The Travel.ru information portal which is one of the most popular Internet tourist resources in Russian language presents its annual "Travel.ru Star" award.
The "Travel.ru Star" is the first and unique consumer award in the field of travel industry in Russia. Since 2003 the winner of the award has been selected by means of travelers’ and tourists’ online voting on the Travel.ru website. It is the customers who name the best of the best among travel agencies, hotels, resorts, airlines, countries and sources of information. Every year thousands of Internet users participate in the online voting.
Currently there are 70 nomination categories for the “Travel.ru Star award. Every submission made online by tourist voters is immediately entered into the award competition free of charge.
Irina Turina, press attaché of Russian Union of Travel Industry: "No doubts "Travel.ru Star" is notable for its impartiality and gratis.
Nor pretenders nor winners should pay for participation or victory".
On 17th of March, 2011 the award ceremony of "Travel.ru Star"-2010 took place in Moscow at MITT international travel mart. Laureates marked unanimously that consumers' votes are the most objective method to choose the best in the field of tourism and hospitality. Many agreed that "Travel.ru Star" award reflects preferences of Russian tourists.
At the award ceremony Mr. Simon Tensing de Cruz, the ambassador of Singapore in Russia, grated Russian tourists for giving high marks to Singapore Changi Airport which got the award as "The Best Foreign Airport". Also Singapore Airlines was voted in the nomination "The best airline by destination Southeast Asia, Australia and Oceania"
Mr. Victor G. Garcia III, the ambassador of Philippines in Russia, accepted three awards. Russian tourists named Philippines as "Discovery of the Year" and Boracay as "The Best Resort of Southeast Asia" and "The Best Island Resort".
Cancun (Mexico) is the debutant at "Travel.ru Star" and at once got the awards in two nominations: "The Best Resort of the Caribbean Sea" and "The Best Resort of North and South Americas". Mr. Alfredo Rogerio Pérez Bravo, the ambassador of Mexico in Russia, confirmed that Russian tourists are new but important in Mexico.
Quite the contrary Jurmala (Latvia) got "Travel.ru Star" award as "The Best Resort of the Baltic Sea" for the eight year running. Mr. Maris Dzenitis, vice mayor of Jurmala, was happy to win the recognition from Russian tourists who are main visitors in Latvia's coast according to the statistic.
Many representatives of the counties, destinations and resorts arrived to Moscow especially to participate in "Travel.ru Star" award ceremony.
Four awards from Russian tourists went to Spain. Tenerife became "The Best Resort of the Europe's Atlantic Coast" and Costa Dorada became "The Best Resort of the Mediterranean Sea, Western Part". Ibiza chosen as "The Best Destination for Young People". Hotel Gran Palas in La Pineda was named in the nomination "The Best Spain's Beach Hotel".
Three awards won by representatives of Turkey. "The Best Resort of the Mediterranean Sea, Eastern Part" is Kemer, and "The Best Family and Kid's Destination" is Alanya. Hotel Amara Dolce Vita (Kemer) got the recognition in the nomination "The Best Turkey's Beach Hotel".
Two awards came to Croatia, especially to Dubrovnik which was named as "The Best Resort of the Mediterranean Sea, Central Part". Dubrovnik Palace became "The Best Croatia's Beach Hotel".
Also two awards was taken by Egypt. Sharm el-Sheikh was voted in the nomination "The Best Resort of the Red Sea". Choosing "The Best Egypt's Beach Hotel" Russian tourists preferred The Savoy Sharm El Sheikh.
Among other destinations Austria should be mentioned as "The Best Winter Destination", Japan – "The Dream Country", and Rome (Italy) – "The Best City for Sightseeing".
In other beach nominations Russian tourists choose Jurmala (Latvia) as "The Best Resort of the Baltic Sea", Maldives as "The Best Resort of the Indian Ocean, Middle East and Central Asia", Agadir (Morocco) as "The Best Resort of Africa (except Egypt)", and Bora Bora (French Polynesia) as "The Best Resort of Australia and Oceania".
In hotel nominations other winners are Admiral (Golden Sands, Bulgaria), Madinat Jumeirah (Dubai, UAE), Royal Cliff Beach Resort (Pattaya, Thailand), Aldemar Royal Mare (Crete, Greece), Four Seasons (Limassol, Cyprus), Magic Life Manar Imperial (Hammamet, Tunisia), and The Leela Kempinski Goa (Goa, India).
In aviation industry Russian tourists prefer Aeroflot as "The Best Airline by Destination Russia and CIS", Emirates as "The Best Airline by Destination Middle East and Asia", South African Airways as "The Best Airline by Destination Continental Africa (except Egypt, Tunisia and Morocco)", Lufthansa as "The Best Airline by Destination Europe", Delta Air Lines as "The Best Airline by Destination North America", and LAN Airlines as "The Best Airline by Destination Central and South America". In the nomination "The Best Russian Airport" tourists voted for Domodedovo.
In 2010 "Travel.ru Star" got votes from more than 9,000 people. They named 264 Russian tour operators, 203 beach hotel resorts, 320 beach destinations, 176 tourist places in 57 countries, 92 airlines, many Russian and foreign airports, dozens of travel guides, papers and magazines, tv channels and thematic websites.
The list of the winners of "Travel.ru Star" in 2010: http://zvezda.travel.ru/en_winners10.html