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World Travel Awards European Nominations Unveiled

5 August 2009 - London

Who is on the Roll of Honour?

Nearly 1500 European 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 Europe, 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 Marriott Praia D’El Rey Golf & Beach Resort in Portugal's, near Obidos on 17 October.

“European 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 – Europe
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 170 categories for Europe.

Air France, BMI British Midland, British Airways, Iberia, KLM, Lufthansa, SAS Scandiinavian Airlines and Swiss International Airlines have all been nominated in the key category of Europe’s Leading Airline.

A total of 13 of the very best hotels in the region are in the running for the title of Europe’s Leading Hotel. They are: Ciragan Palace Kempinski, Istanbul, Turkey; Donbass Palace Hotel, Ukraine; Dubrovnik Palace Hotel, Croatia; Grand Hotel Wien, Vienna, Austria; Hotel Arts, Barcelona, Spain; Hotel Cipriani, Venice, Italy; Hotel de Palais, Biarritz, France; Hotel Le Bristol, Paris, France; Kemer Resort Hotel, Kemer, Turkey; Mandarin Oriental Hotel du Rhone, Geneva, Switzerland; Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, and The Dorchester, both in London England.

Mature and rapidly emerging European destinations are juggling for position to take the coveted title of Europe’s Leading Destination. They are:
Amsterdam, Barcelona, Berlin, Crete, Dublin, Dubrovnik, Istanbul, Lisbon, London, Pafos, Paris, Prague, Czech Republic, Rome, Tallinn, Venice, Vienna and Vilnius in Lithuania.

There’s also keen competition to find Europe’s Leading Cruise Line. In the running are:
AIDA Cruises, Costa Cruises, Fred Olsen Cruise Lines, Hapag Lloyd Cruises, Holland America Line, Norwegian Cruise Line, P&O Cruises, Peter Deilmann Cruises, Royal Caribbean Cruise International and Silversea Cruises.
For the full list of nominations for Europe, including Albania, Andorra, Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Belgium, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, England, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Gibraltar, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Malta, Mediterranean, Moldova, Monaco, Netherlands, Northern Ireland, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, San Marino, Scotland, Serbia and Montenegro, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switrzerland, Turkey, Ukraine and Wales log on to Log on to www.worldtravelawards.com .

The European event in Portugal is part of a World Travel Awards Grand Tour with regional awards staged throughout the world, ending with a Grand Final at the five-star Grosvenor House, a JW Marriott hotel in London’s Mayfair on Sunday 8 November 2009.

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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