According to the voting results, Astana was awarded a prize in two nominations: «The Best Business Destination of the Year» and «The Best City of Business and Event Tourism in Russia and the CIS». The Business Traveler Awards is annually awarded for outstanding achievements and innovations in the field of business tourism and is presented by Business Traveler publishing house, the leading magazine for business travelers with 14 publications worldwide, one of which is a publication in Russia and the CIS.
During its existence, «Business Traveler Awards» gained a reputation as an authoritative award, largely due to its objectivity: the winners are determined by the reader’s vote, that is, the winners were chosen by the readers, not the jury or the expert committee, and a special auditing company tracked the purity of the vote. Subscribers and readers of the magazine are the largest MICE-agencies, associations, corporations and other participants in the business and event tourism market, as well as frequently traveling businessmen, graduates of leading international and Russian business schools, management of large Russian and international companies, representatives of banks, state corporations and solo travelers.
Among the nominees of the award were presented as well-known international brands, and regional companies in Russia, CIS countries and neighboring countries, destinations, hotels, airlines and others.