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2 October 2011 - Yahoo! Malaysia

Malaysia won the World Travel Award for Asia's

Leading Sports Tourism Destination, here, tonight.

World Travel Awards Founder and President Graham Cooke presented the award

during its regional ceremony for Asia and Australasia, at a hotel, here.

Deputy Director of Tourism Malaysia for the Thailand Office Wizani Rosmin

received the award from Cooke at the ceremony attended by tourism leaders and

captains of the travel industry from more than 30 countries in Asia and


Malaysia was the only country that won the award as the other winners

consisted of travel and tourism companies and organizations.

Among the sports tourism promoted by Malaysia are motor sports, golfing,

mountain climbing, cave exploration, water sports and non-motorised water



World Travel Awards was established in 1993 to acknowledge and celebrate

excellence in all sectors of the travel and tourism industry.

It has grown into the most prestigious, comprehensive and sought-after

awards programme for the global travel and tourism industry and is recognised

and respected worldwide as the definitive hallmark of excellence.

The Wall Street Journal has heralded the World Travel Awards as the "travel

industry's equivalent to the Oscars".

Apart from Bangkok, this year the regional ceremonies have taken place in

Dubai for Middle East region; Antalya, Turkey for Europe; Sharm el Sheikh, Egypt

for Africa and Indian Ocean.

Jamaica will host for the Caribbean and the Americas region on Oct 19 and

the grand final will be held in Doha, Qatar at the end of the year.

The World Travel Awards nominations are decided by an independent panel of

industry experts and judging criteria takes into account every aspect of the

business including overall performance, product development, innovation,

creativity and customer satisfaction.


"Asia is powering the global travel and tourism recovery and tonight's

winners represent the very cream of our industry," said Cooke.

He said the burgeoning middle classes in markets such as India, China and

Malaysia were fuelling a surge in intra-Asia travel.

"We expect this growth to continue for at least the next decade, making the

future very bright indeed for Asia's luxury hospitality sector," he said.

Source: Yahoo! Malaysia


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