Top World Travel Awards for Argentina, Chile and Montevideo; Latam was named leading South American airline

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The World Travel Awards (WTA), a leading authority that recognizes and rewards excellence in travel and tourism, chose Argentina as the leading destination in South America ”during a ceremony held yesterday in Dubai.

Chile, Argentina and the City of Montevideo have all been distinguished in the 2021 annual World Travel Awards of Latin America. Argentina claimed ‘South America’s Leading Destination’. Chile, with its dazzling array of natural wonders, was again voted ‘South America’s Leading Adventure Tourism Destination’.

When it came to cities, of Uruguay’s capital, Montevideo was recognized with victory as ‘South America’s Leading Emerging Tourism Destination’. Guayaquil, Ecuador won ‘South America’s Leading City Break Destination’ and Santiago de Cali, Colombia was named ‘South America’s Leading Cultural City Destination’.

Other country showings include Peru which enjoyed a strong distinction as ‘South America’s Leading Culinary Destination, ‘South America’s Leading Cultural Destination’ and ‘South America’s Leading Tourist Board’ (PromPeru), whilst the ancient citadel of Machu Picchu was crowned ‘South America’s Leading Tourist Attraction’.

The incredible biodiversity of Costa Rica was acknowledged with the title for ‘Mexico & Central America’s Leading Destination’. Mexico also celebrated with a raft of destination awards including Cancún (‘Mexico & Central America’s Leading Beach Destination’); Cozumel (‘Mexico & Central America’s Leading Island Destination’); and Mazatlán (‘Mexico & Central America’s Leading City Destination’), with its tropical neoclassical architecture and paradise beach.

In the hospitality sector, Sofitel Legend Santa Clara Cartagena won ‘South America’s Leading Hotel’. Wyndham Guayaquil emerged as ‘South America’s Leading City Hotel’ and Wyndham Quito Airport as ‘South America’s Leading Airport Hotel. Grand Fiesta Americana Coral Beach Cancun picked up ‘Mexico & Central America’s Leading Hotel’ and Gaia Hotel & Reserve, Costa Rica was voted ‘Mexico & Central America’s Leading Green Hotel’. ‘Mexico & Central America’s Leading All-Inclusive Resort’ went to Hacienda Tres Ríos Resort, Spa & Nature Park.

In the aviation sector, LATAM was named ‘South America’s Leading Airline, whilst Aeromexico scooped ‘Mexico & Central America’s Leading Airline.

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.

In addition, in the ceremony known as “the Oscars of tourism” also San Carlos de Bariloche was recognized as a leading destination and awarded to companies that provide tourist services in our country, What Opinion (car rental and rental), Between skies (hotel boutique), Sheraton Buenos Aires Hotel & Convention Center (convention and business hotel), Park Tower (hotel), St. Regis Suite Park Tower (hotel suite), Iguazu Grand (resort) and tour operators Say Hueque, Travel 54 y FCM Travel.

In the last year before the pandemic, Argentina received more than 7 million tourists, which generated an income of 5.5 billion dollars, the fourth item for the country in foreign exchange earnings. In the face of the post-pandemic reactivation, the Ministry of Tourism and Sports of Argentina carried out The Natural Route, an initiative to develop and promote nature tourism in each region.

Graham Cooke, Founder of, World Travel Awards, says: “Our winners represent the very best of Latin America’s travel and hospitality sectors and my congratulations to each of them. They are all playing starring roles in spearheading the travel and tourism recovery.”

Source: WTA

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