Here are this year's BTJA award winners.
The judges felt that the winner's article was ‘interesting, engaging, on point and humorous.‘The author's style was ‘really enjoyable’ with one judge claiming, ‘this was the one feature I remembered long after I'd read it’.
The winner – the panel said – produced a piece of work ‘that sparks a conversation’, ‘makes the reader think’ and is ‘very relevant and interesting, with lots of character‘.
Head for Points
Of the winner, the judges were impressed with this website describing it as ‘refreshing’, ‘something I hadn't seen before’ and ‘a website that I would use as a travel booker and as a traveller’.
Business Travel IQ
The panel was impressed with the energy and cohesiveness of the runner up's campaign, but praised the winner for the ‘growth of its platform, which is a reliable source of quality and easy to digest soundbites, and which does a great job of connecting the community’.
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The winning report gained very high praise from all our judges calling it ‘a staple; something I look out for every year’ and ‘a keeper - brimming with information I not only want to read but that helps me do my job’.
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Our judges said the winning supplement was ‘perfect’, ‘engaging’, ‘one to keep in a binder for the future’, ‘full of all the relevant information I'd need to decide whether or not to hold an event in this location’ and ‘one of the best destination supplements I have ever read giving traditional city guides a run for their money’.
The judges praised the winner for writing an article that tackled a whole heap of questions that were left unanswered when the story first broke. They said it was ‘strong news, very timely and beautifully analysed’.
The winning entry was praised for a creative, excellent article that hit the correct tone for an issue that received global attention.
The judges were united in their opinion that the winning story was ‘a great angle with strong research backing it up’ and encouraged ‘a lively conversation’.
Of the winner, the judges said this article, ‘had lots of character’, was ‘very relevant’, ‘had excellent sources from within the region‘ and was ‘very deep, pulling in four different themes that the connected well to bring alive a unique topic’.
The judges said our winner's article was very well written and wrestled with a ‘really burning topic’, ‘an issue that's very current and which buyers are very concerned about right now’.
The panel was united in agreement about the winner for this award, saying this journalist's article was ‘very evocative and used fabulous language, was bravely written, and the perfect article for the magazine in which it was published‘.
The winning journalist presented the panel with ‘lots of new useful information yet still leaves you wanting to know more’.
The winner, however, was praised for writing a ‘memorable, insightful and useful’ article, one with great detail, that prompted debate and resonated with a wide audience’.
The winner's article was described by our judges as being ‘very now, very fresh, very creative and inspiring to think we could all be like that’. The winning journalist was praised for ‘immersing themselves in this trend and living it’.
Our panel of judges debated for a very, very long time about who should win this award. After much toing and froing, the winner was described as ‘a trailblazer’, someone who has ‘broken new ground’ and someone whose ‘leadership and entrepreneurship makes him a natural winner’.
The winner of this award was commended for driving significant change within their publication resulting in more breaking stories, more news and more online content.
The winning team's work was described as ‘stunning’. Of this publication, our judges said:
‘I couldn't find a single article in this magazine that didn't feel like they hadn't put their heart and soul into it.’
‘I picked this up as a traveller and I couldn't stop reading it, couldn't put it down. The design for every article was super. On point. Just way ahead of everyone else.’
‘This magazine was perfect - from the paper, to the layout and the imagery - it's inspiring, a breath of fresh air.’
The Business Travel Magazine
Choosing just one winner was a hard task for our judges this year but the winning team was praised for creating ‘stand-out content with a mix of easy-to-read news bites and in-depth analysis that gives the reader the flexibility to enjoy the magazine in their own time’.
Our judges were unanimous in awarding this winner, which was described as ‘always insightful, provocative, individual, independent, brave and unafraid of putting a critical eye on things, which is what this industry needs’.
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