World Travel Awards North and Central America winners unveiled


Cozumel, Europcar, Anthony Travel, Fairmont Hotels & Resorts, and Mexicana were among the companies who triumphed during the World Travel Awards North and Central America regional ceremony, which was staged in the luxurious Hacienda Tres Rios in Mexico on September 21. The awards, described by the Wall Street Journal as the “Oscars” of the global travel and tourism industry, unveiled who are the “best of the best” in the region.

In the North American categories, American Airlines won the title North America’s Leading Airline. Meanwhile Fairmont Hotels & Resorts bagged four awards including Canada’s Leading Golf Resort, Canada’s Leading Ski Resort, Canada’s Leading Business Hotel, and North America’s Leading Golf Resort. The Leading Hotel Brand for North America went to Marriott Hotels & Resorts, and North America’s Leading Destination went to Miami.

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In the Central America categories, Mexicana triumphed as Central America’s Leading Airline, while Parador Boutique Resort & Spa picked up Central America’s Leading Hotel award. Cancun Convention & Visitors Bureau picked up Central America’s Leading Destination award. The full list of winners for the World Travel Awards North and Central Americas can be found by logging on to More than 500 travel organizations were nominated in the ceremony held in partnership with Hacienda Tres Rios, Cancun Convention & Visitors Bureau, Yucatan Holidays, Yucatan.Travel, RCI, and Vive Mexico.

Senior management and decision makers of America’s travel and tourism industry came together to celebrate their achievements during the ceremony. Graham Cooke, president, World Travel Awards commented, “The past 12 months have brought several challenges, namely the economic downturn and the outbreak of swine flu, which has impacted travel and tourism worldwide; today’s winners have remained focused on their long-term objectives and continued to deliver above and beyond the call of duty, setting an industry example.” Throughout the evening, winners were presented with their prestigious trophies by key industry figures, with live entertainment, which included performances from The Village People, as well as KC and the Sunshine Band.

These inspirational organizations will continue to reap profile and commercial benefits over the next year.

Cooke explained, “This year’s winners can display the official World Travel Awards symbol with pride on their sales and marketing literature, offering travelers a cast-iron assurance that what they are buying is a guarantee of travel excellence.”

Each winner has automatically been put forward for the spectacular WTA Grand Final, which will take place at the five-star Grosvenor House, a JW Marriott Hotel in London on November 8, immediately before World Travel Market.