LONDON, England – Air Canada has won a prestigious World Travel Market 2014 World Travel Leaders Award in recognition of its contribution to the Canadian and global travel industry over the past 75 years.
The airline received the coveted award today; it was presented by Baxter Travel Media’s Publisher, Michael Baginski and Business Travel Sales UK Manager, Andrew Edmonds accepted the award on behalf of the airline at the WTM World Travel Leaders Awards.
The Awards give WTM’s Official Media Partners – which represent key travel industry media around the world – an excellent platform to congratulate and recognise those companies and individuals that have made significant and groundbreaking contributions to travel and tourism in their region or sector.
Three nominations from each of WTM’s media partners were judged in September by a panel of three, consisting of an independent body, a representative of WTM and the relevant media partner.
Air Canada is Canada’s largest airline and the largest provider of scheduled passenger services in the Canadian market, the Canada-US trans-border market and in the international market to and from Canada.
In 2013, Air Canada together with its Air Canada Express regional partners carried more than 35 million passengers, offering direct passenger service to more than 180 destinations on five continents.
The airline is a founding member of Star Alliance, providing the world’s most comprehensive air transportation network.
Air Canada celebrated its 75th anniversary in 2012 and continues to grow. In 2013 the carrier launched a discount brand, rouge.
Reed Travel Exhibitions, Senior Director, World Travel Market, Simon Press said: “Air Canada has provided a foundation for connectivity across the country, providing a lifeline to connect scattered communities across the vast country.”
Every year, World Travel Leaders Awards are presented at WTM. The full list of 2014 winners is:
Brazil: Eduardo Nascimento, President of Nascimento Turismo Operadora
China: James Liang, Chairman and CEO of Ctrip.com
India: Jehangir Katgara, Chairman & Managing Director of TBI Trail Blazer Tours India Private Limited
Italy: Venetian Villas
Portugal: André Jordan, founder of the André Jordan Group
Russia: Association of Tour Operators
Travolution/technology: David Speakman, chairman, Travel Counsellors
Middle East: The Gulf Hotel Bahrain
USA: Roger Dow, CEO, US Travel
Canada: Air Canada