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Grand Final Gala Ceremony 2009


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Welcome President of the World Travel Awards Grand Final Gala Ceremony 2009 Dear Travel Friends, I am both delighted and honoured to welcome you to the climax of the World Travel Awards Grand Tour 2009 – our 16th Annual Grand Final Gala Ceremony. Tonight represents the culmination of a yearlong search for the very best travel brands in the world, covering seven continents and featuring over 3,600 nominees. Now the competition has been whittled down to the elite few – the winners from each of our seven regional events. This year, 183,000 travel professionals registered to vote and participate in the World Travel Awards programme – a phenomenal 10% rise in registrations this year compared to last year. This evening is all about celebrating the incredible achievements of the global travel industry, and we are honoured to have gathered together under one roof the cream of our industry. In spite of the challenging economic times, it should make you all so proud to realise that the world’s leading brands are continuing to redefine what makes the ultimate travel experience. Our industry is under no illusions that 2009 has been dominated by enforcing widespread strategic re-evaluations. Yet these turbulent times are also being welcomed by the true travel leaders as an opportunity to rise above the parapet by turning adversity into opportunity. And tonight’s winners all share this vision, entrepreneurial spirit and inner strength to succeed.

For winning a World Travel Award is the ultimate travel accolade, the endorsement of over 183,000 voting travel professionals will demonstrate to both the travel industry and the travel consumer that your brand stands in a class of its very own. Congratulations to all award winners and also to those who have made this evening possible. We also extend a special thank you to our partners Mexicana, BBC World News, Breaking Travel News, eTurboNews, Safar Travel & Tourism, Yucatan Holidays and World.Mobi. Honouring and promoting excellence and innovation in travel and tourism are why we are gathered all here – so please enjoy yourselves with this in mind, for we value your incredible achievements and what you are doing for our industry. Thank you all for being here with us on this very special occasion, and congratulations once again for your incredible achievements. Sincerely yours,

Graham E. Cooke President and Founder World Travel Awards


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Welcome Visit Britain Grand Final Gala Ceremony 2009

Welcome to the World Travel Awards’ Grand Final. I’m very proud that Britain once again hosts this prestigious annual event in one of the most vibrant, dynamic and contemporary cities in the world. Coming as the world arrives in London for the World Travel Market, we celebrate the best in tourism – for Britain, a £114 billion industry that is vital to the wellbeing of our economy. Supporting 2.6 million jobs and 200,000 small businesses in the UK, tourism is central to our efforts to emerge from one of the most severe economic downturns in living memory. Although visits to many of the world’s destinations have faced the pressure of the tough economic climate since the last World Travel Awards, the relative position of sterling against the dollar and Euro have presented us with a great opportunity. It has meant that for many, exploring all that Britain has to offer has never been more affordable. As anyone who has spent time with us will know, our destinations offer world-class service and quality assured, ‘star-rated’ accommodation for every budget. We have a range of enviable tourism assets, from stunning landscapes to vibrant, multicultural cities. Our rich history of tradition, heritage and culture lives beside modern design, music, theatre and architecture. We offer an unrivalled social season and a calendar of unbeatable events: from Royal Ascot to Cowes Week, the Edinburgh Tattoo and Wales’ National Eisteddfod to the Chelsea Flower Show. British destinations have inspired some of the world’s greatest

authors and poets, and produced number one musicians, leading fashion designers and award-winning actors, as well as sporting legends and iconic characters from Harry Potter to James Bond, Sherlock Holmes to Robin Hood. A week ago, we celebrated the 1,000-day countdown to the London 2012 Olympic Games and Paralympic Games when all eyes are on Britain for are the world’s biggest event. Major events are an important part of tourism, helping draw visitors here, but they are not the only game in town over the coming years. They are just a part of a really exciting decade of sport with the 2010 Ryder Cup in Wales, the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, and the 2016 Rugby World Cup in England, and who knows, maybe the FIFA 2018 World Cup! As well as celebrating our sporting heritage and drawing visitors to some of the world’s greatest ‘cathedrals of sport’, events will get Britain on the wish list of potential travellers who have no historical ties to Britain. We have an unprecedented opportunity to deliver a world-class welcome to all visitors and thereby to enhance the image of the UK as a truly world class visitor destination. I hope you have time to explore this historic city and perhaps take a few extra days to see what else Britain has to offer you. But however long you stay, I hope we will welcome you again soon.

Christopher Rodrigues Chairman Visit Britain


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World Travel Awards Grand Final Gala Ceremony 2009

Date: Venue: Location:

8th November 2009 Grosvenor House, a JW Marriott Hotel London

Evening Programme Cocktail Reception: Gala Dinner & Show: Carriages:

19.00 20.00 23.00

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Travel industry's equivalent to the Oscars...� Wall Street Journal


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About Us Grand Final Gala Ceremony 2009

The World Travel Awards acknowledges and celebrates those organisations that have made the greatest contribution to the global tourism and travel industry. It also recognises those brands that are driving the industry to greater heights and innovation in travel. Now celebrating its 16th anniversary, the awards has grown into a truly global search for the very best travel and tourism brands, with winners from seven regional ceremonies then progressing to the World Travel Awards Grand Final. This year, 183,000 travel professionals registered to vote and participate in the prestigious World Travel Awards programme – a phenomenal 10% rise in registrations this year compared to last year. This record number is conclusive evidence that World Travel Awards has become the “Oscars” of the global travel industry. Graham E. Cooke, Founder and President, World Travel Awards, said: “World Travel Awards

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is a unique benchmark for industry quality and business excellence in every region and sector.” “The increase in registered voters, despite a global recession, demonstrates the vital role of performance delivery in a challenging and highly competitive marketplace,” he added. This level of accountability makes the World Travel Awards one of the highest accolades in the travel business and is why the award ceremony is broadcast by BBC World News and other networks to over 254 million households worldwide and attended by the industry’s global decision makers. For the tourism trade, winning a World Travel Award is more than an award – it is an endorsement from the thousands of

professionals from around the globe, as well as gold seal to the consumer of travel excellence guaranteed. The World Travel Awards has continuously evolved, expanding the number of awards as the industry has grown. There are now over 1,000 different categories – an understandable number seeing how the industry has diversified and given the fact that there were over 3,600 different nominees this year. And as confidence returns to the global economy, the World Travel Awards will be there to reward those travel and tourism players that spearhead the recovery.


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Remarkable Innovative Spirit


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History World Travel Awards Honouring excellence in travel & tourism worldwide since 1994

1994 Hollywood

1995 New York

1996 Las Vegas

1997 New York

1998 Bahamas

1999 London

2000 Jamaica

2001 Malaysia

2002 St Lucia

2003 New York

2004 Barbados

2005 London

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Durban Sydney Shanghai Orlando Poprad Rio de Janeiro Dubai Turks & Caicos

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2009... History in the making World Travel Awards

As well as addressing the challenges that a deteriorating world economy will bring to the travel and tourism industry, the key message in the latest UNWTO World Tourism Barometer is that times of crisis often lead to the biggest opportunities. 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.

Since 1993, “the Oscars of the travel industry” has 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 London and the World Travel Awards Ceremony. Tonight’s winners will show what it truly takes to make a difference and will act as beacons of hope for the rest of the industry. History will prove that 2009’s World Travel Awards Winners will be those companies that best navigate economic fluctuations and will emerge from these challenging times with exponential growth, augmented market share and galvanised reputations.

