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11 January 2013 - Storify

World Travel Awards (WTA) has capped its year-long search for the most popular travel and tourism brands in the world with its glittering Grand Final Gala Ceremony in New Delhi, India, on 12th December 2012.

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

The most important decision-makers in the industry attended the VIP ceremony, which was officially supported by Ministry of Tourism, Government of India, and hosted at The Oberoi, Gurgaon, New Delhi Capital Region, the new business and commercial district of Delhi NCR.

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”.

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 exponential growth of Singapore’s Frasers Hospitality was acknowledged with the extended-stay specialist picking up “World’s Leading Serviced Apartment Brand”.

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.

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”.

Meanwhile, The Oberoi, Gurgaon consolidated its stature by being voted “World’s Leading Luxury Hotel” for the second consecutive year.

Destination winners included the Maldives (“World’s Leading Island Destination”), Mauritius (“World’s Leading Honeymoon Destination”) and Jamaica (“World’s Leading Cruise Destination”).

Other top awards included Europcar (“World’s Leading Car Hire”) Grosvenor House Dubai (“World’s Leading Business Hotel & Apartments”), and Dnata (World’s Leading Air Travel Service Provider”).

Hailed as “The Oscars of the Travel Industry” by the Wall Street Journal, WTA is recognised worldwide as the ultimate travel accolade. Its 2012 Grand Tour featured regional heats in Dubai (UAE), Turks & Caicos Islands, The Algarve (Portugal) and Singapore, with the winners from these competing head-to-head at the Grand Final.

Source: Storify

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