2019 Inductees & Award Winners

2019 Inductees

Frank Del Rio, Chief Executive, Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings

Kristin Karst and Rudi Schreiner, Co-Owners of AmaWaterways

Bea Tollman, President & Founder of the Red Carnation Hotel Collection

Gary and Rita Beckwith, Founders of City Cruises 

2019 Sustainable Business Award

Intrepid Travel Group

2019 Business Achievement Award



2019 Young Entrepreneur of the Year (Hospitality)

Natasha Steele, Founder of Urban Cordial

2019 Entrepreneur of the Year (Travel)

Nathan Cable, Co-founder & Co-Chief Executive of Party Hard Travel

2019 Young Manager of the Year (Hospitality)

Sophie Egglestone, General Manager of Yorebridge House

2019 Young Manager of the Year (Travel)

Iain Powell, Head of Trade Sales of Saga (Travel Division)

2019 Young Entrepreneur Shortlist

2019 Young Entrepreneur of the Year (Hospitality)

Ellis Barrie, Chef & co-owner of Marram Grass

Olivia Byrne, Director of Eccleston Square Hotel

Irene Forte, Wellness Director of Rocco Forte Hotels & Founder, Irene Forte Skincare

Andrew Macleod, Founder & Managing Director of Emilia’s Crafted Pasta

Natasha Steele, Founder of Urban Cordial

2019 Young Manager Shortlist

2019 Young Manager of the Year (Hospitality)

Jack Davies, Executive Sous Chef of The London Clinic

Sophie Egglestone, General Manager of Yorebridge House

Jonathan Ellson, Director of Restaurants of Coworth Park Hotel, Dorchester Collection

Aurelija Sovaite, Operations Manager of Barrafina

Charlotte Tuck, General Manager of The Old Stocks Inn

2019 Entrepreneur of the Year (Travel)

Nathan Cable, Co-founder & Co-Chief Executive of Party Hard Travel

Tom Charman, Chief Executive of NAVA

Jessica Dennison & Martin Johnson, Directors of Latin Routes

Yotam Idan, Chief Executive & Co-Founder of WeTrip

Jamie Revell, Director of Revell Travel

Thomas Young, Chief Executive of Taptrip

2019 Young Manager of the Year (Travel)

Lee Ainsworth, Trading & Product Manager of Advantage Travel Partnership

Iain Powell, Head of Trade Sales of Saga (Travel Division)

Jessica Shelton-Agar, Head of Sales of APT Travel Group

Leah Whitfield, Public Relations Manager - EMEA of G Adventures

Hall of Fame Academy

Hall of Fame Inductees


Gary Beckwith, Co-founder, City Cruises

Rita Beckwith OBE, Co-founder, City Cruises

Frank J Del Rio, President & Chief Executive, Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings

Kristin Karst, Co-owner, AmaWaterways

Rudi Schreiner, Co-owner, AmaWaterways

Bea Tollman, President & Founder, Red Carnation Hotel Collection


Hugo Burge, Former Chief Executive, Momondo Group

Tim Martin, Chairman, JD Wetherspoon

Graham Pickett, Global Leder for Travel and Aviation, Deloitte

Bruce Poon Tip, Founder, G Adventures

Taleb Rifai, Former Secretary General, UNWTO


Raymond Blanc OBE, Founder, Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat'Saisons

Ben Reid OBE, Group Chief Executive, the Midcounties Co-operative

Pierfrancesco Vago, Executive Chairman, MSC Cruises

Wendy Wu, Founder & Chairwoman, Wendy Wu Tours


Chris Photi, Head of Travel & Leisure - WHA

Manfredi Lefebvre d@Ovidio, Chairman - Silversea Cruises

Peter Stephens, Managing Director - The Lotus Group

Alastair Storey, Chairman & Chief Executive - WSH

Robin Hutson, Chairman & Chief Executive - Lime Wood Group & Home Grown Hotels

Albert Roux OBE KFO, Chairman - Chez Roux

Michel Roux OBE, Global Ambassador - Waterside Inn


Chris Corbin, Co-Founder - Corbin & King

Stephen Kaufer, President & CEO - TripAdvisor

Peter Kerkar, Group CEO - Cox & Kings

Jeremy King, Co-Founder - Corbin & King

Gerald Lawless, President & Group CEO - Jumeirah Group

Bill Munro, Chairman - Barrhead Travel

Stanley Tollman, Founder & Chairman - The Travel Corporation


Michael Batt, Founder & Co-Chairman – Travel Leaders Group

Chris Browne, Managing Director – Thomson Airways

Michael East, Managing Director – Gisby East

James Hogan, President & CEO – Etihad Airways

David Radcliffe, Chief Executive, Hogg Robinson Group Plc (HRG)


