Kuoni Group Travel Experts, the world’s leading group travel provider, has been honoured by leading group travel buyers.as Best Group Tours Operator in the inaugural European Group Travel Awards held in Berlin last night (5 March 2015). Showcasing the best operators that service and deliver outstanding group travel experiences, the awards recognise the outstanding performance of individuals and organisations.
Collecting the award, David Painter, CEO of Kuoni Group Travel Experts, says: “I’m very proud that we have been recognised with this award and grateful to customers and suppliers who continue to commend us for the 50,000 group tours we support every year.
“Businesses that welcome group tours appreciate our global presence, our local marketing advice and services, and the market-leading performance of our technology. However, none of our success would be possible without the passion and enthusiasm that everyone at Kuoni – every Expert – brings to their work every day.”
Group travel can represent up to a quarter of all visitor numbers, particularly from emerging markets and fast-growing economies where it gives travellers the reassurance and security of native language tour guides, pre-planned meals and rooms in hotels that are best able to meet their needs. A multi-million Euro business, it requires expert knowledge, product definition and service delivery to meet the demanding needs of a whole range of groups; from special interest and affinity travellers looking for unique experiences to incoming groups requiring interpretation and support to suit their cultural background and interests.
The original Group Travel Awards was established in London in 1997 to recognise the best suppliers in the UK’s group travel business and has since expanded to cover the American and now European markets.
Whether customising a trip for ten or more family members or planning a city break for dozens of people, Kuoni Group Travel Experts make it easy for businesses to put together the best programme possible, at the best price possible. Its expertise and global destination knowledge, coupled with its financial stability and long-standing reputation, gives it a competitive edge when sourcing and contracting hotels, services and experiences in the destinations travellers most want to visit.