NDO – Overcoming “heavyweight” candidates in the World Travel Awards 2020, Vietnam was honoured in three categories: ‘Asia's Leading Heritage Destination’, ‘Asia's Leading Cultural Destination’ and ‘Asia’s Leading Culinary Destination’.
The awards were announced at the World Travel Awards (WTA) Asia Gala Ceremony 2020 in London, UK, on November 3. The WTA was launched in 1993 to acknowledge excellence in the travel and tourism industry. Heralded as the "travel industry's equivalent of the Oscars" by The Wall Street Journal, the awards are issued based on votes by the public and travel professionals from across the globe.
This is the second consecutive year in which Vietnam has been awarded in all three of these categories.
According to the World Economic Forum's Travel & Tourism Competitiveness Report 2019, Vietnam's cultural resources are ranked 29th position, in the top group in the world. In Southeast Asia, Vietnam ranked 2nd, behind Indonesia.
Overcoming other strong reputable candidates such as China, Korea, Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Vietnam has received the honour of being voted as ‘Asia's Best Golf Destination 2020’. This is the fourth consecutive year that Vietnam has received this prestigious international award.
Vietnam’s palatial InterContinental Danang Sun Peninsula Resort was rewarded with titles for ‘Asia’s Leading Luxury Resort 2020’, ‘Asia’s Leading Green Resort 2020’ and ‘Asia’s Most Romantic Resort 2020’. Meanwhile, InterContinental Phu Quoc Long Beach Resort was recognised by voters as ‘Asia’s Leading Luxury Family Resort 2020’.
According to the WTA, the enchanting mix of French Indochine haute couture in a mountain setting led Hotel de la Coupole, MGallery Sapa to be voted as ‘Asia’s Leading Design Hotel’.
In the newcomer categories, Vietnam’s Premier Village Ha Long Bay Resort was named ‘Asia’s Leading New Resort 2020’.
In the aviation sector, an unprecedented fleet upgrade helped Vietnam Airlines lift the title of ‘Asia’s Leading Airline – Economy Class’, ‘Asia's Leading Airline - Premium Economy Class 2020’ and ‘Asia's Leading Cultural Airline 2020’.
Bamboo Airways was honoured with the title of ‘Asia's Leading Regional Airline 2020’
Meanwhile, Van Don International Airport in Quang Ninh Province received two titles: ‘Asia's Leading Airport Lounge 2020’ and ‘Asia's Leading Regional Airport 2020’.
In addition, many other resorts and hotels in Vietnam also received many awards in the categories of WTA.
In the category of tour operators, Vietravel received the title of ‘Asia's Leading Tour Operator 2020’.
The results follow a year-long search for the world’s top travel, tourism and hospitality brands. Votes were cast by travel industry professionals and the public, with the nominee gaining the most votes in a category named as the winner, the WTA said.
Graham Cooke, Founder, World Travel Awards, says: “Our winners represent the very best of Asia’s travel and tourism sector and give my congratulations to each of them. They have all demonstrated remarkable resilience in a year of unprecedented challenges.”
He adds: “The World Travel Awards 2020 programme received a record number of votes cast by the public. This shows that the appetite for travel and tourism has never been stronger and bodes well for the industry’s future as the global recovery begins.”
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