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Asia's Leading Destination- India, as per the prestigious World Travel Awards

World Travel Awards, that has been rewarding excellence in all sectors of the tourism industry since 1993, announced the regional winners of 2013-4 recently. And before we proceed to tell you the winners, lets first talk about how these winners are picked. According to their website, each year votes are cast by travel professionals and consumers . WTA covers the globe with a series of regional gala ceremonies staged to recognize individual and collective successes within each key geographical region. All regional winners then compete in a final round of voting to decide the winner of the WTA's world awards announced on the night of the WTA Grand Final in December. This year WTA will be celebrating it's 20th Anniversary.

The WTA Asia and Australasia took place in Dubai this week. For the Asia region, India was declared to be Asia's Leading Destination beating other nominees in the category like Bali, China, Korea, Macau, Malasia, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Vietnam. Although Thailand, Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia and China walked away with the most awards, India won in the following other categories-

And the winner is India, also in-

Asia's Leading Luxury Hotel: The Oberoi, Gurgaon

Asia's Leading Hotel: Trident, Gurgaon. (The Taj Mahal Palace was also a nominee)

(In the picture- The Oberoi, Gurgaon(in mirrored jewelry box design, top left; Raj Palace Jaipur, top right; Devi Garh by lebua, bottom left; Candolim Beach, Goa, bottom right)

Asia's Leading Hotel Suites: Maharajah's Pavillion, The Raj Palace, Jaipur, Rajasthan. (Also among the nominees were- Maharaja Suite, The Leela Palace, Banglore; Royal Imperial Suite, The Imperial, New Delhi)

Asia's Leading Tourist Board: Incredible India (for the past 6 years this has been the winner, often winning in the World category as well)

Asia's Leading Luxury Train: The Golden Chariot (covers South India)


India's Best- the ones that made it in the nominees list:

Rambagh Palace- Asia's Most Romantic Resort

Devi Garh by Lebua- Asia's Leading Design Hotel

Park Hyatt Goa Resort & Spa- Asia's Leading Resort

The Leela Palace Udaipur- Asia's Leading Resort

The Oberoi Udaivilas- Asia's Leading Resort

The Oberoi Vanyavilas- Asia's Leading Luxury Resort

Taj Exotica Goa- Asia's Leading Luxury Resort & Asia's Leading Spa Resort

Grand Hyatt Mumbai- Asia's Leading City Hotels & Asia's Leading Luxury City Hotel


Taj Palace Hotel New Delhi- Asia's Leading Conference Hotel

The Orchid Hotel- Asia's Leading Green Resort

Spice Village Thekkady, Kerala- Asia's Responsible Tourism Award

Fairmont Jaipur- Asia's Leading New Hotel


Other winners included-

Asia's Leading Tourist Attraction: Great Wall of China (India's Taj Mahal was a nominee)

Asia's Leading Meetings & Conference Destination: Singapore (New Delhi was a nominee!)


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Asia's Leading Beach Destination: Boracay, Philippines (India's Candolim beach in Goa was amongst the nominees)

Asia's Leading Beach Resorts: Dusit Thani Laguna Phuket, Thailand


Asia's Leading City Break Destination: Hong Kong

Asia's Most Romantic Resort- Anantara Lawana Resort & Spa Samui, Thailand (Rambagh Palace in India was a nominee)

Asia's Leading Honeymoon Resort: InterContinental Samui Baan Taling Ngam Resort, Thailand

Asia's Leading Boutique Hotel: Lanson Place Hotel, Hong Kong (India's Malabar House in Kerala was

amongst the nominees)


Asia's Leading Business Hotel: Banyan Tree Bangkok, Thailand (India's The Leela Kempinski Gurgaon Hotel & Residences, Trident in Gurgaon and The Leela Palace in Banglore were amongst the nominees)

We say, India's standing in Asia is not bad at all. Especially considering that the only other country from the 'desi' world that had any nominee was Sri Lanka's Casa Colombo in Asia's Leading Design Hotel category. But then, guess there isn't really any comparison, seeing that is the sub-continent's major power.