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11 January 2013 - Sun Turks & Caicos

The Turks and Caicos Islands scored big at the World Travel Awards in India last week when it walked away with the coveted World’s Leading Beach Destination, courtesy of the world famous Grace Bay Beach.

Grace Bay Beach turned back the likes of Bora Bora, Tahiti; Cancun, Mexico; Cape Town, South Africa; Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Goa, India; Maldives; Maui, Hawaii, USA; Mauritius - Trou Aux Biches; Montego Bay, Jamaica; Negril, Jamaica; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Saadiyat beach, Abu Dhabi, UAE; Seychelles - Praslin Anse Lazio; Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt; and Sydney, Australia.

The award followed Grace Bay Beach being named the Caribbean’s Leading Beach Destination in the Caribbean leg of the awards ceremony, held on Providenciales in September.

That title was not the only accolade that the TCI walked away with; as one of the most prominent resorts here - The Regent Palms – captured the World's Leading Spa Resort.

The Regent Palms won the title from a field of 22 other resorts across the globe, including AYANA Resort and Spa Bali, Indonesia; Banyan Tree Cabo Marques, Mexico; Cornelia Diamond Golf Resort & Spa, Turkey; Gili Lankanfushi, Maldives; InterContinental Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso Spa, French Polynesia; Jumeirah Zabeel Saray, Dubai, UAE; and Layana Resort & Spa, Thailand.

Director of Tourism Ralph Higgs was elated at the achievements by the products. He said that the latest tourism attainment speaks to the rich brand that the country has been promoting over the years.
“Along with our tourism partners and stakeholders we are delighted to accept this award as World’s Leading Beach Destination. This is further testament to what we here in the Turks & Caicos have known all along and the world is beginning to find out,” Higgs said in a statement issued by the Tourist Board.

In the Meantime, Graham Cooke, World Travel Awards President and Founder, said it has been evident that the Turks and Caicos Islands brand was growing leaps and bounds, while maintaining its hideaway status that give the discreet guest the idyllic vacation.
“The Turks & Caicos continues to build its reputation as the definitive low-key luxury hideaway, offering stunning beaches away from the public glare,” Cooke said.

World Travel Awards, which will celebrate 20 years existence in 2013, was established in 1993 to acknowledge, reward and celebrate excellence across all sectors of the tourism industry. Today, the WTA brand is recognised globally as the ultimate hallmark of quality, with winners setting the benchmark to which all others aspire.

The annual programme is renowned as the most prestigious and comprehensive in the travel and tourism industry. In 2011, 791,358 individual votes were cast by travel professionals and consumers in 171 countries. Each year WTA covers the globe with a series of regional gala ceremonies staged to recognise and celebrate individual and collective successes within each key geographical region.

The Grand Tour of WTA gala ceremonies are regarded as milestone events in the industry calendar, attended by the industry’s key decision makers, chief figure heads and the leading trade and consumer media.

Source: Sun Turks & Caicos

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