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Turks and Caicos triumphs at Caribbean World Travel Awards despite ceremony being cancelled

The winners of the 2017 World Travel Awards Caribbean and North America Gala Ceremony have been announced. The regional ceremony was due to take place in Turks and Caicos in the Caribbean last month, but it was cancelled due to the devastating Hurricane Irma. The winners were later announced by the WTA to celebrate the leading hotels, destinations, airlines and travel companies in the region.

Turks and Caicos triumphs at Caribbean World Travel Awards despite ceremony being cancelled

The winners of the 2017 World Travel Awards Caribbean and North America have been revealed. The awards celebrate the best of the region’s travel and tourism industry, and winners will go on to attend the Grand Final ceremony later this year.

The winners of the regional World Travel Awards were due to be announced during a glitzy gala ceremony at the Beaches Turks & Caicos Resort Villages & Spa on Saturday September 16th, but the event was cancelled due to Hurricane Irma. The category five storm tore its way through the Caribbean region, devastating homes, businesses, landscapes and lives.

Graham Cooke, the President of the World Travel Awards, commented:

“We congratulate the winners while commiserating with our friends in the Caribbean Islands and Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina and Alabama, devastated by Hurricane Irma.”

He added:

“The heart wrenching images of areas that have suffered total destruction are very saddening to all of us at World Travel Awards -and I am sure to the rest of the world. Our thoughts are with all those adversely affected by this terrible storm.”

The clean-up process is underway on islands such as Barbuda, which was completely devastated, Puerto Rico, St Barths, and many more. Many of the Caribbean islands have announced that they have reopened to holidaymakers and are very much open for business.

The World Travel Awards highlighted the leaders of the Caribbean and North America’s tourism industry. Turks and Caicos triumphed at the awards and the island nation was named as the Caribbean’s Leading Beach Destination 2017. The Palms Turks & Caicos was named as Turks & Caicos’ Leading Hotel and the Caribbean’s Leading All Suite Hotel, while the nation’s Shore Club Turks & Caicos was recognised as the Caribbean’s Leading New Resort. Beaches Turks & Caicos Resort Villages & Spa was named as the Caribbean’s leading All-Inclusive Family Resort, and Amanyara Villas, Turks & Caicos was awarded the title of the Caribbean’s Leading Beach Resort.

Turks and Caicos is an archipelago nation in the Atlantic Ocean that is made up of around 40 low-lying coral islands, of which just eight are inhabited. Providenciales is the nation’s main island, and is home to luxury beachfront hotels, attractions and the famous white-sand Grace Bay beach. The island spans 38 miles, and is home to tropical natural landscapes including white sand beaches with swaying palm trees; the naturally-formed limestone opening called The Hole, and Chalk Sound; a long coral reef, which is teeming with vibrant marine species; and a large lake with aquamarine water and a collection of small cays. 

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