Posted April 23, 2014 by Doug Morgan in News

Quito to Host 2014 World Travel Awards Ceremony

Quito Sunset
Quito Sunset

Quito is set to host the South & Central America gala ceremony for the 2014 World Travel Awards on August 9th 2014. Last year Quito took home top honors as South America’s Leading Destination and has been nominated again this year in the same category.

La Basílica del Voto NacionalThe red-carpet evening is being held in partnership with the Quito Turismo, and will include a festive dinner and top entertainment, as well as the presentation of the most coveted awards in the industry. The ceremony will take place at Centro Cultural Itchimbía, a magnificent glass-and-iron building which forms the centerpiece of Quito’s Parque Itchimbia.

A veritable who’s who of Latin American travel will attend the VIP ceremony to celebrate and acknowledge their achievements over the past twelve months.

The World Travel Award (WTA) organizers highlight the significance of hosting the VIP ceremony in Quito.

Graham E. Cooke, President & Founder, WTA, explained: “We are delighted to host our first ceremony in Ecuador, a decision that reflects the crucial contribution that tourism makes to the national economy. The Ecuadorian tourism sector is enjoying solid growth as a result of the government program to improve tourism-related infrastructure, most notably Quito’s new state-of-the-art airport.”

He added: “The selection of our hosts is fundamental to the success of our awards program and Quito possesses all the ingredients to rise to the challenge of hosting our South & Central America Ceremony 2014 – a beautiful city bursting with ancient history, a thriving cultural scene and world-class gastronomy.”

Augusto Barrera, Mayor of Quito, said: “As Mayor of the City of Quito it is an honor to welcome World Travel Awards to the very first city to be declared a World Cultural Heritage Site by UNESCO over 35 years ago, not only for its incredible and priceless architecture, but also because it is home to a richly-evolving heritage.

“It is a privilege to bring this event to Ecuador for the first time.”World Travel Awards Winner

A complete list of Ecuador nominees for the 2014 World Travel Awards can be found here. Be sure to vote for your favorite Ecuador destinations and businesses today; online voting closes June 23rd. You will need to register for a free account if you haven’t voted before.

The ceremony will mark the third leg of WTA’s 2014 Grand Tour, a year-long global search for the world’s finest travel tourism and hospitality organizations, covering seven continents.

Hailed as “the Oscars of the travel industry,” the World Travel Awards celebrates its 21st anniversary this year and is acknowledged across the globe as the ultimate travel accolade and aims to celebrate those brands that are pushing the boundaries of industry excellence.

For further information:

Address: N79-39 Amazonas Av. and La Prensa Av. Bicentenario Convention Center, Quito
Telephone: +593 (02) 299-3300
Fax: +593 (02) 299-3341
Email: info@quito-turismo.gob.ec
Website: www.quito.com.ec

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Doug Morgan

Doug Morgan
Doug has written extensively for such well-known publications as Field & Stream, Saltwater Sportsman, Marlin, and Sport Fishing, as well as The Washington Post and Las Vegas Review-Journal.