Through an unswerving commitment to excellence, through recognising examples of best practice and through collective learning and solidarity, these challenging times present us with the opportunity to re-enforce the overall industry infrastructure. 2009 is a year of positive action for everyone involved in the travel and tourism industry. We hope that World Travel Awards can play its part in helping the region to be in the best possible shape for the upturn.

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

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Mauritius. So much more than perfect beaches.

If you’re looking for more than just miles of beautiful unspoiled, white sandy beaches and warm turquoise lagoons, Mauritius is for you. Trek in the lush interior with its majestic mountains, pristine forests and breathtaking waterfalls, tee off on one our award winning golf courses or take to the air kite surfing. Explore the colourful markets for designer fashions and exquisite jewellery or simply relax and be pampered in a luxurious spa at one of our world-class hotels. You will be charmed by the warmth of our welcome and delighted by our unrivalled levels of service that brings visitors back year after year.

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World Travel Awards Celebrating 16 Years of Excellence World Travel Awards is the most prestigious, comprehensive and soughtafter awards programme in the global travel and tourism industry. Established in 1993 to acknowledge and celebrate excellence in all sectors of the industry, World Travel Awards is recognised as the hallmark of excellence, with the winners setting the benchmark to which all others aspire. The Wall Street Journal recently heralded World Travel Awards as the "travel industry's equivalent to the Oscars". World Travel Awards is proud of its impartial nature and the comprehensive process of its voting programme. Votes are cast by an audience of over 183,000 travel agents and tourism professionals from over 160 participating countries. Voted for by industry peers, this level of accountability makes winning an award the greatest form of recognition in the travel business. Attended by the industry’s key decision makers and figure heads, World Travel Awards brings together all corners of the globe and all areas of travel and tourism to celebrate both individual success and the collective achievements of the industry. World Travel Awards attracts an unprecedented amount of both trade and consumer media coverage spearheaded by BBC World News - our global media partner - whose coverage spans a global audience of over 274 million. This year our Gala Ceremonies take the World Travel Awards to the Middle East, Africa, North & Central America and Europe. London is our final stop where the Grand Final will take place. 2010 will see another exciting Grand Tour take World Travel Awards across the globe.

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World Nominees Grand Final Gala Ceremony 2009 World's Leading Airline Air Jamaica Air Mauritius Air New Zealand American Airlines British Airways Cathay Pacific Airways Emirates Etihad Airways Lan Airlines Lufthansa Airlines Malaysia Airlines Mexicana Airlines Qantas Airways Singapore Airlines South African Airways Swiss International Air Lines TAM Brazilian Virgin Atlantic Airways World's Leading Airline Alliance Oneworld SkyTeam Star Alliance World's Leading Airline Business Class Aerolineas Argentinas Air Jamaica Air New Zealand Air Seychelles American Airlines British Airways Cathay Pacific Airways Emirates Etihad Airways Lufthansa Malaysia Airlines Qatar Airways Singapore Airlines Virgin Atlantic Airways

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MalĂŠ International Airport, Maldives New York JFK Airport, USA Singapore Changi Airport Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International Airport, Mauritius Zurich Airport, Switzerland World's Leading Airport Hotel Camino Real Aeropuerto, Mexico City Airport Fairmont Vancouver Airport Hotel Vancouver Hilton Melbourne International Airport, Australia Hyatt Regency Incheon, Korea Kempinski Airport Hotel Munich, Germany Millennuim Airport Hotel, Dubai Moevenpick Hotel Bahrain Pan Pacific, Kuala Lumpur Airport, Malaysia Ramada Costa Del Sol Lima Airport Renaissance Barcelona Airport Hotel, Spain Stamford Plaza Sydney Airport The Ritz-Carlton Marina Del Rey, California, USA World's Leading All-Inclusive Company Almond Beach Resorts Club Med Karishma Hotels & Resorts Occidental Hotels & Resorts Sandals Resorts International Sun International World's Leading All-Suite Hotel Al Sondos Suites by Le Meridien, Dubai Amandari Resort & Spa Bali Burj Al Arab, Dubai Columbia Beach Resort, Cyprus Grace Bay Club, Turks & Caicos Lebua at State Tower The Oberoi Sahl Hasheesh, Egypt The Raj Palace, India The Somerset, Turks & Caicos

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World's Leading Beach Bondi Beach Costa Smeralda, Sardinia, Italy Grace Bay Beach Providenciales, Turks & Caicos Islands Impanema, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Jaco Beach, Costa Rica Key West, USA Matira Beach, Bora Bora, French Polynesia Montego Bay, Jamaica Plage Port Grimaud, France Playa Santo Domingo, Nicaragua Seven Mile Beach, Jamaica South Beach, Miami World's Leading Beach Resort Amanpuri Banyan Tree Seychelles Baros Maldives Conrad Maldives Rangali Island Hayman Las Ventanas Al Paraiso, A Rosewood Resort Le Royal Meridien Beach Resort & Spa, Dubai Mandarin Oriental, Sanya, China Marbella Club Hotel, Golf Resort & Spa Minos Imperial Luxury Beach Resort & Spa, Greece Ponta Dos Ganchos Resort Shangri-La’s Mactan Island Resort World's Leading Boutique Golf Resort Adare Manor Hotel & Golf Resort Casa Velas Hotel Boutique Fairplay Golf Hotel & Spa Masseria San Domenico Pezula Resort Hotel & Spa Santiburi Golf Resort & Spa Tortuga Bay Hotel, Dominican Republic

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World's Leading Boutique Hotel Baros Maldives Esperanza, An Auberge Resort, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico GAIA Hotel & Reserve, Costa Rica Hotel Les Ottomans, Turkey Hotel Quinta da Bela Vista, Portugal Hotel Victor South Beach, Florida, USA La Mirage Garden Hotel & Spa, Ecuador Lan Kwai Fong Hotel, Hong Kong Le Paradise Cove & Spa, Mauritius Pacific Resort Aitutaki, Cook Islands Point Grace, Turks & Caicos Ponta Dos Ganchos Resort Saxon Boutique Hotel & Spa, South Africa Shamwari Town House The Sarojin Khao Lak, Thailand The Spire Queenstown, New Zealand The Waldorf Towers, USA World's Leading Boutique Island Resort Anantara Resort Maldives Bedarra Island Choupana Hills Resort & Spa Fregate Island Private Huvafen Fushi Maldives Le Taha'a Private Island & Spa Pacific Resort Aitutaki, Cook Islands World's Leading Boutique Resort Bedarra Island, Queensland, Australia Bo Phut Resort & Spa Bora Bora Lagoon Resort Brentwood Bay Lodge & Spa Pacific Resort Aitutaki, Cook Islands Six Senses Hideaway, Samui, Thailand The Sarojin Trisara Resort Vila Joya, Portugal

World's Leading Budget / No Frills Airline 1time Air Arabia Air Berlin Easyjet GOL Linhas Aereas Inteligentes JetBlue Airways Mango World's Leading Business Car Rental Company Avis Budget Europcar Hertz National Sixt World's Leading Business Hotel Caesar Park Hotel, Argentina Grand Hyatt Hong Kong Grosvenor House Dubai Hotel Adlon Kempinski, Germany InterContinental Rio, Brazil InterContinental Wellington, New Zealand Jumeirah Emirates Towers, Dubai Jumeirah Essex House, New York, USA Movenpick Hotel Istanbul, Turkey Pan Pacific Singapore Park Hyatt Sydney Sandton Sun St. Regis Hotel Washington, D.C. The Westin Beijing Chaoyang W Mexico City

