TTG China Travel Awards 2009 ceremony and gala dinner


TTG China Travel Awards 2009 dubbed the ‘Oscars of China’s Travel Industry’ was presented tonight at the Shanghai World Financial Centre to 50 exemplary travel organizations who have made an indelible mark on readers of TTG China, TTG Asia, TTGmice, and TTG-BTmice China.

The heavyweights of China’s travel and tourism industry came together for a night of celebration at the second TTG China Travel Awards. These 50 winners have emerged as the crème de la crème of the industry, even as competition stiffens, with new travel organizations joining the playing field yearly.

Taking place in Shanghai, China’s largest city, TTG China Travel Awards 2009 saw over 370 esteemed travel trade professionals wining and dining the night away, with the backdrop set against the magnificent view of Shanghai’s cityscape.

For the duration of 2 months, from January until March, the voting exercise for the awards saw more then a total of 15,800 nominations pouring in, which translates into an increase of 20.25 percent in response rate as compared to 2008. Voters were comprised of readers from TTG China, TTG Asia, TTGmice, and TTG-BTmice China across 17 countries in the Asia-Pacific and Greater China region.

New Additions Make For A More Inclusive Awards

The awards seek to constantly reflect the changes taking place in China’s travel industry and to also ensure that it remains relevant and is regarded as the first choice of reference for travel agents and tour operators during their key decision process.

As a result, 2009 saw a total of 11 new awards, namely the Best Budget Hotel Brand in Greater China, Best Luxury Hotel in Guangzhou, Best Luxury Hotel in Shenzhen, Best Mid-range Hotel in Guangzhou, Best Mid-range Hotel in Shenzhen, Best Business Hotel in Guangzhou, Best Business Hotel in Shenzhen, Best Meetings & Conventions Hotel in Guangzhou, Best Meetings & Conventions Hotel in Shenzhen, Best New Hotel in Guangzhou, Best New Hotel in Shenzhen, Best Spa Resort in China, Best Boutique Hotel in China, Best Theme Hotel in China, Best City in China (Leisure Travel), and Best Overseas NTO in China promoting BT MICE.

This year’s awards covers 7 categories.

TTG Asia Media’s managing director, Mr. Darren Ng, said: “This year, we introduced 11 new awards, firstly to recognize travel suppliers from emerging cities in China such as Guangzhou and Shenzhen who have contributed significantly to the region’s industry. Secondly, we have also noticed a growing trend in spa resorts, boutique and themed hotels dotting the travel landscape of China. The TTG China Travel Awards strives to promote a healthy streak of competition amongst the travel organizations in China, encouraging them to keep up their high-quality service standards and products.”

Airline Awards – For airlines serving and operating in China
– Chinese Airline of the Year: Air China
– Best International Airline Serving China: Singapore Airlines
– Best Business Class (Airline in China): China Southern Airlines

Hotel Chain Awards
– Best Global Hotel Chain Operating in Greater China: InterContinental Hotels Group
– Best Local Hotel Chain Operating in Greater China: Gloria International Hotels
– Best Luxury Hotel Brand in Greater China: The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company
– Best Mid-range Hotel Brand in Greater China: Four Points by Sheraton
– Best Budget Hotel Brand in Greater China: Ibis

Individual Hotel Awards
– Best Luxury Hotel in Beijing: Sofitel Wanda Beijing
– Best Luxury Hotel in Shanghai: Park Hyatt Shanghai
– Best Luxury Hotel in Guangzhou: The Ritz-Carlton Guangzhou
– Best Luxury Hotel in Shenzhen: InterContinental Shenzhen
– Best Luxury Hotel in Hong Kong: Four Seasons Hotel Hong Kong
– Best Luxury Hotel in Macau: Wynn Macau

Best Mid-range Hotel
– Best Mid-range Hotel in Beijing: Novotel Beijing Sanyuan
– Best Mid-range Hotel in Shanghai: Howard Johnson Caida Plaza Shanghai
– Best Mid-range Hotel in Guangzhou: Holiday Inn Shifu Guangzhou
– Best Mid-range Hotel in Shenzhen: Four Points by Sheraton Shenzhen
– Best Mid-range Hotel in Hong Kong: Novotel Citygate Hong Kong
– Best Mid-range Hotel in Macau: Holiday Inn Macau

Best Business Hotel
– Best Business Hotel in Beijing: Kempinski Hotel Beijing Lufthansa Center
– Best Business Hotel in Shanghai: Le Royal Meridien Shanghai
– Best Business Hotel in Guangzhou: The Garden Hotel Guangzhou
– Best Business Hotel in Shenzhen: Crowne Plaza Shenzhen
– Best Business Hotel in Hong Kong: The Langham Hong Kong
– Best Business Hotel in Macau: Crown Macau

Best Meetings & Convention Hotel
– Best Meetings & Conventions Hotel in Beijing: The Westin Beijing Chaoyang
– Best Meetings & Conventions Hotel in Shanghai: Sheraton Shanghai Hotel and Residences, Pudong
– Best Meetings & Conventions Hotel in Guangzhou: Shangri-La Hotel Guangzhou
– Best Meetings & Conventions Hotel in Shenzhen: Sheraton Shenzhen Futian Hotel
– Best Meetings & Conventions Hotel in Hong Kong: InterContinental Hong Kong
– Best Meetings & Conventions Hotel in Macau: The Venetian Macao-Resort-Hotel

Best New Hotel
– Best New Hotel in Beijing: Hilton Beijing Wangfujing
– Best New Hotel in Shanghai: Renaissance Shanghai Zhongshan Park Hotel
– Best New Hotel in Guangzhou: Grand Hyatt Guangzhou
– Best New Hotel in Shenzhen: Futian Shangri-La Shenzhen
– Best New Hotel in Hong Kong: W Hong Kong
– Best New Hotel in Macau: MGM Grand Macau

Resort Hotel Awards
– Best Resort in China: Banyan Tree Lijiang
– Best New Resort in China: The Ritz-Carlton Sanya

Other Hotel Awards
– Best Spa Resort in China: Hilton Sanya Resort & Spa
– Best Boutique Hotel in China: Jia Shanghai
– Best Theme Hotel in China: Chimelong Hotel Guangzhou

Serviced Residence Award
– Best Serviced Residence Operator in China: Ascott International Management

Other Awards
– Best City in China (BT-MICE): Shanghai
– Best City in China (Leisure Travel): Hangzhou
– Best Convention / Exhibition Centre in China: Shanghai World Financial Center Forum
– Best Cruise Operator: Star Cruises
– Best Overseas NTO in China: Hong Kong Tourism Board
– Best Overseas NTO in China promoting BT-MICE: Singapore Tourism Board