Destination and Partners Take Top Honors in 17 Categories at Gala Travel Event!

KINGSTON, JAMAICA – October 24, 2010 – Jamaica took top honors in several key categories at the 2010 World Travel Awards Americas Gala, held on October 22 at the Sandals Whitehouse European Village and Spa in Jamaica. For the fifth consecutive year Jamaica was recognized as the Caribbean’s Leading Destination, while the Jamaica Tourist Board was recognized for the fourth consecutive year as the Caribbean’s Leading Tourist Board. Jamaica also brought home accolades for the Caribbean’s Leading Cruise Destination, Caribbean’s Leading Cruise Port (Ocho Rios), Caribbean’s Leading Airport (Sangster International Airport) and Caribbean’s Leading Meetings & Conference Centre (Jamaica Conference Centre, Kingston). In celebrating Jamaica’s tremendous success Tourism Minister, the Hon. Edmund Bartlett, expressed that winning the awards further underscore that as a brand Jamaica continues to stand tall. Minister Bartlett emphasized that being recognized by the World Travel Awards, is indeed a prestigious achievement, adding that the accolades and recognition speaks to the excellence and service quality assurance that visitors can expect when they select destination Jamaica. “We’re thrilled to again be recognized as a top Caribbean destination,” said Jamaica’s Director of Tourism John Lynch. “These awards reaffirm that our tireless efforts to promote destination Jamaica, coupled with continued growth and refurbishment of our tourism infrastructure, have proven a successful strategy in positioning Jamaica as a tourism leader.” Many of Jamaica’s resorts and travel partners were also recognized, further illustrating the destination’s outstanding tourism product:
  • Caribbean's Leading Family All-Inclusive: Beaches Negril Resort & Spa
  • Caribbean's Leading Villa Resort: Round Hill Hotel & Villas
  • Caribbean’s Leading Travel Agency: Trafalgar Travel • Caribbean’s Leading Excursion Operator: Chukka Caribbean Adventures
  • Caribbean’s Leading Car Hire: Avis Car Rental Jamaica
  • Jamaica's Leading Golf Resort: Half Moon, Montego Bay
  • Jamaica's Leading Spa Resort: Half Moon, Montego Bay
  • Jamaica's Leading Hotel: Sandals Negril Beach Resort & Spa
  • Jamaica's Leading Resort: Sandals Whitehouse European Village & Spa • Jamaica's Leading Business Hotel: Spanish Court Hotel
  • Jamaica’s Leading Boutique Hotel: Strawberry Hill
About the World Travel Awards: The World Travel Awards were established in 1993 to acknowledge, reward and celebrate the enormous achievements in all sectors of the global travel industry. This is the world's most comprehensive travel awards ceremony, with trophies awarded in all areas of the industry to worldwide recipients. Voting is cast by travel agents in more than 190 countries around the world. About Jamaica Tourist Board: The Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB), founded in 1955, is Jamaica’s national tourism agency based in the capital city of Kingston. The JTB was declared the Caribbean’s Leading Tourist and Convention Bureau by the World Travel Awards (WTA) from 2006 to 2009, while Jamaica earned the WTA’s vote as the World’s Leading Cruise Destination, the Caribbean’s Leading Destination and the Caribbean’s Leading Cruise Destination, for the third consecutive year. JTB offices are located in Kingston, Montego Bay, Miami, Toronto and London. Representative offices are located in Düsseldorf, Barcelona, Rome, Amsterdam and Tokyo. For details on upcoming special events, attractions and accommodations in Jamaica go to the JTB’s Web site at www.visitjamaica.com, or call the Jamaica Tourist Board at 1-800-JAMAICA (1-800-526-2422). Follow the JTB on Facebook at www.facebook.com/visitjamaica, on Twitter at www.twitter.com/visitjamaicanow or on YouTube at www.youtube.com/aboutjamaicajtb. Contact: Lyndon Taylor 1-877-JTB-NEWS jtbnews@ruderfinn.com