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World Travel Awards Picks

A couple of months ago we brought you the benefits of flying to Geneva for a quick break. This weekend our praise was endorsed at the World Travel Awards which awarded Geneva ‘Europe’s Leading City Break Destination.’ Lucy Charlesworth cruised the extensive winners’ list and picks out other notables below. (6 Aug’14) 

The World Travel Awards (WTA) celebrated its search for excellence in travel and tourism at a glittering ceremony in Athens, Greece. The Geneva plaudit marked a departure for the city as it makes its debut tourism win at WTA.

Red Carpet flew to a review trip of Geneva in May (see review in ‘Related Posts’ section at foot of page.) Back then we were pleasantly surprised by its ‘Swiss finesse’ - smooth transport system, hotel finery in the form of the Hotel Bristol and La Cigogne and Michelin-starred restaurants such as Le Flacon. Unsurprising too, that   Swiss International Air Lines won Europe’s Leading Business airline award.    

Grand Hotel Kempinski, Geneva- winner of Switzerland's Leading Hotel Residences

“We are proud and thrilled to see Geneva taking its rightful place as the top city break destination in Europe.” said Philippe Vignon, GM,Geneva Tourism. “The outcome of these Awards marks the achievement and commitment of all Geneva Tourism staff and local tourism partners to deliver the highest tourism standards at all times, in order to provide a truly memorable city break to our visitors.”

The Vine Hotel, Portugal - Europe's Leading Design Hotel

British winners included Virgin Atlantic Airways (Europe’s Leading Airline to North America), British Airways (Europe’s Leading Airline to Asia) Monarch Airlines (Europe’s Leading Charter) and the county of Yorkshire (Europe’s Leading Destination and Leading Marketing Campaign). Thomas Cook won Leading Tour Operator in this category. Lufthansa won Europe’s Leading Airline and the Leading Airline Lounge award for its first class lounge at Frankfurt Airport.

 

Burj Al Arab, Dubai - Royal duplex suite

English hotel wins included Grosvenor House (England’s Leading Conference hotel) and the Hilton (Leading Business) on London’s Park Lane. Draycott Hotel (Leading Boutique), Dukes (Leading Hotel) and the Royal Suite at The Savoy (Leading Hotel Suite) also triumphed while 51 Buckingham Gate Taj Suites and Residences won Europe’s Leading Hotel Residences. Fraser Hospitality took England’s Leading Serviced Apartment Brand and the Middle East category.

Icehotel, Sweden - Europe's Leading Green Hotel

In the Middle East Etihad Airways blazed the winners’ trail with awards for Leading Airline, First Class and Cabin Crew. Our old favourite Burj Al Arab won the All-Suite hotel category.  

InterContinental Davos, Switzerland - Europe's Leading New Hotel

 

Hotel Les Ottomans, Turkey - Europe's Leading All Suite Hotel

 

Palladio Suite at Belmond Hotel Cipriani, Italy - Europe's Leading Hotel Suite

 

Visit the extensive winners’ list at: http://www.worldtravelawards.com/winners2014-8

 

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