Jamaica Wins Caribbean Honors at World Travel Awards
Jamaica topped the Caribbean at the World Travel Awards, winning trophies for the # 1 Caribbean destination, # 1 Caribbean cruise destination, and # 1 Caribbean tourism board.
Jamaica’s Sangster International Airport also won the award for the best airport in the Caribbean.
The winners of the World Travel Awards were announced this week, with Jamaica leading the region with the majority of the best prices.
Other awards were given to the Bahamas for the first luxury island destination in the Caribbean, Cuba, for the number one cultural destination in the Caribbean, the Cayman Islands, for the number one diving destination in the Caribbean, Turks and Caicos, for the number one destination from Caribbean beach and St. Lucia to the Caribbean’s premier honeymoon destination.
In the hotel category, Sandals won the title of the best hotel brand in the Caribbean, with among its winners Sandals Royal Barbados (The first resort in the Caribbean), Sandals Grande Antigua (The most romantic resort in the Caribbean) and Sandals Grenada ( The first resort in the Caribbean Resort included).
Beaches Turks and Caicos was named the Caribbean’s Best All-Inclusive Family Resort.
With the resurgence of tourism in the Caribbean in 2021, Montego Bay’s latest arrival, Eclipse at Half Moon, won the Caribbean’s first new hotel and the Ritz-Carlton, Turks and Caicos, won the Caribbean’s first new resort.
Other hospitality winners include the Dominican Republic’s JW Marriott Hotel Santo Domingo (Best Hotel in the Caribbean); Jamaica’s Round Hill Hotel & Villas (the Caribbean’s premier villa resort); Beaches Turks and Caicos (the Caribbean’s first all-inclusive family resort); and GoldenEye (the Caribbean’s premier resort).
The findings follow a year-long search of the world’s leading brands in travel, tourism and hospitality.
Votes were cast by travel industry professionals and the public, with the nominee receiving the most votes in a category designated as the winner.
Graham Cooke, Founder of the World Travel Awards, said, “Our winners represent the best of the Caribbean and North American travel and hospitality industries and I congratulate each of them. They all play a leading role in spearheading the global recovery in travel and tourism. “
In the aviation industry, Delta Air Lines took over North America’s number one airline, while New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport took over North America’s number one airport. Bahamasair was named the Caribbean’s # 1 Airline while Caribbean Airlines won the Caribbean’s # 1 Airline Brand.