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Revealed: World Travel Awards Oceania winners


Record number of votes cast despite travel woes

New Zealand has shined in the 2020 World Travel Awards as the country picked up several gongs for the Oceania region. 

 

Recognising and rewarding 'excellence in travel and tourism', the World Travel Awards deemed New Zealand ‘Oceania’s Leading Destination’, while the nation’s adventure capital Queenstown was voted ‘Oceania’s Leading City Destination’. 

 

Queenstown, NZ

 

Queenstown spa retreat Millbrook Resort was named ‘Oceania’s Leading Hotel’. 

 

Meanwhile, Air New Zealand picked up the award for ‘Oceania’s Leading Airline’. 

 

Across the ditch, Australia was named ‘Oceania’s Leading Adventure Tourism Destination’, while Melbourne proved its tourism mettle by picking up awards for ‘Oceania’s Leading Airport’ (Tullamarine), ‘Oceania’s Leading Meetings & Conference Destination’ and ‘Oceania’s Leading Meetings & Conference Centre’ (Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre). 

 

Elsewhere in Australia, Sydney’s hip Ovolo Woolloomooloo took out ‘Oceania’s Leading Boutique Hotel’, while Ritz Carlton Perth was named ‘Oceania’s Leading New Hotel’. 

 

InterContinental Hotels & Resorts was voted ‘Oceania’s Leading Hotel Brand’. 

 

In the South Pacific, Cook Islands’ Pacific Resort Aitutaki was named ‘Oceania’s Leading Resort’, Samoa’s Seabreeze Resort won ‘Oceania’s Most Romantic Resort’, and French Polynesia’s InterContinental Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso Spa was recognised as ‘Oceania’s Leading Green Hotel’. French Polynesia was also named ‘Oceania’s Leading Dive Destination’. 

 

Other winners included Abercrombie & Kent (‘Oceania’s Leading Tour Operator’), Royal Caribbean International (‘Oceania’s Leading Cruise Line’), Hertz (‘Oceania’s Leading Car Rental Company’), Pacific Resort Rarotonga (‘Oceania’s Leading Family Resort’) and Laucala Island, Fiji (‘Oceania's Leading Private Island Resort’). 

 

Travel industry professionals and consumers cast votes in the awards. 

 

“Our winners represent the very best of Oceania’s travel and tourism sector and my congratulations to each of them. They have all demonstrated remarkable resilience in a year of unprecedented challenges,” World Travel Awards founder Graham Cooke.

 

“The World Travel Awards 2020 programme received a record number of votes cast by the public.”

 

“This shows that the appetite for travel and tourism has never been stronger and bodes well for the industry’s future as the global recovery begins.”

 

Who do you think deserved an award but missed out? 

 

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Written by: Mark Harada
Published: 11 November 2020


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