The 17th World Travel Awards have been announced. They have gained in credibility and status over the years and have become the travel industry’s equivalent of the Oscar’s. It is easily the biggest event of the travel trade and no doubt the entire industry looks forward to it in anticipation and excitement. It is definitely the highest achievement a travel product can aspire to receive. The winners of this year’s awards have no doubt a lot to celebrate about and benefit in the coming years.
This year’s list of awardees contains some surprises and some new names as well. Etihad Airways has maintained its position as the World’s leading airline. Singapore’s Changi Airport has made a strong comeback after a gap of a year as the World’s leading Airport. In a new category Holiday Inn Express got the award for the World’s Leading Budget Hotel Brand where as JW Marriott emerged as the World’s leading Business Hotel Group.
American Express has maintained its hold as the World’s leading Business Travel Agency. Mauritius also continues to be the World’s leading Island Destination. Maldives have regained their status as the World’s most romantic destination. The awards have been making a steady and long term impact on the travel trade.