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11 January 2013 - Express Hospitality

World Travel Awards (WTA) after its year-long search for the most popular travel and tourism brands in the world awarded the best at its grand final gala ceremony in New Delhi, India. The important decision-makers in the industry attended the ceremony, which was officially supported by Ministry of Tourism, Government of India, and hosted at The Oberoi, Gurgaon.

Organisations including Jumeirah, Starwood Hotels, Lufthansa, Korean Air, Royal Caribbean International and Kuoni walked off with top honours for their roles in spearheading the global travel and tourism recovery.

Hospitality categories included Dubai’s Burj al Arab (World’s Leading Hotel), Italy’s Forte Village Resort (World’s Leading Resort), InterContinental Hotels & Resorts (World’s Leading Hotel Brand), St Regis Doha (World’s Leading New Hotel), and Atlantis The Palm, Dubai (World’s Leading Landmark Resort).

The pivotal role of the luxury hospitality sector in spearheading India’s tourism revolution was acknowledged with Oberoi Hotels & Resorts voted World’s Leading Luxury Hotel Brand and The Oberoi, Gurgaon consolidating its stature by being voted World’s Leading Luxury Hotel for the second consecutive year.

It was also an evening of celebration in India, with the nation seeing off the likes of Dubai, London, Cape Town and Rio de Janeiro to win the blue riband World’s Leading Destination award. Incredible India was voted World’s Leading Tourist Board in recognition of its part in raising international tourist arrivals.

Graham Cooke, president and founder, World Travel Awards, says, “The past year has continued to challenge every area of travel, tourism and hospitality. However our Grand Final winners have all demonstrated their world-class pedigree over this period, and are currently spearheading the global recovery of travel and tourism. In doing so they are also reinforcing our industry’s role as one of the mainstays of the global economy.”

He further added, “India in particular is playing a decisive role in generating new opportunities in travel and tourism, hence the decision to host our grand finale in New Delhi. In less than a decade, the number of international tourists here has more than doubled, reflecting how travel and tourism is linked inextricably with the economic evolution of this new superpower.”

Etihad Airways continued its meteoric rise by being voted World’s Leading Airline and World’s Leading Airline First Class, following a milestone year that saw the UAE flag-carrier continue its journey as the fastest growing airline in history. Singapore Airlines won World’s Leading Airline Business Class and Lufthansa was named World’s Leading Airline Economy Class. Destination winners included the Maldives (World’s Leading Island Destination), Mauritius (World’s Leading Honeymoon Destination) and Jamaica (World’s Leading Cruise Destination).

Source: Express Hospitality

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