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Ecuador to host World Travel Awards

  • Published by Ozgur Tore

Hailed as ‘the Oscars of the travel industry’, World Travel Awards celebrates its 21st anniversary this year and South America’s hottest city Quito, Ecuador will host WTA’s South & Central America Gala Ceremony on August 9th 2014.

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

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 programme to improve tourism-related infrastructure, most notably Quito’s new state-of-the-art airport.”

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Augusto Barrera, Mayor of Quito, said: “As Mayor of the City of Quito it is an honour 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."

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 organisations, covering seven continents.

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