World Travel Awards (WTA), heads for Lima, Peru, to make history, for this is where the Central and South America Gala ceremony will be held for the first time on July 20, 2013. The glittering red carpet event will take place at the site of the ancient Huaca Pucllana temple, located in the central Miraflores district, in the heart of the city.
World Travel Awards was launched in 1993 to recognize, acknowledge, and reward excellence in the global travel, tourism, and hospitality industry. Now celebrating its 20th anniversary, it is regarded worldwide as the highest achievement a travel product or service could hope to receive, and the Gala Awards ceremonies are seen as the premier networking events for global tourism and hospitality operators.
Jose Luis Silva Martinot, Minister of Foreign Trade and Tourism of Peru, says: “We celebrate that an event of such importance as the first Latin American edition of World Travel Awards will be held in Lima, Peru; we trust this will create a new window for the world’s leaders in the tourism industry, and travelers as well, to see the diversity offered by our country and region. The chosen venue, the beautiful Huaca Pucllana in the Miraflores neighborhood will show the world how our past and present live together, and how tourism is becoming key for a brighter future for our country.”
Says Chris Frost, World Travel Awards Vice President: “The significance of holding the World Travel Awards here for the first time cannot be underestimated. Lima is the industrial and financial center of Peru, and one of the most important financial nodes in Latin America. Today it is home to many national companies and accounts for more than two thirds of Peru’s industrial production. Bringing the region’s tourism influencers to Lima and highlighting globally just how much Peru has to offer the visitor, whether for business, for adventure, romance, or a family holiday. We can showcase Peru for all it offers through our established and ever-expanding World Travel Awards network.”
WTA will showcase Lima as a combined tourist and business hub, witnessed by the links created between the past and the present day and at the most important temples in the city where young archaeologists continue to work on and integrate them into the community. The process of urbanization, thanks to the joint efforts of archaeologists and residents, has seen dozens of ancient temples and archaeological sites left untouched and preserved, standing out against the bustling metropolis.