Mr Kuljinder Bahia, CEO – Southall Travel

Mr Peter Harris, Chairman - Bourne Leisure

Sir Moir Lockhead, OBE, Formerly Chief Executive – FirstGroup

Mr Steve Ridgway, CBE, Formerly CEO – Virgin Atlantic Airways

Mr Isadore Sharp, Founder & Chairman – Four Seasons Hotels


Geoffrey Kent, Founder & Executive Chairman - Abercrombie & Kent

Willie Walsh, CEO - International Airlines Group

Kurt Ritter, President & CEO - Rezidor Hotel Group

Richard Fain, Chairman & CEO - Royal Caribbean Cruises

Brian Souter, Chief Executive & Co-Founder - Stagecoach Group


Marilyn Carlson Nelson, Chairman – Carlson

Micky Arison, Chairman of the Board & CEO - Carnival Corporation

Jim French CBE, Chairman & CEO – Flybe

Christopher Rodrigues CBE, Chairman – VisitBritain


Mr Ian Allan, OBE, Founder, Ian Allan Travel

Mr Justin Fleming, Former President, ABTA

Mr John Hays, Managing Director, Hays Travel

Mr John McEwan, Chief Executive, Advantage Travel Centres


Mr David Dingle, CBE, Chief Executive, Carnival UK

Mr Michael Greenacre, Managing Director, The Co-operative Travel Group

Mr Richard Lovell, Former Chief Executive, Carlson Wagonlit Travel

Mr James Sherwood, Founder & Director, Orient-Express Hotels


Mr Roger Allard, Chairman, All Leisure

Mr Thomas Cook, Founder, Thomas Cook

Dr Michael Frenzel, Chairman of Executive Board,TUI AG

Sir Keith Mills, Founder, AirMiles

Mr David Speakman, Chairman, Travel Counsellors


Mr Manny Fontenla-Novoa, CEO, Thomas Cook AG

Mr Joseph Gaggero, CBE, Chairman, Bland Group

Mr Trevor Harding, Managing Director, Travel Weekly

Mr Alan Parker, CBE, Chief Executive, Whitbread


The Hon Sir Rocco Forte, Chairman, Rocco Forte Hotels

Mr Sergio Mantegazza, President, Globus Travel Services

Mr Alan Spence, Managing Director, FCm Travel Solutions UK

The Rt Hon The Lord Sterling of Plaistow, GCVO, CBE, Life President, P&O Cruises


Mr Lloyd Dorfman, CBE, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Travelex Group

