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14 December 2012 - India Today

As the world prepares to receive its one billionth tourist on December 30, the World Travel Awards, the Oscars of the travel and tourism business, concluded on Wednesday night with Dubai bagging six awards (the highest number) and India getting the honours for leading destination, tourism board (India Tourism) and tourist attraction (for Taj Mahal).

It was the first time that the awards night was held in India in its 18-year history. The venue of the glittering ceremony, The Oberoi Gurgaon, walked away with the title of 'World's Leading Luxury Hotel' for the second consecutive year. Minister of state for tourism K. Chiranjeevi, looking very film star-like in his power suit, gave away the awards with the declaration,"We have seen 6.29 million tourist arrivals this year and there's been an 8.98 per cent growth in the numbers."

Etihad Airways continued its meteoric rise by being voted 'World's Leading Airline' and 'World's Leading Airline First Class'. Singapore Airlines won 'World's Leading Airline Business Class' and Lufthansa was named 'World's Leading Airline Economy Class'.

Oberoi Hotels and Resorts got the award for the 'World's Leading Luxury Hotel Brand'. The destination champions included the Maldives ('World's Leading Island Destination'), Mauritius ('World's Leading Honeymoon Destination') and Jamaica ('World's Leading Cruise Destination').

From India, the awards went to Maharajah's Express ('World's Leading Luxury Train'), Raj Palace in Jaipur ('World's Leading Heritage Hotel') and the unheralded Holiday Inn Express in Ahmedabad ('Leading New Mid-Market Hotel').

Source: India Today

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