15 is the number of awards Ecuador obtained at the 2015 Latin America World Travel Awards (WTA). For the third consecutive year, the country of the four worlds was elected as South America’s Leading Green Destination, while Quito was recognized as Leading Destination in the region. The World Travel Awards are the most important in the region, also known as the Tourism Oscars.
The awards seek to annually recognize those companies in the tourism sector that achieved excellence in the travel, touristic and hospitality industry worldwide. The award ceremony was held in Bogota, Colombia, on Saturday, October 10.
Ecuador: a showcase to the world
The Minister of Tourism, Sandra Naranjo, said that "these international awards confirm once again that Ecuador continues to captivate the world with its spectacular destinations and tourism products, which have earned the country worldwide recognition as a place with lots of potential to offer to visitors".
The Secretary of State expressed satisfaction for the prizes received in the twenty-second edition of the 2015 WTA Latin America. Shereaffirmed the support of the National Government to continue positioning the country as a world class destination with excellent quality at service, infrastructure, hotels, and gastronomic levels.
Shealso highlighted the promotion strategies that the Ministry of Tourism has implemented this year in target markets: a spot in the Super Bowl and the Feel Again campaign, which is the second stage of All You Need Is Ecuador, launched last May.
There is an increase in tourism investments, which are manifested in the construction of 30 new tourism projects in the amount of USD 750 million between 2015 and 2016. Regarding air connectivity, new airlines are arriving to the country, complemented by new routes and more logistics capacity of the aircrafts. Until 2017, the aim is to consolidate an investment of USD 1,600 million, from domestic and foreign capital.
Graham Cooke, president and founder of the World Travel Awards, said that "Ecuador has made great strides in recent years as it is now a tourist force to be reckoned in South America." He further stated that "the harvest of awards this year is a reflection of the country's success in positioning itself, not only as a unique destination - with Quito and Ecuador, the two winners - but also through high quality products, such as Finch Bay Eco Hotel, winner of ‘South America’s Leading Green Hotel’ for the third consecutive year", Cooke stressed.
Below, the awards received in the WTA 2015:
South America’s Leading Green Destination
South America’s Leading Destination – Quito
South America’s Leading Luxury Train – Tren Crucero
South America’s Leading Green Hotel – Finch Bay Eco Hotel
South America’s Leading Airport – Mariscal Sucre International Airport, Quito
South America’s Leading Luxury All Suite Hotel – Hotel Plaza Grande
South America’s Leading Hotel – Swissôtel Quito, Ecuador
Ecuador’s Leading Boutique Hotel – Hotel Plaza Grande
Ecuador’s Leading Business Hotel – Hotel Oro Verde Guayaquil
Ecuador’s Leading Green Hotel – Mashpi Lodge
Ecuador’s Leading Hotel – Swissôtel Quito
South America’s Leading Boutique Cruise 2015- Ocean Adventures
Ecuador’s Leading Hotel Suite – Presidential Suite @ Swissôtel Quito
Ecuador’s Leading Resort – Arasha Tropical Forest Resort & Spa
Ecuador’s Leading Spa Resort Termas de Papallacta