On December 19 the team from Austrian Airlines held their New Year corporate party at top Lviv nightlife venue Sofia. The event brought together the airline’s West Ukrainian staff as well as partner agencies from across the region. The winner of Best West Ukrainian Agency 2008 was announced as Elita-business Travel Agents, a long-term partner of Austrian Airlines, with Universalne finishing second and Grand-tour taking third place. The annual corporate festive season is usually one of the most lucrative periods of the year for the Ukrainian hospitality sector, but New Year 2008-9 was one of the quietest for a decade, with companies across the country responding to the heightening economic crisis by looking to cut back on the expense of lavish Christmas office parties. However, the spirit of the season lived on with many firms like Austrian Airlines hosting yuletide celebrations in keeping with the very best of Ukrainian Christmas tradition.