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3…2…1…Action! Partners in Success with a cinema twist

BI WORLDWIDE once again hosted another fantastic ‘Partners in Success’ awards ceremony, recognising its most valued event partners from across the globe.


This year’s event took place on Monday March 2, held at the ultra-modern and trendy Blue Fin Building in Central London.

Adding a cinema twist to the ceremony, over 70 guests were invited into a cinema theatre, guided to their seats by flash torches, and given beverages and popcorn.

This year’s event was coordinated by Project Executive Alex Smedley alongside Operations Director Rachel Belliere-Wilson. Rachel comments: “We took a slightly different direction this year by using the Blue Fin Building and adding a ‘cinema take’ onto the ceremony. The venue is ultra-modern and offers a light and airy atmosphere as well as spectacular views of the city. This venue was perfect for Partners in Success and we made use of the space offered to us, keeping the event nicely contained. We hosted last year’s event at the fabulous ME hotel and we knew we were going to struggle to find a venue that matched its standard. However, the concept of the event not being hosted in a hotel actually worked well and was in fact very successful.

“Recognising our most valued partners publically and giving them the time to network and socialise, really has a return of investment threefold. The foundation of the event service industry is all about building relationships and trust and this is what we seek to achieve at our Partners in Success annual events.

To start the ceremony, guests were shown a short movie clip, which was then followed by Managing Director Mike Davies announcing the Merit and Excellence Awards winners of each category. The following awards went to:

Best Meeting Hotel/Venue
Award of Excellence:
Villa Padierna Palace Hotel, Marbella
Merit Awards:
The Westin Grand, Berlin

Best Incentive Hotel/Venue
Award of Excellence:
Bimbo’s 365
Merit Awards: Conrad Algarve

Best DMC
Award of Excellence:
Events by TLC in Portugal
Merit Awards: The Insider Edge, Green Route

Best Airline
Award of Excellence:
Etihad Airways
Merit Awards: Virgin Atlantic

Most Proactive Partner
Award of Excellence:
David Marks, MM and Company
Merit Awards: Clementine Moore, C.Florida Hospitality

Best Account Manager
Award of Excellence:
Kiran Vaja, British Airways
Merit Awards: Lara Porn - Marriott, Wayne Redman - Etihad Airways, Merceds Conde-Nieto - Global Marketing Connections

Outstanding Service
Award of Excellence:
Cecile Dubeau, Pacific World
Merit Awards: Patricia Morales – Villa Padierna Palace Hotel, Vania Gorgo – Conrad Algarve, Ralph Harms-Keisslinger, The Westin Grand, Berlin

The Innovation Award
Award of Excellence
: C.Florida Hospitality
Merit Awards: Etihad Airways

Partnership Award
Award of Excellence
: Mario Caltagirone, Intercontinental Travel Company

Mike comments: “Congratulations to those who received an award. This annual event allows us to recognise and take the time to connect with our partners who we place a lot of value and respect in, and we wish to continue to build and develop these outstanding relationships.

“Partners in Success has been running for over 25 years and plays an important role at BI WORLDWIDE. We take great pride in our events and we wouldn’t be able to achieve the best solution for each event without the continued support and relationship we have with our partners.

Following the success of the event, BI WORLDWIDE received some lovely feedback from guests:

“Thank you very much indeed for a terrific BIW Partners in Success event at the Blue Fin Building last night. Thanks to you all for my Partners in Success Excellence Award, it was terrific to be recognised by you all once again, I’m truly chuffed and proud to be given one of these coveted awards.”

“Some great well deserved awards were given out and a real pleasure to watch the recipients receive these with sheer delight.”

“I was not expecting the nominations and award and was very touched that BIW thought of us.”

“I am so proud that our work represents so much to experts like BIW and that our teamwork makes clients happy as this is all we’re aiming at.”

“It is always a pleasure working with the whole BI WORLDWIDE team.”

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