While a few significant new winners breathe novelty, it was the returning champions that made the most waves at the recent 2015 Business Traveller Asia-Pacific Awards.
Regarded as one of the travel industry’s most anticipated events, the annual Business Traveller Asia-Pacific Readers’ Poll asked its subscribers to vote for what they considered the world’s best business hotels and airlines. The results were then compiled and tabulated by market research leader Ipsos.
This year, a number of brands have held their award winning positions from 2014. Unsurprisingly, Singapore Airlines once again reigned supreme – winning the overall award for Best Airline in the world and for Best Asia-Pacific Airline for the 15th year running.
The airline also managed to scoop the Best Airline First Class, Best Airline Business Class, Best Airline Economy Class, and Best In-flight Catering titles.
Lufthansa won the award for Best European Airline, while awards for Best North American Airline, Best Middle Eastern/African Airline and Best China Airline were won by United Airlines, Qatar Airways and Air China, respectively. All four airlines also won the same awards last year. British Airways won the Best Premium Economy Class award.
For work and play destinations, Hong Kong and Bangkok once again won awards for Best Business City in the World and Best Leisure Destination in Asia-Pacific, respectively.
The Grand Hyatt won the award for Best Business Hotel Brand in the World, marking its third consecutive year in the top spot, while the Shangri-La won the award for Best Business Hotel Brand in Asia-Pacific.
Mandarin Oriental took out the inaugural award for Best Luxury Hotel Brand in Asia-Pacific, while the new award for Best Hotel Loyalty Programme was won by Starwood Preferred Guest.
In the awards for serviced residences, Ascott remain undefeated in the category of Best Serviced Residence Brand in Asia-Pacific since 2004, when the award was introduced. Fraser Suites Top Glory Shanghai won the award for Best Serviced Residence in Asia-Pacific.
Full list of winners can be found at www.businesstraveller.asia/asia-pacific/awards/2015-business-traveller-asia-pacific-awards.