The following awards were presented:
DISTINGUISHED SUPPLIER awarded to Melia Hotels International in recognition of their policy of support and respect for DMCs and for their close collaboration with the Spanish Association of Destination Management Companies. The award was collected by José Miguel Moreno, Senior Sales Director Spain & Global Business Travel & MICE Director of Melia Hotels International
AWARD OF EXCELLENCE conferred on Reed Travel Exhibitions, for its consistently contribution to the promotion of MICE tourism destinations and their ongoing collaboration with SpainDMCs. The award was collected by Graeme Barnett, Senior Exhibition Director for IBTM World.
THE MELON AWARD won by Mrs. Ada Colau (Mayor of Barcelona) who has proved to ignore the importance of differentiating the various segments of tourism and has implemented measures that equally hurt low-cost tourism than MICE by suspending the approval of tourist licenses and by stopping the opening of new hotels in Barcelona, which SpainDMCs members understand that it harms the future development of their business. Neither Mrs. Colau, nor anyone representing him, turned up to receive the appropriate trophy which the Board of Directors of SpainDMCs will keep safe for her for whenever she wishes to pick it up.