– 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
highlights Marcus Stonis’ fifty could not give Australia victory.Australia has lost all seven matches Stoinis has gone past fifty.The Nagpur ODI victory was India’s 500th in this format. New Delhi: Marcus Stoinis’ sixth fifty had put Australia on course for a thrilling win. The right-hander had successfully negotiated Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami, India’s key death-overs bowlers. Australia needed 11 runs off the final over which was bowled by Vijay Shankar, who had conceded 13 runs in the only over which he bowled earlier. Stoinis was confident and was backing himself to get Australia over the line. However, with the first ball bowled by Shankar, Stoinis slogged across the line and was trapped LBW. The right-hander opted for the review in desperation but the decision could not be overturned and Australia lost the match by eight wickets to trail 0-2 in the five-match series. Stoinis was dismayed and was bitterly disappointed as it continued a trend where he has not been able to get Australia over the line. Stoinis has hit fifty six times and has scored a century in ODIs and each time, Australia has lost. In every instance, the right-hander has fallen at a crucial time which has prolonged Australia’s pain in bilateral ODI series, having not won a series since 2017. The first instance happened during the Chappell-Hadlee encounter against New Zealand in Auckland in January 2017. New Zealand reached 286/9 with Martin Guptill scoring 61 and Neil Broom slamming 73. In response, Australia were reduced to 67/6 but Stoinis kept Australia in the hunt with a 81-run stand for the seventh wicket. The right-hander pummeled the New Zealand bowling and in a spectacular display of power-hitting with the tail, Australia had staged a remarkable turnaround. Stoinis blasted a century off 95 balls and tore the New Zealand bowling to shreds, blasting nine fours and 11 sixes. In the 47th over, Stoinis slammed Tim Southee for two sixes and the partnership with No.11 Jos Hazlewood crossed 50 with no contribution in terms of runs and balls from Hazlewood. Australia were one hit away but Kane Williamson’s brilliant fielding ran-out Hazlewood for 0 and Australia lost the game by six runs. More finishing woes for Stoinis In the game against India in Kolkata, Virat Kohli’s 92 helped India reach 252 all out. Australia were undone by Kuldeep Yadav’s hat-trick and at 148/8, the game seemed to be up. However, Stoinis fought and took the attack to the Indian bowlers, slamming six boundaries and three sixes in his attacking knock of 62 but Australia still lost the game by 50 runs. In the series against England in 2018, Stoinis failed to get Australia over the line in three out of the five ODIs as Australia were hammered 1-4 in the series. In the game in Sydney, Jos Buttler’s brilliant 83-ball century helped England reach 302/6. Aaron Finch’s 62 and Mitchell Marsh’s 55 kept Australia in the hunt but they lost wickets at crucial intervals. Stoinis stepped in and blasted 56 off 43 balls but Australia lost by 16 runs. In the Melbourne ODI, Australia reached 304/8 with Finch hammering a century with Marsh and Stoinis slamming fifties. However, Jason Roy’s brilliant 180 helped England cross the line. In the final ODI at the New Perth stadium, Stoinis smashed 87 off 99 balls but his dismissal opened the door for England and Tom Curran’s maiden five-wicket haul gave Eoin Morgan’s side a thumping win. In the Hobart ODI against South Africa in 2018, David Miller and Faf du Plessis’ record 252-run stand boosted the Proteas to 320/5. Shaun Marsh hit a century and once again Stoinis kept Australia in the hunt with 63 off 76 balls with five boundaries and four sixes but with their dismissals, Australia lost by 40 runs to lose the ODI series. In all seven matches, Stoinis has started brilliantly but has departed at a crucial time. In a cruel twist of fate, it seems Australia’s only chances of winning a game is possible only if Stoinis cannot score a fifty. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.