Last week, the Ceremony of World Travel Award stopped in Ho Chi Minh, a city of Vietnam. This event awarded the travel industry from Asia and Oceania continent. Located in the Southern of Vietnam, Ho Chi Minh City is described by Vietnam travel site as a "metropolis where humble mom-and-pop shops share street space with modern skyscrapers. Beyond the city limits you’ll encounter the languid Mekong Delta, where life takes place on water and farmland rolls out as far as the eye can see.
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Cambodia, the neighbour won its first ever World Travel Awards to the classification: Asia’s Leading Cultural Destination’ and ‘Asia’s Leading Youth Travel Destination’. Amazing natural beauty combined with world-class levels of hospitality earned Vietnam the title of ‘Asia’s Leading Destination’.
Whereas the city of Hanoi claimed the top prize for ‘Asia’s Leading City Break Destination’ and Ho Chi Minh City won the award for ‘Asia’s Leading Business Travel Destination’. Meanwhile New Zealand scooped the title of ‘Oceania’s Leading Destination’ making it a double victory after Tourism New Zealand lifted the trophy for ‘Oceania’s Leading Tourist Board’.
Travel industry VIPs gathered 35 nations attended the blockbuster event at Ho Chi Minh City’s state-of-the-art GEM Center.
Graham Cooke, Founder, WTA, said: “What an incredible evening was had by our blue-chip audience. WTA had the privilege of recognising the industry’s leading lights from the length and breadth of twin Asia and Oceania regions. As shining examples of tourism excellence, our winners have helped to once again raise the bar”.
“Ho Chi Minh City is an impressive cosmopolitan destination, rich in history and culture but with a dynamic, forward-thinking outlook. Vietnam is not only a tremendously exciting destination within Asia, but I believe it will soon become a tourism epicentre on the global stage. We foresee an era of unprecedented growth as more brands and tourism development products are attracted to the nation”.
In the aviation sector, Singapore Airlines was named ‘Asia’s Leading Airline’ whilst Vietnam Airlines earned the prestigious accolade of ‘Asia’s Leading Airline Brand’ as well as ‘Asia’s Leading Airline – Economy Class’. AirAsia collected ‘Asia’s Leading Low-Cost Airline’, Singapore Changi Airport was named ‘Asia’s Leading Airport’ and Royal Brunei Airlines won the coveted title of ‘Asia’s Leading Cabin Crew’. Oceania winners included Air New Zealand (‘Oceania’s Leading Airline’) and Auckland Airport (‘Oceania’s Leading Airport’).
The refined elegance of Raffles Singapore claimed the ultimate hospitality award for ‘Asia’s Leading Hotel’, the beguiling blend of French Indochine haute couture led Hotel de la Coupole MGallery to be voted ‘Asia’s Leading Design Hotel’, and the honour of Asia’s Leading Boutique Beach Resort” went to Amanoi, Vietnam. Newcomer winners included Jakarta’s The Langham (‘Asia’s Leading New Hotel’) and Regent Phu Quoc (‘Asia’s Leading Resort’). The Ascott Limited marked a remarkable year of expansion with the hospitality giant claiming the award for ‘Asia’s Leading Serviced Apartment Brand’. Big Oceania victories included the top prize for Millbrook Resort, New Zealand (Oceania’s Leading Hotel’), Hyatt Regency Sydney claiming the title of ‘Oceania’s Leading Business Hotel’ and InterContinental Wellington securing ‘Oceania’s Leading Conference Hotel’.
Travel provider winners included Vietravel (‘Asia’s Leading Tour Operator’), Abercrombie & Kent (‘Oceania’s Leading Tour Operator’) and Sun Group (‘Asia’s Leading Integrated Tourism Group’).
The next red carpet events on the WTA Grand Tour 2022 include Amman, Jordan (Middle East), Mallorca, Spain (Europe) and Nairobi, Kenya (Africa & Indian Ocean).