World Travel Awards has confirmed it is going ahead with its planned Asia & Australasia Ceremony in Delhi on 14 October, despite sensational stories emanating from the build-up to the Commonwealth Games, which takes place concurrently in the Indian capital.
The prestigious World Travel Awards event will take place as scheduled at The Claridges, Surajkund, and promises to offer a significant boost to the region’s travel industry.
This will be only the second time the event has been hosted India, and signifies the huge strides the country’s hospitality industry has made.
World Travel Awards, President & Founder, Graham Cooke, argues global media coverage of the Commonwealth Games preparations has been wildly disproportionate:
“India maintains a fantastic, world-leading, tourism product,” he said. “Millions of visitors from around the world visit India each year to take in everything from the Taj Mahal to the beaches of Goa.”
India is home to some of the most famous sights in the world
Mr Peter J. Leitgeb, President & CEO, The Claridges Hotels & Resorts, adds: “As one of the fastest growing economies, India today is on the radar screen of everyone and a key player in the world economy. No one can afford to ignore it.”
“The business climate and the economy in India is very bullish, especially so the hospitality industry. The industry has enjoyed an amazing run in this part of the world in the last five years.”
“The country itself has so much to offer to a visitor. It is fascinating to see the amazing diversity of the country and its vibrant and colourful culture.”
“I take this opportunity to thank the organising committee of the WTA for choosing The Claridges, Surajkund as the venue for World Travel Awards 2010 Asia & Australasia Ceremony, a much-awaited annual event that truly recognises excellence in the world’s travel and tourism industry.”
The beaches of Goa are among the most popular destinations in India
Graham Cooke adds: “The destination will grow to become one of the most important on the map over the next decade, despite misplaced perceptions over the Commonwealth Games.
“We wholeheartedly support India and their continuous effort in developing the country, its economy and tourism. Through our event, we are firmly committed to placing a positive spotlight on the incredible destination that is India.”
World Travel Awards Asia & Australasia Ceremony is being held in partnership with World Mobi, The Claridges, Surajkund, Air India, BBC World, Breaking Travel News, eTurbo News, TravTalk, Travel & Leisure China and Travel & Leisure Golf China.