WTA reveals nominees for 2012 programme

30th April 2012 - London, England

World Travel Awards has unveiled the regional nominees for its 2012 programme.

Arabian organisations in contention include Etihad Airways, FlyDubai, Qatar Tourism Authority, Jumeirah Etihad Towers, Rotana Hotels and Hertz. All will now go head to head at WTA’s Middle East Ceremony, which is set to take place at Jebel Ali Golf Resort & Spa, Dubai on 30 April 2012.

The number of organisations self nominating in 2012 has increased by 17 percent year-on-year, reflecting the growing awareness of the global coverage and commercial benefits that accompany WTA success.

Online voting has now opened and WTA’s organisers are urging both the travel trade and the public to vote for their favourite travel brands.

Graham E. Cooke, Founder & President, WTA, says: “As the tension surrounding the regional ceremonies builds, we are looking forward to revealing the leading players and tracking their progress as they head to our Grand Final 2012 in December.”

“In these times of global economic austerity, the ability to pinpoint quality travel products remains paramount to both business and consumer travellers. Winning a World Travel Award is a brand’s gold seal of travel excellence, which is why our 2012 programme has attracted a record number of nominees,” he adds.

More than 5,000 organisations from 162 countries will compete in travel and tourism’s most influential awards programme. More than 900 categories cover all aspects of the industry from airlines and cruise ships to ski resorts and new luxury hotels.

WTA’s 2012 Grand Tour includes regional legs in Dubai (Middle East Ceremony), Turks & Caicos (Caribbean & The Americas Ceremony), Nairobi, Kenya (Africa & Indian Ocean Ceremony), The Algarve, Portugal (Europe Ceremony) and Singapore (Asia & Australasia Ceremony). The winners of these regional heats will progress to the Grand Final, which will take place at The Oberoi, Gurgaon, New Delhi, India in December.

Log on to www.worldtravelawards.com/nominees/2012 to see the full list of nominees.

To vote for your favourite travel brand visit www.worldtravelawards.com/vote.

About World Travel Awards

World Travel Awards was launched in 1993 to acknowledge and recognise excellence in the global travel and tourism industry. Now celebrating its 19th anniversary, it is regarded as the very highest achievement that a travel product can receive.

Main partners include Qatar Tourism Authority, BBC World News, Oberoi Hotels & Resorts, Jebel Ali International, the Jamaica Tourist Board, Tourism Authority of Thailand, Mauritius Tourism Promotion Authority, Conrad Hotels & Resorts, World.mobi, Sandals Resorts and WeClickMedia.

WTA’s global media partner network includes: CNBC Arabiya, Khaleej Times, Trade Arabia, TTN ABTA Magazine, ASTA Network, Breaking Travel News, Trav Talk, Travel Daily News International, Focus on Travel News, Vox Africa, New Focus Travel Magazine, Tourism Review, JAX FAX, Passport Magazine, Travel & Leisure China and National Geographic Traveller.

This global media partner network has a monthly readership of 1.2 million and a TV audience reach of 90 million.

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