Europe's travel elite go head-to-head in the Algarve

21st September 2012 - London

Europe's most successful travel brands are set to be acknowledged at a red-carpet ceremony hosted by World Travel Awards (WTA) at the brand new Conrad Algarve on 6th October 2012.

Key categories to watch at WTA's Europe Ceremony include "Europe's Leading New Hotel" with Corinthia Hotel London, Fairmont Grand Hotel Kyiv and Jumeirah Frankfurt and St. Pancras Renaissance London Hotel among the hot contenders.

Meanwhile Copenhagen, Istanbul, London, Lisbon, Paris, Rome and St Petersburg will go head-to-head for the coveted title of "Europe's Leading City Break Destination".

The leading travel decision-makers from across Europe are scheduled to attend the gala evening, which is being held in partnership with Conrad Algarve and Turismo do Algarve, and will include a gourmet dinner, top entertainment, as well as the presentation of the prestigious awards. Guests also have the opportunity to participate in the WTA Europe Golf Classic tournament which will be played on the region's finest championship course and sponsored by Quinta do Lago and Porsche.

The ceremony will serve as a glittering spotlight for the new Conrad Algarve, a palatial contemporary resort, set in a prime location on the doorstep of the famous Ria Formosa Natural Park.

The WTA organisers highlight the contribution the significance of hosting the event in the Algarve.

Graham E. Cooke, President & Founder, WTA, says: "Europe's travel and tourism economy has demonstrated remarkable resilience, given the macro-economic challenges across the continent. Our nominees represent those organisations that have made the greatest contribution to the performance in the face of adversity, and I look forward to finding out which ones will make it on to the winner's podium on 6th October."

He adds: "We are delighted to host our first ceremony in the Algarve, a decision which reflects the vital role of tourism in the region and its overall contribution to the Portuguese economy. The Algarve is also one of the most beautiful stretches of coastline in the world, and the new Conrad Algarve will set a new precedent for luxury in the region. Our Europe Ceremony will provide a perfect forum to showcase its facilities to travel's top decision-makers."

The five-star resort enjoys a prime location at Quinta do Lago, the home of world-class golf courses and beautiful beaches.

Joachim Hartl, Hotel Manager, Conrad Algarve, says: "We are extremely proud to be partnering with World Travel Awards and look forward to welcoming guests to our hotel on the evening. This exclusive new property sets the benchmark for luxury accommodation and flawless service in the Algarve and we promise guests a truly unforgettable luxury experience."

António Pina, Algarve Promotion Bureau and Algarve Tourism Board President, says: "It is with enormous pride that the Algarve hosts such a prestigious event as World Travel Awards. This will provide a unique opportunity to promote the region as a first-class destination, with its exceptional facilities and an enviable climate like no other country in Europe."

"The Algarve boasts a beautiful coastline, a selection of the world's finest golf resorts and luxury hotels, all supported by a wealth of leisure facilities and high-class restaurants. We are delighted and grateful to the organization, to have chosen the Algarve for such a memorable event."

WTA's Europe Ceremony 2012 marks the third leg of WTA's Grand Tour, a global search for the world's leading travel brands, which also includes regional heats in Dubai, Singapore and Turks & Caicos. The winners of these legs will then go head-to-head at WTA's Grand Final, which takes place at The Oberoi, Gurgaon, New Delhi, India on 12 December 2012.

WTA's local media partner for the event is Publituris, Portugal's leading travel trade publication since 1968.

Notes to Editors

About World Travel Awards
WTA 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 could hope to receive.

WTA's global media partner network includes International Herald Tribune, CNBC Arabiya, Newsweek, ASTA Network, National Geographic Traveller, Access New York, Travel & Leisure China, Khaleej Times, Trade Arabia, TTN, Trav Talk India, Publituris, ABTA Magazine, Outlook Traveller, Breaking Travel News and Travel Daily News International.

This global media partner network has a monthly readership of 1.7 million and a TV audience reach of 90 million.

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