Published on Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Shortlist unveiled for Travelmole Web Awards

The shortlist for the 2009 Travelmole Web Awards has been unveiled today.

The companies, voted for by Travelmole susbscribers, will now be judged by an independent panel.

In total, the awards received over 300 nominations and more than 15,000 votes were cast.

The panel consists of Peter Healey, founder and chief executive of The Vertical Group, former Teletext MD Matt Cheevers, now MD of consultancy business Smooth Direction, Helena Beard, marketing director at KBC PR and Marketing, J-ƒ~©r-ƒ~´me Moisan, Travelport general manager UK & Ireland, and Liz Craig, founder of Oneglobe Network, a boutique digital agency.

The winners will be announced at a lunchtime ceremony on Wednesday June 24 at Canada House, London.

If you are lucky enough to have been shortlisted and have not already been invited to the event please contact [email protected] for details.

Here are the shortlisted companies for each category:

Budget places
Hostel hero
Paris 35

Iceland Express
Cheap flights

Car rental
US rent a car
Florida Car hire
Budget Rent a car
Holiday autos trade

Cruise and ferry operator
P&O cruises
Ekmar Yachting & Brokerage
Princess Cruises
My Royal Caribbean

Holiday add-ons
Compare Airport Parking
Rio Airport Transfer

Hotel Group
The Red Carnation Hotel Collection
Warner Leisure Hotels
World Travel Guide

Mobile Technology
Hostel Hero
PureTravel Adventure Holidays
HRS.COM - Hotel Reservation Service

Recruitment and training
Online Travel Training
New Frontiers - Travel Recruitment
Season Workers
Travel Uni

Responsible tourism
Go Ape

Tourist board
Cumbria Golakes Website
Welcome to Yorkshire

Tour operator
TrekAmerica Travel
SunIsle Holidays
Selective Asia
Bales Worldwide

Travel agent
Backpacker Concierge
Interactive Resorts - The Ski Holiday Specialists

Travel blog
Europe a la Carte Blog
101 Holidays
Make Travel Fair UK
Spotted by Locals - Cityblogs by locals

Travelguru tv
The Egerton House Hotel
Tourism Queensland Best Job in the World
Insider Perks

Web 2.0
World Reviewer

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  • Thanks!

    It's an honor to be in the Travelmole Web Awards Shortlist! Thanks. I personally found the "voting system" a little confusing, unless you were curious enough to put the pointer everywhere on the stars. Most of the people that voted for us, contacted me before about the "How to vote system". I deeply appreciate Travelmole efforts, for giving us such exposure in this event. Keep up the good work! Best, Irene Edwards GreenSpot Conde Nast Traveler Specialist - 2008 www.GreenSpot.travel

    By Irene Edwards, Friday, June 19, 2009

  • Delighted to make Travel Blog Shortlist

    I'm delighted that the Europe a la Carte Blog is in the shortlist for Best Travel Blog. It's great for an independent UK based blog to get some recognition and exposure. I don't think I'll be able to attend Awards either due to high cost of getting to London from the North East at short notice.

    By Karen Bryan, Thursday, June 18, 2009

  • Web Awards

    Thanks for reply Graham. I wasn't implying that the shortlist was rigged based on advertising or sponsorship (unlike other awards!) It was just that the voting mechanism seemed tricky to use correctly, which may have skewed the results. Anyway, hats off to the shortlisted companies and may the best site win!!

    By Loic Robertson, Thursday, June 18, 2009

  • Web Awards

    We welcome all feedback with regard to our Web Awards - good or bad. The voting and nomination system we have deployed this year has worked well. Over 15,000 votes were cast and we only had 16 queries. However, we admit there is always room for improvement and changes to the system are planned for the 2010 awards. I can assure you that our awards are fair and are in no way related to advertising or sponsorship, as maybe the case with other awards.

    By Graham McKenzie, Thursday, June 18, 2009

  • Nice!

    Nice to see we were nominated. Unfortunately I cannot attend in London - We're on the road!

    By Bart van Poll, Wednesday, June 17, 2009

  • Flawed voting system

    If the nominations for the shortlist were anything to do with the votes received, then this list is almost meaningless. I watched 4 people try to vote for some of the tour op websites only to accidentally vote "1 - Very Poor" due to the terrible way the voting form worked. I wonder how many other websites received a higher than expected level of "Very Poor" votes? I was beginning to suspect a stitch up by my colleagues. Either that or our website really is truly awful (actually, don't answer that!!)

    By Loic Robertson, Wednesday, June 17, 2009

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