Asia and Australasia's leading travel brands revealed in Hong Kong

4 September 2018 - Hong Kong

World Travel Awards Asia & Australasia 2018 winners

Asia and Australasia’s finest travel brands have been unveiled at World Travel Awards (WTA) Asia & Australasia Gala Ceremony 2018 in Hong Kong.

Winners at the red carpet gala evening included Vietnam, which fended off stiff competition to be named “Asia’s Leading Destination”. Meanwhile Sydney, with its iconic cityscapes and beautiful beaches, was named “Australasia’s Leading Destination”.

Hundreds of the leading figures from Asia and Australasia’s travel and tourism industries attended the red-carpet ceremony, which was staged at the newly-refurbished InterContinental Grand Stanford Hong Kong.

Graham Cooke, Founder & President, World Travel Awards, said: “What an incredible evening it has been here in the enchanting metropolis of Hong Kong. We have had the privilege of recognising many of the leading hotels, airlines and hospitality providers from destinations across Asia and Australasia and my congratulations to each of them.”

In the aviation sector, Hainan Airlines proved a multiple winner, collecting awards for “Asia’s Leading Airline Brand”, “Asia’s Leading Airline – Business Class” and “Asia’s Leading Cabin Crew”. Meanwhile Cathay Pacific was named “Asia’s Leading Airline”, Singapore Changi Airport collected “Asia’s Leading Airport”, and Air New Zealand was voted “Australasia’s Leading Airline”.

Hospitality winners included Korea’s Conrad Seoul, which picked up “Asia’s Leading Lifestyle Hotel” and “Asia’s Leading Luxury City Hotel”. InterContinental Hotels & Resorts was also victorious, collecting “Asia’s Leading Hotel Brand” and “Australasia’s Leading Hotel Brand”. The Ascott Limited won “Asia's Leading Serviced Apartment Brand” whilst Frasers Hospitality was voted “Australasia's Leading Serviced Apartment Brand”.

Vietravel was recognised by voters as “Asia’s Leading Tour Operator” for the third consecutive year, whilst Abercrombie & Kent China was named “Asia's Leading Travel Agency”.

The evening marked the third leg of the WTA Grand Tour 2018 – a series of regional events to acknowledge the world’s outstanding travel brands. Events on the tour include Ras al Khaimah (United Arab Emirates), Athens (Greece), Montego Bay (Jamaica), Guayaquil (Ecuador) and Durban (South Africa). The regional winners will progress to the Grand Final 2018, which is being hosted in Lisbon (Portugal) on 1st December.

Find a full list of winners on the official World Travel Awards website.

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 www.worldtravelawards.com

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