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In the News 2021

The Star Kenya: Kenya Airways implements digital 'Covid' travel pass

8 March 2021
Kenya Airways has partnered with the African Union and the Africa Centre For Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) to become one of the first airlines in Africa to implement the Trusted Travel Pass. In 2020 KQ was named Africa’s leading airline by the World Travel Awards.
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Vietnam Plus: Bamboo Airways raises charter capital to 457.3 million USD

23 February 2021
Bamboo Airways has announced the addition of 3.5 trillion VND to its charter capital, bringing the total amount to 10.5 trillion VND (457.3 million USD). The airline won “Asia’s Leading Regional Airline 2020” at the World Travel Awards last November.
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ABS CBN News: Intramuros to reopen Fort Santiago

22 February 2021
Three sites in Intramuros are set to reopen to visitors starting Wednesday, February 17. Intramuros was named the World's Leading Tourist Attraction in the 27th World Travel Awards held last November.
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Straits Times: Suite Life: Business hotel Conrad Centennial pampers baby, offers calm oasis to parents

22 February 2021
Conrad Centennial, named Singapore's Leading Conference Hotel at last year's World Travel Awards, has pulled out all the stops to become a staycation destination for young families. And it shows.
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Philippines News Agency: Fort Santiago and other Intramuros sites reopen

19 February 2021
The walled city of Intramuros is reopening three of its sites – Fort Santiago, Casa Manila Museum, and Baluarte de San Diego on Wednesday. Intramuros was hailed as Asia's leading tourist attraction in the 2020 World Travel Awards, beating world-class landmarks as India’s Taj Mahal and the Great Wall of China.
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Globe Trender: Madeira launches ‘Digital Nomad Village’ with free workspace and wifi

15 February 2021
The Digital Nomad Village is a haven for remote workers on the shores of Madeira, offering free workspace for those staying a month or more. Crowned “Europe’s Leading Island Destination 2020| in the World Travel Awards for the seventh time, Madeira has had a successful year despite the pandemic, with travellers lured to by its year-round warmth, striking landscapes and easy access from the rest of Europe.
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Vietnam Plus: Bamboo Airways announces pre-tax profits of over US$17 million

15 February 2021
Bamboo Airways has recently announced its pre-tax profits of over 400 billion VND (17.38 million USD) in 2020, up 34 percent year-on-year. It won the “Asia's leading regional airline 2020” title by World Travel Awards in November 2020.
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Kenyans: Most Affordable Areas to Tour in Nairobi

12 February 2021
The government, through the Ministry of Tourism, has been on a campaign to promote local tourism by encouraging Kenyans and foreign residents to visit and explore local tourist attractions and sites in the country. Kenya was voted as Africa's leading tourist destination in 2020 by World Travel Awards (WTA), with a number of sites and locations in Nairobi contributing to the ranking.
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Dmarge: Portugal Lures Travellers With Little Known ‘Amalfi Coast Alternative’

11 February 2021
The Portuguese autonomous region of Madeira, which is located in the Atlantic Ocean, 978 km south of Portugal and 450 km north of the Canary Islands is becoming a highly desirable ‘Amalfi Coast Alternative’ for a certain demographic of traveller. Madeira was recently crowned Europe’s Leading Island Destination 2020 at the World Travel Awards.
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Hospitality.net: Thomas Moons Appointed General Manager At La Residencia, A Belmond Hotel, Mallorca

10 February 2021
At Miraflores Park, he demonstrated his ability to elevate his team's commitment, service and culture. A testament to his leadership, the hotel received recognition as South America's Most Romantic Resort, Peru's Leading Hotel Suite and Peru's Leading Business Hotel, in 2020 by World Travel Awards.
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Vietnam Plus: Vietnamese tourism - from zero to Number 1

9 February 2021
From a “low-cost” destination 20 years ago, Vietnam’s tourism sector has made substantial breakthroughs and become a regular in the last five years on “must-see” lists for international tourists.
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Kenyans: Kenya's Ksh4.5 Million a Night Exclusive Ranch

9 February 2021
Kenya was ranked as Africa’s leading tourist destination in 2020 by the World Travel Awards (WTA).
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Euronews: Europe's first digital nomad village is opening on a tiny volcanic island

2 February 2021
The first digital nomad village in Europe is about to open on the tiny volcanic island of Madeira, one of two autonomous regions of Portugal. Digital Nomads Madeira launches on February 1 in the village of Ponta do Sol. It aims to attract digital nomads, remote workers who travel the world while they work. The Madeira islands were voted the World's Leading Island Destination for the sixth consecutive year in the World Travel Awards 2020.
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India Blooms News: Here's why you #CantSkipPortugal in 2021

