11th Jun 2003

For over a decade, the World Travel Awards has celebrated the success of the very best in global travel. It is dedicated to discovering world-class companies that strive for excellence - where experiences are unsurpassed, superior service comes as standard, the facilities are faultless, and above all å- every expectation for the international traveller is perfectly met.

It is indeed a momentous mission, but one that produces phenomenal results. Welcome to the exclusive World Travel Awardså...

Described as the Oscars of the travel industry, each year award-fever grips the global travel industry, building to a crescendo at the coveted annual Awards Presentation Ceremony, when hundreds of travel professionals, who have cast important votes for their choice of the very best in the business on the web, also keep a keen eye on the official World Travel Awards website to discover who will receive the highest accolade this year.

The World Travel Awards was established in 1993 to acknowledge, reward and celebrate the enormous achievements accomplished in every sector of the worldwide travel market. In the years following, new technology has ensured that travel maintains its position as one of the fastest-growing industries on earth. Also during that time, dedicated travel professionals and their clients have come to regard the World Travel Awards as the best endorsement that any travel product could receive.

Suffice to say, these awards enjoy enormous success and continue to go from strength-to-strength each year. The prestigious World Travel Awards are particularly desirable because, uniquely, the votes are cast globally by fellow professionals within the industry. Nominations are based upon the results of the previous year’s voting, with travel professionals around the world registering votes by email, fax, post, or online at the official World Travel Awards website and other key travel websites.

This is the world`s most comprehensive travel awards ceremony, with trophies presented to all areas of the industry. Voting is cast by travel agents in over 200 countries around the world. Regional geographical categories are created from the Whole World category in eight significant areas: Africa; Asia/Pacific; Caribbean; Central and Latin America; Europe; Middle East; North America and South America. These categories are then further divided into all areas of the travel industry, with additional worldwide awards covering specific markets, such as The World`s Leading Spas.

While only the winners receive the prestigious World Travel Awards trophy, both nominees and winners gain the right to use the impressive Shield logo - a symbol of excellence universally recognised across the globe. This Shield is displayed with pride and prominence in the marketing and advertising campaigns of many of the world’s leading corporations and organisations.


As early as 1996, World Travel Awards recognised the global significance of the spa sector and began honouring the leaders in this important area with accolades for the World’s Leading Spa Resorts.



It is true that the definition of spa can mean many things to many people, what is clear, however, is that this ultimate experience essentially restores, revitalises and relaxes the person as a whole - mind, body and soul. Last year, the prestigious roll-call of the very best spas in the world read like this…

Africa’s Leading Spa Resort

Le Saint Geran Hotel, Spa & Golf Club, Mauritius

Asia / Pacific’s Leading Spa Resort

Taj Exotica Resort, Maldives

Caribbean’s Leading Spa Resort

The BodyHoliday at LeSPORT

Central & Latin America’s Leading Spa Resort

Las Ventanas Al Paraiso, Mexico

Europe’s Leading Day Spa

Elemis Day Spa

Europe’s Leading Spa Resort

Le Meridien Limassol, Cyprus

Middle East’s Leading Spa Resort

The Ritz-Carlton Dubai Spa & Beach Club

North America’s Leading Spa Resort

Wyndham Peaks Resort & Golden Door Spa, Colorado

South America’s Leading Spa Resort

Kurotel Longevity Center and Spa, Brazil

World`s Leading Spa Resort

Forte Village, Sardinia



Eagerly anticipated as the biggest and brightest annual event on the global travel calendar, the winners of this year’s awards will be announced at the 10th World Travel Awards Gala Ceremony, to be held on Monday October 13th 2003, hosted at The Plaza in New York, the crown jewel of Manhattan`s fabled Fifth Avenue.

This year’s event promises to be a uniquely glittering affair as it marks a glorious decade of acknowledgement and celebration for the achievements in all areas of the world`s travel and tourism industry.

On this special evening, the eyes of the world will watch dignitaries, celebrities and members of the international press rub shoulders with leading lights of the global travel industry as they gather in New York for a night of pure glamour at the Gala Celebration and Dinner. The World Travel Awards is highly regarded and established as a forum that brings together all aspects of travel and tourism in recognition of outstanding achievements. The event also provides excellent networking opportunities for leading decision makers and business professionals in the travel industry.


World Travel Awards has announced this year’s nominations and the list is now available at World Travel Awards Nominees.

The acclaimed World Travel Awards will continue awarding excellence in the spa industry and promises many surprises and worthy winners to celebrate once again this year - watch this space!



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