The 2015 World Travel Awards

The Playa Times Riviera Maya's English Newspaper - - News In Brief - BY JOE MAL­DON­ADO

In its 22nd year, the pres­ti­gious or­ga­ni­za­tion rec­og­nized Can­cun and the Riviera Maya for ex­cel­lence and qual­ity in the tourism in­dus­try with eight coun­try awards and five re­gional awards dur­ing the Mexico and Cen­tral Amer­ica cer­e­mony

The World Travel Awards was es­tab­lished in 1993 to rec­og­nize, award, and celebrate ex­cel­lence in all ar­eas of the tourism in­dus­try. This an­nual awards event is among the most pres­ti­gious in the tourism and travel sec­tor. In 2014, more than 650,000 in­di­vid­ual votes were sub­mit­ted by tourism pro­fes­sion­als. The awards are or­ga­nized and awarded by re­gion. Then, the re­gional win­ners for each cat­e­gory com­pete in the fi­nal round of vot­ing for the World Travel Awards, This year’s gala event cer­e­mony for the Mexico and Cen­tral Amer­ica Re­gion awards was held in Bo­gotá, Colom­bia on Oc­to­ber 10.

As in pre­vi­ous years, Can­cun, Cozumel and the Riviera Maya were nom­i­nated in a num­ber of cat­e­gories. The cat­e­gories in­clude Air, Car, Cruise, Des­ti­na­tion, Ho­tels and Re­sorts, Meet­ings and Con­ven­tions, Spa, as well as, Travel Agency and Tour Op­er­a­tors. Each main cat­e­gory may have one to four­teen sub­cat­e­gories.

Can­cun was among the fa­vorites for a mul­ti­tude of awards in­clud­ing: Lead­ing Air­port, Lead­ing Beach Des­ti­na­tion, Lead­ing Busi­ness Travel Des­ti­na­tion, Lead­ing Des­ti­na­tion, Lead­ing Meet­ings and Con­fer­ence Des­ti­na­tion, and Lead­ing Tourist Board. The Can­cun Con­ven­tion and Visi­tors Bureau won the award for the Lead­ing Tourist Board, and the Can­cun In­ter­na­tional Con­ven­tion Cen­ter won in the cat­e­gory of Lead­ing Meet­ings and Con­ven­tion Cen­tre.

Cozumel was nom­i­nated in two dif­fer­ent cat­e­gories in­clud­ing Lead­ing Cruise Port and Lead­ing All In­clu­sive (The Oc­ci­den­tal Grand Cozumel).

This year, Tu­lum and Can­cun were both nom­i­nated as lead­ing beach des­ti­na­tions de­spite both hav­ing had prob­lems with sar­gas­sum this year. In the end, the 2015 award Mexico and Cen­tral Amer­ica’s Lead­ing Beach Des­ti­na­tion went to Pla­cen­cia, Belize.

Ha­cienda Tres Rios Re­sort, Spa & Na­ture Park was nom­i­nated for four cat­e­gories: Lead­ing Na­ture Re­serve, Lead­ing All In­clu­sive, Lead­ing Fam­ily Re­sort, and Lead­ing Green Ho­tel. Ha­cienda Tres Ríos and Fair­mont Mayakoba com­peted for best Green Ho­tel.

For a com­plete list of all the cat­e­gory nom­i­nees and win­ners, please visit the of­fi­cial web­site of the World

Travel Awards at www.world­trav­elawards.com.

Playa del car­men / Photo: Eddy Ga­le­otti / Shutterstock.com

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