27 January 2021
Portugal is a country that you simply cannot skip. Named Europe’s leading destination for the fourth consecutive year, Portugal bagged 27 awards at the World Travel Awards this year, it is in the top 3 of the 2020 Global Peace Index, the ranking of the safest countries in the world and is also the first country to receive the 'Safe Travels' seal from the World Travel & Tourism Council.
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Coping strategy against Covid at Kenya’s KICC: Coping strategy against Covid at Kenya’s KICC

26 January 2021
Kenya’s conference tourism sector, like most business sectors around the world, has been greatly affected during the Covid-19 pandemic. Among the big postponed events in 2020 was the World Travel Awards Africa & Indian Ocean Gala ceremony that the KICC had won and which had been scheduled for October 2020. That has now been postponed to 2021. The event will now not only be an awards show but also a platform for Kenya’s entire MICE industry and tourism sector to come together to showcase and demonstrate that the country is once again open for business.
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Hospitality.net: Hyatt Centric Boulevard Batumi

26 January 2021
Hyatt announced today that a Hyatt affiliate has entered into a management agreement with Alliance City LLC for the development of Hyatt Centric Boulevard Batumi. Batumi, Georgia's second largest city, was named Europe's leading emerging tourism destination by World Travel Awards in 2019 and 2020, making it a perfect location to introduce the Hyatt Centric brand to Georgia.
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Forbes: Privacy Is The New Luxury At Casa De Campo

20 January 2021
Want to know how to social-distance in the most luxurious way? You can do it in one of the exclusive villas at Casa de Campo, one of the world’s best resorts located on 7,000 acres of land in the Dominican Republic. Casa de Campo has won awards too numerous to mention, including 2020 kudos from the World Travel Awards, as the world’s leading luxury sports and villa resort.
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Manila Bulletin: Diving to boost tourism recovery – Puyat

20 January 2021
As the country’s tourism slowly recovers from the effects the COVID-19 crisis, Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat sees dive tourism as a boost in the recovery efforts of the hardest hit sector. Last year, the Philippines won as the World’s Leading Dive Destination in the 27th World Travel Awards, beating other favorites like Maldives, Fiji, and Mexico.
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NZ Herald: GO NZ: The best luxury and new hotels for a city break

19 January 2021
Border closures mean there are more rooms for Kiwis at the high-end inns. An eight-year run as New Zealand's Leading Boutique Hotel at the World Travel Awards says it all about The George.
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Travel Pulse: Aurora Expedition Opens Pre-Registration for 2022-23 Antarctic Voyages

19 January 2021
Aurora Expeditions, which received record bookings for its 2022 Arctic and global season, has opened pre-registration for its Antarctic 2022-23 itineraries. In 2020, Aurora Expeditions received the World’s Leading Polar Expedition award at World Travel Awards.
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Simple Flying: British Airways Completes Rollout Of ‘World Leading’ Inflight Internet

18 January 2021
The European Aviation Network (EAN) rollout has been completed on the British Airways short-haul fleet. This has seen its entire Airbus narrowbody fleet equipped with Inmarsat’s EAN technology. As well as this, Inmarsat has been named the ‘World’s Leading Inflight Internet Service Provider’ for the fourth year in a row at the World Travel Awards 2020.
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Travel Daily Media: Dive tourism is Philippine’s ace in the back pocket

18 January 2021
With more than 300 dive sites, some of which are recognised globally, dive tourism can boost the industry’s recovery. Attesting to its underwater beauty, the Philippines won as the World’s Leading Dive Destination in the 27th World Travel Awards.
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Philstar Global: DOT optimistic on dive tourism

17 January 2021
The Department of Tourism (DOT) remains optimistic about the country’s dive tourism, driven by its many offerings to divers. The Philippines was named as the world’s leading dive destination at the World Travel Awards in November last year.
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Georgia Today: GM of Radisson Collection Tsinandali Estate: It's Time to Reinvent the Way Hotels Attract Guests

15 January 2021
In an interview with GEORGIA TODAY, Elene Otarashvili, the General Manager of Radisson Collection Tsinandali Estate, and the founding partner and board member of the Georgian Business Tourism Association (GBTA) talks about the changes they had to enforce throughout the pandemic, and sends out a few reassuring positive messages. At the World Travel Awards, one of the most prestigious competitions in the global tourism industry, the Radisson Collection Tsinandali estate won ‘Georgia’s Leading Hotel 2020.’
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Nhan Dan Newspaper: Outstanding cultural and art events in 2020

