The World Travel Awards has capped its year-long search for the most popular tourism brands around the globe with its glittering Grand Final Gala Ceremony held December 12 in New Delhi, India, bestowing upon the Turks and Caicos Islands the “World’s Leading Beach Destination.”
Hailed as “the Oscars of the travel industry” by the Wall Street Journal, WTA is recognised worldwide as the ultimate travel accolade. Its 2012 Grand Tour featured regional heats in Dubai (UAE), Turks and Caicos Islands, The Algarve (Portugal) and Singapore, with the winners from these competing head-to-head at the Grand Final.
The award follows Grace Bay Beach being named the Caribbean’s Leading Beach Destination in the WTA’s regional heats held on Providenciales in September.
The Islands held off stiff competition from Cancun, Mexico, Cape Town in South Africa, Rio de Janeiro’s Copacabana in Brazil and even the Maldives.
Commenting on the award, Ralph Higgs, director of tourism, said, “Along with our tourism partners and stakeholders we are delighted to accept this award as World’s Leading Beach Destination. This is further testament to what we here in the Turks and Caicos have known all along and the world is beginning to find out.”
Graham Cooke, World Travel Awards president and founder, added, “The Turks and Caicos continues to build its reputation as the definitive low-key luxury hideaway, offering stunning beaches away from the public glare.”
The Turks and Caicos Islands were also recently named as the number one Beach destination in the World as voted on in the Travelers Choice 2012 category by readers of the popular online site, Trip Advisor.