wta 3D LogoSandals Ochi Beach Resort hosted a glittering event by the World Travel Awards. At the event, Jamaica has been recognized as the Caribbean's Leading Destination. The event, hosted by Jamaican television personalities Yendi Phillips and Adrian Atkinson, welcomed performances from Ana Strachan, Tami T, Phylia and Etana.

Also among the winners at the Caribbean & North America Gala Ceremony 2016 was Turks & Caicos, recognized as the Caribbean's Leading Beach Destination, while the trophy for the Caribbean's Most Romantic Destination went to Antigua & Barbuda.

In the aviation sector, Delta Air Lines was honored with two awards, walking away with prizes for North America's Leading Airline and United States' Leading Airline to the Caribbean.

Wrapped in the lush beauty of rolling mountains, meandering rivers, cascading waterfalls, and a picture-perfect coastline, Sandals Ochi Beach Resort was the perfect host for the event.

World Travel Awards voters also recognised Miami Beach Visitor & Convention Authority with the title of North America's Leading Tourist Board.

Hosts Sandals Resorts International were also honoured on the night, taking the title of Caribbean's Leading Hotel Brand.

"We are delighted to once again be honored by the prestigious World Travel Awards,” said Gordon “Butch” Stewart, Chairman of Sandals Resorts International.

“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 possible products and experiences for our customers, and we look forward to continuing to do so.”

Two special awards were also revealed.

The honourable Edmund Bartlett, Minister of Tourism, Jamaica, was presented with the title of Caribbean’s Leading Personality for Outstanding Services to Tourism.

At the same time, Sandals Foundation was honoured with a trophy for Outstanding Contribution to Corporate Social Responsibility Projects.