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World Nominees Grand Final Gala Ceremony 2009 World's Leading Business Travel Agency American Express Berg-Hansen Carlson Wagonlit Travel Fortune Travel Pte Ltd Kanoo McTavish Travel Regency Travel UK Safar Travel & Tourism Sure Travel Travel with Flair Turismo Pecom Vemsa L'alianxa - Viajes Ejecutivos Viajes Calitour Voyager Travel Corporation

The Palazzo Montecasino The Venetian Macau, China Wyndham Nassau Resort & Crystal Palace Casino, Bahamas

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World's Leading Conference & Convention Centre Cancun Center, Cancun, Mexico Dubai World Trade Centre ExCeL London, England ICC Durban Internationales Congress Centrum Berlin (ICC Berlin), Germany Las Vegas Convention Centre, Nevada RIOCENTRO Exhibition & Conference Center, Brazil Sandton Convention Centre, South Africa Sherbourne Conference Centre, Barbados Suntec Singapore International Convention & Exhibition Centre Sydney Convention & Exhibition Centre, Australia

World's Leading Casino Resort Atlantis Paradise Island Resort Bellagio Las Vegas, USA Caesars Palace Las Vegas, Nevada, USA Conrad Punta Del Este Resort & Casino D'oreale Grande at Emperors Palace, South Africa L'Imperial Palace, France Le Meridien Lav, Split, Croatia MGM Grand Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, USA Park Hyatt Mendoza, Argentina Resorts World Genting, Malaysia Sky City Auckland, New Zealand Star City Hotel & Casino Sydney, Australia The Palace of the Lost City

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World's Leading City Hotel Grand Hyatt Shanghai Grosvenor House Hilton Kuala Lumpur Pan Pacific Singapore Shangri-La Hong Kong Swissotel Krasnye Holmy Moscow The Ritz Carlton Millenia, Singapore The Ritz Paris The Waldorf Astoria

World's Leading Conference Hotel Emirates Palace, Abu Dhabi Forte Village Resort Grand Hyatt Dubai Grand Hyatt Sao Paulo, Brazil Grand Hyatt Shanghai, China Half Moon, Montego Bay, Jamaica Hilton Mauritius Resort & Spa

Kempinski Hotel Djibouti Le Meridien Lav, Split, Croatia Real InterContinental Hotel Costa Rica Sheraton Centro Historico Hotel & Convention Center Sheraton Hotel & Convention Centre Ankara, Turkey Sheraton on the Park, Sydney, Australia Sheraton Saigon Hotel & Towers Sheraton Santiago Hotel and Convention Center, Chile Sun City Resort, South Africa Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin World's Leading Conservation Company Chumbe Island Coral Park, Tanzania, Africa Conservation Corporation of Africa Conservation International, Virginia, USA Damaraland Camp, Namibia, Africa Ningaloo Blue Dive, Australia Shamwari Game Reserve, South Africa World's Leading Credit Card for Travellers American Express Diner's Club JCB MasterCard Visa World's Leading Cruise Brand Carnival Cruise Line Celebrity Cruises Crystal Cruises Cunard Line Disney Cruises P&O Cruises Regent Seven Seas Cruises Royal Caribbean Cruise Line Silversea Cruises

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World's Leading Cruise Destination Bahamas Baltic Barbados Copenhagen Dubai - UAE Istanbul, Turkey Jamaica Lisbon, Portugal Maldives Miami Shanghai - China Singapore Stockholm Sydney World's Leading Cruise Line Carnival Cruise Line Celebrity Cruises Costa Cruises Crystal Cruises Cunard Holland America Line Inc Norwegian Cruise Line P&O Cruises Princess Cruises Regent Seven Seas Cruises Royal Caribbean Cruise Line Silversea Africa & Indian Ocean Cruises Silversea Cruises Swan Hellenic Windstar World's Leading Cruise Port Buenos Aires - Argentina Capetown - South Africa Copenhagen Dubai - UAE Durban Ft Lauderdale - USA (Port Everglades) Istanbul, Turkey

Lisbon, Portugal Miami - USA Montego Bay - Jamaica Ocho Rios - Jamaica Rio de Janeiro (port) Shanghai - China Sharm el Sheikh Southampton - UK World's Leading Cruise Travel Agent African Safari Club Cruise Line Cruises.com MSC Cruises Page and Moy Paradissa Travel - Ha Noi Thomas Cook Travel Store USA www.cruise.co.uk World's Leading Design Hotel Adam & Eve at Belek, Turkey Almyra, Cyprus Bulgari Hotels and Resorts Bali Devi Garh, India Faena Hotel & Universe, Argentina Hillside SU, Turkey Hilton Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Hotel Victor South Beach, USA Indigo Pearl, Thailand La Reserve Geneve Hotel & Spa, Switzerland Lebua at State Tower Metropolitan Bangkok, Thailand Sanderson Hotel, England Shamwari Town House The Chedi Muscat, Oman The Lalu Sun Moon Lake, Taiwan The Park - New Delhi, India The Setai South Beach, USA

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World's Leading Destination Abu Dhabi Barbados Cancun, Mexico Cape Town Dubai India Istanbul, Turkey Jamaica Lisbon, Portugal London, England Maldives Miami New York New Zealand Orlando, USA Rio de Janeiro, Brazil San Jose, Costa Rica Sharm El Sheikh Sydney, Australia World's Leading Destination Marketing Campaign Abu Dhabi India - Incredible India Jamaica - Once you go you know Malaysia - Truly Malaysia South Africa Tourism - Its Possible Virgin Atlantic Airways - 25 Years Still Red Hot Visit Britain - Be a Brit Different

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World Nominees Grand Final Gala Ceremony 2009

World's Leading Eco-Lodge Borana Lodge, Kenya Chalalan Ecolodge, Bolivia Daintree Eco Lodge & Spa, Australia Finca Esperanza Verde Ecolodge, Nicaragua Jock Safari Lodge Kapawi Ecolodge & Reserve, Ecuador KumbukRiver, Sri Lanka Lapa Rios Ecolodge, Costa Rica Manda Nkwichi Lodge, Mozambique Morgan's Rock Hacienda & Ecolodge, Nicaragua Sanbona Wildlife Reserve - Dwyka Tented Lodge Shamwari Game Reserve - Eagles Crag Lodge Sukau Rainforest Lodge, Sabah, Malaysia World's Leading Emerging Business Destination Abu Dhabi, UAE Astana, Kazakhstan Doha, Qatar Dubai, UAE Kiev, Ukraine Santiago, Chile Sao Paolo, Brazil Zagreb, Croatia World's Leading Family All-Inclusive Almond Beach Resorts Azul Beach Hotel Beaches Negril Resort & Spa, Jamaica Beaches Resorts Breezes Club Med Shamwari Game Reserve - Riverdene Lodge

