London voted Europe’s Leading City Break destination
London managed to fend off fierce competition from Venice, St Petersburg, Stockholm, Madrid, Prague and Paris as it won the coveted title of "Europe’s Leading City Break Destination", part of the World Travel Awards.
Meanwhile Hotel Le Bristol of Paris claimed the title of "Europe’s Leading Hotel" ahead of Hotel Cipriani of Venice, The Dorchester of London, the Four Seasons Hotel Milano and Hotel Europe in St Petersburg.
Lufthansa, Kempinski Hotels & Resorts, DFDS Seaways, Disneyland Paris and Norwegian Cruise Lines were among the brands to emerge victorious at WTA’s Europe Ceremony 2012 hosted at the new Conrad Algarve.
The Turkish Ministry of Culture and Tourism was named “Europe’s Leading Tourist Board”. The nation’s leading-edge hotels also scooped a series individual awards, including “Europe’s Leading Luxury Hotel” (Mardan Palace), “Europe’s Leading Luxury Resort” (Cornelia Diamond Golf Resort and Spa) and “Europe’s Leading New Luxury Hotel” (Angel’s Peninsula).
Hospitality veteran and founder of Hoar Cross Hall, Stephen Joynes MBE was honoured with a “Lifetime Achievement Award”, while the English county of Yorkshire was given a special award for “Innovation in Marketing”.
The WTA awards programme, hailed as the "Oscars of the travel industry" by the global media, highlights and rewards those travel brands that have made the greatest contribution to the industry over the past year.
Graham E. Cooke, President & Founder, WTA, said: “During times of economic austerity world-class brands come into their own, and the winners at our Europe Ceremony represent the cream of the continent. These organisations will undoubtedly fare strongly in our Grand Final, which takes place in New Delhi, India on December 12, 2012.”
WTA’s Europe Ceremony 2012 marked the third leg of WTA’s Grand Tour, a global search for the world’s leading travel brands, which also includes regional heats in Dubai, Singapore and Turks & Caicos. 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.