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Excitement gathers as India prepares to host WTA Grand Final

Excitement gathers as India prepares to host WTA Grand Final ( LONDON, England&NEW DELHI, India - The votes have been counted and the trophies polished as the incredible nation of India steps up to host the most important night of the year in travel – World Travel Awards 2012 Grand Final Gala Ceremony – on December 12, 2012.

The VIP event, which is officially supported by the Ministry of Tourism, government of India, will be hosted at The Oberoi, Gurgaon, New Delhi Capital Region - the new business and commercial district of Delhi NCR.

The likes of The Ritz-Carlton, Lufthansa, Starwood Hotels, Jumeirah, Royal Caribbean Cruise Line, Avis, Kuoni, and Four Seasons are among the brands in the running for top honors.

The most important decision-makers in global travel and tourism are set to attend the glittering ceremony. Categories to watch include “World’s Leading Airline,” which features a heavy Asian and Middle Eastern contingent. Nominees include Singapore Airlines, Etihad Airways, Emirates, and Malaysia Airlines.

Another key category is “World’s Leading Hotel,” with Copacabana Palace (Rio), Le Bristol (Paris), St. Regis (Singapore), The Dorchester (London), Burj Al Arab (Dubai), and W Hotel (Barcelona) among the hot contenders.

The evening marks the culmination of a year-long search for the very best travel and tourism brands in the world, and will feature the regional winners of WTA’s Grand Tour 2012 competing head to head. Regional heats have taken place in Dubai, The Algarve (Portugal), Turks&Caicos, and Singapore competing head to head.

Graham E. Cooke, President&Founder, World Travel Awards, said India is a fitting destination for the world’s best travel brands in 2012 to celebrate their achievements.

He said: “It is an honor to have India host WTA’s Grand Final 2012. In less than a decade, the number of international tourists here has more than doubled, reflecting how travel and tourism is linked inextricably with the economic evolution of this new superpower.”

“This thriving country will also prove a gracious host for our Grand Final, which will feature the elite of travel and tourism: the winners from each of our WTA regional ceremonies going head-to-head. I look forward to finding out which ones will make it on to the winner’s podium on December 12, 2012.”

Dr. K. Chiranjeevi, Minister of Tourism, India, said: “The Ministry of Tourism, government of India is honored to host the World Travel Awards Grand Final in India and sincerely hopes that this prestigious event will help in promoting our nation as an incredible destination.

“Tourists from the world over can find their destination or product of desire in India. We can proudly say that India is an incredible destination with a range of products like nowhere else,” he added.

Kapil Chopra, Executive Vice President, The Oberoi Group, said: “We are indeed privileged to be chosen as the venue for the WTA’s Grand Final Gala, the first time these are being held in India. These awards recognize excellence in travel and hospitality, and we are delighted to have the finalists from all over the world visit The Oberoi, Gurgaon. This evening is a tribute to our excellent hotels and gracious hospitality.”

WTA Grand Finals have previously been held in Doha, London, and Turks&Caicos.

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