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World's Leading Family Resort Beaches Turks & Caicos Resort Villages & Spa CasaMagna Marriott Puerto Vallerta Resort Dusit Thani Laguna Phuket Forte Village Resort, Italy Fujairah Rotana Resort & Spa Al Aqah Beach Resorts World Genting Hayman Island Resort, Great Barrier Reef, Australia Hilton Sharm Dreams Resort, Egypt Laguna Mar Hotel, Resort & Casino, Venezuela Llao Llao Hotel & Resort, Argentina Movenpick Resort & Spa Mauritius Shamwari Game Reserve - Riverdene Lodge Soneva Fushi Resort & Spa Sun City Resort Surfer's Paradise Marriott Resort & Spa, Surfer's Paradise, Australia World's Leading Ferry Operator Acciona Transmediterranea ANEK Lines Attica Group - Superfast Ferries Bluebridge Cook Straight Ferry Service - New Zealand Brittany Ferries DFDS Seaways Interislander Irish Ferries Minoan Lines P&O Ferries SeaFrance Stena Line Tallink Silja Line

World's Leading Financial District Hotel Four Seasons Hotel Canary Wharf, London, UK Grand Hyatt Shanghai, China Palace Hotel Tokyo, Japan Park Hyatt Zurich, Switzerland Steigenberger Hotel Metropolitan, Germany The Ritz Carlton Millenia, Singapore The Ritz-Carlton New York Battery Park, USA The Westin Beijing, Financial Street, China World's Leading Fully Integrated Resort Abama Hotel Resort Aphrodite Hills Conrad Punta Del Este Resort & Casino Cornelia Resort Resorts World Genting Savoy Resort Madeira Sun City Resort The Heritage Golf & Spa Resort

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World Nominees Grand Final Gala Ceremony 2009 World's Leading Golf Resort Casa de Campo, Dominican Republic Cornelia Diamond Golf Resort & Spa Fairplay Golf Hotel & Spa, Spain Fancourt Hotel & Country Club Four Seasons Resort Carmelo Half Moon, Montego Bay, Jamaica Hyatt Regency Coolum Resort, Australia Jebel Ali Golf Resort & Spa, Dubai Le Touessrok, Mauritius Lemuria Resort of Praslin Llao Llao Hotel & Resort, Argentina Los Suenos Marriott Ocean & Golf Resort Mission Hills Resort, China Old Course Hotel Golf Resort & Spa, St. Andrews, Scotland The Fairmont Turnberry Isle Resort & Club The Palmeraie Golf Palace, Morocco The Phoenician Scottsdale, Arizona, USA The Westin Denarau Island Resort & Spa World's Leading Green Cruise Line American Canadian Caribbean Line, Inc Crystal Cruises Holland America Line Inc Lindblad Expeditions MSC Cruises Quark Expeditions Sea Cloud Cruises Star Clippers World's Leading Green Destination Amazonas Tur Aspen, Colorado USA Bouma National Heritage Park Taveuni, Fiji Island British Columbia Great Bear Rainforest, Canada Costa Rica Cousine Island, Seychelles

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Dominica Eden Project, Cornwall, England Jock Safari Lodge Kanha National Park, India Sanbona Wildlife Reserve Shamwari Game Reserve The New Forest, England Tobago Main Ridge Rain Forest World's Leading Green Resort Angsana Resort & Spa Maldives AquaCity Poprad, Slovakia Banyan Tree Maldives Vibbinfaru, Indian Ocean Cousine Island, Seychelles Curtain Bluff, Antigua, Caribbean Evason Phuket & Six Senses Spa, Thailand Jean-Michel Cousteau Fiji Islands Resort Jock Safari Lodge Kiaroa Eco-Luxury Resort, Brazil Kudat Riviera, Borneo Mauna Lani Resort, Hawaii Morgan's Rock Hacienda & Ecolodge, Nicaragua North Island, Seychelles Ol Malo, Kenya Praia Do Forte Eco Resort & Thalasso Spa, Brazil Puntacana Resort & Club, Dominican Republic Sadie Cove Wilderness Lodge Alaska Sanbona Wildlife Reserve Shamwari Game Reserve The Fairmont Royal Pavilion, Barbados The Phantom Forest Eco-reserve, South Africa The Verandah Resort & Spa Trelowarren, England Wakatobi Dive Resort, Indonesia Wilson Island, Great Barrier Reef, Australia

World's Leading Green Tour Operator Costa Rica Expeditions Ecotour Expeditions Inc, USA Explorandes, Peru Explore Gecko's Grassroots Adventures, United Kingdom Green Channel, Bangladesh Greenway Nature Tours, Costa Rica Imaginative Traveller, United Kingdom Intrepid Travel, Australia Shakti, India Tribes Travel, United Kingdom Wilderness Scotland World's Leading Green Transport Solution Company Ecolimo, California Europcar Eurostar Nature Air, Costa Rica Shanghai Maglev Transportation Development Company World's Leading Heritage Hotel Raffles Singapore Rambagh Palace Taj Lake Palace The Raj Palace The Ritz London The Ritz Paris Umaid Bhawan Palace

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World Nominees Grand Final Gala Ceremony 2009 World's Leading Honeymoon Destination Antigua Barbados Jamaica Las Vegas Maldives Mauritius St. Lucia Thailand The Seychelles Islands World's Leading Hotel Ascott Auckland Metropolis, New Zealand Burj Al Arab, Dubai Coco Reef Resort, Tobago Conrad Maldives Rangali Island Copacabana Palace, Brazil Emirates Palace, Abu Dhabi Four Seasons Sydney, Australia Grande Roche Hotel, South Africa Hotel Le Bristol Paris, France Hotel Parador Boutique Resort & Spa, Costa Rica Jumeirah Essex House, New York, USA Mount Nelson Hotel, South Africa Park Hyatt Melbourne, Melbourne Radisson Decapolis Hotel Panama City, Panama The Imperial New Delhi, India The Mansion on Turtle Creek, A Rosewood Hotel The Oberoi, Mauritius The Observatory Hotel, Australia The Taj Mahal Palace & Tower, India Trident Gurgaon, India World's Leading Hotel Alliance Boutique Hotels of the World Five Star Alliance Global Hotel Alliance Great Hotels of the World Leading Hotels of the World Small Luxury Hotels of the World

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World's Leading Hotel Brand Banyan Tree Hotels & Resorts Barcelo Hotels & Resorts Fairmont Hotels & Resorts Four Seasons Hilton Hotels Hyatt Hotels & Resorts InterContinental Hotels & Resorts Jumeirah Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group Marriott Hotels Resorts & Suites Mรถvenpick Hotels & Resorts One&Only Resorts Radisson Blu Hotels & Resorts Rotana Hotels Sandals Resorts International Shangri-La Hotel Sheraton Hotels & Resorts Southern Sun Hotel Group Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide The Ritz Carlton World's Leading Island Destination Bali Barbados Bermuda Cook Islands Crete, Greece Cyprus Jamaica Koh Samui Maldives Mauritius Sardinia, Italy Seychelles Sicily St Lucia Zanzibar

World's Leading Landmark Hotel Burj Al Arab Copacabana Palace Grand Hyatt Cairo Grand Hyatt Shanghai Grosvenor House Dubai Mount Nelson Hotel Pangu Sun City Resort The Imperial New Delhi The Landmark London The Plaza The Ritz Paris The Waldorf Astoria World's Leading Large Ship Cruise Line Carnival Cruise Line Costa Cruises Crystal Cruises Cunard Line Norwegian Cruise Line P&O Cruises Princess Cruises Regent Seven Seas Cruises Royal Caribbean Cruise Line World's Leading Leisure Car Rental Company Alamo Avis Budget Europcar Hertz Holiday Autos Sixt

