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Jamaica Triumphs on Home Ground at World Travel Awards 2011

The World Travel Awards celebrated the Caribbean's best of the best at this year's VIP gala ceremony as tourism leaders, global media and industry experts headed to Sandals Royal Caribbean Resort & Private Island;, a luxury resort for Jamaica holidays.

Jamaica Triumphs on Home Ground at World Travel Awards 2011

The prestigious World Travel Awards took place on Wednesday 19th October, 2011 with the annual Caribbean & the Americas Gala Ceremony honouring the best of the best in the Caribbean at Sandals Royal Caribbean Resort & Private Island in Montego Bay, Jamaica.

Leading tourism companies, organisations, experts, industry leaders and the global media arrived for a glittering event at the Sandals property, which offers some of the most luxurious accommodation and facilities available for discerning tourists taking Jamaica holidays.

Awards at the annual event went to St Lucia who won the title of “Caribbean’s Leading Honeymoon Destination”, while Sir Richard Branson’s Necker Island was voted as the “Caribbean Leading Private Island”.

The battle of the best Caribbean hotels and resorts was finally resolved with the Casa de Campo in the Dominican Republic winning the coveted title over properties including Half Moon in Jamaica, Jumby Bay in Antigua, Sandy Lane in Barbados and Four Seasons Resort in Nevis.

 Flo-Sun, Casa de Campo
Image by: ivi dmc, on Flickr

Jamaica holidays proved their ongoing success as the tropical island was awarded as the “Caribbean’s Leading Destination” for the sixth year in a row.

Jamaica’s success did not stop there as the island nation was honoured as the “Caribbean’s Leading Cruise Destination”, after the new cruise terminal in Falmouth opened earlier this year, as well as the “Caribbean’s Leading Tourist Board” title following a 5.7 increase in the number of tourists taking holidays to Jamaica in the last year.

 Burwood Beach
Image by: Heidi Zech Photography, on Flickr

The Director of Tourism for Jamaica, John Lynch, said: “We are honoured to be recognised as the ‘Caribbean’s Leading Destination’.

“Jamaica is committed to providing travellers with an unparalleled experience.

“We all continue to develop our infrastructure and tourism product to ensure we maintain an edge in an increasingly competitive landscape.”

The President, World Travel Awards, Graham Cooke, spoke of the region’s resilience during the global recession.

He commented: “The Caribbean is a textbook example of how the travel and tourism industry can serve an engine for growth, with the ability to steer the region out of one of the most challenging periods in global financial history.

“It is during times of economic uncertainty that world-class brands come into their own, continuing to reinvent themselves and grow market share – traits all shared by tonight’s World Travel Award winners.”

He added: “Jamaica in particular has proved its credentials as a world-class tourism brand, thanks to its unrivalled mix of paradise beaches, luxury resorts and warmth of welcome.

“This is reflected in the number of honours won by Jamaica’s top travel organisation at our Caribbean & the Americas Gala Ceremony.”

Sandals Royal Caribbean Resort & Private Island is one of Sandals most upscale Jamaica hotels in the hotel group’s portfolio, with a private, offshore island location and a resort boasting luxurious accommodation and facilities as well as offering its guests a high level of service.

 Sandals Royal Caribbean Resort and Private Island-jamaica-montego bay5
Image by: Press Tours, on Flickr

Gordon “Butch” Stewart, chairman of Sandals Resorts, said: “It is a true testament to our brand, and the team that supports it, to have won the highest number of awards in Sandals Resorts’ history during our 30th anniversary year.

“We continue to invest in our product so that each year we can be proud to say we are ‘Caribbean’s Leading Hotel Brand’.

“Our number one priority remains to provide the best product and experience for our customers and we look forward to continuing to do so.”

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