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6 August 2012 - Sun Turks & Caicos

The international tourism spotlight will once again be turned on the Turks & Caicos Islands when it hosts the World Travel Awards (WTA) – regarded as Oscars of the travel industry - on September 14, 2012. WTA’s Caribbean & the Americas Ceremony 2012 will take place at Beaches Turks & Caicos Resort Villages & Spa. Decision-makers from leading travel organisations across the Caribbean and Americas are scheduled to attend the gala evening. The red-carpet ceremony will include a gourmet dinner, top entertainment, as well as the presentation of the coveted awards.

The World Travel Awards was launched in 1993 to acknowledge and recognise excellence in the global travel and tourism industry, and is now regarded as the very highest achievement that a product could hope to receive. The TCI has been entered a number o f categories including the Caribbean’s Leading Beach – Grace Bay Beach - which it won last year. The TCI is pitted against several of other leading regional tourism spots in the category of Caribbean’s Leading Destination. The TCI is also in the running for the Caribbean’s Leading Honeymoon Destination.

TCI is also entered in the Caribbean’s Leading Boutique Hotel, that category is represented by The Veranda Resort. Grand Turks is entered in the category of Caribbean’s Leading Cruise Destination, while the Grand Turk Cruise Centre will be jostling for the Caribbean’s Leading Cruise Port.

Beaches TCI will be seeking to retain its title as the Caribbean’s Leading Family All Inclusive Resort. The Regent Palms and Parrot Cay are the standard-bearers in the Caribbean’s Leading Hotel category. The Estates at Grace Bay (Grace Bay Club) and the Veranda Resort are the TCI representatives in the Caribbean's Leading Hotel & Residences category.

The Amanyara Villas and the Parrot Cay Residences will represent the TCI in the Caribbean's Leading Luxury Villa category. Pine Cay, for the first time has been entered into the category of Caribbean's Leading Private Island.
Grace Bay Club, Parrot Cay and the Regent Palms will challenge 26 other resorts for the Caribbean's Leading Resort. Parrot Cay and the Regent Palms have made it in the category of Caribbean's Leading Spa Resort.
Grace Bay Penthouse Suite, Grace Bay Club; the Penthouse Three Bedroom Ocean Front at The Regent Palms; and Presidential Suite at The Somerset are the TCI representatives in the Caribbean's Leading Suite category.

The Turks & Caicos Tourist Board is also placed in the Caribbean's Leading Tourist Board category. Graham E Cooke, President and Founder, WTA, was quoted on site’s page as saying: “We are delighted to be hosting our Caribbean & The Americas Ceremony 2012 in Turks & Caicos, a paradise destination currently enjoying a surge in tourism arrivals. The nation is entering an exciting new chapter in its history, and tourism will play an even greater role in its economic evolution.”

Ralph Higgs, Director of Tourism, Turks & Caicos Tourist Board was also quoted by the website as saying: “The Turks & Caicos Islands are indeed very proud to once again be the host country for WTA. These awards recognize the best in the travel industry while also celebrating the rich diversity of the nominees: their culture, heritage and people. Turks & Caicos Tourist Board welcomes WTA back to our beautiful shores where memories will be made for a lifetime, the hospitality and spirit of the people will forever be etched in the history of such an esteemed group of nominees.

“Our destination is poised for success as the global economic recovery begins to take shape and with WTA taking place here, it signifies to the world that the Turks & Caicos Islands is open for business, ready to provide a unique travel experience for all.”

The Caribbean & the Americas Ceremony 2012 marks the second leg of WTA’s Grand Tour, a global search for the world’s leading travel brands, which also includes regional heats in Dubai, Nairobi, Singapore and The Algarve. The winners of these legs will then go head-to-head at WTA’s Grand Final, which takes place at The Oberoi, Gurgaon, New Delhi, India on December 12, 2012.

Source: Sun Turks & Caicos


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