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10 April 2009 - Travel Daily News

World Travel Awards



The World Travel Awards serve to acknowledge, reward and celebrate the enormous achievements to be found in all sectors of the global travel industry.



“World Travel Awards - honouring excellence in tourism worldwide since 1994”



World Travel Awards is the most prestigious, comprehensive and sought after awards programme in the global travel and tourism industry.



Established in 1993 to acknowledge and celebrate excellence in all sectors of the industry, World Travel Awards is recognised as the hallmark of excellence, with the winners setting the benchmark to which all others aspire. The Wall Street Journal recently heralded the World Travel Awards as the "travel industry's equivalent to the Oscars".



The first ever ceremony was held in Hollywood in 1994. Since then there have been events every year to celebrate the best of the best in the travel industry on a global level. World Travel Awards has been held in famous travel hot spots including New York, Las Vegas, The Bahamas, London, Jamaica, Kuala Lumpur and St Lucia.



In 2007, the World Travel Awards expanded from one event annually to regional ceremonies for each continent, culminating in a grand final. Events included the Middle East Awards in Abu-Dhabi; North and Central America in New York; Europe in Newcastle; Asia and Australia in Bangalore and the global World awards in Turks and Caicos.



The 2008 Grand Tour was even bigger, including an inaugural Green Awards and South America Awards. This year’s venues include Durban, Sydney, Shanghai, Orlando, Poprad, Rio, Dubai, culminating with a Gala Ceremony in Turks and Caicos.



2009 will see the World Travel Awards land in 7 hubs of travel like UAE, South Africa, Singapore, Brazil, Portugal, Mexico and Jamaica.



The prestigious awards scheme is also developing its online presence. Video clips and interviews from the past ceremonies are now available on a YouTube channel that has now been launched at www.youtube.com/worldtravelawards, channelling the tens of thousands across the world.



Voting Procedure



World Travel Awards is proud of its impartial nature and the comprehensive process of its voting programme. Voted for by industry peers, this level of accountability makes winning an award the greatest form of recognition in the travel business.



In 2007 the number of people voting was up by 12 percent compared to 2006. For the tourism trade, winning a World Travel Award is more than an award, it is a personal and reliable endorsement from thousands of professionals around the globe.



In 2008 the nomination and voting process is undertaken via voting from travel agents and travel industry professionals worldwide. However, in 2009 we are introducing improvements to the voting system to ensure that the awards are both transparent and balanced.



In addition, we are asking our WTA Global Media Partners to encourage their own readers to vote, using a link with the WTA website.



For more information on voting procedure, please click here: http://www.worldtravelawards.com/vote



The Grand Tour



World Travel Awards is a highly regarded award ceremony aimed at honouring the best of the travelling industry. The first award ceremony took place 16 years ago in Hollywood. Today there are awards ceremonies all over the globe rewarding excellence regionally and globally. The awards take place in Asia, Australasia, Indian Ocean, Europe and North, Central and South America.



“The overriding objective of the World Travel Awards is to encourage and stimulate business excellence within the international travel and tourism industry. There is no doubt that the events are glitzy and exciting, but at the same time there will be a very serious purpose behind them,” said Graham E. Cooke, President and Founder of the World Travel Awards.



“Winning one of the awards not only brings a travel company or destination acknowledgement and respect from the global industry, but also offers valuable commercial and profiling benefits that can filter down to the bottom line,” he continued.



Contacts:



Jane Larcombe
PR Director
T: +44 (0)1892 785071
E: [email protected]



Cristina Onodi
PR Executive
T: +44(0)207 8436675
E: [email protected]



Middle East Gala Ceremony



This years star studded event will be taking place on Tuesday 5th May 2009 in Dubai.
For further information, please see link below. Please keep checking back for additional information on guests, entertainment, travel and accommodation.
To contact a member of the events team, please email [email protected]


For further info on this event, please visit: http://www.worldtravelawards.com/event36



Africa Gala Ceremony - 11th May 2009



This years star studded event is taking place on Sunday 10th May 2009 and will once again be held at the International Convention Centre in the heart of Durban, South Africa.
For further information, please see link below. Please keep checking back for additional information on guests, entertainment, travel and accommodation.
To contact a member of the events team, please email [email protected]


For further info on this event, please visit: http://www.worldtravelawards.com/event30



Asia, Australasia & Indian Ocean Gala Ceremony - To be announced



The date for this years star studded ceremony that will take place in Singapore, will soon be announced, please keep checking back for additional information on guests, entertainment, travel and accommodation.
To contact a member of the events team, please email [email protected]


For further info on this event, please visit: http://www.worldtravelawards.com/event33



North & Central America Gala Ceremony - 21st September 2009



This years star studded event will be held at the Hacienda Tres Ríos in the beautiful Riviera Maya area of Yucatan, Mexico.
For further information, please see the tabs above. Please keep checking back for additional information on guests, entertainment, travel and accommodation.
To contact a member of the events team, please email [email protected]


For further info on this event, please visit: http://www.worldtravelawards.com/event31



South America Gala Ceremony - To be announced



The date for this years star studded ceremony that will be held in Rio de Janeiro, will soon be announced, please keep checking back for additional information on guests, entertainment, travel and accommodation.
To contact a member of the events team, please email [email protected]


For further info on this event, please visit: http://www.worldtravelawards.com/event35



Europe Gala Ceremony - 17th October 2009



This year's star studded event will be held at the Marriott Praia D'El Rey Golf & Beach Resort on Portugal's gorgeous and rugged Silver Coast just outside of Obidos.
For further information, please see the tabs above. Please keep checking back for additional information on guests, entertainment, travel and accommodation.
To contact a member of the events team, please email [email protected]


For further info on this event, please visit: http://www.worldtravelawards.com/event34




Contact organisers



World Travel Awards



1 Northumberland Avenue
London WC2N 5BW
United Kingdom
Tel +44 (0) 20 7925 0000
Fax +44 (0) 20 7925 2552

For general enquiries:
[email protected]
To book your place at the World Travel Awards Ceremony:
[email protected]


For sponsorship opportunities:
[email protected]


For press information and media enquiries, please email at:
[email protected]


Any enquiries on voting system, please contact:
[email protected]

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