Jamaica Takes Home Top Honors at World Travel Awards

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The Hon. Edmund Bartlett, Minister of Tourism, Jamaica, shares the lens with Graham Cooke, Founder, World Travel Awards, at the World Travel Awards 2023 gala ceremony in Dubai - image courtesy of Jamaica Tourism Ministry
Written by Linda Hohnholz

Destination Jamaica earns “World’s Leading Family Destination” and “World’s Leading Cruise Destination” awards for 2023.

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Jamaica received significant international recognition at the 2023 World Travel Awards, winning two world-level awards for “World’s Leading Family Destination” and “World’s Leading Cruise Destination” at the gala ceremony that took place on December 1 at the Burj Al Arab in Dubai, UAE.

“It is very gratifying to have Jamaica recognized yet again as providing an outstanding experience for visitors,” said the Hon. Edmund Bartlett, Minister of Tourism, Jamaica.

In addition to the World category wins for 2023, Jamaica was also named “Caribbean’s Leading Tourist Board” for the 15th year in a row, “Caribbean’s Leading Destination” for the 17th year in a row, and the “Caribbean’s Leading Cruise Destination” in the World Travel Awards – Caribbean.

Donovan White, Director of Tourism, Jamaica Tourist Board, added: “We are very pleased to have earned such prestigious distinctions this year as Jamaica’s tourism sector is growing in terms of arrivals, earnings and new product. With many of our partners having also been recognized in this year’s awards, it is truly a momentous occasion for us.”

A win at the annual World Travel Awards is widely considered to be the ultimate travel and tourism industry accolade. Voted on by travel and tourism professionals and consumers worldwide, the awards recognize each winner’s demonstrated commitment to excellence.

Now in its 30th year, the World Travel Awards were established in 1993 to acknowledge, reward and celebrate excellence across all key sectors of the travel, tourism and hospitality industries. For further information on the World Travel Awards and to view the lists of winners, visit www.worldtravelawards.com .

For more information on Jamaica, please go to www.visitjamaica.com.

JAMAICA TOURIST BOARD 

The Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB), founded in 1955, is Jamaica’s national tourism agency based in the capital city of Kingston. JTB offices are also located in Montego Bay, Miami, Toronto and London. Representative offices are located in Berlin, Barcelona, Rome, Amsterdam, Mumbai, Tokyo and Paris. 

In 2021, the JTB was declared ‘World’s Leading Cruise Destination,’ ‘World’s Leading Family Destination’ and ‘World’s Leading Wedding Destination’ for the second consecutive year by the World Travel Awards, which also named it the ‘Caribbean’s Leading Tourist Board’ for the 14th consecutive year; and the ‘Caribbean’s Leading Destination’ for the 16th consecutive year; as well as the ‘Caribbean’s Best Nature Destination’ and the ‘Caribbean’s Best Adventure Tourism Destination.’ In addition, Jamaica was awarded four gold 2021 Travvy Awards, including ‘Best Destination, Caribbean/Bahamas,’ ‘Best Culinary Destination –Caribbean,’ Best Travel Agent Academy Program,’; as well as a TravelAge West WAVE award for ‘International Tourism Board Providing the Best Travel Advisor Support’ for a record-setting 10th time. In 2020, the Pacific Area Travel Writers Association (PATWA) named Jamaica the 2020 ‘Destination of the Year for Sustainable Tourism’. In 2019, TripAdvisor® ranked Jamaica as the #1 Caribbean Destination and #14 Best Destination in the World. Jamaica is home to some of the world’s best accommodations, attractions and service providers that continue to receive prominent global recognition. 

For details on upcoming special events, attractions and accommodations in Jamaica go to the JTB’s Website at www.visitjamaica.com or call the Jamaica Tourist Board at 1-800-JAMAICA (1-800-526-2422). Follow the JTB on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and YouTube. View the JTB blog at www.islandbuzzjamaica.com.  

WHAT TO TAKE AWAY FROM THIS ARTICLE:

  • In addition to the World category wins for 2023, Jamaica was also named “Caribbean's Leading Tourist Board” for the 15th year in a row, “Caribbean's Leading Destination” for the 17th year in a row, and the “Caribbean's Leading Cruise Destination” in the World Travel Awards –.
  • In 2021, the JTB was declared ‘World's Leading Cruise Destination,' ‘World's Leading Family Destination' and ‘World's Leading Wedding Destination' for the second consecutive year by the World Travel Awards, which also named it the ‘Caribbean's Leading Tourist Board' for the 14th consecutive year.
  • “These awards are a testament to Jamaica's world-class tourism product, and it is an honor to be a recipient again this year.

About the author

Linda Hohnholz

Editor in chief for eTurboNews based in the eTN HQ.

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