On September 26, 2016, Business Traveller Russia and CIS Awards ceremony was held in Russia for the first time ever under the auspices of Business Traveller magazine.
Moscow was honoured with the highest award in the nomination “Best City for Business and Event Tourism Worldwide”, leaving behind such cities as Rome, Madrid, Paris, Singapore, Saint Petersburg, Kazan and Nizhny Novgorod.
Frequent travellers had three months to vote for the best representatives of the Russian business travel market in six categories: airline, airport, destination, hotel, car rental service and roaming.
Due to authoritative audit of the vote results by research company GfK Group and the thoroughly selected audience, only the best of the best became winners of Business Traveller Russia and CIS Awards 2016.
Throughout its existence, Business Traveller Awards have won the reputation of an authoritative award, largely due to its unbiased approach: award laureates are chosen by readers` vote, and not by a jury or an expert board.
Vote participants included readers of the Russian edition of the Business Traveller: frequent business travellers, graduates of the leading international and Russian business schools, chief executives of large international companies, representatives of banks, Russian state corporations, as well as individual travellers.
The importance of Business Traveller Russia and CIS Awards for the Russian business travel market lies in determination of the loyalty degree and customer satisfaction level, the so-called positive index of Customer Experience. Due to the specially developed respondent questionnaire and the opinion poll of the representatives of various professional spheres, award results can help to determine quality standards of travel services and the needs both of the corporate and the individual traveller. Customer satisfaction is the key to the development of the Russian hospitality sector, incoming and outcoming travel.
The gala winner awarding ceremony of Russian Business Traveller Awards was held on September 26, 2016, in Izvestia Hall. Chief executives of international and Russian companies, airport directors, representatives of the hotel industry, car rental companies, embassies and tourism offices of different countries of the world, graduates of the leading business schools, representatives of state authorities of the federal and regional levels gathered to hear the vote results.
Masters of Ceremonies were Olga Kabo, film and theatre actress, and Fedor Pavlov-Andreevich, artist, producer, director of Solyanka Art Gallery. The event was opened by the founder of Zelenski Group of companies and the establisher of the Russian edition of Business Traveller – Vadim Zelenski. The guests were offered a fantastic performance by the winners of Art Vision VJing contest of the Circle of Light Moscow international festival in a special category of the Business Traveller Magazine – “Travel. Vision of the Future”.
Nomination winners of this year are:
Best Airline in Russia and CIS – Aeroflot
Best Regional Airline in Russia and CIS – UTair
Best European Airline – Aeroflot
Best Asian Airline – Singapore Airlines
Best Middle Eastern Airline – Etihad Airways
Best Business Class on Long-Haul Flights – Etihad Airways
Best Business Class on Medium-Haul Flights – Aeroflot
Best Economy Class on Long-Haul Flights – Emirates
Best Economy Class on Medium-Haul Flights – Swiss International Air Lines
Best Frequent Flyer Programme – S7
Best Airport Worldwide – Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport
Best Airport in Russia and CIS – Sheremetyevo International Airport
Best Regional Airport in Russia – Sochi International Airport
Best Business Lounge in Russia and CIS – Space business lounge at Sheremetyevo International Airport
Destinations – Choice by Business Travellers
Best City for Business and Event Tourism Worldwide – Moscow
Best City for Business and Event Tourism in Russia and CIS – Saint Petersburg
Best Business Hotel Chain Worldwide – Kempinski Hotels
Best Business Hotel Chain in Russia and CIS – Azimut Hotels
Best Business Hotel in Russia and CIS – Lotte Hotel Moscow
Best Business Hotel in the Central Federal District – Ararat Park Hyatt Moscow
Best Business Hotel in the Northwestern Federal District – Belmond Grand Hotel Europe
Best Business Hotel in the South Federal District – Mriya Resort & Spa
Best Business Hotel in the Far Eastern Federal District – AZIMUT Hotel Vladivostok
Best Business Hotel in the Ural Federal District – Hyatt Regency Ekaterinburg
Best Business Hotel in the Volga Federal District – DoubleTree by Hilton Kazan City Center
Best Business Hotel in the North Caucasus Federal District – Grozny City Hotel
Best Business Hotel in the Siberian Federal District – Novosibirsk Marriott Hotel
Best Airport Hotel in Russia – Sheraton Moscow Sheremetyevo Airport Hotel
Best Hotel Loyalty Scheme – Best Western Hotels & Resorts
Best Business Hotel Worldwide – Radisson Royal Hotel, Moscow
Best Roaming – Best Mobile Network Operator – Beeline
Best Rent-A-Car Service
Best Car Rental Company – Avis
Business Traveller Russia and CIS Awards 2016 ceremony was held with the support of Moscow City Government.