The Innovation in Travel Awards took place this Tuesday evening, and we were lucky enough to be invited down to the awards ceremony!

The awards were hosted by Wired magazine and TUMI luggage and took place in the Regent Street TUMI store.

Innovation in Travel Awards

Guests mingle as they wait for the winners to be announced



Before we talk about the event itself, check out our list below of who was nominated for each category, with the winners in bold and the runners up in italics.

Best connected hotel or resort:

Base Nyon, Geneva

The Henn-Na Hotel

Sasebo Hotel 1000, Seattle

Mira Hotel, Hong Kong

Virgin Hotel, Chicago

Best in-flight experience:

Air New Zealand Economy Skycouch

American Airlines

Emirates Ice Digital Widescreen 

Jetblue Fly-Fi

Stelia Aerospace Celeste Seat

Best specialist travel agent or concierge:

Abercrombie & Kent

Black Tomato

Blade Travel

Remote Lands


Best travel influencer:

Cup Of Couple

A Luxury Travel Blog

Maria Shollenbarger

Roads And Kingdoms

Best travel destination or experience:

Bikini Berlin, Berlin

The Broad, Los Angeles

Em District, Bangkok

Mugaritz, San Sebastian

Shangri-La Hotel, At The Shard, London

Tungestølen Tourist Cabin, Sogn

Best transport hub:

The Ark At JFK Airport, New York

Cathay Pacific Haneda Lounge, Tokyo

King’s Cross Station, London

Pulkovo International Airport, St Petersburg

WTC Transportation Hub, New York


Cosmopolitan cocktails

A line of Cosmopolitan cocktails


While browsing their amazing range of travel luggage and clothing, we sipped on cocktails and enjoyed a couple of canapes as we waited for the winners to be announced.

The top floor of the shop had a pop up bar where we were able to order from a selection of drinks.

Fashion Editor at awards ceremony

Our Fashion Editor Albertine enjoyed one of the Royal Martinis

Our favourite cocktail of the night had to be the Royal Martini. It was a delicious blend of vodka and Chambord, topped up with a splash of prosecco.

The canapes circulating were also divine, and our favourites were the Crab Brulee (purely for the excellent pun) and mini yorkshire puddings with roast beef.

TUMI luggage

Some of the gorgeous TUMI luggage

We really enjoyed our evening at the Innovation in Travel Awards, and we can’t wait to learn a lot more about the winners of each category!