Visa wins top travel award

For the 10th consecutive year, the World Travel Awards, the prestigious awards ceremony that acknowledges significant achievements in all areas of the travel and tourism industry, has named Visa the “World’s Leading Credit Card.”

The prize was awarded based on a worldwide online poll of travel agencies and front-line travel agents. Criteria used in evaluating companies and organizations included scope of distribution, convenience and overall best services.

“Visa is delighted to receive this most prestigious award,” said Doug Hambry, senior vice president of U.S. sales, Visa Inc. “Visa has been a partner to the travel industry and continues to aid in its growth, providing merchants access to millions of Visa cardholders and providing cardholders with unsurpassed acceptance worldwide. Additionally, Visa cardholders receive added value that goes beyond the convenience and confidence that Visa provides, through travel and entertainment programs linked to Visa payment cards. We are honored once more to receive this accolade from one of the industry’s most important awards programs.”

The online voting took place throughout the year at . More than 167,000 travel agents and professionals in over 160 countries worldwide cast votes to let the world know who they think are the best in the travel industry. The winner was chosen from the following payment cards - American Express, Diner’s Club, JCB, MasterCard and Visa.

“For the past ten years Visa has won ‘World’s Leading Credit Card,’ yet the competition and the marketplace have gotten bigger and tougher over this time,” said Graham Cooke, president and founder of the World Travel Awards. “To consistently win year after year shows that Visa is able to stay ahead of the competition and consistently deliver a product that exceeds the expectations both of customers and those in the global travel trade.”