The co-founder of Travel-tech startup Staylists has been awarded the Exceptional Travel and Hospitality Award at the 21st Century Icon Awards.
The accolade was presented by Rt Hon. Baroness Verma of Leicester, Member of the House of Lords, at a ceremony in Knightsbridge, with Chris Waters taking home the accolade.
The awards recognised people across 17 categories in fields including finance, philanthropy, retail, entertainment and sport, and received over 400 applications.
Waters walked away with the Exceptional Travel and Hospitality Award, after impressing the judges with the competitive advantages that Staylists has over traditional online travel agents, with its simple user experience, a commission model of 10%, and its ability to circumnavigate the Google stranglehold by selling through brands and events with large audiences.
Waters said: “I’m humbled to have won. I’ve met some incredible people as a result of the process, and I’m thrilled to have been selected from such a worthy bunch of finalists.”
Tarun Ghulati, founder, president and CEO of the awards, and Preeti Rana, founder and CCO, said: “Through their keen focus on the consumer, Chris Waters and Staylists are emerging as leaders in the online travel agency world. We are very happy that a worthy winner like Chris has won the Exceptional Travel and Hospitality Award.”
The award is a further success for Staylists following recent partnerships with Stay in Bath, Eviivo and Mail Travel. The company also unveiled their new website and branding earlier this month.