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World Travel Awards lands in Quito ahead of South & Central America Gala Ceremony

7 August 2014 - Quito

World Travel Awards has arrived in Quito, capital of world-beating tourism destination Ecuador, ahead of the South & Central America Gala Ceremony 2014. The event will take place this Saturday, August 9th, at Centro Cultural Itchimbía, Quito, with hundreds of industry leaders in attendance.

Ecuadorian writer, photographer and television personality Renato Ortega will host the ceremony, which will also welcome a stellar entertainment line-up. Taking the stage will be the native artisans of the Quito School of Arts & Crafts, while a violin tribute to the Avenue of Volcanoes will also be performed.

Landing in at the new Mariscal Sucre International Airport, World Travel Awards vice president Sion Rapson said: “Quito is a rapidly developing tourism destination in South America and we are honoured to be hosting our South & Central America Gala Ceremony 2014 here. Working alongside Quito Tourism we have chosen a wonderful venue in Centro Cultural Itchimbía for what promises to be a spectacular show.

“World Travel Awards has received tens of thousands of votes in the build up to the Gala Ceremony and there is a real air of anticipation ahead of the 2014 event.”

Quito is the third stage of the World Travel Awards annual Grand Tour.

The 2014 tour began at the JW Marriott Marquis, Dubai, in May, with the second stop taking place at Divani Apollon Palace & Thalasso on August 2nd. World Travel Awards next visits The Oberoi, New Delhi, India, on October 10th, before completing the Grand Tour in October on the sunshine island of Anguilla.

World Travel Awards will then head to Marrakech, Morocco for the Grand Final 2014 on November 29th.

World Travel Awards Gala Ceremonies are widely regarded as the best networking opportunities in the travel industry, attended by government and industry leaders, luminaries, and international print and broadcast media.

For more information on the brand head over to the official website.

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 organisation 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 WTA’s South & Central Ceremony 2014 & bookings

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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 in tourism projects for the 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
Email:           [email protected]

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