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World Travel Awards Announced Destinations for 2009 Grand Tour

10 November 2008 - London

London/November 2008

World Travel Awards (WTA) announced at World Travel Market its future destinations for the 2009 Grand Tour. Reigning Miss World, Zi Lin Zhang of China, visiting World Travel Market, assisted the official unveiling of the World Travel Awards Tour for 2009.

The announcement was made at 3.00pm Monday 10 November in the WTA VIP Lounge, South Gallery, 33.

Recognised as the hallmark of travel excellence, the World Travel Awards acknowledges the leading travel products across the globe. The regional award ceremonies recognise winners in their own territory and celebrate both individuals and companies setting new boundaries in travel and tourism.

The WTA 2009 Tour will kick off in May 2009 with the Africa Ceremony in Durban, South Africa, followed by North America and Caribbean (Miami, USA), Australia (Melbourne), Asia (Shanghai, China), Europe (Lisbon, Portugal), Latin America (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil), Middle East (Dubai). This will culminate in the spectacular Grand Finale in November in London, and a special winners' dinner in Johannesburg.

The Tour will coincide with international exhibitions including INDABA at the ICC Durban, POWOW in Miami, Australia Travel Exchange, Asia Luxury Travel Market Shanghai, ABAV and the World Travel Awards Final will take place during World Travel Market.

In 2008, almost 3,600 companies have been nominated from 137 countries around the world. VIP and senior industry figureheads who attended WTA ceremonies also found them excellent forums to access, network and do business with the people who shape the industry and its future.

"World Travel Awards is proud of its impartial nature and the comprehensive process of its voting programme. Votes are cast by travel agents and tourism professionals from 164 participating countries. This level of accountability makes winning an award the greatest form of recognition in the travel business," said Graham Cooke, President & Founder of the World Travel Awards.

"With a host of exciting new partnership deals and a global media campaign reaching in excess of 270 million in place, our 2009 Tour is set to be our best yet. Over the past 15 years, our objective has been to identify and reward excellence, and are honoured to be recognised as 'the Oscars of the travel industry'," added Cooke.

Notes to Editors:



About World Travel Awards

The World Travel Awards was launched in 1993 to acknowledge and recognise excellence in the world's travel and tourism industry.

Now celebrating its 15th Anniversary, the awards is regarded as the very highest achievement that a travel product could ever hope to receive.

Attended by senior executives from major travel companies, operators and destinations, WTA events are universally respected as providing established, top-level networking opportunities, regionally and globally.

Log on to www.worldtravelawards.com for regular updated information.

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