Highlighting the Big Winners of World Travel Awards’ 25th Celebration ⇒ Seen as the ultimate hallmark of industry excellence, the World Travel Awards was first established in 1993 in an effort to acknowledge, reward and celebrate excellence and innovation across a wide variety of sectors, from travelling to tourism and even aspects regarding the hospitality industry. This year, the World Travel Awards celebrated its 25th anniversary and their annual programme is regarded as the most prestigious and comprehensive within the global industry. Today, CovetED unveils the major winners of this prestigious event, so take a look.
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This year, the World Travel Awards Grand Tour featured regional gala ceremonies in the Middle East (Ras Al Khaimah, UAE), Europe (Athens, Greece), Asia & Australasia (Hong Kong), Latin America (Guayaquil, Ecuador), Africa & the Indian Ocean (Durban, South Africa) and North America & the Caribbean (Jamaica).
The Grand Final took place in Lisbon, Portugal at the historic Pátio da Galé, gathering key design makers and opinion leaders of all the industries in a highly creative environment. Now, let’s take a look at some of the major highlights.
In regards to travel and tourism, Jamaica received quite a few awards, including the “World’s Leading Beach Destination” and the “World’s Leading Cruise Destination”. The award for “World’s Leading Tourist Attraction” was given to the ancient Inca citadel of Machu Picchu, Peru whereas the “World’s Most Romantic Destination” was awarded to Mauritius.
Jamaica. Image Source: Dreams and Destinations Travel
Image Source: Machu Picchu
Tourism is one of the biggest strengths of Portugal, and this was made quite evident at the event as it collected a wide range of wins this year, including “World’s Leading Destination”, “World’s Leading Island Destination” [Madeira] and “World’s Leading Tourist Board”.
Image Source: Turismo de Portugal
Moving on to the hospitality industry, some of the most renowned winners were the Armani Hotel Dubai, which was named “World’s Leading Hotel”, the Atlantis the Palm, Dubai was distinguished as the “World’s Leading Landmark Resort“. Fraser Hospitality took home the award for “World’s Leading Serviced Apartment Brand” whereas the Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts was honoured with “World’s Leading Resort Brand”.
Image Source: Four Seasons
In the aviation sector, Aeroflot capped a year of strong passenger growth by winning both “World’s Leading Airline Brand” and “World’s Leading Airline – Business Class”, whilst Singapore Changi Airport was named “World’s Leading Airport” and Muscat International Airport was voted “World’s Leading New Airport”.
Image Courtesy of Jewel Changi Airport Devt
Other highlights included awards for Hong Kong (“World’s Leading Business Travel Destination”), Cape Town (“World’s Leading Festival & Event Destination”), Guayaquil (“World’s Leading City Tourist Board”), Europcar (“World’s Leading Green Transport Solution Company” and “World’s Leading Car Rental Company Website”), Norwegian Cruise Line (“World’s Leading Cruise Line”) and YAS Waterworld (“World’s Leading Water Park”).
Hong Kong. Image Source: The Telegraph
Image Source: Cape Town
Now, take a look at the full list of winners across all categories, right here:
World Winners 2018
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Africa Winners 2018
Asia Winners 2018
Australasia Winners 2018
Caribbean Winners 2018
Central America Winners 2018
Europe Winners 2018
Indian Ocean Winners 2018
Middle East Winners 2018
North America Winners 2018
South America Winners 2018
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Source: World Travel Awards