The 16th annual World Travel Awards Grand Final were held in London on November 8 in a gala event to highlight the best brands, destinations and service providers in the world's travel and tourism industry.
The awards have been described by
The Wall Street Journal as the "Oscars" of the global travel industry. The winners were selected from thousands of votes cast by professionals from 183,000 travel, tour and transport companies and tourism organizations in over 160 countries.
The crème de la crème have been previously awarded this year on a regional level - for the regions of Africa, the Americas and the Middle East - concluding with the Asian market on November 7.
Hotel Brand: InterContinental Hotels & Resorts
Landmark Hotel: Grand Hyatt Shanghai
New Hotel: InterContinental Residence Suites, Dubai Festival City
Island Destination: Mauritius
Travellers Credit Card: Visa
Leading Beach: Bondi Beach, Sydney
Beach Resort: Le Royal Meridien Beach Resort & Spa, Dubai
Leading Resort: Forte Village Resort, Italy
Cruise Brand: Royal Caribbean
Cruise Destination: Jamaica
Golf Resort: Casa de Campo, Dominican Republic
Honeymoon Destination: St. Lucia
Theme Park: Universal Orlando, Florida
Travel Agency: Regency Travel & Tours, Qatar
Travel Booking Website: Expedia.co.uk
Leading Airline: Etihad Airways (also Best First Class)
Transatlantic Airline: Virgin Atlantic Airways
Car Hire: Europcar
The World Travel Awards were launched in 1993 to acknowledge and recognize excellence in the world's travel and tourism industry.
The full list of winners is available at: www.worldtravelawards.com/winners