Voting opens ahead of World Travel Awards Europe Gala Ceremony 2014
After an exhaustive search, World Travel Awards has revealed the nominees for its Europe Gala Ceremony 2014. Hundreds of entrants have been whittled down to the few who will proceed to the voting stage of the annual event, with industry professionals and members of the travelling public now invited to vote for nominee companies of their choice.
Apollon Palace & Thalasso, Athens, on August 2nd, where industry stakeholders from across the region will gather for the prestigious event.
The red-carpet evening is being held in partnership with the Greek Tourism Ministry, the Greek NationalTourism Organisation, the Association of Greek Tourism Enterprises and Divani Collection Hotels, and will include a gala dinner, top entertainment as well as the presentation of the most coveted awards in the industry.
Guests will also have the opportunity to participate in a full itineraryover the weekend, a 'journey through Greece', giving an insight into both its illustrious history and its vibrant contemporary culture.
World Travel Awards President Graham Cooke explained: "We have scoured the European continent toselect the finest travel, tourism and hospitality organisations for inclusion in our list of 2014 nominees. Now it is over to you, our voters, to select the companies you deem most deserving of acclaim."
He added: "With the winners set to be announced in August, now is the time to make your mark on thisprestigious event."
In the leading categories, Lufthansa will defend its title of Europe's Leading Airline from challengersincluding Iberia, TAP Portugal, Air France, KLM and British Airways, while Avis, Budget, Europcar, Hertz and Sixt all go head-to-head in the fight for the title of Europe's Leading Car Rental Company.
In hospitality, keenly contested categories such as Europe's Leading New Hotel, which will this year seeentries from Four Seasons Hotel Lion Palace St. Petersburg, InterContinental Davos, InterContinental Marseille - Hotel Dieu, King George, A Luxury Collection Hotel, Rosewood London, Shangri-La Bosphorus, The Alpina Gstaad, The London EDITION, and W Verbier.
Niki Fotiou, Marketing & PR Manager, Divani Collection Hotels, added: "We are delighted to welcomeWorld Travel Awards to Divani Apollon Palace & Thalasso and to Athens, Greece, for the first time. With voting now open the build up to the event has truly begun. Best of luck to all the Europe nominees and see you in August."
The full list of categories can be seen here.
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About World Travel Awards
WTA was established in 1993 to acknowledge, reward and celebrate excellence across all sectors of the tourism industry. Today, the WTA brand is recognised globally as the ultimate hallmark of quality, with winners setting the benchmark to which all others aspire. Each year, WTA covers the globe with a series of regional gala ceremonies staged to recognise and celebrate individual and collective success within each key geographical region. WTA gala ceremonies are widely regarded as the best networking opportunities in the travel industry, attended by government and industry leaders, luminaries and international print and broadcast media. For more information about WTA visit www.worldtravelawards.com.