Over a hundred people gathered at the Bvlgari Hotel in London for our annual Partners in Success event. This unique event is where we recognise excellence among our community of event partners. As a marketer, this was my first experience of Partners in Success, and I attended under the guise of ‘social media manager’ for the night, in charge of tweeting the happenings of the evening, live from the event.
I wanted to understand how the relationship works between partner and agency and why it is important this relationship is a good one (as an aside David Battley gives an overview on this elsewhere). I had a good chat with most people at the event, and it was great to learn all about what they do, the value their services bring to BI WORLDWIDE and how they strive to go above and beyond their competitors. One thing was obvious - the sense of excitement that was coursing through the event, and the genuine anxiety to find out who had won. It’s great to know that all the work that is put into our partner network, raising standards and then organising this annual celebration and recognition of its value each year is appreciated.
The evening was a great success, and a highlight was the venue itself. The Bvlgari certainly lived up to its reputation as a venue where style, luxury and quality combine. The staff could not have been more attentive and helpful – it was a pleasure to host an event there, even though I spent much of the awards part stuck to the iPad in a tweet frenzy.
So as the drinks flowed and the canapé trays emptied, we headed into the ballroom for the highlight of the evening, the awards. I took my place at the social media station and got ready to announce the winners to the Twitter world.
Our roll call of winners for 2013 was:
- Best City Hotel – Corinthia London
- Best Resort Hotel – Kempinski Hotel Das Tirol
- Best Airline - Virgin Atlantic
- Best DMC – The J Team
- Most Creative Partner – Shelton Fleming Associates Ltd
- Best Contribution to CSR – St. James Travel and Tours, Barbados
- Most Pro-Active Partner – Iain Robertson, Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts
- Best Account Management of BI WORLDWIDE – David Marks, MM and Company
- Outstanding Service Award – Laura Shurie, Starwood Hotels, Central London
Once again, thanks to our Events team who organised a superb event and all our partners who attended. Check out the pictures from the event.