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20 August 2007 - Travel World News

WTA Ceremony in New York September 17; Winners Announced for Middle East and Africa

On September 17, 2007 the World Travel Awards (WTA) will be hosting their Americas Awards Gala Ceremony in New York. Hailed by the Wall Street Journal as the “Travel Industry’s equivalent to the Oscars,” the WTA are the most comprehensive and prestigious awards program in the global travel industry. Now in their 14th year, they acknowledge and celebrate those organizations that make the greatest contribution to the travel and tourism industry worldwide.

For the tourism trade, winning a World Travel Award is a personal and reliable endorsement from the thousands of professionals who are dealing with both holidaymakers and tourism products in the marketplace.

The WTA winners have been announced for the Middle East and Africa. At the Emirates Palace in Abu Dhabi. A total of 65 awards were presented. Abu Dhabi won Middle East’s Leading New Destination and Middle East’s Leading Tourist Board, fitting accolades since the emirate has seen such impressive growth in travel and tourism over the last year. The Emirates Palace won the title of Middle East’s Leading Resort, Middle East’s Leading Conference Hotel, and UAE’s Leading Resort. Fairmont Dubai, Burj Al Arab, Grand Hyatt Cairo, Ritz-Carlton Bahrain Hotel and Spa, and Saxon Boutique Hotel and Spa all received awards. Rotana Hotels and Resorts won Middle East’s Leading Hotel Brand, while Etihad Airways scored Middle East’s Leading Airline and Middle East’s Leading First Class Airline. Also Europcar took home Middle East’s Leading Car Hire Company and Africa’s Leading Car Hire Company.

These companies have automatically been put forward as nominees in their global categories. The World category winners will be announced at the global World Travel Awards ceremony in Providenciales, Turks and Caicos in the Caribbean towards the end of 2007.

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