Mexico, Peru and Ecuador were among the big names to emerge victorious during the World Travel Awards South & Central America Gala Ceremony, held at the Huacca Pucllana Temple, Lima this evening.
The industry’s elite, including chief executives of leading tourism organisations, government ministers and tourist board chiefs from across the continent attended the magnificent gala event hailed as ‘the Oscars of the travel industry’.
World Travel Awards celebrates its 20th anniversary this year and is acknowledged across the globe as the ultimate travel accolade, celebrating those brands that are pushing the boundaries of industry excellence in product and service.
Quito, the capital of Ecuador, was one of the shining stars on the night, capturing the title of South America’s Leading Destination, while other award winners from across the region saw South America’s Leading New Hotel go to Hilton Miraflores Lima, and South America’s Leading Business Hotel to Swissotel Lima.
South America’s Leading Hotel Suite went to the Penthouse Suites at the Copacabana Hotel.
Central America’s Leading Family Resort went to Dreams Cancun Resort & Spa, while South America’s Leading Cruise Line was awarded to Regent Seven Seas Cruises
Continuing its rise to tourism stardom, Peru took home top honours for South America’s Leading Airport, awarded to Jorge Chavez International Airport and South America’s Leading Culinary Destination.
Ritz Carlton Santiago took the award for Chile’s Leading Hotel, Venezuela’s Leading Resort went to Laguna Mar Hotel Resort & Spa and Charming Luxury Lodge & Private Spa were double winners having been voted South America’s Most Romantic Resort and Argentina’s Leading Spa Resort
World Travel Awards president Graham Cooke said: “The South & Central America region continues to serve as an example of innovative and passionate tourism promotion as well as offering the most unique hospitality products and services.
“Peru strives to set the highest possible bar to raise the standards of excellence in travel and tourism and it has been an honour to hold the World Travel Awards here for the first time.”