Lastminute.com, Virgin Airways and Le Manoir Hotel were among the winners at the TravelMole Web Awards, announced on 22 April.
Prizes were awarded to 12 companies at a ceremony in London, for categories such as Best Agent Website, Best Airline Website and Best Responsible Tourism Website.
Over 300 nominated sites were analysed by a team of internet usability specialists and judged on their clarity, functionality and aesthetic appeal. Shortlisted sites were voted on by a panel of judges including John Lawrence, Worldchoice; Dr Hilary Murphy, Lausanne Hotel School; Liz Craig, OneGlobe Network, and Susie Greenwood, Greenwood Solutions.
Graham McKenzie, CEO of TravelMole, says: “We offer the strongest congratulations to all our winners, and commiserations to those who just missed out, following another record entry this year. The TravelMole Web Awards celebrate those companies that understand the power of the internet and have developed an online presence that their peers can only aspire to - the companies who have scooped the awards are truly deserving winners.
“When we launched the event in 2003 there was a perception that UK travel sites were generally poor. Our winners consistently prove that the best sites do the basics well. They offer speed, excellent search facilities, a wealth of content and great graphics. The online travel industry is now marching ahead relentlessly.”