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Ten per cent rise in World Travel Awards voting registrations

14 September 2009 - London

More travel industry professionals than ever have enrolled to vote for the prestigious and popular World Travel Awards which has recorded a phenomenal 10% rise in registrations since April this year.

More than 183,000 registrations to vote have been made online since the 2009 voting got underway five months ago, 16,000 more than 2008.

The record number is conclusive evidence that World Travel Awards – now in its 16th year – has become the ‘Oscars’ of the global industry.

Over the past 18 months, World Travel Awards has made huge strides to improve not only the volume of votes but also the entire judging procedure.

“World Travel Awards is a unique benchmark for industry quality and business excellence in every region and sector.” said Graham E. Cooke, founder and President.
“It’s essential that the awards are fair, balanced and transparent.”

“The global industry and the thousands of operators, hotels and destinations nominated for World Travel Awards can be assured that the regional winners and the overall winners of the final are a true and accurate reflection of the wishes of voters.

“The increase in registered voters, despite a global recession, demonstrates the vital role of performance delivery in a challenging and highly competitive marketplace.”

Organisers point to the introduction of regional awards, greater awareness of World Travel Awards and what they stand for and more effective communication with the industry as significant factors in the increase in votes.

World Travel Awards has become the industry’s champion to drive up standards within the industry and to ensure that travel companies consistently exceed expectations.

This has led to growing numbers of consumers monitoring World Travel Awards winners for additional peace of mind when booking travel or a vacation.

Voters are urged to take into consideration not only their personal dealings with a company or organisation but also underlying issues such as consistent business success, total understanding of visitor needs and high customer satisfaction levels.

John Varkey Kailath, Tours Manager, Omeir Travel Agency, part of the Omeir Bin Youssef Group, the UAE’s largest travel management company, has recently registered to vote. He commented: “This is the best way to show appreciation to industry partners by voting for their efforts to maintain quality and highest standard of service consistently for our clients. WTA seems to be excellent to cover votes and awards in all categories.”

Karin Hogben, Managing Director, Wollongong Travel Centre in Australia, explained: “I feel it is important to have industry award schemes as they provide industry recognition. These awards also provide goals for others.

“World Travel Awards enable industry leaders to be recognised on a global level. Without voting, this would not be possible.

Lois Howes, President, Sterling Travel, based in the UK and specialising in business travel and event management agreed. He said: “it is very important for travel professionals to recognise industry leaders.

“Those of us who vote for our favourites share our knowledge with those who might not know a particular airline, hotel or tourist board and thus give guidance down the line. The consumers gain knowledge from these votes.

“The recognition keeps everyone trying harder and lets those who want the best to know where to look.”

The North American and Central American Ceremony on 21 September is at the new resort of Hacienda Tres Ríos, near Cancun, Mexico. Winners of the European Awards are announced at the Marriott Praia D’El Rey Golf & Beach Resort, near Obidos in Portugal on 17 October. This is followed on 7 November by the presentation of the Caribbean, Asia, Australasia and Indian Ocean Awards at Grosvenor House, a JW Marriott hotel in London.

The final, also at the Grosvenor House on Sunday 8 November and taking place immediately before World Travel Market, will also unveil winners of the Travel Technology sector.

Nominees for the world awards are now on line at www.worldtravelawards.com and registered travel professionals can cast their votes for their preferred organisations.

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 15th 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]
Tele +44 1892 785071


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