WTA prepares for 20th anniversary Grand Tour in 2013

28 December 2012 - London, England

World Travel Awards is celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2013 with the most spectacular Grand Tour yet with seven regional heats, including events in Peru, Antigua, Dubai, Turkey, Singapore, the Maldives and Las Vegas.

Starting off the anniversary in style, the first Grand Tour event will take place in the paradise nation of the Maldives for WTA’s Indian Ocean Ceremony.

This will be followed by the Middle East Ceremony 2013, which will be hosted at Le Royal Méridien Beach Resort & Spa in May. Located on a pristine stretch of beach overlooking the clear blue waters of the Arabian Gulf, Le Royal Méridien is one the resorts that helped transform Dubai into a world-class tourist destination.

The European Ceremony 2013 will take place at Cornelia Diamond Golf Resort & Spa, Antalya, Turkey, where guests will be wowed by its shimmering seashore location, world-class service and exquisite architecture. Itself recognised as “World’s Leading Integrated Resort”, Cornelia will have a chance to showcase its offerings to the elite of European tourism.

Lima, Peru will carry the torch during the Central & South America Gala Ceremony. While very much a modern metropolis, Lima will offer World Travel Awards delegates a chance to visit flamboyant colonial buildings, pre-Inca pyramids, and the religious buildings which dot its surroundings.

WTA will then head to the incredible Caribbean hideaway of Antigua with a red-carpet Caribbean & North America Ceremony at Sandals Grand Antigua Resort & Spa, set on the island’s best and most famous beach, Dickenson Bay.

Kenya will step up to host its inaugural WTA event when the Africa Ceremony will take place in autumn.

The 790-room Pan Pacific Singapore, which reopened in October following a five month, $80 million renovation, will host the Asia & Australasia Gala Ceremony in October. Voted the “World’s Leading Business Hotel” by the World Travel Awards, the elegant hotel overlooks the heart of Marina Bay.

With the regional heats completed, Las Vegas will take on responsibility for the Grand Final in November 2013. Hundreds of leading executives will be welcomed to the glitzy tourism powerhouse for the event, with the best-of-the-best set to be recognised by their peers in the industry.

World Travel Awards was established in 1993 to acknowledge, reward and celebrate excellence across all sectors of the tourism industry. Today, the WTA brand is recognised globally as the ultimate hallmark of quality, with winners setting the benchmark to which all others aspire.

The Grand Tour of WTA Gala Ceremonies are regarded as milestone events in the tourism calendar, attended by key decision makers, industry figureheads and the leading trade and consumer media.

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