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LISBON, Portugal; December 3, 2018: Jamaica emerged the big winner at the just concluded The World Travel Awards (WTA) Grand Final Gala Ceremony by winning eight (8) of these coveted awards.
Jamaica received the World’s Leading Beach Destination 2018 and World’s Leading Cruise Destination for 2018.
Other tourism entities from Jamaica who received awards include 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.
In highlighting the significance of the awards, Minister 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.”
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 will attend. The WTA was established in 1993 to acknowledge, reward and celebrate excellence across all sectors of the tourism industry.
“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.”
Minister Bartlett will then travel to Istanbul to attend the third UNWTO/UNESCO World Conference on Tourism and Culture: For the Benefit of All, which will be hosted by the Government of Turkey, during the period 3- 5 December, 2018.
The Conference will build up on the outcomes of the First and the Second World Conferences on Tourism and Culture held in Cambodia and Oman in 2015 and 2017, respectively.
A key component of this Forum will be the Ministerial Segment that will bring together Ministers of Tourism and Culture. Ministers were invited to participate in this special session and to share their views and look for joint solutions.
Minister Bartlett returns to the island on December 06, 2018.