The M&IT Awards 2021 saw the industry come together in celebration of event professionals on an exciting and emotional night in London.
The sector turned out in force for a glittering night with more than 550 event professionals in attendance at Battersea Evolution to celebrate the great and good of the industry.
The evening was once again compered by Welsh television presenter Gethin Jones, while last year's Events R Talented winner Megan Unwin got the crowd up and dancing early on with her version of Amy Winehouse's Valerie.
The awards saw Meetings Industry Association chief executive Jane Longhurst take home the Personality of the Year award, with Delegate Wranglers founder Neil Thompson named as runner-up.
Venues & Events International scored a double gold award win, landing both the Best Intermediary Agency (fewer than 40 employees) and Best Crisis Response gongs, the latter in recognition of the agency’s incredible work throughout the pandemic.
Glasgow Convention Bureau picked up the Best UK Convention Bureau award for an incredible 15th year running, while Park Regis Birmingham scooped Best UK Hotel.
M&IT editor Paul Harvey said: "The M&IT Awards 2021 were a fantastic release for a sector that has not had a chance to celebrate in far too long. It was such a thrill to come together and honour the sector after what has been such a difficult 18 months for so many of us. Congratulations to all our winners and finalists, huge thanks to all our sponsors, and thank you to everyone that attended for making it such a special night. These awards will live long in the memory as the moment the sector was finally able to have fun again."
The night also saw industry charity Meeting Needs raise thousands with a table raffle and present its David Hackett Award for outstanding achievement to SongDivision. Following the awards, the industry partied the night away on the dancefloor.
The winners of the M&IT Awards 2021 were as follows:
Best UK Hotel
Gold: Park Regis Birmingham
Silver: The Celtic Manor Resort
Bronze: Chewton Glen
Best Overseas Hotel
Gold: Sandals Royal Barbados
Silver: Four Seasons Hotel Madrid
Bronze: Marina Bay Sands Singapore
Best UK Conference Centre
Gold: ACC Liverpool
Silver: Scottish Event Campus
Bronze: ExCeL London
Best Overseas Conference Centre
Gold: The Convention Centre Dublin (The CCD)
Silver: Grimaldi Forum Monaco
Bronze: CCIB - Centre de Convencions Internacional de Barcelona
Best Intermediary Agency (fewer than 40 employees)
Gold: Venues and Events International
Silver: First Choice Conference & Events
Bronze: ZiaBia Events Consultancy
Best Intermediary Agency (more than 40 employees)
Silver: BCD Meetings & Events
Best UK Convention Bureau
Gold: Glasgow Convention Bureau
Silver: Liverpool Convention Bureau
Bronze: London & Partners
Best Overseas Convention Bureau
Gold: Dublin Convention Bureau
Silver: Visit Monaco
Bronze: Barcelona Convention Bureau
Best UK Unusual Venue
Gold: Church House Westminster
Silver: Natural History Museum London
Bronze: Tobacco Dock
Best Event Provider
Gold: Blue Hat Team Building
Best Crisis Response
Gold: Venues and Events International
Silver: The Celtic Manor Resort & ICC Wales
Bronze: Park Regis Birmingham
Best Tech-forward venue
Gold: The Celtic Manor Resort & ICC Wales
Silver: etc venues
Bronze: Royal Lancaster Hotel
Personality of the Year
Gold: Jane Longhurst, Chief Executive Officer, The Meetings Industry Association
Silver: Neil Thompson, Founder, The Delegate Wranglers
Team of the Year
Gold: The Venues Collection
Bronze: Dynamic Conferences & Events
M&IT editor Paul Harvey is a journalist with more than 15 years of experience. He began his career in the local press, working for various titles across the north. Since joining M&IT in 2013, he has become a trusted and respected voice in the sector, championing event professionals and reporting on all aspects of the events industry for the brand.