The Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) will become the focus of the travel and tourism industry on September 14 when they host the World Travel Awards (WTA) 2012.
Decision-makers from leading travel organizations across the Caribbean and Americas are scheduled to attend the gala evening. The red-carpet ceremony will include a gourmet dinner and entertainment as well as the awards presentation.
WTA was launched in 1993 to acknowledge and recognize excellence in the global travel and tourism industry.
According to Graham E Cooke, president and founder of WTA, “We are delighted to be hosting our Caribbean and the Americas Ceremony 2012 in Turks and Caicos, a paradise destination currently enjoying a surge in tourism arrivals. The nation is entering an exciting new chapter in its history and tourism will play an even greater role in its economic evolution.”
“As the country’s largest private sector employer, Beaches exemplifies the importance of travel and tourism in Turks and Caicos in generating jobs and tourism revenue. The resort has also taken the family vacation concept to a whole new level in the Caribbean,” he added.
Gordon “Butch” Stewart, chairman of Sandals and Beaches Resorts, will once again host the awards.
“There is no better event that epitomizes the incredible products of the travel and tourism industry than the World Travel Awards,” Stewart said. “Beaches Resorts is honored to host this year’s Caribbean and the Americas Gala in the beautiful Turks and Caicos.”
Ralph Higgs, director of tourism, Turks and Caicos Tourist Board, said: “The Turks and Caicos Islands are indeed very proud to once again be the host country for WTA. These awards recognize the best in the travel industry while also celebrating the rich diversity of the nominees: their culture, heritage, and people. Turks and Caicos Tourist Board welcomes WTA back to our beautiful shores where memories will be made for a lifetime, the hospitality and spirit of the people will forever be etched in the history of such an esteemed group of nominees.”
The Caribbean and The Americas Ceremony 2012 marks the second leg of WTA’s Grand Tour, a global search for the world’s leading travel brands, which also includes regional heats in Dubai, Nairobi, Singapore, and The Algarve. The winners of these legs will then go head-to-head at WTA’s Grand Final, which takes place at The Oberoi, Gurgaon, New Delhi, India, on December 12, 2012.