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World Travel Awards winners celebrate at Divani Apollon Palace & Thalasso, Athens

2 August 2014 - Athens, Greece

Winners at the World Travel Awards Europe Gala Ceremony 2014 have been revealed during a night of suspense at the Divani Apollon Palace & Thalasso in Athens, Greece.

In one of the most eagerly anticipated categories Lufthansa successfully defended the title of Europe’s Leading Airline, while Europe's Leading Tourist Board went to Turismo de Portugal.

Divani Apollon Palace & Thalasso took the title of Europe's Leading Spa Hotel, while Europcar took the prestigious title of Europe’s Leading Car Rental Company for an unprecedented twelfth consecutive year.

World Travel Awards President Graham Cooke said: “It was a fantastic night for our winners, congratulations to them all. This is our first visit to Greece and Divani Apollon Palace & Thalasso have done a wonderful job in hosting our Europe Gala Ceremony; they should be tremendously proud of their achievements.

He added: “Europe is presently in the middle of a fast paced recovery after a couple of tough years, and the brands that have taken our awards tonight are at the forefront of this. Our voters have recognised these are the key industry players who will be leading the pack over the coming years. This is a springboard to their continued success.”
Also claiming top prizes on the night were Frasers Hospitality, which walked away with the trophy for Europe's Leading Serviced Apartment Brand, and the Conrad Algarve in Portugal, which was voted Europe's Leading Luxury Resort.

The evening was hosted by Greek celebrity presenters Thodoris Koutsogiannopoulos and Mary Sinatsaki, while a stellar line up of entertainment featured Greek pop-rock sensation Onirama and a performance from the Dora Stratou Greek Dancers.

Divani Collection Hotels Marketing Director Niki Fotiou added: “Hosting the World Travel Awards has been an honour for Divani Collection. Through our relationship with the organisation we have been able to showcase our hotel to an elite European audience, while also presenting the best of Greek hospitality.

“It is also a real pleasure and surprise to have been recognised here at Divani Apollon Palace & Thalasso as Europe's Leading Spa Hotel. Thank you to everybody who voted for us and see you in Morocco for the Grand Final!”

World Travel Awards celebrates its 21st anniversary in 2014, with the Europe Gala Ceremony the second stop on the annual Grand Tour.

The tour visited Dubai earlier this year, stopping off at the JW Marriott Marquis, and will now head to the Centro Cultural Itchimbía, Quito, Ecuador, for the South & Central America Gala Ceremony on August 9th.

This will be followed by stops in Abuja (Nigeria), New Delhi (India), and the beautiful Caribbean island of Anguilla, before arriving in Marrakech, Morocco, for the Grand Final in November.

A full list of winners can be viewed at

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.

The brand aims to celebrate those organisations 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 the World Travel Awards Europe Gala Ceremony Media Kit visit:

About Divani Collection

Divani Collection owns and operates seven hotels in Greece (Athens, Meteora, Larissa and Corfu). One of the oldest hotel companies in Greece (more than 53 years), Divani Collection is a leader in the Greek hotel industry through innovation, consistency, exceeding customer expectations and superb service.

All properties enjoy a premium location, top-of-the-line service and extensive conference facilities.

Divani Apollon Palace & Thalasso is a proud member of the Leading Hotels of the World, and offers an impressive variety of services and facilities in a superb location.

The hotel offers two outdoor swimming pools, including a sea-water pool. Other facilities include a private sandy beach, water sports, extensive gardens, tennis court, a jogging route just outside the hotel, and an 18-hotel golf course nearby.

Each bedroom offers panoramic sea views with a front row seat to the Saronic spectacle, exuberant sun rising, romantic sunsets and the never ending azure blue sea.

The glorious Divani Athens Spa & Thalasso Centre is the soul of this resort. The 3,500 m² Spa and Thalassotherapy centre is the only facility offering Thalassotherapy in the Athens region, offering a variety of treatments which are tailored to your personal needs, ensuring an experience of the highest quality.


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