Incredible India, Etihad Airways and Jumeirah among the winners
Among the companies and brands winning major honours at the World Travel Awards’ Grand Final Gala Ceremony in Doha, Qatar were Starwood Hotels, Abercrombie & Kent, American Express, Royal Caribbean Cruise Line, Europcar and Incredible India. The evening marked the end of a year-long search for what were described as the best travel and tourism brands in the world, featuring the winners from the awards’ five 2011 regional heats competing head to head.
India beat London, New York, Cape Town, Rio de Janeiro and Sydney to win the blue riband “World’s Leading Destination” award. Etihad Airways was voted “World’s Leading Airline” for the third year in succession. Abu Dhabi’s new Jumeirah at Etihad Towers beat the Mandarin Oriental Paris, the Ritz Carlton Hong Kong, The Park Hyderabad, Hotel Missoni Edinburgh and W Hotel London to pick up the “World’s Leading New Hotel” title.
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[pictured: Dinner gala at the WTA grand final; courtesy World Travel Awards]