Turespaña Wins Prestigious WTM World Travel Leaders Award

Turespaña Wins Prestigious WTM World Travel Leaders Award

Turespaña (TourSpain) has won a prestigious World Travel Market 2014 World Travel Leaders Award in recognition of its achievements in Spanish tourism.

UK, Director of Spain Tourism Board, Enrique Ruiz received the coveted award today from Editor of Hosteltur, Joaquín Molina at the WTM World Travel Leaders Awards ceremony.

The Awards give WTM’s Official Media Partners – which represent key travel industry media around the world – an excellent platform to congratulate and recognise those companies and individuals that have made significant and groundbreaking contributions to travel and tourism in their region or sector.

Three nominations from each of WTM’s media partners were judged in September by a panel of three, consisting of an independent body, a representative of WTM and the relevant media partner.

TourSpain is the national body in charge of Spain’s global marketing and is responsible for creating value for the country’s tourism sector.

It was created in 1984 as the National Tourism Promotion Institute and in 1991 was renamed the Spanish Tourism Institute- Turespaña. It has always strived to maintain professional criteria and its board includes independent business professionals and representatives from private tourism companies.

TourSpain carries out its activity abroad through a network of Spanish Tourism Offices which depend on Spain’s embassies and consulates. There are currently 33 overseas tourism offices, which act as information and marketing hubs and as business platforms for the industry.

Reed Travel Exhibitions, Senior Director, World Travel Market, Simon Press said: “This award represents not just what TourSpain has done for Spain’s tourism market, but the fact that it represents the industry in one of the leading destinations in Europe.

“Spain has responded to the changing demands of consumers over the last 30 years and transformed itself to primarily a beach charter destination to offering a wide variety of cultural, culinary and historic experiences.”

Every year, World Travel Leaders Awards are presented at WTM. The full list of 2014 winners is:

Brazil: Eduardo Nascimento, President of Nascimento Turismo Operadora

China: James Liang, Chairman and CEO of Ctrip.com

India: Jehangir Katgara, Chairman & Managing Director of TBI Trail Blazer Tours India Private Limited

Italy: Venetian Villas

Portugal: André Jordan, Founder of the André Jordan Group

Russia: Association of Tour Operators

Spain: Turespaña

Travolution/technology: David Speakman, Chairman, Travel Counsellors

UK: EasyJet

Middle East: The Gulf Hotel Bahrain

USA: Roger Dow, CEO, US Travel

Canada: Air Canada

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About World Travel Market

World Travel Market, the leading global event for the travel industry, is the must-attend four-day business-to-business exhibition for the worldwide travel and tourism industry.

More than 50,000 senior travel industry professionals, government ministers and international press, embark on ExCeL – London every November to network, negotiate and discover the latest industry opinion and trends at WTM.

WTM, now in its 35th year, is the event where the travel industry conducts and concludes its deals.

WTM 2013 generated more than £2 billion of travel industry contracts, revealed independent research by Fusion Communications.

WTM is owned by the world’s leading events organiser Reed Exhibitions (RE), which organises a other portfolio’s of travel industry events including IBTM Events, the world’s leading showcases for the meetings and events industry and International Luxury Travel Market events.

In 2013, RE held more than 500 events in 40 countries bringing together more than six million people from around the world generating billions of dollars in business.

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Reed Travel Exhibitions (RTE) is the world’s leading provider of exhibitions in the travel and tourism industry, with a wide-ranging portfolio of 21 international events in 14 countries throughout the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Asia Pacific and Africa.

Its market-leading, business-to-business events cover all elements of travel and tourism, including leisure travel, luxury travel, meetings, events, incentives and business travel, as well as golf, ski and spa travel.

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