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Press Release15 March 2018

Guayaquil to host World Travel Awards (WTA) Latin America Ceremony 2018

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World Travel Awards (WTA) has revealed that Guayaquil, Ecuador will host its Latin America Ceremony on 15th September 2018.

It will be WTA's first visit to Guayaquil, the gateway to the incredible Galapagos Islands and the beating commercial heart of Ecuador.

The red-carpet ceremony will form part of the WTA Grand Tour 2018 - a search for the finest travel and tourism organisations in the world. The Grand Tour 2018 also marks WTA's 25th anniversary of honouring excellence in the international hospitality industry.

A rapidly-emerging tourism hotspot, Guayaquil is best known for its gleaming riverside development, the Malecón 2000, which incorporates gardens, shopping centres, restaurants, a landmark museum, the first iMAX theatre in South America, and several of the city's finest monuments.

The historic Palacio de Cristal will provide a stunning backdrop to WTA's Latin America Ceremony. Designed and built by engineers on behalf of Gustave Eiffel (designer of the Eiffel Tower, Paris), the palace was inaugurated in 1908 and has since undergone extensive renovation as part of Guayaquil's Urban Regeneration project. It reopened in 2002 as an exhibition and culture centre, hosting artworks by such greats as Rembrandt, Picasso and Rendón Seminario.

Ms Gloria Gallardo, President of Guayaquil Tourist Board, said: "It will be a real honour to welcome the major players of the tourist industry to Guayaquil.

"Guayaquil is your destination to visit and enjoy. We are sure that WTA delegates will fall in love with the city and, hopefully, return. Guayaquil, the Pearl of the Pacific, welcomes you!"

Ecuador's most vibrant city also boasts a brand new convention & visitors' bureau, a world-class international airport, the largest convention centre in the country, a vast range of accommodation and an enviably warm climate.

Graham Cooke, Founder and President, WTA, said: "It will be an absolute pleasure to visit Guayaquil - Ecuador's city with the Midas touch - for the very first time, as we celebrate our 25th anniversary.

"WTA has maintained its position as the industry leader for the past 25 years, consistently proving its value as the global benchmark for excellence in the travel, tourism and hospitality business," added Cooke.

As part of the Grand Tour 2018, WTA is also hosting ceremonies in Ras Al Khaimah (UAE), Athens (Greece), Jamaica, Hong Kong and Durban (South Africa), with the winners progressing to the Grand Final in Lisbon (Portugal).

Voting for the WTA Latin America Ceremony will open on 26th March 2018 and conclude on 5th August 2018.

For more information on how to participate, visit

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