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.


New investments


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.


2015 WTA


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

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