The ceremony of Europe’s most important travel and tourism awards will be held on October 1, 2010 in Rixos Premium Belek hotel in Antalya. In 2008 Rixos Premium Belek Hotel won the Best Hotel in Turkey award, and in 2009 took the first place in the nomination “The Best Turkish beach resort".
World Travel Awards, launched in 1993, is an absolute standard of quality with an established reputation in a world's travel and tourism industry. Often described as the "Oscars" of the travel industry, it has dozens of categories, which include everything from spas, hotels and airlines to golf resorts, cruise lines and car rental. The total number of nominations exceeds 1,000.
Among the European air carriers, claiming the title of "Europe’s Leading Airline" are Turkish Airlines, Air France, Iberia, British Airways, Alitalia, Swiss International Air Lines, KLM, SAS Scandinavia Airlines, TAP Portugal and Lufthansa.
Seventeen European destinations are represented in the category of "Europe’s Leading Destination": Vilnius, Lithuania; Barcelona, Spain; Dublin, Ireland; Istanbul, Turkey; London, England; Amsterdam, Netherlands; Dubrovnik, Croatia; Lisbon, Portugal; Vienna, Austria; Berlin, Germany; Rome, Italy; Paris, France; Tallinn, Estonia; Crete, Greece; Venice, Italy; Pafos, Cyprus and Prague, Czech Republic.
The nominees for prestigious "Europe’s Leading Hotel" are: the White Pod hotel in Switzerland; Donbass Palace Hotel, Ukraine; The Ritz-Carlton Powerscourt hotel in Ireland; Aquapura Douro Valley hotel in Portugal; Leić Dimitri Palace hotel in Croatia; Dubrovnik Palace Hotel, Conference Centre & Spa, Croatia; Hotel Le Bristol and Hotel Ritz, both hotels in Paris, France; Castel Monastero hotel in Italy; Grand Hotel Lienz, Austria and Ciragan Palace Kempinski hotel in Istanbul, Turkey.
The following brands will fight for “Europe’s Leading Hotel Brand award: Rixos Hotels”, Marriott Hotels Resorts & Suites, Kempinski Hotels & Resorts, Barcelo Hotels & Resorts, Le Meridien Hotels & Resorts, Radisson Hotels & Resorts, Hilton Hotels, Intercontinental Hotels & Resorts and Malmaison Hotels.