World’s finest travel brands revealed at World Travel Awards Grand Final 2018 in Lisbon

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The finest travel brands in the world have been unveiled at a star-studded gala ceremony in Lisbon, Portugal. The elite of the travel industry gathered for the World Travel Awards (WTA) Grand Final Gala Ceremony 2018 at the historic Pátio da Galé to find out who amongst them had been crowned the finest in the world.

Winners at the red carpet reception included Jamaica, which celebrated a double victory by collecting both ‘World’s Leading Beach Destination’ and ‘World’s Leading Cruise Destination’. The ancient Inca citadel of Machu Picchu, Peru was named ‘World’s Leading Tourist Attraction’, whilst Mauritius fended off stiff competition to emerge as ‘World’s Most Romantic Destination’.

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The evening marked the climax of the WTA 25th anniversary Grand Tour 2018– an annual search for the finest travel and tourism organisations in the world, with the winners of WTA’s six regional ceremonies going head-to-head for the coveted World titles.

Graham Cooke, Founder, WTA, said: “What an incredible evening it has been here in the magnificent city of Lisbon. We have had the privilege of recognising the world’s leading hotels, destinations, airlines and travel providers and my congratulations to each of them.”

Hospitality winners included Armani Hotel Dubai (‘World’s Leading Hotel’); Atlantis the Palm, Dubai (‘World’s Leading Landmark Resort’); Fraser Hospitality (‘World’s Leading Serviced Apartment Brand’); and Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts (‘World’s Leading Resort Brand’).

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’.

The strength and depth of Portugal’s tourism economy was reflected with victories in a range of categories. Portugal was voted ‘World’s Leading Destination’, Madeira heralded ‘World’s Leading Island Destination’, whilst Turismo de Portugal was named ‘World’s Leading Tourist Board’.

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’).

Hundreds of the leading travel industries figureheads from across the globe attended the ceremony at Pátio da Galé, Lisbon’s landmark events and entertainment venue.

Find a full list of winners on the official WTA website.

WTA was established in 1993 to acknowledge, reward and celebrate excellence across all sectors of the tourism industry.

Today, the WTA brand is recognised globally as the ultimate hallmark of quality, with winners setting the benchmark to which all others aspire.

Each year, WTA covers the globe with a series of regional gala ceremonies staged to recognise and celebrate individual and collective success within each key geographical region.

WTA gala ceremonies are widely regarded as the best networking opportunities in the travel industry, attended by government and industry leaders, luminaries and international print and broadcast media.

For more information about WTA visit www.worldtravelawards.com

Juergen Thomas Steinmetz has continuously worked in the travel and tourism industry since he was a teenager in Germany (1979), beginning as a travel agent up through today as a publisher of eTurboNews (eTN), one of the world’s most influential and most-read travel and tourism publications. He is also Chairman of ICTP. His experiences include working and collaborating with various national tourism offices and non-governmental organizations, as well as private and non-profit organizations, and in planning, implementing, and quality control of a range of travel and tourism-related activities and programs, including tourism policies and legislation. His major strengths include a vast knowledge of travel and tourism from the point of view of a successful private enterprise owner, superb networking skills, strong leadership, excellent communication skills, strong team player, attention to detail, dutiful respect for compliance in all regulated environments, and advisory skills in both political and non-political arenas with respect to tourism programs, policies, and legislation. He has a thorough knowledge of current industry practices and trends and is a computer and Internet junkie.