Celebrations continue late into the night at the Grosvenor House hotel in London.
Hailed as “The Oscars of the Travel Industry” by the Wall Street Journal, the World Travel Awards celebrated a glittering Grand Final 2010 ceremony at the Grosvenor House hotel in London on the evening of November 7. After a challenging year for the industry, companies and organisations including InterContinental Hotels & Resorts, Kuoni, American Express, Sixt (Regine Sixt, president, pictured) and the Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority all demonstrated their world-class pedigree as they spearheaded the global travel and tourism recovery.
London beat off the likes of New York, Cape Town, Rio de Janeiro and Sydney to win World’s Leading Destination in a year that saw tourist arrivals in the capital rise to 27 million as excitement builds ahead of the 2012 Olympics. Etihad Airways continued its meteoric rise by picking up World’s Leading Airline for the second year in succession, following a year that saw the UAE flag carrier launch five new routes and play a leading role in a resurgent year for aviation.
German businesswoman Regine Sixt, president of Sixt, was voted Woman of the Year for her pivotal role within an organisation that has navigated its way through the downturn. WTA 2010 nominations featured 5,000 companies in 1,000 categories across 162 countries. The winners were selected by thousands of industry professionals and consumers worldwide who have been voting online. Established 17 years ago, the awards are designed to be committed to raising the standards of customer service and overall business performance throughout the international industry.
World Travel Awards