WTA classifies Jordan as region’s ‘most romantic destination’

A general view of Petra . (Photo: Envato Elements)
A general view of Petra. (Photo: Envato Elements)
AMMAN — The international ceremony of the World Travel Awards (WTA) 2022, was held on Sunday at Ritz-Carlton, Amman being the first ceremony of its kind in the Middle East. اضافة اعلان

The WTA had nominated Jordan as the host country of the event, which brought together the world’s most important global travel operators, who competed for the best leading destinations.

World Travel Awards was established in 1993 to acknowledge, reward and celebrate excellence across all key sectors of the travel, tourism and hospitality industries.

The World Travel Awards brand is now recognized globally as the ultimate hallmark of industry excellence, according to WTA’s website.

WTA gala ceremonies are regarded as milestone events in the travel calendar, attended by the industry’s key decision-makers, figureheads, influencers and media.

The program, its winners and its sponsors are represented globally on social media, with daily content across multiple platforms.

WTA Founder Graham Cook said that Jordan’s importance is ranked among a global level and in the Middle East, in addition to the advanced tourism growth it is witnessing.

He also said that Jordan is unique for having world heritage sites such as Petra, Wadi Rum, and the Dead Sea, and the diversity of landscapes and deserts in it. He added “this is Jordan’s time to shine and sit at the forefront of the leading tourist destinations around the world.”

Cook added that the WTA “is the most popular and extensive program in the travel and tourism industry, as more than 2 million votes are cast from professionals in this field, major influencers, travelers and media from 191 countries.”

He pointed out that “this ceremony, which combines VIP’s in the travel industry from all over the Middle East, will be different and wonderful, especially as it comes after the COVID-19 pandemic and the recovery of the tourism industry.”

On the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the tourism industry, he told Jordan News that “COVID-19 certainly negatively impacted the economic industry, and the health of people, but the world is coming back, and it is getting back stronger because of technology and the use of social media during the COVID-19 pandemic”.

He added that “social media platforms  introduced people to various sites in the world.”

He also contended that “Jordan has a magnificent tourism product and it is time now to show much more visitors of all countries of the world this amazing destination.”

The Ritz-Carlton Hotel & Residences, Amman, having won the Middle East’s Leading Hotelier 2022, and the Middle East’s Leading Luxury Hotel & Spa 2022 awards.

Tareq Derbas, the hotel’s general manager, told Jordan News  that “these prizes are the fruit of 150 days of work since the Ritz-Carlton’s inauguration in Amman”.

“Thankfully, the Ritz-Carlton’s occupancy rates were never below 60 percent, as we opened this hotel at the right time and the right place and we worked very hard on the Ritz-Carlton’s global standards,” Derbas said.

Jordan also was announced the Middle East’s Most Romantic Destination 2022, and the prize was handed to the Minister of Tourism and Antiques Nayef Al-Fayez.

The Leading Destination Awards are represented as the Leading Business Travel Destination in the Middle East 2022, the Leading City Award in the Middle East, the Leading Cultural Destination in the Middle East 2022, the Middle East Conference Destination Award 2022, the Leading Middle East Destination 2022, and the Most Romantic Destination in the Middle East 2022.

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