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World Travel Awards’ Global Expansion

January 2007 - London

The World Travel Awards (WTA) is growing -- and expanding the world-renowned honours scheme to the globe’s regions this year. The ever growing number of entries for the last few years’ awards reflects an escalating global, as well as local interest and a growing need to recognise award winners in their own territory.

Rather than the current format of one awards ceremony per year, the WTA is now hosting regional ceremonies throughout this year -- therefore generating more interest, competition and excitement across the world.

The continent-level honours scheme will then feed into the global awards, building up the crescendo to the gala ceremony for the world winners of the World Travel Awards as the highlight of 2007.

The four chosen locations for these regional gala events include Abu Dhabi , Miami, Newcastle Gateshead in the UK and Bangkok. These will cover the various country and regional level awards for the Middle East and Africa, the Americas, Europe, as well as the Asia-Pacific, respectively (schedule below).

The winners and top nominees at the regional awards will be put forward for their respective global categories, which will be announced towards the end of this year. The star-studded gala event will again take place on the Turks & Caicos Islands.

Last year saw the phenomenal success of the WTA annual gala ceremony in Turks & Caicos with the attendance of global heads of industry who rubbed shoulders with VIPs from over 25 countries, ranging from the Maldives to Jamaica and Australia.
“The WTA is now looking to team up with influential global partners in the travel industry who will take an active roll in these four new regional events,” says WTA event organizer Manon Han. “The main benefits that global sponsors will receive include both worldwide exposure and the ability to create and enhance client relationships through these gala ceremonies.”

Grand Tour dates

Monday, 30th May -- Middle East, Africa & Conference Awards Ceremony
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
The event will take place at the Emirates Palace hotel, one of the most exclusive and most decadent hotels in the Middle East.
www.emiratespalace.com

Saturday, 16 June -- The Americas Awards Ceremony
Miami, Florida, United States
The ceremony encompassing the Americas will take place at the same time as the Caribbean Hotel Industry Conference (CHIC). This will be a great chance for industry leaders to attend the CHIC event and the ceremony.
www.cha-chic.org

Friday, 7 September -- Asia, Australasia & Indian Ocean Awards Ceremony
Bangkok, Thailand.
The award ceremony will be held in the bustling city of Bangkok. Prepare your senses for the sights, sounds and smells of one of the world's most exciting cities.

Tuesday, 9 October -- Europe Awards Ceremony
Newcastle Gateshead, United Kingdom
The invitation-only, gala event will be held at The Sage Gateshead, designed by Lord Foster, which stands on the impressive banks of Newcastle Gateshead Quayside, North East England.
www.onenortheast.co.uk

The World Travel CEO Forum will be held the day before the awards ceremony, on Monday 8 October 2007. Award winners will also be able to combine the two events.

Contact [email protected] for further information.
www.worldtravelceoforum.com

Wednesday, 12 December -- Annual World Travel Awards Gala Ceremony

Providenciales, Turks & Caicos

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