World Travel Awards Prepares for its 10th Anniversary - Set to Announce 2003 Nominees

World Travel Awards, the most comprehensive and arguably the most prestigious awards program in the worldå‘s travel and tourism industry has announced a date for the release of this yearå‘s nominees.

The nominee list for the 160 categories of the World Travel Awards 2003 will be announced on 31 March and will be made available on the World Travel Awards website at

Hundreds of thousands of travel professionals from across the globe will be invited to vote for their preferred nominees from 1 March right up until the awards ceremony in October. To reflect the global status of the Awards, this year’s marketing campaign, voting forms, emails and competitions will be delivered in 12 different languages.

The winners of this year’s World Travel Awards will be announced at the 10th Annual Gala Ceremony, hosted at The Plaza, New York on Monday, October 13th 2003. World Travel Awards is one of the highlights in the travel industry calendar, gaining even more impetus this year as the event will mark a decade of acknowledging and celebrating the achievements in all areas of the world`s travel and tourism industry.

Additionally this year has seen the launch of a chic, new-look 2003 web site, the most accomplished site in the Awards’ ten year history. Dynamic features include a media-rich photo-gallery, capturing exciting moments from the 9th World Travel Awards ceremony, vibrant virtual images of the World Travel Awards taking the Centre Stage at the World Travel Market 02, along with a new page dedicated to the winners of Travel Personality of the Year category.


“Despite a slow start to the year for the travel industry, the World Travel Awards’ tenth anniversary is gathering momentum as the event draws closer and excitement is mounting.  We look forward to revealing the nominees for our tenth annual awards ceremony!” commented President, Graham E. Cooke.

World Travel Awards web site is available at

Notes to editors

The World Travel Awards were set up for the express purpose of acknowledging and celebrating the massive achievements in all areas of the world`s travel & tourism industry. And with the 9th Awards coming up, it`s becoming harder to remember a time when this major event didn`t take place.

World Travel Awards Limited was established in 1993 and, since then, the Awards have gone from strength to strength. Every year, hundreds more travel agents round the globe participate in the voting and during the build-up to the Awards Ceremony, the level of excitement that is now generated throughout the travel industry can only be described as fever-pitched.

Candidates for nomination are based upon the previous year`s voting. This is the world`s most comprehensive travel awards ceremony, with trophies awarded in an all areas of the industry. Voting is cast by travel agents in over 200 countries around the world. Regional geographical categories are broken down from the Whole World category into eight smaller areas - Africa, Asia/Pacific, Caribbean, Central & Latin America, Europe, Middle East, North America and South America. These are then further divided into all areas of the travel industry. Additional worldwide awards covering specific markets, such as World`s Leading Sports Resort, World`s Leading Private Island, to name but two, broaden the scope of the voting.

Hundreds and thousands of votes each year are registered online at the official World Travel Awards website, with most of the leading travel internet sites offering additional online voting facilities.