World Travel Awards backs India

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World Travel Awards (WTA) has confirmed it will go ahead with its planned Asia and Australasia Gala Ceremony in Delhi on October 14.

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World Travel Awards (WTA) has confirmed it will go ahead with its planned Asia and Australasia Gala Ceremony in Delhi on October 14. Despite sensational stories emanating from the build up to the opening ceremony of the Commonwealth Games, the World Travel Awards Asia & Australasia Gala Ceremony in Delhi will take place on October 14 – offering a significant boost to the regional industry. The Claridges, Surajkund, Delhi, is set to host the 17th staging of the World Travel Awards.

This will be only the second time the event has visited India. World Travel Awards president and founder Graham Cooke argues global media coverage of the Commonwealth Games preparations has been wildly disproportionate:

“India maintains a fantastic, world-leading, tourism product.

“Millions of visitors from around the world visit India each year to take in everything from the Taj Mahal to the beaches of Goa.”

Mr. Peter J. Leitgeb, president and CEO of The Claridges Hotels & Resorts, added: “As one of the fastest-growing economies, India today is on the radar screen of everyone and a key player in the world economy. No one can afford to ignore it.

“The business climate and the economy in India is very bullish, especially so the hospitality industry. The industry has enjoyed an amazing run in this part of the world in the last five years.

“The country itself has so much to offer to a visitor. It is fascinating to see the amazing diversity of the country and its vibrant and colorful culture.

“I take this opportunity to thank the organizing committee of the WTA for choosing The Claridges, Surajkund, as the venue for the World Travel Awards 2010 Asia & Australasia Ceremony, a much-awaited annual event that truly recognizes excellence in the world’s travel and tourism industry.”

Cooke continued, “The destination will grow to become one of the most important on the map over the next decade, despite misplaced perceptions over the Commonwealth Games.”

We wholeheartedly support India and their continuous effort in developing the country, its economy, and tourism, stating, “Through our event, we are firmly committed to placing a positive spotlight on the incredible destination that is India.”

World Travel Awards Asia and Australasia Gala Ceremony is in partnership with World Mobi, The Claridges, Surajkund, Air India, BBC World, Breaking Travel News, eTurboNews, TravTalk, Travel & Leisure China, and Travel & Leisure Golf China.

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