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|August 11, 2014 12:38 PM EDT||
VICTORIA, BC--(Marketwired - August 11, 2014) - Held in Quito's Centro Cultural Itchimbia, over 300 industry leaders flew in from across Ecuador, Argentina, Mexico, Peru, Colombia, Uruguay, Venezuela, Panama, Chile and Belize. Ecuador was also recognized as South America's Leading Green Destination and South America's Leading Tourism Board went to the Ecuador Ministry of Tourism. Quito's new international airport, Mariscal Sucre International was also named Leading Airport for South America.
Other winners exemplifying the best in Quito and Ecuador tourism include Swissotel Quito, which won South America's Leading Conference Hotel and Ecuador's Tren Crucero -- South America's Leading Luxury Train. A full list of winners may be found at http://www.worldtravelawards.com/winners2014-12.
Quito ensured the Gala event also showcased its local artists while guests dined on a five-course menu created by Chef Pablo Zambrano, showcasing ingredients from the coast, Andes and the Amazon. Among the thousands of roses decorating the Itchimbia Centre, models showcased "Inspirato Corpo," created by Ecuadorian designers Olga Doumet and Gustavo Moscoso. They seek to blend fashion and art on the human body, and created haute couture dresses painted by some of Ecuador's most established artists. Miguel Betancourt, Oswaldo Viteri, Ramón Piaguaje, María Fernanda, Cereceda, Wilson Paccha, Sarah Darling were among the artists who presented their works on 10 dresses.
The World Travel Awards gala ceremonies are widely regarded as the best networking opportunities in the travel industry. They next visit The Oberoi, New Delhi India, on October 10th, then onto the Island of Anguilla. The Grand Final will be held in Marrakech, Morocco on November 29th.
About the World Travel Awards
Established in 1993, and celebrating its 21st anniversary year, the World Travel Awards™ supports, promotes and develops the global travel and tourism industry by identifying and rewarding excellence and inspiring its practitioners to continually raise the standards of their produce and service offerings.
The annual program is renowned as the most prestigious and comprehensive in the world travel and tourism industry. In 2013, over 500,000 individual votes were cast by travel professionals and high end tourism consumers. The WTA covers the globe annually with a series of regional gala ceremonies, which recognize and celebrate individual and collective successes within each key geographical region. In 2014, along with Quito, WTA will stage gala ceremonies in the Middle East, Africa & the Indian Ocean, South and Central America, North America & the Caribbean, Asia and Australasia and Europe. All regional winners than compete head to head in a final round of voting for the 'world awards' -- announced at the WTA Grand Finale, Marrakech, Morocco in November. www.worldtravelawards.com
About Quito Turismo:
Quito Turismo is the tourism board of Ecuador's capital city. A public institution, it works with the Mayor of the city in order to develop the tourism industry in the Metropolitan District of Quito. Quito Turismo works on different strategies that focus on:
-The supporting of entrepreneurship for tourism projects across the community.
-The development of new tourism products that highlight the cultural and historic legacy of Quito.
-Provide technical assistance in tourism skills to the private tourism sector.
-Promotes the city as a tourism destination in local, regional and international markets.
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