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Past Academy Award winners

2017

Europe: Olivier Lepine, Biarritz Tourisme, France

Africa Middle East: Karim El Minabawy, Emeco Travel, Egypt

Americas: Diane DiMaggio, Northstar Travel Media

Asia Pacific: Jeannie Lim, Singapore Tourism Board

2016

Europe: Eric Bakermans, NBTC Holland Marketing

Africa Middle East: Amanda Kotze-Nhlapo, South African Tourism

Americas: Elliott Ferguson, Destination DC

Asia Pacific: Geoff Donaghy, ICC Sydney/AEG Ogden

2015

Europe: Henrik von Arnold, Henrik von Arnold & Co.

Africa Middle East: Glen Byrom, twiice DMC Victoria Falls

Americas: Judy Henrich, Global Cynergies

Asia Pacific: Rajeev Kohli, Creative Travel

Special: Amy Spatrisano, MeetGreen

 

2014

Europe: Edgar Hirt, Congress Centre Hamburg/AIPC

Africa Middle East: Trevor McCartney, Oman Convention & Exhibition Centre

Americas: Fay Beauchine, Aimia

Asia Pacific: Martin Winter, Gold Coast Tourism Corp.

2013

Europe: Christian Mutschlechner, Vienna Convention Bureau

Africa Middle East: David Sands, Uwin Iwin

Americas: Pablo Sismanian, Inprotur Argentina

Asia Pacific, Jane Vong Holmes, Gaining Edge

2012

Europe: Gordana Plamenac, National Tourism Organisation Serbia

Africa Middle East: Adel Zaki, Egypt Incentives and Events

Americas: Jonathan Walker, Tucson Convention and Visitors Bureau

Asia Pacific: Indra Sukirno, Jakarta Convention and Exhibition Bureau

Special: Airy Garrigosa, Barcelona Convention Bureau

2011

Europe: Trudi Wagner, Marriott Hotels

Africa Middle East: Rick Taylor, The Business Tourism Company

Americas: Rick Antonson, Tourism Vancouver

Asia Pacific: Samuel Koo, Seoul Convention Bureau

Special: Jon Hutchison, Business Events Sydney

2010

Europe: Nik Racic, Croatian Convention Bureau

Africa Middle East: Yussef Husseiny, Jordan Tourism Board

Americas: Greg Ortale, Greater Houston Convention & Visitors Bureau

Asia Pacific: Suprabha Moleeratanond, Thailand Convention & Exhibition Bureau

2009

Europe: Patrick Delaney, Ovation Global DMC

Africa Middle East: Joseph Sanna, Kenya Tourist Board

Americas: Eduardo Chaillo, Mexico Tourism Board

Asia Pacific: Liu Ping, China Star Professional Programs

2008

Europe: Barbra Albrecht, Switzerland Convention & Incentive Bureau

Africa Middle East: Angeline Lue, South African Tourism Convention Bureau

Americas: Jane Schuldt, World Marketing Group

Asia Pacific: Pieter A Van der Hoeven, PG International Consulting

Special: Walter Foletti, Expoforce AG

2007

Europe: Pierre Heumann, ANAe

Africa Middle East: Gillian Taylor, Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority

Americas: Ana Maria Viscalles, Puerto Rico Convention Bureau

Asia Pacific: Gary Grimmer, Gary Grimmer & Company

2006

Europe: Tatjana Radovic, Ljubljana Tourist Board, Slovenia

Africa Middle East: Alec Gilbert, Durban ICC

Americas: Gregory Kurdian, Sunbound Bahamas

Asia Pacific: Jean Christophe Espinosa, Brunei Tourism

2005

Europe: Bill Fontgivell, Hotel Rey Juan Carlos I, Barcelona

Africa Middle East: Elhamy Elzayat, Emeco Travel, Cairo

Americas: Eduardo Sanovicz, Reed Travel Exhibitions Brazil

Asia Pacific: Alan Trotter, Conventions & Incentives New Zealand

Special: Maarten Vanneste, ABBIT, Belgium

2004

Europe: Jack Munro, Edinburgh and Lothians Tourist Board

Africa Middle East: Sumaira Isaacs, MCI Dubai

Americas: Arnaldo Nardone, Radisson Montevideo

Asia Pacific: Peggy Lau, Pacific World Hong Kong

Special: Rob Spalding, AMI

2003

Europe: Anne Wallin Rodven, Oslo Convention Bureau

Africa Middle East: George Crossland, Africa Reps

Americas: Jim Germain, USA Hosts

Asia Pacific: Anthony Wong, Asian Overland Services