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World Travel Awards industry address for immediate release

United Arab Emirates: Saturday, April 04 - 2009 @ 12:09

The industry is under no illusions that the course of 2009 will enforce wide scale strategic re-thinks and many tough decisions will have to be made.

But what is just as certain is that the industry is a highly resilient sector and will eventually return to strong growth.

These challenging economic times will only succeed in separating those companies who with fortitude and vision remain unbowed in their commitment to excellence from those companies complacent or average.

As the travel industry’s highest accolade, there has never been a more valuable time to demonstrate the pursuit of excellence and to win a World Travel Award.

Since 1993, “the Oscars of the travel industry” have stood unrivalled in impartially recognising and rewarding those who set the standards across all sectors of travel and tourism.

This year, all eyes will be on the World Travel Awards Programme where the Winners will show what it truly takes to make a difference and will act as beacons of hope for the industry at large.

Graham Cooke, President & Founder of the World Travel Awards, said:

“World Travel Awards is proud of its impartial nature and the comprehensive process of its voting programme. Votes are cast by an audience of 167,000 travel agents and tourism professionals from 164 participating countries. This level of accountability makes winning an award the greatest form of recognition in the travel business.”

History will prove, that 2009’s World Travel Awards Winners will be those companies who best navigate economic fluctuations and will emerge from these challenging times with exponential growth, augmented market share and galvanised reputations.

Around the World in 7 Ceremonies:

The all important Winners will be unveiled in a series of landmark Gala Ceremonies.

World Travel Awards have now announced the dates and locations where the leading industry bodies, government representatives and the world’s media will gather to discover who has been voted the very best of the best.

- Middle East – Dubai, UAE – 4th May

- Africa – Durban, South Africa – 10th May

- N & C America – Yucatan, Mexico – 9th September

- Europe – Obidos, Portugal – 17th October

- South America – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil – 20th October

- Asia – Singapore – 24th October

- Word Grand Final – Jamaica – 30th October

The Time for Action:

There has never been a more important year for positive action. Now is the time for companies and individuals alike to step forward and demonstrate what can be done to make a difference.

“Through an unswerving commitment to excellence, through recognising examples of best practise and through collective learning and solidarity, these challenging times present us with the opportunity to re-enforce the overall industry infrastructure,” added Cooke.

“2009 is a year of positive action for everyone involved in the travel and tourism industry.”

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