Published on : Tuesday, July 16, 2019
Travel industry bigwigs assembled for the World Travel Awards (WTA) Latin America Ceremony in La Paz, to find out who among them would be crowned the best of the best.
Winners at the red carpet reception included Colombia, which won ‘South America’s Leading Destination’ amid stiff competition, while Costa Rica, with its lush cloud forests and rich biodiversity, was voted ‘Mexico & Central America’s Leading Destination’.
The Incan citadel of Machu Picchu, Peru, was named ‘South America’s Leading Tourist Attraction’ and the medieval charms of Quito, Ecuador gave it the title of ‘South America’s Leading City Destination’. Bolivia’s commitment to sustainability was acknowledged with the title of ‘South America’s Leading Green Destination’, and the mesmerizing beauty of Salar de Uyuni was recognized with the honor of ‘South America’s Leading Natural Tourist Attraction’.
Hundreds of the leading travel industries figureheads from across South and Central America attended the ceremony at Real Plaza Hotel & Convention Center.
A fast emerging tourism destination, Bolivia boasts of incredible beauty and a rich indigenous culture. From luxury resorts on the shore of Lake Titicaca to the amazing salt flats of Uyuni, Bolivia is home to a wealth of travel experiences.
Wilma Alanoca Mamani, Minister of Cultures and Tourism of Bolivia, said: “The WTA Latin America Ceremony 2019 has been a wonderful forum to celebrate the achievements of our region’s travel industry, and to highlight the incredible unique attractions of our country. Bolivia’s particular achievements are product of a common effort of all Bolivians.”
In the aviation sector, LATAM Airlines picked up the award for ‘South America’s Leading Airline’ and Aeromexico was voted ‘Mexico & Central America’s Leading Airline’.
Meanwhile Quito’s state-of-the-art Mariscal Sucre International Airport emerged as ‘South America’s Leading Airport’.
A special award for ‘Latin America’s Leading Travel Personality’ was presented to Juan Cruz Adrogue, President of Chapelco Ski Resort, for his role in changing it into one of South America’s finest ski resorts, and his pioneering initiatives to generate opportunities for the local community.