Mr Rod Eddington, Former Chief Executive, British Airways

Mr Maurice Flanagan, Vice Chairman and Group President, Emirates Group

Sir David Michels, Former Group Chief Executive, Hilton Group


Mr Harold Bamberg, CBE, Founder, British Eagle

Mr Dinesh Dhamija, Founder, Ebookers

Mr Stelios Haji-Ioannou, Founder, EasyJet

Mr Jose Antonio Tazon, President & CEO, Amadeus Global Travel Distribution


Sr Gabriel Barceló, Founder, Barceló Group

Mr Peter Bath MBE, Former Chairman, Bath Travel

Sr Miguel Fluxá, Chairman & Chief Executive, Iberostar Group

Mr Charles Gurassa, Former Chairman, TUI Northern Europe

Mr Clive Jacobs, Founder, Holiday Autos

Sr Antonio Llatas, Chief Executive Officer, Avis Spain

Sr Abel Matutes, Founder, Fiesta Hotels & Resorts

Mr Gordon Stewart, Founder, Sandals Resorts


Mr Sidney De Haan, Founder, Saga Group

Mr Harry Goodman, Founder, ILG

Mr Don Lunn, Chairman, Ayscough Travel

Mr Frank Olson, Chairman, Hertz


Mr Gabriel Escarrer, Chairman, Sol Melia Hotels

Mr Mike Gooley, CBE, Chairman, Trailfinders

Sir Freddie Laker, Founder, Laker Airways

Mr Peter Long, Chief Executive, First Choice


Sir Richard Branson, Founder, Virgin

Mr Darryl Hartley-Leonard, Founder, Hyatt Hotels

Miss Erna Low, Founder, Erna Low

Mr Ramon Pajares, Former Managing Director, The Savoy

Mr Sidney Perez, Former Director, ILG & Global


Sir Michael Bishop, CBE, Chairman, BMI

Mr Paul Dubrule, Co-Founder, Accor Hotels

Mr Leonard Lickorish, CBE, Former Director General, British Tourist Authority

Mr Gérard Pélisson, Co-Founder, Accor Hotels


Mr Martin Brackenbury, Former Director, Thomson Travel Group

Mr Alun Cathcart, Chairman, Avis Europe

Sir Fred Pontin, Founder, Pontins

Mr Robert Crandall, Former Chairman, American Airlines


Mr David Crossland, Founder, MyTravel

Mrs Christel DeHaan, Founder, RCI

Mr James Hoseason, OBE, Founder, Hoseasons

Mr Brian Perry, Former Chairman, Hogg Robinson


Mr Billy Butlin, MBE, Founder, Butlins

Mr Curtis Carlson, Founder, Carlson Companies

Mr Harry Chandler, Co-Founder, The Travel Club of Upminster

Mrs Irene Chandler, MBE, Co-Founder, The Travel Club of Upminster

Mr Roger Davies, Former Chairman, Thomson Travel Group

Mr Peter Diethelm, Former Executive Chairman, Kuoni UK

Lord Marshall of Knightsbridge, Chairman, British Airways

Mr Adam Thomson, CBE, Founder, Caledonian Airways

Sir Hugh Wontner, GBE, CVO, Former Chairman, Savoy Group


Lord Forte of Ripley, Founder, Forte Hotels

Rt Hon Lord King of Wartnaby, Former Chairman & President, British Airways

Mr George Bales, Founder, Bales Worldwide

Mr James Moffat, Founder, AT Mays

Mr Vladimir Raitz, Founder, Horizon Holidays

Winners of the Business Achievement Award

2019: Intrepid Group

2018: Leon

2017: Jason Atherton, Co-Director, The Social Company

2016: Jet2

2015: Patrick Dempsey OBE, Managing Director - Whitbread Hotels and Restaurants

2014: Carolyn McCall, CEO - easyJet

2013: Lord Deighton - LOCOG

2012: Travel Republic

2011: Willie Walsh, CEO - IAG

2010: Paul Evans, Chief Executive - Low Cost Travel Group

2009: Terry Fisher, Managing Director – Gold Medal Travel

2008: Rob Holden, CEO - London & Continental Railways Ltd

2007: Peter McHugh, Chief Executive – MyTravel Group

2006: Manny Fontenla-Novoa, Joint Chief Executive Officer – Thomas Cook

2005: Peter Long, Chief Executive – First Choice

Young Manager & Young Entrepreneur Winners


Young Hospitality Entrepreneur of the Year - Natasha Steele, Founder, Urban Cordial

Young Travel Entrepreneur of the Year - Nathan Cable, Co-founder, Party Hard Travel

Young Hospitality Manager of the Year - Sophie Egglestone, General Manager, Yorebridge House

Young Travel Manager of the Year - Iain Powell, Head of Trade Sales (Travel Division), Saga


Young Hospitality Entrepreneur of the Year - Vivek Chadha, Director/Founder, Nine Hotel Group

Young Entrepreneur of the Year (Travel) - Irra Ariella Khi, Chief Executive, Vchain Technology

Young Manager of the Year (Hospitality) - Oliver Milne-Watson, Hotel Manager, The Beaumont Hotel

Young Manager of the Year (Travel) - Anna Clarke, General Manager, Cruise Customer Experience, TUI UKK & Ireland


Young Manager - Adam Rowledge, General Manager, Georgian House

Young Entrepreneur - Sam Bruce & Alex Narracott, Founders, Much Better Adventures


Young Manager - Tim Axe, Business Development Director - BaxterStorey

Young Entrepreneur - Harry Hastings, Co-Founder & Joint MD - Ocean Holidays


Young Manager - Alex White, UK Head of Sales - Princess Cruises

Young Enterpreneur - Omar Allibhoy, Owner & Exec Chef - Tapas Revolution Group


Young Manager – Helen Roberts, Head of Direct Sales – Kuoni

Young Entrepreneur – Simon Purchase, Managing Director – Cruising Excursions


Young Manager – John Milburn, Head of Operations – Hays Travel

Young Entrepreneur – Renaldo Scheepers, CEO – A2B Travel Extras


Young Manager - Graeme Milne, General Manager – Corporate Traveller

Young Entrepreneur - Greg Marsh, Founder of Onefinestay


Young Manager – Tom O’Connor, Head of Sales UK & Ireland - Travelzoo

Young Entrepreneur – James Cole, Managing Director - Cruise 118


Young Manager – Melanie Bower, VP Destinations - Travelzoo

Young Entrepreneur – Tom Marchant, Founder - Black Tomato


Young Manager – Steven Vaughan, MD - Club 18-30

Young Entrepreneur – Chris Loughlin, MD - Travelzoo


Young Manager – Liz Savage, MD, Monarch Scheduled

Young Entrepreneur – Hugo Burge, Chief Executive, Cheapflights


Young Manager – Jason Geall, Head of UK Sales - Eurostar

Young Entrepreneur - Jason Fry, Founder - AlphaRooms.com


Young Manager - Tim Cordon, General Manager, Radisson SAS Hotel London Stansted Airport


Young Manager - Jeannette Linfoot, Head of Product - Thomas Cook

Young Entrepreneur - Oliver Brendon, MD - Attraction Tickets Direct


Young Manager - Katherine Gershon, Head of Thomas Cook TV


Young Manager - Christopher Rawstron, GM -Hilton Gatwick Airport


Young Manager - Lindsey Allardyce, Group Marketing Services Director – JMC Holidays