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World's Leading Lifestyle Hotel Faena Hotel & Universe, Argentina Hilton Beijing Wangfujing, China Lebua at State Tower, Thailand Palazzo Versace Gold Coast, Australia Raffles Dubai, UAE Sanderson Hotel, England The Address The Setai South Beach, USA World's Leading Luxury Business Hotel Four Seasons Hotel Boston Hotel Baltschug Kempinski Langham Hotel London Lebua at State Tower Pan Pacific Singapore St Regis Shanghai The Leela Palace Kempinski Bangalore The Monarch Dubai The Ritz Carlton Chicago, USA The Westin Beijing, Financial Street Trident Gurgaon World's Leading Luxury Car Rental Avis Prestige Beverly Hills Rent-A-Car Churchill Supercars Exclusive Car Hire F1 Leisure Luxury Rent A Car Prestige Car Hire Sixt Sports Car Hire

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World's Leading Luxury Cruise Line Azamara Cruises Carnival Cruise Line Cunard Line Princess Cruises Regent Seven Seas Cruises ResidenSea Silversea Cruises Star Cruises The Yachts of Seabourn Windstar World's Leading Luxury Hotel Burj Al Arab Emirates Palace Grand Hotel Europe Hotel Avenida Palace Hotel de Crillon Paris InterContinental Hong Kong InterContinental Park Lane InterContinental The Barclay New York Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok Mardan Palace Mount Nelson Hotel Rocco Forte's Hotel Astoria The Dorchester The Imperial New Delhi The Observatory Hotel The Peninsula Hong Kong The Ritz Carlton - Santiago, Chile The St Regis New York

World's Leading Luxury Hotel Brand Amanresorts Dorchester Collection Fairmont Hotels & Resorts Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts Jumeirah Kempinski Hotels & Resorts Leela Palaces Hotels and Resorts Luxury Collection by Starwood Hotels Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group Oberoi Hotels and Resorts One&Only Resorts Rosewood Hotels & Resorts Six Senses Resorts & Spas Starwood Hotels and Resorts The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company The Rocco Forte Collection World's Leading Luxury Lodge Chobe Game Lodge, Botswana Huka Lodge Lake Okareka Lodge Mnemba Island Lodge Safari Lodge, Ulusaba Private Game Reserve Solitaire Lodge Thanda Private Game Reserve

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World Nominees Grand Final Gala Ceremony 2009 World's Leading Luxury Resort Arabella Western Cape Hotel & Spa, South Africa AYANA Resort and Spa Bali Conrad San Juan Condado Plaza, Puerto Rico Hotel Romazzino, Costa Smeralda, Italy Huvafen Fushi Maldives Mardan Palace, Turkey Naples Grande Beach Resort, Florida, USA One&Only Royal Mirage Residence & Spa, Dubai Rosewood Mayakobรก, Riviera Maya , Mexico Sandy Lane, St James, Barbados Shangri-La's Villingili Resort The Chedi Phuket, Thailand The Residence, Mauritius World's Leading Luxury Tour Operator Abercrombie & Kent Adventures by Disney Elegant Resorts Hayes and Jarvis Intrav ITC Classics Kuoni Travcoa World's Leading Luxury Train Eastern & Oriental Express Palace on Wheels Pride of Africa - Rovos Rail Rocky Mountaineer - GoldLeaf Service Royal Canadian Pacific The Blue Train The Queen of Scots Luxury Touring Train Venice-Simplon Orient Express

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World's Leading New Hotel BurJuman Rotana Suites in Dubai Castel Monastero, Italy Four Seasons Hotel Mumbai Hilton Reykjavik Nordica Hotel, Iceland InterContinental Residence Suites Dubai Festival City One and Only, Cape Town Raffles Dubai Shangri-La Hotel, Guangzhou, China Six Senses Hideaway Zighy Bay The Address The St. Regis Singapore World's Leading New Resort Four Seasons Resort Koh Samui, Thailand Sanbona Wildlife Reserve Six Senses Hideaway Zighy Bay The Nam Hai, Hoi An, Vietnam The Venetian Macau, China The Verandah Resort & Spa, Antigua World's Leading Palace Resort Ciragan Palace Kempinski Istanbul Emirates Palace Emperors Palace Kempinski Hotel Djibouti Mardan Palace Palace Of The Golden Horses The Leela Palace Kempinski Bangalore The Palace of the Lost City

World's Leading Private Island Resort Amanpulo Fregate Island Private Guana Island Le Taha'a Private Island & Spa Medjumbe Island Resort Musha Cay Necker Island Palm Island Resort Wadigi Island World's Leading Private Jet Charter Air Charter Service Air Royale Amsair Blue Star Jets Centreline Air Complete Air Charter Services Day Aviation International Air Charter Luxury Air Jets Net Jets Premier Aviaition Royal Jet Group World's Leading Rail Service Amtrak Die Bahn Eurostar Rail Europe SNCF VIA Rail

World's Leading Polar Expedition Operator Antarctica XXI Aurora Expeditions Lindblad Expeditions Oceanwide Expeditions Polar Cruises Polar Star Expeditions Quark Expeditions Waterproof Expeditions Zegrahm & Eco-Expeditions

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Praia d’El Rey Golf & Beach Resort (Marriott Hotel) | Óbidos www.praia-del-rey.com Tel. +351 262 905 005 The Westin CampoReal Golf Resort & Spa (Westin Hotel) | Torres Vedras www.westin.com/camporeal Tel. +351 261 960 900

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Golden Eagle, Residence & Golf Resort Rio Maior www.goldeneagle-golfresort.com Tel. +351 243 940 040 Bom Sucesso Design, Leisure & Golf Resort Óbidos www.bomsucesso.net Tel. +351 262 965 310 Vimeiro Golf Resort (Golf Mar Hotel) | Torres Vedras www.hotelgolfmar.com Tel. +351 261 980 800 Botado Golf Club (Atlântico Golfe Hotel) | Peniche www.atlanticogolfehotel.com Tel. +351 262 757 700 Royal Óbidos Spa & Golf Resort (open 2011) | Óbidos www.royalobidos.com Tel. +351 262 960 241

GOLFOESTE Rua Direita, n.º 87 – Apartado 42 – 2510-914 Óbidos – Portugal Tel. +351 262 955 060 – Fax +351 262 955 061 golf@turismodooeste.pt | www.turismodooeste.pt


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World Nominees Grand Final Gala Ceremony 2009 World's Leading Resort Al Qasr at Madinat Jumeirah Amanpuri Bora Bora Nui Resort & Spa Casa de Campo, Dominican Republic Casa Grande Hotel Resort & Spa Conrad Maldives Rangali Island Emirates Palace Forte Village Resort, Italy Half Moon, Montego Bay Huvafen Fushi Maldives Las Ventanas Al Paraiso, A Rosewood Resort Le Royal Meridien Beach Resort & Spa, Dubai Royal Plantation Ocho Rios Solitaire Lodge Sun City Resort Taj Lake Palace The Chedi Muscat The Leela, Goa World's Leading River Cruise Operator Amadeus Waterways Captain Cook Cruises Grand Circle Cruises Imperial River Cruises Lindblad Expeditions River Cloud Cruises Riverbarge Excursions St. Lawrence Cruise Lines Viking River Cruises World's Leading Safari & Game Reserve Legend Lodges, Entabeni Private Game Reserve Lion Sands Private Game Reserve Londolozi Private Game Reserve Makalali Private Game Reserve Mala Mala Game Reserve Shamwari Game Reserve, South Africa Singita Private Game Reserve

