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THE AMERICAS’ NIGHT OF TOURISM TRIUMPH

22 October 2010 - Jamaica

It was a night of jubilation for the elite of The Americas travel and tourism industry on Friday 22 October as they picked up the top honours at this year’s World Travel Awards The Americas Ceremony.

Held at Sandals Whitehouse European Village & Spa, winners of the coveted World Travel Awards trophies celebrated in style with the legendary Boney M, who headlined the evening’s entertainment.

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, Rivers of Babylon, Brown Girl in the Ring, Rasputin and Mary's Boy Child.

VIPs in attendance included Jamaica's Minister of Tourism, Hon. Edmund Bartlett and Jamaica's Minister of Transport and Works, Hon. Mike Henry.

The Americas elite – including CEOs and directors of leading travel companies, government ministers and tourist board chiefs – all gathered to see who would be crowned the ‘best of the best’ during the most important evening of the year in The Americas travel and tourism calendar.

Leading destinations within The Americas were Jamaica (Caribbean’s Leading Destination), Cancun (Mexico & Central America’s Leading Destination), New York (North America’s Leading Destination) and Rio de Janeiro (South America’s Leading Destination).

The Americas’ leading airline awards were presented to Caribbean Airlines (Caribbean’s Leading Airline), Copa Airlines (Mexico & Central America’s Leading Airline), American Airlines (North America’s Leading Airline) and TAM Airlines (South America’s Leading Airline).

The awards for The Americas leading resorts went to Grace Bay Club (Caribbean’s Leading Resort), ME by Melia Cabo (Mexico & Central America’s Leading Resort), Walt Disney World Swan & Dolphin (North America’s Leading Resort) and Villarrica Park Lake Hotel (South America’s Leading Resort).

The trophies for The Americas leading hotels went to Coco Reef Resort (Caribbean’s Leading Hotel), W Mexico City (Mexico & Central America’s Leading Hotel), The Mansion on Turtle Creek, A Rosewood Hotel (North America’s Leading Hotel) and Copacabana Palace (South America’s Leading Hotel).

The Americas leading hotel brands were awarded to Sandals Resorts International (Caribbean’s Leading Hotel Brand), InterContinental Hotels & Resorts (Mexico & Central America’s Leading Hotel Brand), Hilton Hotels (North America’s Leading Hotel Brand) and Marriott Resorts, Hotels & Suites (South America’s Leading Hotel Brand).

Thousands Voted

The winners were selected by thousands of industry professionals and consumers worldwide who have been voting online.

Graham E. Cooke, Founder and President of World Travel Awards said: “From the multifaceted charm of the United States, through to the sun drenched Caribbean and historic charm of the South American communities, the Americas have emerged stronger than ever from the global recession.

“Brazil has been recognised as the rising star of the region, following recent endorsement from FIFA and the International Olympics Committee – but success stories are too numerous to name.

“Tonight we celebrate this success and look forward to a resurgent tourism sector across the Americas in the coming years.”

Established 17 years ago, World Travel Awards is committed to raising the standards of customer service and overall business performance throughout the international industry.

Winners of the regional ceremony will now go on to compete in World Travel Awards 2010 Grand Final in London, immediately before World Travel Market on Sunday 7 November.

Ends

Click here for the full list of Caribbean winners
Click here for the full list of Central America & Mexico winners
Click here for the full list of North America winners
Click here for the full list of South America winners

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.


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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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