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Tourism World Travel Market - Country Destination of the Year goes to Seychelles

Tourism World Travel Market - Country Destination of the Year goes to Seychelles ( The Top Award by the Luxury Travel Guide of the Country Destination of the Year went to Seychelles. The certificate for this tourism award was presented during the World Travel Market (WTM) in London to Minister Alain St.Ange, the island's Minister responsible for Tourism and Culture, by James Drakeford, the Editor in Chief of Luxury Travel Guide, in the presence of HE Marie Pierre Lloyd, the Seychelles High Commissioner accredited to the United Kingdom; Bernadette Willemin, Director for Europe for the Seychelles Tourism Board; and Tinaz Wadia, the Seychelles Tourism Board's Country Manager for the United Kingdom.

“This is a real honor for Seychelles. We know we are and that we remain the idyllic tourism destination, because we are not a mass-market holiday destination but instead promote our islands for what we call personalized tourism. Country Destination of the Year Award for us is also the freedom and diversity our islands offer to our visitors. Diversity of islands where Seychelles has both mountain-clad granitic islands and also the flat coral islands. On the other hand, freedom is the concept where visitors live outside their hotels and resorts experiencing the beauty of the Seychelles and not stuck for break, lunch, afternoon tea, and dinner in the one hotel on what is now the all-inclusive package. Seychelles and every Seychellois today believes in also protecting what we have been blessed with and to be remembered as good custodians of what we have inherited. This is why our islands are today certifying hotels and resorts with Sustainable Tourism Labels when they qualify as true partners of the government in its environment protection drive," said Minister Alain St.Ange as he received the Country Destination of the Year Award at World Travel Market (WTM) in London.

The Luxury Travel Guide Awards is an international awards program in recognition of all destinations regardless of size or location.

The Luxury Travel Guide Awards recognize and celebrate excellence across all sectors of the affluent travel and tourism industry. Its team of experts have scoured the globe and traveled extensively in order to identify everything from the very best hotels, airlines, and tour operators through to highlighting the most reputable transfer service companies.

Each year the awards are broken down into regions to coincide with the release of their respective Luxury Travel Guide. The pinnacle of luxury is highlighted with its continent awards and individual country awards which reflect the range of products and services provided.

All winners of the Luxury Travel Guide Awards are subject to the same rigorous assessment criteria, carried out by its in-house professionals. This ensures only the most deserving firms and individuals walk away with one of these prestigious accolades and gain a place in the awards winners’ guide, which will be distributed to over 500,000 professional and affluent people around the world.

This year has seen an unprecedented number of shortlisted companies, providing strong competition in every category.

The Luxury Travel Guide is an exclusive resource for affluent travelers with a readership consisting of high-net worth individuals, members of the business community including CEOs, CFOs, MDs and directors of national and multinational firms, as well as professional individuals. As a leading provider of travel and lifestyles related news, reviews, and features its 500,000 global readers receive objective content on holiday destinations, hotels, spas, entertainment, and technology

Its market exposure to social media expands to a fan base of over 80,000 followers throughout facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn with over 5,000 post views per week. Award winners are promoted on the website and social media for the entire awards process.

The Luxury Travel Guide Awards is sponsored by United Airlines. United Airlines serve 362 destinations across 58 countries with 4,734 daily departures. The Luxury Travel Guide Awards will be available at each of the 54 United Club Member Lounges around the world.


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