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World Travel Award Nominations

Cancun and Tulum are hoping to bring home the ¨Oscars of Tourism¨ at the ceremony held in Peru on July 1

Once again, Cancun and Tulum have been nominated by the World Travel Awards organization, also known as the Oscars of tourism, in the categories of Best Beach Destination and Best Tourist Destination.

Although Placencia and Ambergris Caye, both in Belize, previously took Best Beach Destination and Best Tourist Destination respectively, Tulum is preparing a better strategy to win these distinctions this year.

According to Mario Cruz Rodríguez, director of Tourism in Tulum, they will encourage visitors in the various hotels in the area to vote on the award program’s website. He also indicated that Playa Paraíso is still one of the most important beaches in the world according to TripAdvisor users.

“This is an important achievement, but we want to be the Best Beach Destination and the Best Tourist Destination. Tulum has what it takes to win”, he expressed.

This year, the award ceremony will take place on July 1 in Lima, Peru. Voting closes on May 6. A panel of independent professionals in the sector have been evaluating all aspects of hotel excellence and giving these awards in thousands of categories involving factors like productivity, innovation, creativity and client satisfaction, among others.

For edition 23 of the World Travel Awards, out of the 30 categories awarded, the Cancun International Airport is in the Best Airport category, and Cozumel and Costa Maya are in the Best Cruise Ship Port category. Cancun is also named in the Best Business Destination category and Best Conference and Meeting Destination.

Nominated for the category of Best Nature Reserve are Hacienda Tres Rios Resort, Spa & Nature Park and Rio Secreto, both located in the Riviera Maya. Nominated for Best All Inclusive Hotels are Tres Rios, Hard Rock Cancun and Grand Occidental Cozumel while Garza Blanca, JW Marriott and Nizuc (all in Cancun) are in the Best Beach Resort category.

Hotel Thompson in Playa del Carmen is nominated for both Best Boutique Hotel and Best New Hotel while Grand Velas and Occidental Grand Xcaret are nominated for Best Conference Hotel. Tres Rios is nominated for Best Family Resort and Fairmont Mayakoba is nominated for Best Green Hotel.

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