CWT, the Business-to-Business-for-Employees (B2B4E) travel management platform, proudly announces the winners of its 2022 Business Travel Journalism Awards (BTJAs), honoring exceptional journalists and editors from national, consumer, broadcast, and trade media worldwide. Out of hundreds of entries submitted globally, an independent BTJA judging panel unanimously selected 12 winners for their exemplary and innovative business journalism over the last year.
Following BTN’s Global editorial team win last year, this year’s ‘Editorial Team of the Year award’ was scooped by BTN’s European editorial team for consistently delving behind complex issues and news to deliver timely, informative, challenging and original articles - borne from the team’s deep industry expertise and curiosity.
Bev Fearis from The Business Travel Magazine was honored as ‘Editor of the Year’ for the second consecutive year. An ambassador for the wider industry, she continues to evolve the magazine’s breadth and appeal at pace, most notably through revamped newsletters and regular exploratory features, unpicking sustainability credentials within the industry. Nicole Edenedo from Travel Weekly was awarded ‘Best Newcomer’. Nicole’s passion for inspiring others by reporting the truth was eloquently captured in her feature on black travelers and how the impact of Black Lives Matter has intensified the demand for more local black history and cultural heritage tour offerings.
Matt Parsons won the ‘Meetings & Events’ award for his artful dissection of the value Metaverse brings to conferences, training and education for Skift. The ‘New Media’ award was won by Paul Harvey from M&IT for his visual reportage of London’s new Elizabeth Line and the imperative of this rail launch to the commercial wellbeing of London’s meetings and events industry. Jamie Biesiada won the ‘Industry Trends’ award for her rigorously researched article on the risk of unmanaged ‘bleisure’ trips post pandemic, and the value of incentive trips to attract and retain talent, for Travel Weekly.
Gillian Upton won the ‘Technology award’ for her chronological guide published in The Business Travel Magazine, looking at travel tech trends, features and innovations, and how each can practically help travel managers to deliver and keep their travelers safe. The ‘Ground transportation award’ went to The Independent’s Simon Calder for his exploration of rail innovations destined to offer more sustainable and amenable alternatives to flying for business travelers.
The ‘Destination award’ went to Hannah Brandler from Business Traveller for her article on Northern Thailand, a literary feast of well-balanced research and storytelling. Catherine Chetwynd’s Business Travel Magazine feature on the evolution of serviced apartments and the extended stay sector post pandemic scooped the ‘Accommodation award’. The ‘Air award’ went to Amon Cohen for shining a light where most airlines don’t want it shone by delving into ‘carrier-imposed surcharges’ for BTN Europe. He also won this year’s special award for ‘Best contribution to business travel journalism’ for his impeccable reporting, which he delivers with flair, intelligence and a heavy dose of wit.
“The 2022 Business Travel Journalism Awards shines a light on the exemplary standards of journalism upheld within the travel sphere,” says Julian Walker, CWT’s Head of External Market Communications and PR. “The entrants, short-listers and ultimate category winners this year have again proven the importance of the questions they ask our industry, to ensure it continues to progress and strive for excellence.”
Administered and curated by CWT, the BTJAs recognizes distinguished business travel as well as meetings and events reporting for a general audience. Now in its 19th year and open to journalists worldwide, the BTJAs saw a significant influx of entries this year, submitted from across 4 continents, with the winners selected by an expert judging panel of business travel and meetings managers, industry experts, and respected editors.
This year’s BTJA winners:
- Best Newcomer: Nicole Edenedo, Travel Weekly USA
- Editor of the Year: Bev Fearis, The Business Travel Magazine
- Editorial team of the Year: BTN Europe
- Features Journalist of the Year Accommodation: Catherine Chetwynd, The Business Travel Magazine
- Features Journalist of the Year Air: Amon Cohen, BTN Europe
- Features Journalist of the Year Destination: Hannah Brandler, Business Traveller
- Features Journalist of the Year Ground Transportation: Simon Calder, The Independent
- Features Journalist of the Year Industry Trends: Jamie Biesiada, Travel Weekly
- Features Journalist of the Year Meetings & Events: Matthew Parsons, Skift
- Features Journalist of the Year Technology: Gillian Upton, The Business Travel Magazine
- New Media: Paul Harvey, M&IT
- Special Award: Best Contribution to Business Travel Journalism: Amon Cohen, BTN Europe
CWT is a Business-to-Business-for-Employees (B2B4E) travel management platform. Companies and governments rely on us to keep their people connected – anywhere, anytime, anyhow. Across six continents, we provide their employees with innovative technology and an efficient, safe and secure travel experience backed by our three core promises: to simplify corporate travel, to connect to unlock possibilities, and to move forward, together.