December 20, 2017

Voting is now open for the 2018 Onboard Hospitality Awards. All entries can be viewed here and once you’ve checked them out you can vote for your favourites up until February 1 2018. If you are a buyer we are particularly keen for you to get involved in the voting – it is your opinion that really counts! If you have entered – good luck!



Who’s judging?

Our readers and a highly-respected judging panel. Onboard Hospitality is read by over 14,400+ international buyers and suppliers of onboard hospitality – all experts in their field. Online voting allows them to help our judges select the awards finalists.

This year we have also added a new layer to the process, asking all judges to identify products or services they feel should be finalists too. We expect these to closely match the readers’ vote but have added this double check to ensure fully independent assessment of all products entered and to counter any potential online voting anomalies.

All finalists will then be personally examined and assessed by the panel of industry experts who will make the final decision of the winners in each category.

Entries enjoy exposure on our website throughout the voting period as well as through our social media and within the magazine.

Meet the judges
The judging criteria

Finalists will be invited to attend a free awards presentation in Hamburg to hear who has won and why.

This could be you! View photos from the 2017 awards night here

Learn more about the grants you could win

The onboard sector isn’t shy of style or glamour, good looks and eye-catching innovations, but while inspirational branding and mesmerising marketing may grab the headlines, it is ultimately the combined value of many small factors that really make incredible passenger experiences. Hundreds of individual elements chosen for their quality, function and style, their story and their authenticity.

Beautifully scented toiletries, or a soft-touch fabric, the fine line of a cup or subtle flavours of a signature dish – these are the vital touchpoints which make a journey special and these are the products and services we want to acknowledge through our 10 categories. As in previous years we will also offer those products or services not yet onboard, but targeting the onboard market, the chance to enter our Ones to Watch category.


Best Onboard Amenities Kit (Four awards)
Best for First
Best for Business
Best for Premium Economy
Best for Economy/LCC
To include amenity kits design and quality and their contents

Best Onboard Kids Kit/Service/Catering
To include amenities, services, and food products for kids offered complimentary or as buy-on-board in any cabin

Catering Innovation of the Year
To include menu concepts and new product or service design served complimentary or as buy-on-board in any cabin

Best Onboard Snack (Two awards)
Best for First/Business, to include nuts, crisps, popcorn, chocolates, sandwiches, pastries etc
Best for Premium Economy/Economy/LCC, served complimentary or as buy-on-board

Best Onboard Beverage
To include wines, spirits, cocktails, sodas, juices, smoothies etc served complimentary or as buy-on-board in any cabin

Best Onboard Service Equipment (Two awards)
Best for passengers, to include trays, tableware, cutlery, rotables, disposables etc
Best for crew, to include trolleys, crew-friendly service equipment, crew rest or support items

Best for Sustainability Onboard
To include eco, green, light weight and recyclable products

Best Use of Onboard Technology
To include passenger experience items such as headphones, entertainment and connectivity, and crew support or security

Best for Onboard Textiles (Two awards)
Best for First/Business, to include bedding, blankets, sleep suits, pillows, duvets and napkins
Best for Premium Economy/Economy/LCC offered complimentary or as buy-on-board

Best for Wellbeing Onboard
Products designed to make travellers or crew feel good, to include products, services, uniforms offered complimentary or as buy-on-board in any cabin

Ones to Watch – not yet onboard
New products or services targeting the onboard hospitality sector in all classes for rail, cruise or air.
This category will NOT be subject to online voting as all entries in this category will go before the judging panel for their consideration. More than one award maybe presented at the judges discretion.

Entries close December 1, 2017 (If you missed the deadline please contact for advice on late entries)