– Advertisement – World Travel Awards – the global initiative to recognise and reward excellence in travel and tourism – has unveiled its Latin America 2020 winners.The release coincides with the inaugural Latin America Winners Day from the prestigious programme. – Advertisement – Winners include Chile – with its dazzling array of natural wonders – voted ‘South America’s Leading Destination’.Mexico won a raft of destination awards, including Tulum (‘Mexico & Central America’s Leading Beach Destination’); Puerto Morales (‘Mexico’s Leading Adventure Tourism Destination’); and Rio Secreto (‘Mexico & Central America’s Leading Nature Reserve); while Mazatlán – with its tropical neoclassical architecture and a paradise beach – was named ‘Mexico & Central America’s Leading City Destination’.The mesmerizing beauty of the Atacama Desert was recognized with the award for ‘South America’s Most Romantic Destination’. – Advertisement – The rapidly-emerging tourism hotspot of Guayaquil, Ecuador was named ‘South America’s Leading City Destination’. While another tourism rising star, Santiago de Cali, Colombia was declared ‘South America’s Leading Emerging Tourism Destination’.In the hospitality sector, Sofitel Legend Santa Clara Cartagena won ‘South America’s Leading Hotel’ and Wyndham Guayaquil, Ecuador walked away with ‘South America’s Leading City Hotel’. – Advertisement – OlderDunn steps down from chief financial role at Gatwick Grand Fiesta Americana Coral Beach Cancun, Mexico picked up ‘Mexico & Central America’s Leading Hotel’ and Gaia Hotel & Reserve, Costa Rica was voted ‘Mexico & Central America’s Leading Green Hotel’.In the aviation sector, LATAM was named ‘South America’s Leading Airline’, while Copa Airlines scooped ‘Mexico & Central America’s Leading Airline’.New arrival on the Peruvian luxury hospitality scene, CIRQA – Relais & Châteaux, which is set in a medieval monastery and surrounded by snow-capped volcanoes, was voted ‘South America’s Leading New Hotel’.The results follow a year-long search for the world’s top travel, tourism and hospitality brands. Votes were cast by travel industry professionals and the public, with the nominee gaining the most votes in a category named as the winner.Graham Cooke, founder, World Travel Awards, said: “Our winners represent the very best of Latin America’s travel and tourism sector and my congratulations to each of them. “They have all demonstrated remarkable resilience in a year of unprecedented challenges.”He added: “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.”Other winners include the recently reopened Machu Picchu, Peru (‘South America’s Leading Tourist Attraction’); Colombia (‘South America’s Leading Culinary Destination’); Explora (‘South America’s Leading Expedition Company’); Barceló Hotels & Resorts (‘Mexico & Central America’s Leading Hotel Brand’); Avis (‘Mexico & Central America’s Leading Car Rental Company’); and FCM Travel Solutions (‘Mexico & Central America’s Leading Travel Management Company’).WinnersFor a full list of winners visit here.World Travel AwardsWorld Travel Awards was established in 1993 to acknowledge, reward and celebrate excellence across all sectors of the tourism industry.Today, the World Travel Awards brand is recognised globally as the ultimate hallmark of quality, with winners setting the benchmark to which all others aspire.Each year, World Travel Awards covers the globe with a series of regional gala ceremonies staged to recognise and celebrate individual and collective success within each key geographical region.For more information about World Travel Awards, visit the official website.Image: Benedicte Desrus/SIPA USA/PA Images
Johannesburg: South Africa pace spearhead Kagiso Rabada and former captain Faf du Plessis have returned to the T20I side for the upcoming three-match T20I series against Australia, Cricket South Africa announced on Monday. Pacer Anrich Nortje was also drafted into the squad with Reeza Hendricks, Beuran Hendricks and Sisanda Magala making way for the trio.Temba Bavuma, who picked up a right hamstring injury during the final T20I against England, was named in the squad subject to fitness clearance.South Africa will play Australia over three T20Is on February 21, 23 and 26. Johannesburg, Port Elizabeth and Cape Town will host the three matches.South Africa T20I Squad: Quinton de Kock (c/wk), Temba Bavuma (subject to fitness) Faf du Plessis, Rassie van der Dussen, David Miller, Pite van Biljon, Dwaine Pretorius, Andile Phehlukwayo, Jon-Jon Smuts, Kagiso Rabada, Tabraiz Shamsi, Lungi Ngidi, Bjorn Fortuin, Anrich Nortje, Dale Steyn, Heinrich Klaasen. IANSAlso Read: AB de Villiers is keen to come back: Faf du PlessisAlso Watch: BJP State President Ranjeet Dass lays foundation stone for erosion protection work at Safakamar
The Legend Edition 2016 is a two-day event, from August 11 to12th, will focus on youth development and empowerment through a once-in-a-lifetime inspiring experience with Pele.The event will involve football loving teenagers and parents, key figures from various state governments, the corporate sector and the Nigerian Football Federation (NFF).This event will include; a sports clinic (Legend tournament), a Gala Night with Pele and other African football legends; including an auction of Pele memorabilia at the Gala night.Proceeds from the auction will be donated to an eligible local youth football academy.Pele is renowned for many achievements including scoring 1,281 goals in his professional career, receiving an honorary knighthood from Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II, named “Athlete of the Century” and “Player of the Century,” by the International Olympic Committee and FIFA respectively, amongst others.This is will be Pele’s second visit to Nigeria; the first in 1967, was occasioned by a two-day cease fire during the Nigerian Civil War, which allowed the warring sides to watch the Pele and Santos team play an exhibition match in Lagos.WJS is an organisation which provides engaging platforms to facilitate deeper understandings, through conversations that drive nation building consciousness, gender inclusiveness, community development, youth empowerment and ultimately transformative thinking.YEDA is structured to identify, encourage and develop high potential youth become responsible citizens of society as well as ascend to leadership positions within various sectors of the economy/society.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Adequate Security has been put in place ahead of the August 10 visit to Nigeria of football icon, Edson Arantes do Nacimento, popularly known as Pele.At a press conference on Friday at the Astro Turf, Ikoyi, Lagos to herald the arrival of the Brazilian, who is regarded by many as the best footballer of all time, the organisers said everything had been put in place to make his visit a huge success.The Winihin Jemide Seris (WJS), along with Youth Experience Days Africa (YEDA), will be facilitating the WJS/YEDA Legend Edition 2016 with Pele.