The cream of the travel industry proved it had the X Factor on Tuesday night at a spectacular Globes Travel Awards in London.

More than a thousand guests packed London’s Grosvenor House Hotel to hear winners announced in 47 categories covering suppliers and agents.

Entertainment was provided by the X Factor’s Stacey Solomon and Danyl Johnson, while television personalities Alan Carr and Kirsty Allsopp presented the awards and Britain’s got Talent  Stavros Flatley got the show started in spectacular fashion.

Superbreak, Emirates and Gold Medal Travel were among the big winners at a memorable show, with the former scooping four awards and the others three apiece.

Superbreak sales manager Graham Balmforth said: “It means a huge amount to us. I think as a company everyone at Superbreak is a sales person. We offer a good service and I think agents appreciate it.”

Emirates head of sales UK and Ireland Glen Mintrim said: “We are absolutely honoured to be supported by the trade and to win in three categories.  We have a strong sales team and they are constantly working with the trade.”

Special awards went to Harry Goodman, who won the Lifetime Achievement Award, and On the Beach’s Johnny Pollard, who received the Penny Akam Award for Unsung Heroes.

Holiday Taxis won the Innovation in Travel award for its interactive ski maps, which allow customers to check snow conditions and distances between resorts in the Alps before travel.

Six consumer awards voted for by readers of Associated Newspapers were also presented at the ceremony, while the Agent Achievement Awards were also included for the first time.


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