award, described the event as “a highly enjoyable and useful evening”.

“It’s great to network with like-minded colleagues in great surroundings while having our work recognised within the wider business travel industry,” she added.

Meanwhile, David Chapple, event director of Business Travel Show and Business Travel Week, commented: “This is not the glamorous end of business travel. Many of our nominees actually do very little business travel themselves, but their work is incredibly important.

“They keep their travelling colleagues safe, their companies prudent while at the same time balancing the needs of efficiency with sustainability.

“It’s an equation that is only achieved through relentless hard work and dedication to their craft and we thought it was about time the very best should be acknowledged – they play a crucial role within the business travel community.”

The awards and winners were:

Outstanding European Travel Booker of the Year
Tarryn Smith, travel executive, Betfair

Best use of Technology in a Travel Programme
Andreas Resch, Fujitsu Microelectronics Europe

Best Innovation in a Travel Programme
Kimmo Kunnas, head of Travel & Fleet, Global Procurement, Nokia Siemens Networks

European Business Travel Team/Department of the Year
Airbus UK

European Travel Buyer of the Year
Jan Tucker Jones, global travel manager, BT

For more information, visit www.etbawards.co.uk

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