WTA announces nominees for Grand Final Ceremony in India

4 December 2012 - London/New Delhi

The votes have been counted and the trophies polished as the incredible nation of India steps up to host the most important night of the year in travel – World Travel Awards 2012 Grand Final Gala Ceremony – on 12th December 2012.

The VIP event, which is officially supported by Ministry of Tourism, Government of India, will be hosted at The Oberoi, Gurgaon, New Delhi Capital Region, the new business and commercial district of Delhi NCR.

The likes of The Ritz-Carlton, Lufthansa, Starwood Hotels, Jumeirah, Royal Caribbean Cruise Line, Avis, Kuoni and Four Seasons are among the brands in the running for top honours.

The most important decision-makers in global travel and tourism are set to attend the glittering ceremony. Categories to watch include “World’s Leading Airline”, which features a heavy Asian and Middle Eastern contingent. Nominees include Singapore Airlines, Etihad Airways, Emirates and Malaysia Airlines.

Another key category is “World’s Leading Hotel”, with Copacabana Palace (Rio), Le Bristol (Paris), St. Regis (Singapore), The Dorchester (London), Burj Al Arab (Dubai) and W Hotel (Barcelona) among the hot contenders.

The evening marks the culmination of a year-long search for the very best travel and tourism brands in the world, and will feature the regional winners WTA’s Grand Tour 2012 competing head to head. Regional heats have taken place in Dubai, The Algarve (Portugal), Turks & Caicos and Singapore competing head to head.

Graham E. Cooke, President & Founder, World Travel Awards, says India is a fitting destination for the world’s best travel brands in 2012 to celebrate their achievements.

He said: “It is an honour to have India host WTA’s Grand Final 2012. In less than a decade, the number of international tourists here has more than doubled, reflecting how travel and tourism is linked inextricably with the economic evolution of this new superpower.”

“This thriving country will also prove a gracious host for our Grand Final, which will feature the elite of travel and tourism: the winners from each of our WTA regional ceremonies going head-to-head. I look forward to finding out which ones will make it on to the winner’s podium on 12th December 2012.”

Dr. K. Chiranjeevi, Minister of Tourism, India, says: “The Ministry of Tourism, Government of India is honoured to host the World Travel Awards Grand Final in India and sincerely hopes that this prestigious event will help in promoting our nation as an incredible destination.

“Tourists from the world over can find their destination or product of desire in India. We can proudly say that India is an incredible destination with range of products like nowhere else,” he adds.

Kapil Chopra, Executive Vice President, The Oberoi Group, says: “We are indeed privileged to be chosen as the venue for the WTA’s Grand Final Gala, the first time these are being held in India. These awards recognise excellence in travel and hospitality and we are delighted to have the finalists from all over the world visit The Oberoi, Gurgaon. This evening is a tribute to our excellent hotels and gracious hospitality.”

WTA Grand Finals have previously been held in Doha, London and Turks & Caicos.

To download WTA logos visit: www.worldtravelawards.com/logo and to download images of The Oberoi, Gurgaon and India go to: www.worldtravelawards.com/downloads/zip/2012grandfinal.zip


Notes to Editors

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For more info about World Travel Awards 2012 Grand Final Gala Ceremony visit: www.worldtravelawards.com/grandfinal2012.

For further WTA press info contact Anton Santos:
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About The Oberoi, Gurgaon
The Oberoi, Gurgaon, which opened in April, 2011, redefines the city hotel experience with a design philosophy of height, light and space. Spread over nine acres, the hotel features serene water bodies, a forested driveway and landscaped greens. The 202 rooms and suites of The Oberoi, Gurgaon are amongst the largest for city hotels around the world. Other unique features include luxurious suites with private heated pools, city's first 24-hour spa and an exclusive cigar lounge.

The Oberoi, Gurgaon is located in the prime business and shopping district of Gurgaon in the New Delhi National Capital Region and is a 15 minute drive from Delhi International Airport. The hotel is also within easy reach from the New Delhi city centre, major sightseeing destinations and most of the entertainment, shopping and recreation hubs in Gurgaon city.

For further info about The Oberoi, Gurgaon contact:
Akanksha Banerji, Manager – Communications
t: +91 124 2451234,
mb:+91 95829 44202,
e: [email protected]

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