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World's Leading Serviced Apartment Hotel 47 Park Street London, England Ascott London Mayfair, England Grosvenor House Dubai Marriott Executive Apartments Dubai Creek Mayfair Marriott Executive Apartments, Bangkok, Thailand World's Leading Ski Resort Badrutt’s Palace Hotel, Switzerland Cristallo Palace Hotel & Spa, Italy Hotel de Charme Les Airelles, France Hotel Pension Grimus Kempinski Grand Hotel Des Bains St. Moritz Palace Hotel Gstaad, Switzerland Park Hyatt Beaver Creek Resort & Spa, USA The Fairmont Chateau Whistler, British Columbia, Canada The Ritz-Carlton Bachelor Gulch, USA The Spire, New Zealand Thurnhers Alpenhof, Austria World's Leading Small Ships Cruise Line American Canadian Caribbean Line, Inc American Cruise Lines, Inc Azamara Cruises Cruise West Hebridean International Cruises Quark Expeditions SeaDream Yacht Club Silversea Cruises Star Clippers The Yachts of Seabourn Van Gogh Cruises Windstar World's Leading Spa Resort Anassa Capri Palace Hotel & Spa Cornelia Diamond Golf Resort & Spa Enchantment Resort, Miiamo

Four Seasons Resort Hualalai at Historic Ka'upulehu InterContinental Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso Spa Kurotel Longevity Center and Spa Le Couvent Des Minimes Hotel & Spa Le Royal Meridien Beach Resort & Spa One&Only Palmilla Parrot Cay Pezula Resort Hotel & Spa Soneva Fushi Resort & Spa Tabacón Grand Spa Thermal Resort The Body Holiday at LeSport The Oberoi Wildflower Hall World's Leading Suite Coco Chanel Suite, Hotel Ritz Paris, France Durbar Mahal Suite, The Raj Palace, India Imperial Suite, Hotel Ritz Paris, France Kohinoor Suite, The Oberoi Udaivilas, India Luxor Suite, InterContinental Citystars Cairo, Egypt Maharaja Suite, The Leela Palace Kempinski Bangalore, India Nelson Mandela Platinum Suite, Saxon Boutique Hotel & Spa, South Africa Palace Suite, Emirates Palace, Abu Dhabi Penthouse Suite, Hotel Bellagio, Las Vegas, USA Presidential Suite, The Somerset, Turks & Caicos Princely Suite, Le Prince Maurice, Mauritius Royal Suite, Burj Al Arab, Dubai Royal Suite, Oberoi Sahl Hasheesh, Egypt The Faena Suite at Faena Hotel & Universe, Buenos Aires, Argentina The Monarch Suite, The Monarch Dubai The Ritz-Carlton Suite at The Ritz-Carlton Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands The Royal Estate at St Regis Resort, Bora Bora, French Polynesia

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World Nominees Grand Final Gala Ceremony 2009 World's Leading Thalasso & Spa Resort Aldemar Royal Mare Village, Greece Anassa, Cyprus Atrium Prestige, Rhodes Island Carthage Thalasso, Tunisia Four Seasons Hotel, Cyprus Gran Hotel Elba Estepona, Spain Hotel Villa Rolandi Thalasso Spa Insotel Fenicia Prestige Le Méridien Ra Beach Hotel & Spa, Spain Mare Nostrum Resort, Spain Pullman Timi Ama Sardegna Termi de Saturnia The Residence Tunis, Tunisia World's Leading Theme Park Busch Gardens, Orlando Disney World, Florida Disneyland, California Movie World, Australia PortAventura, Spain Sea World, Florida Universal Orlando, Florida World's Leading Tour Operator Abercrombie & Kent Adventures by Disney Carrier Luxury Travel Diethelm Travel Group Elegant Resorts Emirates Holidays Go Go Tours Intrav Kuoni Pesantez Tours Panama TUI Travel Virgin Holidays

World's Leading Tourism Development Project Bahia Bay -Emaar City Centre – MGM Mirage Dubai Towers Doha – Sama Dubai Dubai Towers Dubai – Sama Dubai Dubailand -Tatweer King Abdullah City - Emaar Prince George's Dock Nassau Port Bahamas Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi, Tourism Development & Investment Company (TDIC) The Blue City - Sultanate of Oman The Palm Jumeirah - Nakheel The Wave - Muscat Yas Island - Aldar World's Leading Tourism Property Development Company Damac Emaar Hydra Properties IFA Hotels & Resorts FZ LLC. Mantis Collection Nakheel Tatweer UDC (United Development Company)

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World's Leading Tourist Board Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority Cancun Conventions & Visitors Bureau Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing Government of Dubai India Tourism Jamaica Tourism Board Johannesburg Tourism Company Las Vegas CVB Maldives Tourism Promotion Board New York - NYC & Company PromPeru - Peruvian Tourism Board South Africa Tourism Tourism Australia Tourism Malaysia Turkish Culture & Tourism Office VisitBritain World's Leading Transatlantic Airline Air Canada American Airlines British Airways Continental Airlines Delta Airlines Lufthansa Northwest Airlines United Airlines US Airways Virgin Atlantic Airways

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World's Leading Travel Agency Anthony Travel Carlson Wagonlit Travel Club Travel, South Africa Diethelm Travel Group Discover Brazil Expedia.co.uk Inner Maldives Holidays JTB Corp L'Alianxa Regency Travel & Tours, Qatar STA Travel Trafalgar Travel Viajes Iberia Viajes Tivoli World's Leading Travel Commercial Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority Australian Tourist Commission Etihad Airways India - Incredible India Ireland - Tourism Ireland Malaysia - Tourism Malaysia Qatar Tourism Authority Virgin Atlantic - 25 Years Still Red Hot World's Leading Travel Destination Website Destination Caribbean Online Enjoy England www.enjoyengland.com India - Incredible India South African Tourism www.southafrica.net Switzerland. Get Natural www.myswitzerland.com Toronto.com Totally Barbados USATourist.com

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World's Leading Travel Experience by Train Eastern & Oriental Express Hiram-Bingham Express Rocky Mountaineer - GoldLeaf Service Rovos Rail The Blue Train The Ghan The Golden Chariot Train The Indian Maharaja The Royal Scotsman Venice-Simplon Orient Express World's Leading Travel Management Company Carlson Wagonlit Travel Dnata ILS3 - Intelligent Leisure Solutions and Discover Travel Group Travel with Flair

World's Most Romantic Resort El Dorado Seaside Suites, Mexico Four Seasons Resort Bali at Jimbaran Bay, Bali Le Touessrok, Mauritius Sandals Grande Antigua Resort & Spa Six Senses Hideaway Yao Noi Soneva Fushi Resort & Spa, Maldives World's Responsible Tourism Award Amazonas Tur Holland America Line Inc Kingfisher Bay Resort Nkwichi Lodge Orange County Resorts Shigar Fort Pakistan TUI Travel

