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World Travel Awards Asian Nominations Unveiled

5 August 2009 - London

Who is on the Roll of Honour?

More than 900 Asian travel companies, destinations, hotels, resorts and airlines have been nominated in the prestigious World Travel Awards 2009.

The awards are described by the International Herald Tribune as the ‘Oscars’ of the global travel and tourism industry.

Winners gain considerable commercial and profile benefits with growing numbers of consumers using World Travel Awards to assist them in making their ultimate holiday and travel choices. Winners will be announced at the Grosvenor House, a JW Marriott hotel in London’s Mayfair on Saturday 7 November, immediately before World Travel Market.

The final list for Asia, nominated by travel agents and industry professionals worldwide, ranges from airlines and cruise lines to destinations, resorts and hotels.

“Asian operators are up against stiff competition in the regional awards”, said Graham E. Cooke, World Travel Awards President.

“Judgment is not only based on industry professionals own personal perception and dealings with a company at all levels, but also on every aspect of staff training, operation and delivery of customer value and satisfaction.

“The global economic recession has meant that the work of World Travel Awards in encouraging the very highest standards of excellence in the complete travel and holiday experience is even more relevant today than ever.
“Today many travellers make their holiday decisions with the help of the Internet as well as with travel agents, sometimes using airlines that didn’t even exist 15 years ago and choosing good-value, quality accommodation that was largely unattainable before every hotel and resort had its own website.

“They make particular use of last-minute deals with a huge amount of ever growing choice. They know what they want – and that is the best for their budget.

“Travellers have never been more discerning or more aware of expectations and the travel industry has to be super sensitive to new ways of working and a huge change in culture.

“We hope that we can help companies compete in a fast changing world.”

The Nominations – Asia
More than 100 leading travel companies and organisations applied for nomination in this year’s World Travel Awards and supplemented by nominations from travel professionals.
There are more than 100 categories for Asia.

Asiana Airlines, Cathay Pacific Airways, China Airlines, China Southern Airlines, Japan Airlines, Korean Air, Malaysia Airlines, Royal Brunei Airlines, Singapore Airlines, Sri Lankan Airlines and Thai Airways International have all been nominated in the key category of Asia’s Leading Airlines.

A total of 18 of the very best hotels in the region are in the running for the title of Asia’s Leading Hotel. They are: Amanpuri, Phuket; Conrad, Bangkok; Four Seasons, Tokyo; Hilton, Kuala Lumpur; JW Marriott, Phuket; Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong; Raffles, Singapore; Shangri-la, Beijing; The Datai, Langkawi; The Imperial, New Delhi; The Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok; The Oberoi Rajvilas, Jaipur; The Oberoi, Udaipur; The Peninsula Palace Beijing; The Peninsula, Tokyo; The Taj Mahal Palace & Tower, Mumbai; Trident Hilton, Gurgaon.

Asia’s Leading Tourist Board title is between: China National Tourism Administration; Incredible India; Japan National Tourist Organization; Ministry of Culture and Tourism Indonesia; Philippines Tourism Authority; Tourism Malaysia and Tourism Thailand.

For the full list of nominations for Asia, including Bangladesh, Brunei, Cambodia, China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Laos, Macau, Malaysia, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, Republic of Palau, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, Uzbekistan and Vietnam log on to Log on to www.worldtravelawards.com .

The World Travel Awards Grand Final takes place at the five-star Grosvenor House, a JW Marriott hotel in London on 8 November, again just before World Travel Market.

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Notes to Editors
About World Travel Awards
• The World Travel Awards were launched in 1993 to acknowledge and recognize excellence in the world's travel and tourism industry.
• Now celebrating its 16th Anniversary, the awards are 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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