First shortlist unveiled for International Travel & Tourism Awards 2019

First shortlist unveiled for International Travel & Tourism Awards 2019

The first line-up of shortlisted candidates for the International Travel & Tourism Awards (ITTAs), presented by WTM, is revealed today (Thursday 25 July).

More than 90 nominations have been shortlisted for the prestigious awards scheme, now in their second year, as the Awards will celebrate the very best of travel and tourism on a global scale. The ITTAs recognise the outstanding successes of destinations, tourist boards, private sector companies and individuals.

The winners will be announced to an audience of more than 500 leading industry figures – including Heads of Tourism and Government Ministers – during a prestigious awards ceremony at Magazine London. The brand new event space, which is located just a stone’s throw away from WTM London venue- ExCeL, offers a super modern experience with outstanding views of the City.

The ITTAs, presented by WTM and supported by the UNWTO, welcomed a selection of distinguished judges to assess the first tranche of categories, and the contenders have today been unveiled.

Expert judges were drawn from top industry organisations including, WTTC, International Airline Group (IAG), Adobe, Earth Changers, London & Partners, Euromonitor International, public relations body PRCA and the Global Wellness Institute.

The Best Destination category, introduced for 2019, saw an overwhelming response with more than 20 entries, so to enable the judges to compare the entries fairly, this category is now split into Country, City and Region, creating three separate categories.

Nicole Smart, International Travel & Tourism Awards Organiser, said: “We are amazed to see even more shortlisted entries for 2019, compared to the inaugural event last year. I feel this alone shows huge support from the industry.

“We have been delighted with both the volume and quality of the entries, with contenders entering from across the globe – from destinations as diverse as Dominca, Madhya Pradesh, Hong Kong, Brabant and Santa Monica – and they demonstrate how tourism is playing a vital role in the economies of different cities and regions.

“Our judges have been greatly impressed by the exceptional quality of entries, and those who are on the shortlist know they have reached a very high standard – they will be among the best in the world.

The first categories to have shortlists unveiled are listed below, with the second wave of remaining categories to be released soon.

Best Tourism Marketing Agency

o AM+A Marketing and Media Relations – Comms with a Cause: Connecting Communities & Transforming Perceptions
o Amadeus & German National Tourist Board – The power of German gastronomy to attract new tourists by AMADEUS
o Recovery for ReDiscovery – Resilience for Dominica by Brighter Group, a Finn Partners Company
o Digital Visitor – Best Tourism Marketing Agency by Digital Visitor
o iClick Interactive x Palazzo Versace Hotel: Expanding Brand Presence in Digital China by iClick Interactive Asia Limited
o The Postal Museum Tourism Marketing Campaign Jan 2018 – Dec 2018 by made Tourism Marketing by made
o 1841, A Creative Agency for Planet Earth by Thomas Cook Group
o VERB Interactive, Inc. by VERB Interactive

Best Destination Campaign – City
o Christmas Tree Wonderland by Bournemouth Coastal BID
o Vilnius – The g-spot of Europe. by Go Vilnius
o Liverpool 2018 by Marketing Liverpool
o Visit Dallas & Fort Worth – Activating Americanophiles by MDSG
o Only Vegas Moments by R&R Partners

Most Innovative Use of Technology Within a Destination
o Legends of Catalonia, the land of Barcelona. by Catalan Tourist Board
o Mare the Witch – Get to know Svetvincenat by Diversitas IT sustavi d.o.o.

Best Food Destination
o Position Taj 51 Buckingham Gate As The Ultimate Destination For Innovative Afternoon Teas in London by Taj 51 Buckingham Gate Suites and Residences
o Discover Hong Kong’s Food Scene Like a Local by Hong Kong Tourism Board
o Green Supply Chains by Ljubljana Tourism
o Indore – the city for foodies by Madhya Pradesh Tourism
o TastEmotion Costa Brava World Tour – The ultimate dining experience by Patronat de Turisme Girona – Costa Brava
o Santa Monica Restaurant Week 2018 by Santa Monica Travel & Tourism

Best Attraction
o Cliffs of Moher Visitor Experience by Cliffs of Moher Visitor Experience
o Dark Sky® Alqueva: A Star Destination by Dark Sky Association
o Les Villages Nature Paris by Groupe Pierre and Vacances
o Sengan-en, Shoko Shuseikan Museum, and Satsuma Kiriko Glassworks Renovation Project by Shimadzu Ltd
o Spike Island by Spike Island Development Company
o Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter by Warner Bros Studios

Best Destination Campaign – Region
o ‘Discover the Icehotel’ – Accord Marketing & Discover the World by Accord Marketing
o Legends of Catalonia, the land of Barcelona. by Catalan Tourist Board
o Not Winter Games by DEC BBDO
o What would you like your children to remember? by DEC BBDO
o U.S. Civil Rights Trail by LUCKIE
o Madhya Pradesh Tourism by Madhya Pradesh Tourism
o Brabant is Open by Scheepens / VisitBrabant
o “Tourism Center of Portugal – Preferred Destination” by Tourism Center of Portugal

Best in Wellness Tourism
o Navarino Challenge by Active Media
o In This Life Wellness Travel – World’s First Online Booking Site for the Independent Wellness Traveller by In This Life Wellness Travel
o Santani Resort and Spa – Best in the World by Santani Resort and Spa
o Vacayou Wellness & Active Travel by Vacayou Wellness & Active Travel

For more information on the International Travel & Tourism Awards 2019,

– ENDS –

International Travel & Tourism Awards (ITTAs), presented by WTM London, celebrate the success of national, regional and city tourist boards and recognise outstanding private sector companies and individuals. Now in their second year, the awards will showcase the best in class of the global travel & tourism industry at the new venue, Magazine London on Tuesday 5 November 2019.

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