Asia’s role in leading the global travel and tourism recovery has been acknowledged at a VIP gala ceremony hosted by World Travel Awards (WTA) in Bangkok, Thailand on 28 September 2011.
VIPs, senior tourism leaders, captains of industry and international media travelled from over 30 nations across Asia and Australasia to attend the WTA Asia & Australasia Ceremony 2011 at Dusit Thani Bangkok.
Malaysia Airlines overcame stiff competition from Cathay Pacific, Singapore Airlines, Japan Airlines, Thai Airways and Air China to collect “Asia’s Leading Airline”. Meanwhile India saw off the likes of Bali, Korea and Sri Lanka to win “Asia’s Leading Destination”; whilst Trident Gurgaon was voted “Asia’s Leading Hotel”. Korean Air was voted “Asia’s Leading Airline First Class” and the new super luxury hotel Oberoi Gurgaon collected “Asia’s Leading Luxury Hotel”.
Thailand, which played host to WTA for the first time, enjoyed a large slice of the evening’s honours, reflecting its growing role as a travel and tourism hub of Asia. Home-grown winners included Bangkok Airways (Asia’s Leading Regional Airline); Six Senses Hideaway, Samui (“Asia’s Leading Honeymoon Resort”); and Bangkok (“Asia’s Leading Meetings & Conference Destination”).
It was also an evening of travel triumph for Australasia. Among the big winners were Air New Zealand, which was voted “Australasia’s Leading Airline”, Bora Bora, French Polynesia named “Australasia’s Leading Destination” and Sheraton on the Park, Sydney, picked up “Australasia’s Leading Hotel”.
The industry’s elite travelled from over 30 countries across Asia and Australasia to attend the glittering gala ceremony. The raft of media in attendance included CNN, Thailand Tatler, Bangkok Post, National Geographic Traveller and Lonely Planet.
Graham E. Cooke, President & Founder, World Travel Awards, underlined the incredible strength of the region’s travel and tourism economy.
He said: “Asia is powering the global travel and tourism recovery, and tonight’s winners represent the very cream of our industry.
“The burgeoning middle classes in markets such as India, China and Malaysia are fuelling a surge in intra-Asia travel. We expect this growth to continue for at least the next decade, making the future very bright indeed for Asia’s luxury hospitality sector. Thailand, in particular, is reaping the rewards of the changes sweeping across the region thanks to its culture, amazing beaches and world-class facilities.”
The famed Dusit Thani Bangkok played host to the ceremony. For 41 years, the 517-room five-star property has served as a social and business landmark in Thai capital.
Alex Willats, Acting General Manager, Dusit Thani Bangkok, said: “It was a marvelous honour for Dusit Thani to play host to this blue riband event in Asia and the opportunity to showcase our unique Thai hospitality to the world. To become the recipient of a regional World Travel Award is indeed recognition of our staffs dedication to service and of Dusit Thani Bangkok which continues to remain a preferred hotel in Asia.”
The Asia & Australasia Ceremony marks the fourth leg of World Travel Awards 2011 Grand Tour, and follows the legs in Dubai, UAE; Antalya, Turkey; and Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt; whilst Montego Bay, Jamaica will play host to the final heat on 19 October. The regional winners will then progress to the Grand Final at the end of the year.
The event partners were Dusit Thani Bangkok, Tourism Authority of Thailand, Thailand Convention & Exhibition Bureau, BBC World News and WeClickMedia, and the media partners included eTurboNews, Breaking Travel News, Trav Talk and Travel Daily News.
Image: Torsten Richter, General Manager, Le Meridien Khao Lak Beach & Spa Resort (Thailand's Leading Spa Resort)
Source: World Travel Awards