World Travel Awards call for nominations


World Travel Awards is issuing a call to those organizations that aspire to be the best of the best in the business to participate in the 2011 World Travel Awards. The highest accolade in travel and tourism, the awards is hailed as “the Oscars of the travel industry” by the media worldwide for identifying and rewarding excellence. Last year’s self nominations rose an outstanding 50 percent compared to the previous year, and in 2011 the competition is set to be the fiercest yet as companies and destinations realize the commercial benefits and kudos that comes from winning a World Travel Award.

Entry is now open for categories in Africa, Asia, Australasia, the Caribbean, Central America, Europe, Indian Ocean, Middle East, North America, South America, and World. The entry form can be completed online or downloaded from . Nomination submission deadline will be Friday, February 4. The complete nomination’s list will be announced in time for ITB in March. Voting will then open and be carried out by an audience of 183,000 travel agents and tourism professionals from 164 countries, as well as visitors to the World Travel Awards website who are encouraged to submit their votes via the online voting system.

World Travel Awards has announced the locations of the 2011 events which include: Antalya, Bangkok, Dubai, London, Rio de Janeiro, San Francisco, and Sharm el Sheikh. The events are widely regarded as one of the best networking opportunities in the travel industry, attended by government and trade leaders, CEO and director-above level professionals, as well as international media.

World Travel Awards President and Founder, Graham E. Cooke, said: “With 2010 proving to be one of the toughest on record for the travel and tourism industry, we saw the true leaders of travel turn adversity into opportunity and 2011 will be no different. We are looking for companies that go the extra mile to outperform their peers and truly offer an exceptional experience for their customer as well as exceeding business performance with innovative ideas.”

To find out more about the self nomination process, please visit . For further information, please contact World Travel Awards on telephone number +44 (0)20 7925 0000, or by email at .