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World Travel Awards touches down in Dubai for Middle East Gala Ceremony

2 May 2014 - Dubai, UAE

Final preparations have begun at the JW Marriott Marquis Dubai ahead of the World Travel Awards Middle East Gala Ceremony 2014.

The event will take place on May 4th, with the leading lights of the regional tourism industry competing for the coveted prizes.

Hundreds of executive guests are expected to attend the show, which will also welcome world-class entertainment from Dubai’s very own Music Hall.

Etihad Airways will defend its title of Middle East’s Leading Airline, with the carrier hoping to take the award for the sixth consecutive year, while the prizes for Middle East’s Leading Destination and Middle East’s Leading Hotel are also hotly contested.

World Travel Awards celebrates its 21st anniversary this year, with the Middle East Gala Ceremony the first stop on the annual Grand Tour.

The tour will also include stops in Athens (Greece), Abuja (Nigeria), Quito (Ecuador), New Delhi (India), and the beautiful Caribbean island of Anguilla.

Highlighting the importance of the ceremony, World Travel Awards president Graham Cooke said: “Dubai has bounced back from its recent downturn to regain its place at the forefront of the global tourism sector. It is an honour to return here in 2014.

“Having just been selected to host Expo 2020, the Emirate is riding a wave of optimism, and World Travel Awards is part of that. The organisations nominated for our Middle East Gala Ceremony represent the very best in the region, and I look forward to recognising their success.”

The show will be hosted by Lucy Taylor and Mark Lloyd, co-hosts and producers of The Travel Show - a two-hour daily programme running on Dubai Eye 103.8FM.

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.

For more info about the WTA Middle East Gala Ceremony 2014 & bookings visit:

For the World Travel Awards Middle East Gala Ceremony Media Kit visit:

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About JW Marriott

JW Marriott is part of Marriott International’s luxury portfolio and consists of beautiful properties in gateway cities and distinctive resort locations around the world. These elegant hotels cater to today’s sophisticated, self-assured travellers, offering them the quiet luxury they seek in a warmly authentic, relaxed atmosphere lacking in pretence.

JW Marriott properties artfully provide highly crafted, anticipatory experiences that are reflective of their locale so that their guests have the time to focus on what is most important to them. Currently, there are 55 JW Marriott hotels in 23 countries; by 2015 the portfolio will encompass 78 properties in 28 countries.

The “Marquis” designation is reserved for select downtown properties that offer the highest level of comfort, technology, personal service, meeting facilities, privacy and world-class amenities.

Visit Marriott International, Inc. (NYSE: MAR) for company information. For more information or reservations, please visit our web site at, and for the latest company news, visit


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