Wings named as Finalist for Best Travel Management Company at UK Business Travel Awards
The 2019 Business Travel Awards, run in conjunction with Buying Business Travel Magazine, recognise and celebrate the achievements of the travel industry’s leading businesses, teams and individuals, who have performed outstandingly in their chosen field over the last 12 months.
Each year categories are carefully chosen to reflect the range of areas and skills that lie at the heart of a successful travel firm or department. The independent panel of judges, made up primarily of business travel buyers, devote a considerable amount of their valuable time, to review and mark each entry in order to identify those worthy of winning one of these highly valued awards.
Wings’ submission this year emphasised the travel management company’s unique position in the marketplace as the only independent TMC to wholly own and manage all its operations globally. This means Wings operates off a single GDS technology platform, as well as its own front/mid-end reservations system TMA (Travel Management Application). The advantages include: follow-the-sun servicing solutions; consistency of service globally; the ability to access and amend existing bookings via any Wings office; and reliable on-demand data and critical safety support in each market.
The entry also highlighted Wings’ expertise in travel risk management and providing traveller safety support to clients of all sizes, particularly in high risk markets. Supporting documents also featured case studies demonstrating Wings’ specialist skills in handling complex travel and logistics to clients where travel is a critical part of their business model, such as the marine and energy sectors.
Additionally, the submission described the successful integration of London-based Grosvenor Travel’s business with Wings in the UK, following acquisition of this mid-sized TMC in 2016, in order to ensure that clients, whether large enterprise or SME, benefited positively from the transition.
The judges said that they were “very impressed with the detail and creativity that went into the composition of the entry.”
Tony Sofianos, CEO, Wings Travel Management said: “We are delighted to have made the shortlist in the Business Travel Awards. This is a tremendous achievement as these awards are always highly competitive and the written submission is very demanding. It is testament to just how passionate we are about what we do for our clients.”
The results of the judges’ deliberations will be announced at the Business Travel Awards ceremony and gala dinner at London’s Grosvenor House, a JW Marriott hotel, on January 21st 2019.