Travel Weekly spoke to some of the winners of the Globe Travel Awards 2010 – here’s what they had to say about picking up a trophy…

 

Best Ferry Company

We have been happy to pick this award up for at least the last nine years. We try every year to be better as we recognise people have a choice.

P&O Ferries tourist, sales and marketing director  Simon Johnson

 

Best add-ons provider

In a difficult market we have managed to main our sales. Agents have recognised the value in ancilliary which makes a big difference to the bottom line.

Holiday Extras head of sales David Stratton

 

Best rail operator

I think it’s our sheer desire to so something different all of the time.

Eurostar head of sales Darren Williams

 

Best car rental company

We value our key partners and work closely with them.

Holiday Autos business development manager Chantal Tomlinson

 

Best Tourist Board

Over the last 12 months we have made a lot of changes in the way we interact with the trade.

Dubai Tourism UK and Ireland director Ian Scott

 

Best operator long haul

I think we have a long established brand and its brilliant we have been recognised by the trade.

Kuoni managing director Joanna Edmunds

 

Agent Excellence Awards winners

These awards have been one of the best experiences of my life – I have never been to an event like this. It was amazing to win; I am so proud, overwhelmed and grateful to the girls in my branch for supporting me.

Michelle Mckay, Enjoy Holidays, Woburn Sands, Buckinghamshire – Best sales individual

When the recession started, I told my staff their jobs were protected and we would work hard together to make this year the best, not the worst. That’s exactly what we did. The staff have been fantastic, coming up with ideas and pulling together – I am very lucky to work with such special people.

Phil Nuttall from The Cruise Village, Blackpool – Best cruise agency

It felt brilliant to win and showed me that we were doing the right thing with our innovations. This is fantastic recognition for me and the team. Thanks also to our travel industry partners, who have been fantastic.

Nick McKay from Travel Designers, Clapham, London – Most innovative agency

This is a fantastic tribute to everyone at On The Beach, including Simon Cooper, the founder. I’m almost speechless. It is an amazing achievement for a company that has worked so hard for five years against such stiff competition.

Johnny Pollard from On The Beach, Didsbury, Manchester – Agency of the year