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World Travel Awards Australasian Nominations Unveiled

5 August 2009 - London

Who is on the Roll of Honour?

More than 400 Australasian 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.

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

“Australasian 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 – Australasia
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 60 categories for Australasia:
Air New Zealand, Air Pacific, Air Tahiti Nui, Aircalin – New Calidonian, Jet Star and Virgin Blue have been nominated in the key category of Australasia’s Leading Airline.

A total of 11 of the very best hotels in the region are in the running for the title of Australasia’s Leading Hotel. They are: Ascott Auckland Metropolis, Auckland; Four Seasons, Sydney; Hyatt Regency, Turmon Bay, Guam; Palazzo Versace, Gold Coast, Australia; Park Hyatt, Melbourne; Royce Hotel, Melbourne; Sky City Grand Hotel, Auckland; Sydney Harbour Marriott, Sydney; The Hotel Windsor, Melbourne; The Observatory, Sydney and The Rialto, Melbourne.

Australasia’s Leading Tourist Board title is between: New Zealand Tourist Board; South Pacific Tourism Organisation; Tahiti Tourism; Tourism Australia and Tourism Queensland, Australia.

For the full list of nominations for Australasia, including Australia, Cook Island, Fiji, French Polynesia, Guam, Micronesia Federated State, New Calidonia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea and Samoa 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

For further information contact Jane Larcombe:
Email [email protected]
Tel: +44 1892 785071

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