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Jamaica is world's leading beach, cruise destination - World Travel Awards

Published:Sunday | December 2, 2018 | 12:00 AM
Minister of Tourism Edmund Bartlett (right), collects Jamaica’s World’s Leading Beach Destination and World’s Leading Cruise Destination awards at the just concluded Word Travel Awards in Lisbon Portugal. Joining in the moment are: (from left) chairman of the Jamaica Tourist Board, John Lynch and Graham Cook, president and founder, World Travel Awards.

Destination Jamaica and several of the island's top tourism entities emerged winners at the just concluded World Travel Awards (WTA) Grand Final Gala Ceremony in Lisbon, Portugal last night, copping eight awards. 

According to a release from the Ministry of Tourism, Jamaica received the World’s Leading Beach Destination and World’s Leading Cruise Destination for 2018.

In highlighting the significance of the awards, Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett, said: “I am truly proud to have been able share in this moment which highlights that Jamaica’s tourism product is of the highest quality and remains top of mind for millions of visitors who come to our shore. Jamaica competed with the best of the best across the globe and has emerged a global winner acknowledged for the hard work and innovation being done in the sector.”

He added: “Jamaica is poised for exponential growth in tourism and with this growth we will seek to be more innovative and provide more to our discerning visitors who come to get a taste of all the things we have to offer.”

Awards also went to several of the island's major hotels and attractions. They include: the World’s Leading Luxury Hotel Villa, 2018 - Fleming Villa at GoldenEye, Jamaica; World’s Leading Villa Resort 2018 - Round Hill Hotel & Villas, Jamaica; World’s Leading All-inclusive Company 2018- Sandals Resorts International; World’s Leading Family Resort Brand 2018 - Beaches Resorts; World’s Leading Caribbean Attraction Company 2018 – Island Routes Caribbean Adventures and World’s Leading Adventure Tour Operator 2018 - Chukka Caribbean Adventures.

The event marks the climax of the WTA Grand Tour 2018, an annual search for the finest travel and tourism organisations in the world. Government and industry leaders, luminaries and international print and broadcast media from across the globe were in attendance.

The WTA was established in 1993 to acknowledge, reward and celebrate excellence across all sectors of the tourism industry. 

Bartlett will travel to Istanbul, Turkey to speak at the third UNWTO/UNESCO World Conference on Tourism and Culture: For the Benefit of All, which will be hosted by the Government of Turkey, from December 3 - 5.

He returns to the island on December 6.

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