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South America’s hottest city to host World Travel Awards

18 March 2014 - London

South Americas hottest city to host World Travel Awards

World Travel Awards (WTA), the "Oscars of the travel industry", has unveiled plans to host its South & Central America Gala Ceremony in the historic city of Quito, Ecuador on August 9th 2014. 

The who's who of Latin American travel will attend the VIP ceremony to celebrate and acknowledge their achievements over the past twelve months.

The red-carpet evening is being held in partnership with the Quito Turismo, and will include a gala dinner and top entertainment, as well as the presentation of the most coveted awards in the industry. It will take place at Centro Cultural Itchimbía, a magnificent glass-and-iron building which forms the centrepiece of Quito's Parque Itchimbia. 

The WTA organisers highlight the significance of hosting the VIP ceremony in Quito. 

Graham E. Cooke, President & Founder, WTA, explained: "We are delighted to host our first ceremony in Ecuador, a decision that reflects the crucial contribution that tourism makes to the national economy. The Ecuadorian tourism sector is enjoying solid growth as a result of the government programme to improve tourism-related infrastructure, most notably Quito's new state-of-the-art airport." 

He added: "The selection of our hosts is fundamental to the success of our awards programme and Quito possesses all the ingredients to rise to the challenge of hosting our South & Central America Ceremony 2014 – a beautiful city bursting with ancient history, a thriving cultural scene and world-class gastronomy." 

Mauricio Rodas Espinel, Mayor of Quito, said: "As Mayor of the City of Quito it is an honour to welcome World Travel Awards to the very first city to be declared a World Cultural Heritage Site by UNESCO over 35 years ago, not only for its incredible and priceless architecture, but also because it is home to a richly-evolving heritage. 

"It is a privilege to bring this event to Ecuador for the first time."

The ceremony will mark the third leg of WTA's 2014 Grand Tour, a year-long global search for the world's finest travel tourism and hospitality organisations, covering seven continents.

Notes to Editors

About World Travel Awards

Hailed as ‘the Oscars of the travel industry', World Travel Awards celebrates its 21st anniversary this year and is acknowledged across the globe as the ultimate travel accolade and aims to celebrate those brands that are pushing the boundaries of industry excellence. 

WTA's global media partner network includes International New York Times, TV5Monde, CNBC Arabiya, Newsweek, Outlook Traveller, Travel & Leisure, Khaleej Times, Trade Arabia, TTN, Trav Talk India, Publituris, ASTA Network, Breaking Travel News, Travel Daily News International and Focus on Travel News. 

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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About Quito Turismo

Quito Turismo, is the tourism board of the Ecuador´s capital. This public institution works with the Mayor of the city in order to develop the tourist industry in the Metropolitan District of Quito. 

Quito Turismo works on different strategies that focus on: 

- The supporting to the entrepreneurship intourism projectsforthe community 
- The development of new tourism products that highlight the cultural and historic legacy of Quito 
- The technical assistance in tourism skills to the private tourist sector 
- The promotion of the city as a tourist destination in local, regional and international markets

For further information: 

Address: N79-39 Amazonas Av. and La Prensa Av. Bicentenario Convention Center. Quito-Ecuador
Telephone: 593-2-299-3300 
Fax: 593-2-299-3341


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