Global tourism recovery led by Asia

Asia’s role highlighted at World Travel Awards ceremony in Bangkok

Asia is spearheading the travel and tourism sector’s global recovery, a role that will be acknowledged at the World Travel Awards’ 2011 Asia and Australasia ceremony in Bangkok on September 28. Asia experienced double-digit growth in tourist arrivals during the first half of 2011, despite the impact of the tsunami in Japan and the ongoing austerity challenges in Europe and North America. The ceremony, which takes place at the Dusit Thani Bangkok Hotel, is expected to attract top travel and tourism decision-makers from Asia and Australasia.
After months of intense voting featuring more than 2,000 organisations, the nominees have been whittled down to the elite few, and include such organisations as Raffles Hotels & Resorts, Cathay Pacific, Six Senses, Mandarin Oriental, Qantas Airways, The Ritz Carlton and Aman Resorts.
The Asia and Australasia ceremony marks the fourth leg of World Travel Awards 2011 Grand Tour and follows the legs in Dubai, Antalya and Sharm El Sheikh. Montego Bay in Jamaica will play host to the final heat in October. The regional winners will then progress to the Grand Final in Doha, Qatar on November 29.
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[pictured: Elissar Zakaria Khoury at the World Travel Awards’ Middle East Gala Ceremony 2011]