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World Travel Awards recognises the best of South & Central American tourism in Quito

A host of industry leaders are celebrating this evening after the winners were revealed at the World Travel Awards South & Central America Gala Ceremony 2014. In front of an elite industry audience at the Centro Cultural Itchimbía, in Ecuadorian capital Quito, LAN Airlines walked away with the title of South America’s Leading Airline, while South America's Leading Business Travel Destination went to Bogota, Colombia.

Hosts, the city of Quito, were awarded the prestigious World Travel Awards trophy for South America’s Leading Destination.

Ecuador, too, were recognised, taking the title of South America's Leading Green Destination, while South America's Leading Tourist Board went to Ecuador Ministry of Tourism.

World Travel Awards President Graham Cooke said: “It has been an honour to host our annual South & Central America Gala Ceremony here in Quito, Ecuador. From the moment we arrived we have been made to feel at home by the members of Quito Tourism, and their professionalism, endeavour and initiative are the envy of the world."

He added: “We have seen some regional leaders recognised here tonight and I offer my heartfelt congratulations to them all. World Travel Awards voters have cast their ballots and selected the best in South American tourism. I look forward to greeting all of our winners in Morocco for the Grand Final in November.”

Among the other winners on the night were Swissôtel Quito, which took the title of South America's Leading Conference Hotel, and South America's Leading Luxury Train, Tren Crucero.

The ceremony was hosted by Ecuadorian writer, photographer and television personality Renato Ortega, while a stellar entertainment line-up featured the native artisans of the Quito School of Arts & Crafts and a violin tribute to the Avenue of Volcanoes.

Speaking at the Gala Ceremony Luz Elena Coloma, General Manager, Quito Tourism, said: “It is an honour to welcome travel experts here to Quito, those who work hard to develop their tourism destinations. It has been a great experience to coordinate this event with the prestigious World Travel Awards.”

She added: “We have been working hard to make this evening unforgettable, showcasing the diversity of our city as a gateway to the mega-diverse country of Ecuador. This event is an important platform to promote both Quito and Ecuador as an important destination on the global stage.”

Quito is the third stage of the World Travel Awards annual Grand Tour.

The 2014 tour began at the JW Marriott Marquis, Dubai, in May, with the second stop taking place at Divani Apollon Palace & Thalasso on August 2nd. World Travel Awards next visits The Oberoi, New Delhi, India, on October 10th, before completing the Grand Tour in October on the sunshine island of Anguilla.

World Travel Awards will then head to Marrakech, Morocco for the Grand Final 2014 on November 29th.

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