For a second time in a row (3rd time in the last 10 years) the Adlon in Berlin hits the top of the “World Travel Awards” in the category “Europe’s Leading Business Hotel”. Among Europe’s and World’s Leading Luxury Business Hotels, the crown went to “Radisson Royal Hotel” (Moscow, Russia). which also won in the category for “Europe’s Leading MICE Hotel”. Other interesting business category is “Europe’s Leading Business Car Rental Company”, where Avis thrives in number one for 5th consecutive year. Worth to mention that in this same category, Avis got also Africa’s, Asia’s, Australia’s, Mexico & Central America’s and Middle East’s in its collection. Sixt was the company, honored “World’s Leading Business Car Rental”. “Swiss International Air Lines” grab the gold for “Europe’s Leading Airline – Business Class”, following its success from 2012 ans 2011.
The “World Travel Awards”, often referred to as “the Travel Oscars”, were established in 1994. The first “Annual World Travel Awards Gala Ceremony” was held in Hollywood. Ever since, then the awards gradually won popularity and the tradition to host the “Annual World Travel Awards Gala Ceremony”, was followed through 2006. 2007 was the first year to see the “Grand Tour”. This is the general name for all the ceremonies held by the “World Travel Awards” in one year. The world is split in areas and there is an award ceremony for each area. The winners in each ceremony are nominees for the “Gala Ceremony”, which is the “Grand Final” where the World awards are entitled. The last “Grand Final Gala Ceremony” celebrated the 20th anniversary of the “World Travel Awards”.
Below we have listed the Grand Tour for 2013. Grand Tour 2014 is yet to be announced.
- Middle East Gala Ceremony 5th May 2013 – Dubai
- Indian Ocean Gala Ceremony 12th May 2013 – Maldives
- South & Central America Gala Ceremony 20th July 2013 – Peru
- Europe Gala Ceremony 31st August 2013 – Antalya
- Caribbean & North America Gala Ceremony 14th September 2013 – Antigua
- Asia & Australasia Gala Ceremony 1st October 2013 – Dubai
- Africa Gala Ceremony 16th October 2013 – Kenya
- Grand Final Gala Ceremony 30th November 2013 – Doha, Qatar