Five Caribbean destinations win top tourism awards

KINGSTON, Jamaica, September 26, 2006 – Five English-speaking Caribbean countries have taken the lion share of tourism awards at the recently held 13th annual World Travel Awards. They were Barbados, Jamaica, St Lucia, Trinidad and Tobago, and Turks and Caicos Islands.

Jamaica was named as the Caribbean’s Leading Destination; World’s Leading Cruise Destination and the Caribbean’s Leading Cruise Destination (Port Authority of Jamaica); and Caribbean’s Leading Tourist & Convention Bureau.

Jamaica’s Minister of Tourism, Entertainment and Culture, Aloun N’dombet Assamba, said, “Without the co-operation of our partners throughout the industry and their continued support, winning these awards would not be possible. We extend our thanks and congratulations to all of those whose hard work and excellence in service have proven to travelers and the travel industry alike, that Jamaica is the premier Caribbean destination.”

Chairman of the JTB, Dennis Morrison, stated, “The dedication, innovation and imagination that have been displayed over the years by our tourism partners are being richly rewarded. I specifically want to recognize and thank all the workers in the industry and other sectors whose talents, skills and efforts support the performance of Jamaica’s tourism industry.”

“Being recognized in regional categories is a great honor and winning in a global category, as the World’s Leading Cruise Destination, underscores the fact that Jamaica is a leader in tourism world wide,” Mr. Morrison added.

The World Travel Awards are considered the most comprehensive travel awards in which travel agents from 200 countries vote to recognize excellence in travel destinations, airlines, hotels and cruise facilities from regions around the world.

This year, more than 167,000 travel professionals world wide, including 110,000 travel agents, participated in the voting in which Jamaica took pride of place amongst the world’s leading tourist destinations.