World's Leading TV Channel for Travellers Asianet BBC World News CNBC CNN Discovery Channel National Geographic Sky Travel Channel World's Leading Villa Baros Maldives Fuchun Resort Half Moon, Montego Bay Hideaway Palace, Island Hideaway at Dhonakulhi Spa Resort & Marina Porto Zante Villas Round Hill Hotel & Villas, Jamaica Savoy Sharm El Sheikh Te Manava Luxury Villas & Spa, Cook Islands

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Travel Technology Nominees Grand Final Gala Ceremony 2009

World's Leading Airline Website British Airways www.britishairways.com Cathay Pacific Airways www.cathaypacific.com Etihad Airways www.etihadairways.com Mexicana Airlines www.mexicana.com Qantas Airways www.qantas.com.au South African Airways www.flysaa.com World's Leading Booking Engine Technology Provider Amadeus www.amadeus.com Comtec Europe www.comtec-europe.co.uk Datalex www.datalex.com Dolphin Dynamics - Flightscanner www.dolphind.com nPorta (TravelASP) www.nporta.com RWA www.rwa-net.co.uk Synxis www.synxis.com World's Leading CRS/GDS System Amadeus Galileo Sabre Worldspan

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World's Leading Cruise Website Carnival Cruise Lines www.carnival.com Celebrity Cruises www.celebrity.com Cruise Copenhagen Network www.cruisecopenhagen.com Cruise Critic www.cruisecritic.co.uk/ Cruise Line www.cruiseline.co.uk Crystal Cruises www.crystalcruises.com Disney Cruises www.disneycruise.com Ocean Village www.oceanvillageholidays.co.uk Princess Cruises www.princess.com Regent Seven Seas Cruises www.rssc.com Royal Caribbean International www.royalcaribbean.com World's Leading Hotel Brand Website Aman Resorts www.amanresorts.com Banyan Tree Hotels & Resorts www.banyantree.com Fairmont Hotels & Resorts www.fairmont.com Firmdale Hotels www.firmdale.com Hilton Hotels www.hilton.com InterContinental Hotels & Resorts www.ichotelsgroup.com Marriott Hotels & Resorts www.marriott.com Morgans Hotel www.morganshotelgroup.com

World's Leading Luxury Hotel Website Fairmont Hotels & Resorts www.fairmont.com Leading Hotels of the World www.lhw.com Loews Hotels www.loewshotels.com Mandarin Oriental www.mandarinoriental.com Orient Express Hotels, Trains and Cruises www.orient-express.com Small Luxury Hotels of the World www.slh.com The Ritz-Carlton www.ritzcarlton.com W Hotels Worldwide www.starwoodhotels.com/whotels World's Leading Mobile Wireless Technology Provider Boingo www.boingo.com BT Openzone www.bt.com/openzone Cisco www.cisco.com Intel www.intel.com iPass www.ipass.com Vodafone www.vodafone.com

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World's Leading Tour Operator Website Exodus www.exodus.co.uk Explore Worldwide www.explore.co.uk Kuoni Travel www.kuoni.com Our Explorer.com The Imaginative Traveller www.imaginative-traveller.com Thomas Cook www.thomascook.com Thomson www.thomson.co.uk World's Leading Tourism Authority Website Australian Tourist Commission www.australia.com Germany Tourism Authority www.germany-tourism.de Qatar Tourism Authority www.qatartourism.gov.qa Tourism Authority of Thailand www.tourismthailand.org Visit Portugal www.visitportugal.com VisitBritain www.visitbritain.com

World's Leading Travel Blog/Online Community blog.virginholidayscruises.co.uk Cruise Critic GetJealous.com igougo.com realtravel.com travelblog.org travellerspoint.com travelowl.co.uk travelpod.com travelpost.com tripadvisor.com tripmates.com wayn.com

World's Leading Travel Search Website Cheapflights www.cheapflights.com Fare Compare www.farecompare.com Kayak www.kayak.com SideStep www.sidestep.com World's Leading Travel Technology Provider Amadeus Datalex Illusions Online Pegasus Solutions Sabre Holdings SITA Travelport

World's Leading Travel Booking Website Expedia.co.uk www.expedia.co.uk Opodo www.opodo.co.uk Orbitz www.orbitz.com Priceline www.priceline.com Travelocity www.travelocity.com World's Leading Travel Distribution Provider InterActiveCorp Pegasus Solutions Sabre Travel Network Travelport

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Grand Tour 2009 Dubai, Durban, Riviera Maya, Oeste, London

The World Travel Awards toured the globe in search of the very best travel brands, with regional ceremonies in 2009 in Dubai, UAE; Durban, South Africa; Yucatan, Mexico and Oeste, Portugal. The dinner reception, The Middle East Ceremony held at The Monarch Dubai

Peter Baumgartner, Executive Vice President Marketing, Etihad Airways Graham Cooke, President & Founder, World Travel Awards

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.

A night of travel triumph, The Middle East Ceremony

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Grand Tour 2009 Dubai, Durban, Riviera Maya, Oeste, London

Show host Nima Abu-Wardeh at the Middle East Ceremony

(Above) Boney M headlined the World Travel Awards Africa Ceremony

(Below) Peet Cilliers, CEO, Legend Lodges, Entabeni Private Game Reserve, Graham Cooke, President & Founder, World Travel Awards, Africa’s Leading Tourism Development Project


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Put your business in the limelight and market your products and services to focused sectors within the Southern African tourism industry. Explore promotes South Africa as a unique and quality destination and targets business and leisure travelers as well as foreign investors traveling in and out of the country. Explore South Africa is the country’s leading businessto-business travel and tourism publication showcasing Southern African tourism products and services to the international travel trade. With informative editorial content covering conferencing, accommodation, heritage, property, ecotourism and events, this magazine’s readership is the upmarket business and leisure traveller. Having achieved a number of acclaimed accolades and even a place in the Welcome Bags of Indaba (Africa’s largest tourism marketing event), you can benefit hugely from exposure in Explore South Africa. The magazine can be found at numerous international travel and tourism expos as well as travel agencies, embassies worldwide. Advertise in Explore South Africa now to reach the people that matter to you. Contact Christa Nel – Tel: +27 (21) 681 7000 E-mail: christa@capemedia.co.za


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Grand Tour 2009 Dubai, Durban, Riviera Maya, Oeste, London

Orlando Arroyo, CEO of Tres Rios, Hacienda Tres Rios Resort, Manon Han, Executive Vice President, World Travel Awards, Mexico & Central America's Leading All-inclusive Resort

Disco legends Village People woo the crowd at Hacienda Tres Rios Resort

World Travel Golf Tournament held at Bom Sucesso Golf Course, Obidos


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World’s No 1 Online & Hard Copy

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The World Travel Awards Ceremony is a fantastic event and a great opportunity for the travel industry... it makes sense to partner with a high profile and well-connected event like WTA.

