2019 Hotels & Villa Accommodation

Hotels Brands - Definition

With no unifying star rating system to define hotel attributes globally the Hotel and Resort Brand awards are segregated by market class. This is an industry categorization based upon average room rates and includes both chain-affiliated and independent hotels. An independent hotel’s market class is determined by the average daily rate, relative to that of chain-affiliated hotels in its geographic proximity.


There are six recognised market class groups:

  • Luxury
  • Upper Upscale
  • Upscale
  • Upper Midscale
  • Midscale
  • Economy

For the British Travel Awards we use the collapsed market class model by combining groups (this applies to both international and UK awards):

A comprehensive list of over 950 hotels brands listed by market class can be found by clicking the above links.




Open to chain-affiliated and independent hotels operating under one identity. Groups operating multiple brands should enter them individually. These categories are also open to companies who represent collections of independent hotels and market them under a common identity.


A70 - Luxury Hotel Brand

Market class: Luxury and Upper Upscale

A71 - Best Upscale Hotel Brand

Market class: Upscale

A72 - Best  Midscale Plus Hotel Brand

Market class: Upper Midscale

A73 - Best Midscale/Economy Hotel Brand

Market class: Midscale and Economy

A74 - Best All-Inclusive Hotel & Resort Brand

All-Inclusive Hotels & Resorts can also register in the market class categories

Villa Holidays & Self Catering Accommodation - Definition

Villa/self-catering holiday booking companies market, promote and manage reservations for villas, apartments and holiday cottages on behalf of independent property owners or their own units.


A75 - Best Villa Holiday Company

Self catering holiday accommodation providers who offer UK, Europe and oversea properties in their portfolio.

Size grade award:

Large - more than £40m sales per year

Medium - £15m - £40m sales per year

Small - less than £15m sales per year

A60 - Best Chalet/Winter Sports Accommodation Provider

Chalet and lodgings booking companies who offer accommodation only or include transport via a third party supplier.

Size graded award:

Large - More than 25k guests per year

Medium - 2.5k to 25k guests per year

Small - less than 2.5k guests per year

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