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World Travel Awards Gala Ceremony names Jamaica as Caribbean's Leading Destination

Jamaica was honoured with the title of the Caribbean's Leading Destination at the regional World travel Awards Caribbean & North America Gala Ceremony 2016. The tropical island was awarded at the annual ceremony which this year took place at Sandals Ochi Beach Resort in Jamaica. The Caribbean's Leading Beach Destination award went to Turks and Caicos, and Antigua and Barbuda scooped the award for Caribbean's Most Romantic Destination.

World Travel Awards Gala Ceremony names Jamaica as Caribbean's Leading Destination

The Caribbean & North America Gala Ceremony 2016 took place in Jamaica last week, celebrating the best of the region’s travel and hospitality companies. During the ceremony, Jamaica was awarded the title of the Caribbean’s Leading Destination.

The glamourous ceremony took place at the Sandals Ochi Beach Resort, and was hosted by Jamaican television celebrities, Yendi Phillips and Adrian Atkinson. During the ceremony there were performances from Ana Strachan, Tami T, Phylia and Etana.

Graham Cooke, the president of the World Travel Awards said:

“It has been an honour for World Travel Awards to return to Jamaica this evening and in particular to Sandals Ochi Beach Resort,” this has been a true celebration of tourism here in the Caribbean and North America and it has been a pleasure to recognise some of the leading lights of the industry here tonight.”

The annual event highlighted the best of the region’s airlines, hotels, tour operators and more. Winners included Turks & Caicos, the twin-island nation that was named as the Caribbean’s Leading Beach Destination, and Antigua & Barbuda, who scooped the title of the Caribbean’s Most Romantic Destination.

Sandals Resorts International was named as the Caribbean’s Leading Hotel Brand once again. The hotel group owns and operates several luxury all-inclusive hotels and resorts on islands including Jamaica, St Lucia, Antigua, The Bahamas, and Turks and Caicos. The company’s Sandals Foundation was also given a special award for Outstanding Contribution to Corporate Social Responsibility Projects.

An additional special award was given to Edmund Bartlett, the Minister of Tourism for Jamaica. The minister was named as the Caribbean’s Leading Personality for Outstanding Services to Tourism.

Jamaica is one of the leading tourist destinations thanks to its powder-soft white sandy stretches, turquoise sea and dense tropical vegetation. The island has seen an increase in arrivals year on year, and so far this year, more than 2,084,960 visitors have travelled to the country, with a total of four million expected by the end of 2016.

Some of the island most popular attractions include the five-mile-long Doctor’s Cave Beach in Montego Bay, the famous Bob Marley Museum verdant botanical gardens, Kingston Harbour, and Rose Hall House, a former sugar plantation. The Dunn’s River Falls in Ocho Rios are the perfect place to cool off in lagoons beneath the cascading water, and the soaring Blue Mountains are fantastic for hiking and climbing.

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