Published on : Tuesday, November 12, 2013
The World Travel Mart (WTM) 2013 – REPORT, the leading global event for the travel industry, and Amadeus are delighted to announce the overall winners for the inaugural Amadeus & WTM Travel Experience Awards, recognising the top tourist boards and travel providers who are delivering the best in the 21st Century Travel Experiences.
WTM offered the perfect global stage for the winners as they were announced in a packed Travel Tech Theatre Sunday during the Amadeus & WTM Travel Experience Awards.
The Best Destination for Accessible Travel has been awarded to Visit Flanders, chosen for its “Great War Centenary” initiative which will put Flanders in the international spotlight for four years with a wide range of activities commemorating the First World War.
Tongabezi Lodge has been named the overall winner for the Adrenaline Junkies category.
The Lodge offers its guests a range of truly exhilarating activities in spectacular surroundings, such as white water rafting down the Zambezi, taking a micro light flight over Victoria Falls, riding on elephants, gorge swinging and bungee jumping.
The best in Authentic Travel was awarded to Wilderness Safaris for Desert Rhino Camp in Namibia for its commitment to black rhino preservation and its strong partnership with the Save The Rhino Trust. It offers the traveller complete immersion in this success story of African conservation with rhino tracking on foot or by vehicle, full-day outings with a picnic lunch, birding and nature drives.
The “once in a lifetime” award for the Blow the Budget category was presented to Quark Expeditions which offer travellers the chance to explore Antarctica or the Arctic through its “Polar Adventures” – something very few people will do in their lifetime.
The overall winner in the City Break on a Budget category was awarded to Turismo di Lisboa. When considering the cost of meals, drinks, sightseeing, travel and accommodation, Lisbon comes in at less than half of other Eurozone cities.
The best Cruise Destination was bestowed upon Jamaica Tourist Board, located on the western Caribbean’s main shipping route, boasting popular cruise ports in tourist hotspots. Falmouth on Jamaica’s North Coast opened as a newly constructed shipping port, which has been built to impressively house two mega liners to berth simultaneously. Jamaica’s ports offer a wide variety of attractions to visitors, ensuring there will be something to suit all tastes.
The Sarojin in Khao Lok, Thailand has been award the best Honeymoon destination, with the resort offering everything a honeymoon couple could want. For honeymooners who want to relax the resort offers an award-winning spa and no children under 10.
The best Stress-Free Family Holiday as voted for by our panel of judges was Beaches Fort Myers & Sanibel for Pink Shell Beach Resort in Florida which has everything geared up to keep the kids entertained (Kidds Kamp) and the parents relaxed (a spa) whilst offering great opportunities for family time together (best shelling in the world).
Hong Kong Tourist Board have been awarded the most memorable destination, which business travellers can enjoy with only two hours to spare due to its size and excellent transport systems with many iconic sights and activities in close proximity.
Amadeus Director of Marketing, Rob Sinclair-Barnes said: “The Amadeus and WTM collaboration has worked incredibly well throughout the year. These inaugural Awards have recognised the best-in-class travel suppliers who are defining and evolving the new standards for the travel industry to better service and deliver the 21st Century Travel Experience.”