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Guayaquil prepares to host Latin America Ceremony 2018

17 August 2018 - London, UK


The beautiful city of Guayaquil, Ecuador is making final preparations ahead of hosting Latin America's most important travel and tourism event of the year. The key industry players and VIPs from across South and Central America are set to attend the World Travel Awards (WTA) Latin America Ceremony on 15th September 2018.

The red-carpet ceremony, which will staged at Guayaquil’s historic Palacio de Cristal, will mark the fourth leg of the WTA Grand Tour 2018 – an annual search for the finest travel and tourism organisations in the world. WTA is currently celebrating its 25th anniversary of honouring excellence in the international hospitality industry.

The event will also be WTA's first visit to Guayaquil, the beating commercial heart of Ecuador and the gateway to the incredible Galapagos Islands.

A rapidly-emerging tourism hotspot, Guayaquil is best known for its gleaming riverside development, the Malecón 2000, which incorporates gardens, shopping centres, restaurants, a landmark museum, the first iMAX theatre in South America, and several of the city's finest monuments.

The Palacio de Cristal will provide a stunning backdrop to proceedings. Commissioned by Gustave Eiffel (designer of the Eiffel Tower, Paris), the palace was inaugurated in 1908 and has since undergone extensive renovation as part of Guayaquil's Urban Regeneration project.

A limited number of General Admission tickets to the WTA Latin America Ceremony are currently available. To book visit here.

Notes to Editors

About World Travel Awards

WTA 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.

Each year, WTA covers the globe with a series of regional gala ceremonies staged to recognise and celebrate individual and collective success within each key geographical region.

WTA 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 about WTA visit


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