Jamaica wins top accolades at World Travel Awards 2020


Jamaica wins top accolades at World Travel Awards 2020

Jamaica’s Minister of Tourism Hon. Edmund Bartlett (center) flanked by senior executives from the Jamaica Tourist Board. From left to right: Donnie Dawson, Deputy Director of Tourism, Sales; Elizabeth Fox, Regional Director, UK/N Europe; Francine Carter-Henry, Manager, Tour Operators & Airlines; Camile Glenister, Deputy Director of Tourism, Marketing; Angella Bennett, Regional Director, Canada and Donovan White, Jamaica’s Director of Tourism.

KINGSTON, Jamaica — Jamaica has been named the World’s Leading Family, Cruise and Wedding Destination at the 27th annual World Travel Awards. Several leading Jamaican tourism entities have also won major accolades.

The winners were announced at a virtual ceremony on Friday from Moscow, after a one-year process of voting on the world’s top travel, tourism and

hospitality brands.

During the virtual ceremony, Graham Cooke, founder of the World Travel Awards, said the winners, “have all demonstrated remarkable resilience in a year of unprecedented challenges…The World Travel Awards 2020 programme received a record number of votes cast by the public. This shows that the appetite for travel has never been stronger. With hope with the tourism bounce on the horizon, our industry can look forward to a resurgent and bright future”.

Edmund Bartlett, Jamaica’s minister of tourism, said  this year has been a very challenging one and these awards are ” a testament to the hard work our industry has put in to safely re-open our destination.”

“I was particularly heartened to learn that we received the World’s Leading Cruise Destination, as we are currently working with our regional and international stakeholders to see how we can safely re-start cruise, which is an integral part of the local economy,” he added.

This year, more than 270 nominations were put forward across categories including best hotels, airlines, tour operators, cities, resorts and attractions.

The awards won by Jamaica and its tourism partners at the World Travel Awards 2020 are:

– World’s Leading Family Destination 2020 (Jaaica)

– World’s Leading Cruise Destination 2020 (Jamaica)

– World’s Leading Wedding Destination 2020 (Jamaica)

– World’s Leading Luxury Hotel Villa 2020 (Fleming Villa at GoldenEye)

– World’s Leading Villa Resort 2020 (Round Hill Hotel & Villas)

– World’s Leading All-Inclusive Company 2020 (Sandals Resorts International)

– World’s Leading All-Inclusive Family Resort Brand 2020 (Beaches Resorts)

– World’s Leading Caribbean Attraction Company 2020 (Island Routes Caribbean Adventures)

World Travel Awards was established in 1993 to acknowledge, reward and celebrate excellence across all key sectors of the travel, tourism and hospitality industries. It is recognised globally as the ultimate hallmark of industry excellence.