Caribbean and Americas Travel Oscars set for Turks and Caicos


LONDON, England – The paradise islands of Turks & Caicos will become the focus of the travel and tourism industry when they host World Travel Awards (WTA), the “Oscars of the travel industry,” on September 14, 2012.

WTA’s Caribbean & The Americas Ceremony 2012 will take place at the family-favorite, all-inclusive resort, Beaches Turks & Caicos Resort Villages & Spa.
Decision-makers from leading travel organizations across the Caribbean and Americas are scheduled to attend the gala evening. The red-carpet ceremony will include a gourmet dinner, top entertainment, as well as the presentation of the coveted awards.

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WTA was launched in 1993 to acknowledge and recognize excellence in the global travel and tourism industry, and is now regarded as the very highest achievement that a product could hope to receive.

Graham E. Cooke, President & Founder, WTA, said: “We are delighted to be hosting our Caribbean & The Americas Ceremony 2012 in Turks & Caicos, a paradise destination currently enjoying a surge in tourism arrivals. The nation is entering an exciting new chapter in its history, and tourism will play an even greater role in its economic evolution.”

He added: “As the country’s largest private sector employer, Beaches exemplifies the importance of travel and tourism in Turks & Caicos in generating jobs and tourism revenue. The resort has also taken the family vacation concept to a whole new level in the Caribbean.”

Gordon “Butch” Stewart, Chairman of Sandals & Beaches Resorts, is thrilled to once again host the awards. “There is no better event that epitomizes the incredible products of the travel and tourism industry than the World Travel Awards,” Stewart said, “Beaches Resorts is honored to host this year’s Caribbean & The Americas Gala in the beautiful Turks & Caicos.”

Ralph Higgs, Director of Tourism, Turks & Caicos Tourist Board, said: “The Turks & Caicos Islands are indeed very proud to once again be the host country for WTA. These awards recognize the best in the travel industry while also celebrating the rich diversity of the nominees: their culture, heritage, and people. Turks & Caicos Tourist Board welcomes WTA back to our beautiful shores where memories will be made for a lifetime, the hospitality and spirit of the people will forever be etched in the history of such an esteemed group of nominees.”

He added: “Our destination is poised for success as the global economic recovery begins to take shape, and with WTA taking place here, it signifies to the world that the Turks & Caicos islands is open for business, ready to provide a unique travel experience for all. Best of luck to all the nominees and a warm welcome to all.”

The Caribbean & The Americas Ceremony 2012 marks the second leg of WTA’s Grand Tour, a global search for the world’s leading travel brands, which also includes regional heats in Dubai, Nairobi, Singapore, and The Algarve. The winners of these legs will then go head-to-head at WTA’s Grand Final, which takes place at The Oberoi, Gurgaon, New Delhi, India, on December 12, 2012.