Voting opens for World Travel Awards
Dubai, March 18, 2012
World Travel Awards has unveiled the regional nominees for its 2012 programme and has announced the opening of online voting.
Arabian organisations in contention include Etihad Airways, FlyDubai, Qatar Tourism Authority, Jumeirah at Etihad Towers and Rotana Hotels, a statement said.
All will now go head to head at WTA’s Middle East Ceremony, which is set to take place at Jebel Ali Golf Resort & Spa, Dubai on April 30.
The number of organisations self nominating in 2012 has increased by 17 percent year-on-year, reflecting the growing awareness of the global coverage and commercial benefits that accompany WTA success, the statement said.
WTA is urging both the travel trade and the public to vote for their favourite travel brands.
Graham E Cooke, founder & president, WTA, said: “As the tension surrounding the regional ceremonies builds, we are looking forward to revealing the leading players and tracking their progress as they head to our Grand Final 2012 in December.”
“In these times of global economic austerity, the ability to pinpoint quality travel products remains paramount to both business and consumer travellers. Winning a World Travel Award is a brand’s gold seal of travel excellence, which is why our 2012 programme has attracted a record number of nominees,” he added.
More than 5,000 organisations from 162 countries will compete in travel and tourism’s most influential awards programme. More than 900 categories cover all aspects of the industry from airlines and cruise ships to ski resorts and new luxury hotels.
WTA’s 2012 Grand Tour includes regional legs in Dubai (Middle East Ceremony), Turks & Caicos (Caribbean & The Americas Ceremony), Nairobi, Kenya (Africa & Indian Ocean Ceremony), The Algarve, Portugal (Europe Ceremony) and Singapore (Asia & Australasia Ceremony). The winners of these regional heats will progress to the Grand Final, which will take place at The Oberoi, Gurgaon, New Delhi, India in December.
The full list of nominees is available at www.worldtravelawards.com/nominees2012-10 - TradeArabia News Service