PROVIDENCIALES, Turks & Caicos – The voting lines are closed, the trophies polished, and the VIP guests starting to arrive, as Turks & Caicos makes the final preparations for the most important evening of the year for travel and tourism in the region – World Travel Awards (WTA) Caribbean & The Americas Ceremony 2012.
The red-carpet evening will take place at Beaches Turks & Caicos Resort Villages & Spa on Friday, September 14, 2012. Hundreds of senior travel decision-makers from across the Caribbean and the Americas are scheduled to attend the event, which will include a gourmet dinner and top entertainment, as well as the presentation of the prestigious awards.
The evening will serve as a glittering spotlight for the Turks & Caicos islands. The paradise nation is entering an exciting new chapter in its history, with tourism poised to play an even greater role in its economic evolution.
The likes of Fairmont Hotels & Resorts, Port of Falmouth, The Ritz-Carlton, Avis, Air Jamaica, Virgin Atlantic, and Delta Airlines are among the brands nominated for the prestigious awards program.
Rising Caribbean star and the reigning Miss Bahamas, Anastagia Pierre, will be hosting the show with American actor and comedian, Walt Willey.
More than 400 of the most important decision-makers in the region’s travel and tourism sector, as well as a host of international media, are set to attend.
The WTA awards program, 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 and Founder, WTA, said: “We are delighted to host our Caribbean & The Americas Ceremony 2012 in Turks & Caicos, a paradise destination currently enjoying a surge in tourism arrivals due to its overwhelming natural attractions and quality hotels and resorts.
He added: “As the country’s largest private sector employer, Beaches exemplifies the importance of travel and tourism in Turks & Caicos in generating jobs and tourism revenue. The resort has also taken the family vacation concept to a whole new level in the Caribbean.”
Gordon “Butch” Stewart, Chairman of Sandals Resorts and Beaches Resorts, is pleased to host this year’s WTA’s Caribbean and The Americas Ceremony at Beaches Turks & Caicos Resort Villages & Spa.
“Sandals Resorts and Beaches Resorts strive to offer the best product and experience for our customers, and we are delighted to be in the company of those in the travel industry who share these values,” Stewart said, “We are thrilled to be in the Turks & Caicos islands showcasing our first-class services and amenities, which are key in creating luxury vacations.”
Ralph Higgs, Director of Tourism, Turks & Caicos Tourist Board, said: “The Turks & Caicos islands is an economy driven by tourism, and as the host country of these prestigious awards, we are delighted that our country, our people, and our culture will be on display for the world to see and enjoy. Our tourism product is one that is constantly evolving, and we are cognizant of our place in the market, which only makes us capable to soar to higher success. WTA honors excellence in the tourism industry around the world but what it also highlights is new, emerging markets for investment opportunities, and the Turks & Caicos with its growing economy welcomes all of the nominees from around the world.”
Caribbean & 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, 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.
PHOTO (L to R): Kingsley Been, Deputy Chairman, Turks & Caicos Tourism; Anastasgia Pierre; Ralph Higgs, Director of Tourism, Turks & Caicos Tourism; Graham Cooke, President & Founder, World Travel Awards; David Fenimore, PR Executive, Turks & Caicos Tourism