Each year WTA covers the globe with a series of regional Gala Ceremonies staged to recognise and celebrate individual and collective successes within each geographical region.
Last year the World Travel Awards Grand Tour began in the United Arab Emirates, with the Middle East Ceremony, hosted at Four Seasons Resort Dubai at Jumeirah Beach. The event, being one of the largest on the WTA calendar, welcomed over 600 industry leaders to the luxury resort.
Next WTA headed to Kempinski Seychelles Resort, Baie Lazare, for the Africa & Indian Ocean Gala Ceremony, before Forte Village Resort in Sardinia, Italy, played host to the Europe Gala Ceremony. In Latin America, World Travel Awards visited Colombia for the first time, with Teatro Colón in capital Bogotá awarded hosting rights for the Gala Ceremony.
Sandals Emerald Bay in the Bahamas welcomed the Caribbean & North America Gala Ceremony in October, before World Travel Awards rounded off its biggest ever Grand Tour at the InterContinental Grand Stanford Hotel in Hong Kong with the Asia & Australasia Gala Ceremony.
Each Gala Ceremony offered unrivalled networking opportunities to members of the travel and tourism industry, with the ceremonies welcoming government and industry leaders as well as international print and broadcast media.
With more than half a million votes cast, the winners from each regional Gala Ceremony were welcomed to Mazagan Beach & Golf Resort in Morocco to compete in the Grand Final 2015. With a host of industry luminaires, government officials, international media and celebrities in attendance, the ceremony was an industry highlight.
Globally recognised as the ultimate hallmark of quality, with WTA winners have once again set the benchmark to which all others aspire.
Looking ahead and 2016, World Travel Awards will start its journey in Zanzibar at Diamonds La Gemma dell'Est for the Africa & Indian Ocean Gala Ceremony. Also on the agenda for the organisation’s 23rd anniversary, are visits to Turkey, Vietnam and the Caribbean.