BBC World News

Manon Han, Executive Vice President, World Travel Awards delivers the opening address

Telmo Faria, Mayor, Obidos; Jose Pampolim, Vice President and Stuart Swycher, President, of Beltico Group, Europe’s Leading Golf & Leisure Resort

The co-hosts (Olga Diegves, Bobby Davro) and winners, Europe Ceremony


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World Sport Destination Expo is the world’s first global exhibition and congress dedicated to showcasing the $600 billion a year sport tourism industry. At a time when traditional tourism trends are in decline, sport tourism continues to flourish and is set to grow dramatically in the next decade. Participation in World Sport Destination Expo is vital to those companies involved in the sport tourism market-place, and those serious in assuming a market share of the industry’s fastest growing sector. Over 5 dynamic business-focussed days you will be in pole position to: • • • • • • •

Conduct lucrative business deals with the leading international tour operators Meet face to face with the key corporate buyers and event organisers Educate the industry about your capabilities to host major events Explore and enter new international markets Gain deep insights in to the latest developments in the sport tourism industry Meet all the key industry players in a focused business environment Showcase your brand credentials on a global stage

Do not miss out on the travel and tourism event of the year. To exhibit go to www.worldsportdestinationexpo.com/exhibiting To visit go to www.worldsportdestinationexpo.com/visiting For more information contact info@worldsportdestinationexpo.com Partners


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Gala Show Entertainment World Travel Awards Grand Final Gala Ceremony 2009

Bobby Davro The impressionist and comedian Bobby Davro has been one of the UK's undisputed stars of Saturday-night television for more than a decade. Bobby Davro made his TV debut in 1981, but his major breakthrough came with an appearance in ‘Live at Her Majesty’s’ in 1983. This led to his own Saturday night series ‘Bobby Davro on The Box’, ‘Bobby’s Sketch Pad’ and ‘TV Weekly’, which immediately topped the ratings for six consecutive years. In 1991 Bobby moved to the BBC and made three series, ‘Public Enemy Number One’, ‘Rock with Laughter’ and ‘Run the Risk’. In 1997 Bobby hosted for Yorkshire Television’s ‘Winner Takes All’ for 65 programmes. Bobby recorded the No 1 Hit by the proclaimers’ for comic relief with Peter Kay. Bobby has recently joined the UK's top rating TV series ‘Eastenders’, playing lovable rogue ‘Vinnie Monks’.


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Tamara Beckwith Tamara's career includes writing, presenting and acting. She also has many business interests including a jewellery range for QVC; co-owns The Little Black Gallery in London; and is involved with www.gift-library.com. Tamara has written columns for many magazines and newspapers including OK! Magazine, Harpers Bazaar Australia, LA Confidential, Esquire, Sunday Express, News of the World, Looks, Ahlan! Dubai and Total Style. She currently writes for Hello Magazine. Tamara's radio and television career has included presenting for 'The Big Breakfast', MTV, VH-1, 'Exclusive' and 'The Casting Couch'. She has appeared on numerous TV shows including 'Dancing On Ice', 'Celebrity Scissorhands', 'Come Dine With Me' and 'Celeb Detox'. Tamara has also been a presenter on Liberty Radio and Talk Radio. Tamara's acting credits include performing Eve Ensler's 'The Vagina Monologues' on tour (2004-05 and 2009). Tamara has also fronted TV advertising campaigns for Heineken and Kentucky Fried Chicken, and modelled for Charles Worthington, Shi Cashmere, Freemans, Peter Golding and Next amongst many others; and taken to the catwalk for Anna Molinari, Evisu, Abe Hamilton, Scott Henshall and Gai Mattiolo.

George Sampson With his cheeky little grin and cute butterwouldn't-melt face - it's no surprise George Sampson has a fan base that spans 7 year old girls to grannies. Since dancing his way to the top of Britain's Got Talent in May 2008, the 15 year old from Warrington has been propelled to popularity of Disney heartthrob proportions. Having taken centre stage at the ‘Britain’s Got Talent tour’, George was the guest of honour at the Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards (where he was declared 'favourite winner'), he starred in the West End dance show ‘Into The Hoods’, appeared at ‘T4 on the Beach’, attended The Pride of Britain Awards, was the face of Natwest Teenage Accounts and did a star turn at BBC Switch Live. And now with the release of his own DVD featuring four new and exclusive videos which see George showcasing his vocal talents as well as his fancy footwork - things just keep getting better for Mr Sampson. And just like his dancing, it shows no signs of stopping.


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Virtual World Internet designs, develops, hosts, and markets high value visual content for the travel and tourism sector with a proven track record of delivering world class solutions to our clients.

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Contact Virtual World Internet to discuss how we can help produce and deliver video, virtual tours, and image galleries of your hotel or resort to your online visitors.

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Thank you to all our partners We wish to express our gratitude to our partners and supporters worldwide. In particular, we extend a heartfelt "thank you" to our gracious host Grosvenor House for their outstanding hospitality and professionalism. We would also like to thank our media partners BBC World News, Breaking Travel News and all other media partners around the world.

The Team World Travel Awards President & Founder Graham E. Cooke

Sales Director Tony Prince

Online Project Manager Sid Thaker

Executive Vice President & Event Director Manon Han

Marketing Executive Deanna Walker

Senior Vice President David Falcon

PR Executive Anna Gouldman

Web Team Ben Roberts George Cooke Tom Fogarty

Group Vice President Kevin Taylor

Events Production Manager Susan Mundy

Financial Director Xiaolan Tang

Event Organising Executive Ben Seal

Global Sales & Marketing Director James A. A. Khan

Editor Anton Strack

Commercial Director Christopher Frost

Official Photographers Mark Hakanson Gareth Morris

Director, Global Business Sion Rapson Head of Business Development Max Miller Marketing Manager, South America Antonio Castro Neves

Creative Director Mike Gibas Designer Adam Williams

E-Commerce Managers Kelly Footit Hayden Pitout

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KEEPING DESTINATIONS SPECIAL...

We’re working to ensure that sustainable tourism makes a world of difference at favourite destinations. Protecting the natural environment, traditions and culture – the things that make holidays special. And improving lives – so that local people benefit from tourism and are happy to give visitors a warm welcome. All of which can offer customers a richer holiday experience and help ensure there are special places for us all to sell, into the future. Everyone wins! JUST SOME OF THE WAYS WE’RE ALREADY CHANGING LIVES... IN CYPRUS, WE’RE KEEPING LIFE IN THE TRADITIONAL VILLAGES Maria is opening a café because of new self-drive routes taking visitors in to the heart of the island. This is giving rural people a way to make a living through tourism and a reason to stay in the mountains. And giving visitors a whole new experience of an old favourite! 90 local communities and 118 businesses are now benefiting from sustainable tourism in Cyprus.

IN KENYA, TOURISM IS OFFERING CHILDREN A BRIGHTER FUTURE Nataana is now able to go to school, because visitors are taking a new sustainable excursion to Enkerari village in the Maasai Mara. Income from tourists is being used to provide education for the children, as well as basic sanitation and running water. It is making an amazing difference to their lives... and giving visitors an experience of a lifetime! Sustainable excursions are offering fresh hope to six communities in Kenya and The Gambia, increasing earnings by up to 800%.

Find out much more at www.thetravelfoundation.org.uk – and access a range of communication and training tools to help transform your business.


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World Travel Awards Grand Tour 2010 Our events are attended by the top-level decision makers - more than 70 percent of our attendees are Director level or above. Our events are the perfect platform to gain your brand top-level exposure. Our events are famed for the great networking opportunities. For more information and to book tickets please email: booking@worldtravelawards.com

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World Travel Awards Grand Final Gala Ceremony 2009