Quito Tourism has led winners at the World Travel Awards Latin America Gala Ceremony 2016, taking the title of Latin America’s Leading Destination for the fourth consecutive year.
Also among the winners at the red carpet event hosted by Swissôtel Lima was PromPerú, recognised by World Travel Awards voters as South America’s Leading Tourist Board for the first time.
The event, hosted by Peruvian stars Ana María Picasso and Manuel Ilich, also saw American carrier Delta Air Lines presented with trophies for United States’ Leading Airline to South America, United States’ Leading Airline to Central America and United States’ Leading Airline to Mexico.
World Travel Awards president Graham Cooke said: “Tonight has been a celebration of all that is great in Latin American tourism.
“We have seen the best hotels, airlines, tourist boards and hospitality brands recognised by voters from around the globe and it is an honour to present them with prestigious World Travel Awards trophies this evening.”
He added: “All the winners from this evening will now move forward to the World Travel Awards Grand Final, this year taking place in Maldives, where we will recognise our global winners.”
Hundreds of leaders from across the hospitality industry were in attendance at the ceremony, with host Swissôtel Lima taking the prizes for Latin America’s Leading Hotel and Latin America’s Leading Business Hotel.
Mexican airline AeroMéxico took the title of Mexico & Central America’s Leading Airline, while Colombian hotspot Medellin was recognised as South America’s Leading City Break Destination.
World Travel Awards was established in 1993 to acknowledge, reward and celebrate excellence across all sectors of the tourism industry.
Today, the World Travel Awards brand is recognised globally as the ultimate hallmark of quality, with winners setting the benchmark to which all others aspire.
Each year World Travel Awards covers the globe with a series of regional gala ceremonies staged to recognise and celebrate individual and collective successes within each key geographical region.