14 January 2021
Last November, Vietnam was named as Leading Heritage Destination, Leading Cultural Destination, and Leading Culinary Destination of Asia at the prestigious World Travel Awards (WTA) 2020. This is also the second consecutive year Vietnam has been honoured at the three categories, showing that culture, heritage and cuisine are prominent factors bringing about international titles for Vietnamese tourism.
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Philippines Tatler: The Philippine Department of Tourism On Travelling Into a New Tomorrow

12 January 2021
Tourism is one of the most hard-hit industries by COVID-19’s impact; the Department of Tourism through the Tourism Promotions Board presents a plan which may help the industry, and the nation, recover. On top of these preparations, another thing that has boosted optimism for the return of Philippine tourism is the fact that the country came away with five awards at the recently concluded 27th World Travel Awards. The award-giving body cited the Walled City of Intramuros as Asia’s leading tourist attraction while hailing the Philippines as Asia’s leading beach destination and Asia’s leading dive destination.
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The Edition: Despite pandemic, Maldivian tourism industry wraps up 2020 celebrating success

12 January 2021
Despite being one of the most severely affected countries due to the repercussions of the COVID-19 pandemic that stopped the world in its tracks in 2020, the Maldivian tourism industry ended the year relatively successfully, soaring past its arrival target of half a million. Having bagged multiple international awards through the year, including the prestigious World's Leading Destination award at the World Travel Awards 2020, the island nation is ending the year with 4,982 operational beds in 254 guesthouses and 39 islands across 12 atolls.
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Metro: Seven sensational bucket list trips for 2021 or beyond

12 January 2021
Maldives beach Get a slice of paradise in the Maldives Swap a hellish 2020 for the heavenly Maldives in 2021. Crowned ‘World’s Leading Destination’ at the recent World Travel Awards, this archipelago consists of tropical atolls fringed by white-sand shores and coral reefs. On one especially opulent atoll is Emerald Maldives – itself ‘Leading New Resort’ at the same gala – which hosts all guests on the same all-inclusive rate.
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Arabian Aerospace: Inmarsat named 'World’s Leading Inflight Internet Service Provider'

12 January 2021
Inmarsat has been crowned the ‘World’s Leading Inflight Internet Service Provider’ for the fourth year in a row at the World Travel Awards 2020.
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The Spirit Business: Top 10 spirits marketing moves in December 2020

11 January 2021
Irish whiskey brand Jameson was given the title of World’s Leading Distillery Tour for the third year running in recognition of its Bow Street experience.
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Alaska Reporter: World Travel Awards 2020 winning Seychelles resort leads the way in sustainability and green tourism

7 January 2021
Ready to travel away from the troubles of 2020 and escape to sheer paradise? Let’s face it, after the past twelve months we all deserve a break, and the more luxurious, the better. In 2020, the resort was recognised for its efforts with the World Travel Award for being the Seychelles Leading Green Resort.
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Hospitality & Catering News: The Belfry announce Chris Eigelaar Resort General Manager

7 January 2021
The Belfry has announced Chris Eigelaar’s promotion to Resort General Manager. The Belfry Hotel & Resort was recently announced as the venue for the much-anticipated Betfred British Masters 2021, and was recently awarded for its high-quality facilities and exceptionally high standard of service, as it retained its position as the World’s Best Golf Hotel, England’s Best Golf Hotel and England’s Best Golf Course at the World Golf Awards, and England’s Leading Resort and England’s Leading Conference Hotel at the World Travel Awards.
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Brinkwire: Glasgow will demonstrate its strength again

6 January 2021
Glasgow is a Resort City, recognised at the 2019 World Travel Awards as the leading festival and event venue on the globe. We will definitely have long debates on how easily and to what extent international business and leisure travel will recover, and we will certainly have to work hard to help our airports recover missing routes – but it will not have been in vain for years of investment in infrastructure, marketing and event management capabilities.
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Vietnam Plus: With COVID-19 under control, Vietnam's tourism sector banks on domestic travel

6 January 2021
Vietnam will continue to use flexible measures to stimulate the domestic tourism market as international borders remain shut due to the global COVID-19 pandemic, a top tourism official has said. Also according to Hung, in 2020, Vietnam was honoured as Asia’s leading heritage, cultural, and culinary destination at the World Travel Awards 2020, dubbed the travel industry’s Oscars, which helped raise the profile of Vietnam in the market even more.
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All Africa: Tanzania: Tourism Trend Rosy in Numbers Country

5 January 2021
The World Travel Awards (WTA) voted Serengeti National Park as the leading national park in Africa, in a meeting that was held in Mauritius. The previous year award was from the SafariBookings.com. Others were Thanda Island in Africa's Leading Luxury Island category and the Port of Dar es Salaam in Africa's Leading Cruise Port category. The WTA was established in 1993 to acknowledge, reward and celebrate excellence across all sectors of the tourism industry.
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This Day Live: Transcorp Hilton: Redefining Leisure

