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2010-10-22 - Jamaica

Jamaica is getting set to welcome the legendary Boney M on Friday 22 October for a night of celebration at World Travel Awards The Americas Ceremony.

Living legends Boney M were not only THE disco cult band of the 70’s and 80’s, their extensive list of hit singles are still well-loved today. Since forming in 1975, the group has sold over 800 million records, and notched up no less than 15 number ones in the European charts including Daddy Cool, Sunny, Ma Baker, Belfast, Rivers of Babylon, Brown Girl in the Ring, Rasputin and Mary's Boy Child. Their number one single Rivers of Babylon was also entered into the Guinness book of Records as one of the ten best selling records of all time.

Held at Sandals Whitehouse European Village & Spa, World Travel Awards The Americas ceremony will take place from 6:30pm and will play host to CEOs and directors of leading travel companies, government ministers and tourist board chiefs from across Jamaica and the rest of the Americas.

After months of intense voting, Jamaica will at last see who will take away the highly-coveted World Travel Awards. The ceremony will celebrate those brands that are pushing the boundaries of excellence in travel.

Jamaica has been nominated for a host of top awards including “Caribbean’s Leading Cruise Destination”, “Caribbean’s Leading Destination” and “Caribbean’s Leading Honeymoon Destination”.

Montego Bay and Negril are both representing Jamaica in the battle for “Caribbean’s Leading Beach” while Half Moon, Montego Bay and Royal Plantation Ocho Rios are both in the running for the title of “Caribbean’s Leading Resort”. Sangster International Airport is up for “Caribbean’s Leading Airport” whilst both Jamaica Inn and Royal Plantation Ocho Rios, Jamaica are up for the title of “Caribbean’s Leading Honeymoon Resort”.

In addition to overall Caribbean categories, some Jamaican companies will also be going head to head for several prestigious titles within the country including “Jamaica’s Leading Boutique Hotel”, “Jamaica’s Leading Business Hotel” and “Jamaica’s Leading Golf Resort”.

Competition for the title of “Jamaica’s Leading Hotel” is particularly fierce this year with contenders including Couples Swept Away; FDR Pebbles Resort; Half Moon, Montego Bay; Jamaica Inn; Riu Ocho Rios Hotel St Ann; Rockhouse Hotel; Royal Plantation Ocho Rios; Sandals Dunn’s River Villaggio Golf Resort & Spa; Strawberry Hill; The Ritz-Carlton Golf & Spa Resort, Rose Hall and Wyndham Kingston Jamaica.

The battle to be crowned “Jamaica’s Leading Resort” is between Beaches Boscobel Resort & Golf Club; Couples Negril; Couples Ocho Rios; Grand Lido Negril Resort & Spa; Half Moon, Montego Bay; Royal Plantation Ocho Rios; Sandals Grand Ocho Rios Beach &Villa Resort; Sandals Whitehouse European Village & Spa; Solis The Palmyra Resort & Spa and The Ritz-Carlton Golf & Spa Resort, Rose Hall.

As well as Jamaican nominees, more than 5,000 companies spanning more than 1,000 categories, including airlines, cruise companies, destinations, hotels and resorts in 162 countries have all been battling throughout the year for the World Travel Awards trophies.

Travel industry professionals throughout the world have been voting online for their preferred companies and organisations over the past four months. Voting has now closed and votes counted ready for the big night.

Consumers are increasingly using the list of winners as a reliable guide and means of reassurance when choosing their holiday. Companies and destinations that make it on to the winners’ podium receive extensive commercial benefits and global coverage.

Sandals Whitehouse European Village & Spa is located within a 500-acre wilderness preserve, the paradise resort perfectly blends the exotic allure of old Jamaica with the refined elegance of Europe and all overlooking a two-mile long beach. Major event partners include Jamaica Tourist Board, Caribbean Airlines and World Mobi.

For a full list of nominees for the Caribbean log on to www.worldtravelawards.com

Winners of the Americas Ceremony go through to the final of the World Travel Awards in London on Sunday 7th November, immediately prior to World Travel Market.

To register as attending media contact Lauren Brady, World Travel Awards PR Executive at Sandals Whitehouse 876 518 4292 or email [email protected]


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Notes to Editors:
About World Travel Awards
The World Travel Awards was launched in 1993 to acknowledge and recognise excellence in the world's travel and tourism industry.

Now celebrating its 17th Anniversary, the awards is regarded as the very highest achievement that a travel product could ever hope to receive.

Attended by senior executives from major travel companies, operators and destinations, WTA events are universally respected as providing established, top level networking opportunities, regionally and globally.

The World Travel Award’s official list of worldwide media partners includes: ABTA Magazine, ASTA Network Magazine, BBC World News, Breaking Travel News, CNBC Arabiya, Khaleej Times, L’Agenzia di Viaggi, Trav Talk, Trade Arabia, TTN, Travel Daily News International, Focus on Travel News, New Focus Travel Magazine, Tourism Review, JAX FAX, Travel & Leisure China, Travel & Leisure Golf China, Xenios & Xenios World.

For further press information on the World Travel Awards contact Lauren Brady:
T: +44 020 7872 5643
E: [email protected]

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About the Jamaica Tourist Board
The Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB), founded in 1955, is Jamaica’s national tourism agency based in the capital city of Kingston. The JTB was declared the Caribbean’s Leading Tourist and Convention Bureau by the World Travel Awards (WTA) from 2006 to 2009, while Jamaica earned the WTA’s vote as the World’s Leading Cruise Destination, the Caribbean’s Leading Destination and the Caribbean’s Leading Cruise Destination, for the third consecutive year.

JTB offices are located in Kingston, Montego Bay, Miami, Toronto and London. Representative offices are located in Düsseldorf, Barcelona, Rome, Amsterdam and Tokyo.

For details on upcoming special events, attractions and accommodations in Jamaica go to the JTB’s Web site at www.visitjamaica.com, or call the Jamaica Tourist Board at 1-800-JAMAICA (1-800-526-2422). Follow the JTB on Facebook at www.facebook.com/jamaica, on Twitter at www.twitter.com/visitjamaicanow or on YouTube at www.youtube.com/aboutjamaicajtb.

About Sandals Resorts
Sandals Resorts has earned a worldwide reputation for providing two people in love with the most romantic vacation experience in the Caribbean. Currently, there are 14 Luxury Included® Sandals Resorts located in Jamaica, Antigua, St. Lucia and The Bahamas. Each offers stunning beachfront locations; a choice of à la carte restaurants, from white-glove dining to barefoot elegance; all premium brand wine and spirits, including an exclusive partnership with California's legendary Beringer Vineyards; luxurious accommodations in a range of categories; unrivalled watersports including the Caribbean's largest PADI certification program; Butler Service for truly indulgent pampering; Sandals Weddings by Martha StewartTM; and signature Red Lane® Spas, with services and treatments inspired by the region. In February 2010, Sandals Emerald Bay, Great Exuma, Bahamas made its debut, offering 183 all-butler service rooms and suites, an 18-hole championship Greg Norman -designed golf course and 150 slip marina.

Sandals Resorts has set the industry standard for the Luxury Included® vacation and has beenvoted the Caribbean’s Leading Hotel Brand at the World Travel Awards for 16 years in a row, and World's Leading All-Inclusive Company for 14 years in a row. For more information, call your local travel agent or 1-800-Sandals (1-800-726-3257) or visit www.sandals.com.


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