Chile leads winners at 2020 Latin America World Travel Awards | News

first_img– 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 –center_img 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 Imageslast_img read more

Solstad Farstad Scoops Up OZ Contracts

first_imgNorwegian offshore service vessels provider Solstad Farstad said it has been awarded several contract in Australia.Woodside has booked two PSVs, Far Seeker and Far Skimmer, for the Greater Enfield Project drilling support campaign. Far Seeker will be mobilized with a work-class ROV to provide efficiencies to the overall drilling campaign. The contract is firm for twelve months with fourteen months of options. The contract starts in January 2018.In addition, McDermott’s affiliate, MAPL, has hired support vessel Far Stream, and pipe-haul PSVs for work offshore Western Australia with a combined vessels utilization of approximately 200 days.Cooper Energy has contracted another anchor handler for its upcoming Bass Strait drilling campaign, following the award for Far Saracen and Far Senator. The Far Statesman is to complete the trio for a period of 100 days firm with start during the first quarter of 2018.The contract values have remained confidential between the parties.last_img read more

Five things we learned from the Premier League

first_img0Shares0000A first Premier League crown is Guardiola’s seventh league title as a coach having won three with each of Barcelona and Bayern Munich. © AFP/File / Lindsey PARNABYLONDON, United Kingdom, Apr 15 – Manchester City are English champions for a fifth time after Manchester United’s shock 1-0 home defeat to West Brom handed their local rivals an unexpected early title party.City put themselves in position to win the league by bouncing back from a bitterly disappointing week to ease past Tottenham Hotspur 3-1 at Wembley on Saturday to remind everyone why they have been the best side in the country by a distance this season. Here, AFP Sports looks at five things we learned from the Premier League weekend:Just champion: Guardiola marks his presence feltWith the title wrapped up without kicking a ball thanks to United’s shock defeat, City can reflect on a success crafted completely in the image of boss Pep Guardiola.A two-goal lead was in peril at Wembley against opponents starting to take advantage of the soft centre at the heart of City’s defence.It was a familiar problem for Guardiola, who had watched United come from two goals down to beat City and deny them the title last weekend.After their limp Champions League exit against Liverpool, a City collapse against Tottenham would have had the critics carping that Guardiola has no Plan B when things go wrong.But the Catalan produced the perfect counter by introducing Nicolas Otamendi as a second half substitute to tighten up the City defence.The move allowed City a foundation to bag the decisive third goal that all but sealed the title. Just 24 hours later, with Guardiola claiming he would be on the golf course, City were teeing off for a title party.United ‘moon’ men anger MourinhoA week after spoiling City’s title party, United duly handed the league to their local rivals.West Brom hadn’t won in the Premier League since January, losing nine of their last 10 league games to slip to the brink of relegation.However, United boss Jose Mourinho lambasted his players for basking in the glory of coming from 2-0 down to beat City 3-2 last weekend.“I saw lots of people in the moon because we won against City. You could see the difference in the attitude to players compared to last week,” said the Portuguese coach.“We deserve top be punished, but the defeat was too heavy.”Chelsea collapse sinks SaintsWith 20 minutes remaining at St. Mary’s on Saturday, Southampton looked set to move out of the bottom three thanks to a first home league win since November.However, in just eight minutes a 2-0 lead over Chelsea evaporated into a 3-2 defeat.To make matters worse for Saints, Huddersfield and Crystal Palace secured vital wins later in the day to leave Southampton five points adrift of safety with just five games left to save themselves.Salah in a Rush for recordFour days on from reaching the Champions League last four for the first time in a decade, Liverpool moved ever closer to sealing their place back in the competition next season with a top-four finish thanks to a routine 3-0 win over Bournemouth.All of their prolific front three were on target as Mohamed Salah took his tally for the season to 40 – becoming only the third Liverpool player ever to reach that mark.Ian Rush and Roger Hunt were the others with Rush’s single season record of 47 goals now well within reach for the prolific Egyptian.Sorry seventh beckons for ArsenalArsenal have long since given up hope of making the top four, instead prioritising their chances of making the Champions League next season on winning the Europa League.However, the Gunners now risk the ignominy of finishing the season seventh behind Burnley after a fifth consecutive away league defeat as they lost 2-1 at Newcastle on Sunday.“It’s been the story of our season, 70 percent possession, 1-0, lots of chances and then you wonder how you lose the game,” said manager Arsene Wenger afterwards.A bad weekend for Arsenal began by being paired against Europa League favourites Atletico Madrid in the semi-final draw on Friday.Whether Wenger’s 22-year reign in charge continues beyond this season now seems to hang on if Arsenal can get past a side that have reached two Champions League finals in the past four seasons.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more