Turkey won widespread acclaim at the 2011 World Travel Awards Europe, held in one of the country’s most popular resorts, Antalya.
Rising as one of a select few holiday destinations to have seen significant growth despite the current economic climate, Turkey walked away with a number of awards, including Europe’s best city break destination (Istanbul) and top European tourism board (Turkish Ministry of Culture and Tourism). Antalya’s prestigious Cornelia Diamond Golf Resort & Spa hosted the industry event, and also won the title of “Europe’s Leading Luxury Resort” during the awards. Other Turkish award winners included the Adam & Eve and Mardan Palace hotels, both offering class-leading accommodation for Antalya holidays.
“Turkey in particular has showed its credentials as a world-class tourism brand, demonstrated in the number of top honours won by the nation’s top hotels and travel organisations,” commented Graham E. Cooke, founder and president of the World Travel Awards. He went on to praise the host resort of Antalya for its “winning mix of heritage, sun-kissed beaches, state-of-the-art facilities and superb value (which) has propelled it into the league of one of the world’s great destination cities.”
Other winners included Lufthansa, which was named as Europe’s top airline, and Le Bristol Paris hotel, which was awarded the title of ‘Europe’s Leading Hotel.’ The leading European hotel brand was named as Intercontinental Hotels & Resorts, while the top resort award went to the Dubovnik Palace Hotel, Conference Centre and Spa.
The awards were attended by many of the travel industry’s elite, including government ministers, travel company executives and tourism chiefs. Turkish pop star Aydan Kaya performed on the night, alongside violin rock group Fuse.