5 January 2021
On the back of winning four awards at the 2020 World Travel Awards; Nigeria’s Leading Hotel, Nigeria’s Leading Business Hotel, Nigeria’s Leading Hotel Suite (the Presidential Suite), as well as Africa’s Leading Business Hotel for the sixth consecutive year, Transcorp Hilton Abuja has focused on becoming the choice destination for leisure in Abuja.
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150sec: Europe’s ‘first’ digital nomad village to open in Portugal in February

5 January 2021
Some places around the globe have carved out such a special place in the hearts and minds of people in the digital nomad world that they are effortlessly associated with the best work-travel experience. Madeira, for the fifth consecutive year and the seventh time since its first participation, was recently crowned Europe’s Leading Island Destination 2020 at the World Travel Awards, which is regarded as the travel industry’s most prestigious awards program.
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Eurosport: Azores: the great escape

4 January 2021
Lost amid the vast expanse of the Atlantic Ocean, the Azores islands present an idyllic playground for all lovers of sport and adventure. It therefore came as no surprise earlier in the year when the World Travel Awards named this autonomous region of Portugal as Europe's leading adventure tourism destination.
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The Edition: Visit Maldives targets Japanese market in JATA webinar

4 January 2021
Under the constant efforts and health and safety precautions undertaken prior to the reopening, Maldives has welcomed its 100,000th visitor since the reopening of borders, as well as the island nation's 500,000th visitor for the year 2020. Maldives also received the World’s Leading Destination award by the World Travel Awards this year, a testament to the desirability the country continues to carry amongst international travel enthusiasts.
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Top Hotel News: Project in focus: The Bight by Dream Hotel Group, Turks and Caicos

4 January 2021
Upon completion, The Bight by Dream Hotel Group will boast 90 guest rooms and suites in total. Turks and Caicos is a coveted destination for travellers to the Caribbean and Grace Bay Beach is widely considered one of the islands’ hallmarks. In recent years, this coastal spot has been named ‘World’s Leading Beach Destination’ by the World Travel Awards.
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Nhan Dan Newspaper: Vietnamese tourism – from zero to number 1

4 January 2021
From a “low-cost” destination 20 years ago, Vietnam’s tourism sector has made substantial breakthroughs and become a regular in the last five years on “must-see” lists for international tourists. Vietnam’s tourism sector froze this year because of COVID-19, but the country still surpassed many to win the World Travel Awards’ World’s Leading Heritage Destination 2020.
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GTP Headlines: DayTrip4U Named World’s Leading Tours & Activities Website at WTA 2020

4 January 2021
Cyprus-based online travel agency DayTrip4U has been honored as the “World’s Leading Tours & Activities Website” for 2020 at the 27th World Travel Awards (WTA).
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Oberserver Research Foundation: Blue Economy in 2021: Perspectives from Seychelles

4 January 2021
Seychelles will need to focus intensely on re-building its economy by creating, rejuvenating, and upscaling the country’s outlined Blue Economy sectors. Port Victoria has become a key player in supporting various BE activities in the country. Notably, it secured the title of Indian Ocean Leading Cruise Port conferred by the World Travel Awards for the eighth year running in 2020.
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Times of Oman: Oman Air welcomes guests from 103 countries

3 January 2021
Oman Air, the national carrier of the Sultanate of Oman, will be welcoming guests from 103 countries who can travel to the country without a visa. The national carrier recently earned two 2020 World Travel Awards.
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The Edition: Maldives welcomes first tourist of 2021

2 January 2021
Maldives welcomed its first tourist for 2021 at Velana International Airport (VIA) on Friday. Having bagged multiple international awards through the year, including the prestigious World's Leading Destination award at the World Travel Awards 2020, the island nation is ending the year with 4,982 operational beds in 254 guesthouses and 39 islands across 12 atolls.
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Jamaicans: Top 10 Jamaican Business Stories of 2020

31 December 2020
Jamaica was a big winner at the 2020 Travel Awards gala celebration held in the Bahamas, taking home the title of the Caribbean’s top destination for the 15th season in a row. The Jamaica Tourist Board was named the region’s leading Tourist Board for the 13th consecutive year. In addition to the World Travel Awards, Jamaica has also received the top destination in the Caribbean title for 2020 from CNN, Bloomberg, and Forbes.
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Herald Live: Plett voted Africa’s leading beach destination in world awards

2 December 2020
Plettenberg Bay has been voted as Africa’s leading beach destination in the World Travel Awards. The World Travel Awards is a global initiative that recognises and rewards excellence in travel and tourism.
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