For the second year in a row, Peru was named South America’s Leading Culinary Destination by the World Travel Awards, which is considered by some to be ‘the Oscars of the travel industry’.
Last December the same organization named Peru the ‘World’s Leading Culinary Destination’. Celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, the organization accepts votes from the general public and travel industry members. This is good news for Peru and there can be no doubt now, after a ground swelling of international awards and accolades that Peru has emerged as the greatest place for foodies to travel to. Earlier this year, the leading British magazine Stylist named Lima one of “the ten locations where the culinary-minded should be heading this year.”
PromPeru, the Peruvian Commission of Export and Tourism, was named the continent’s leading tourist board. Peru’s Deputy Tourism Minister, Claudia Cornejo told the Andina news agency: “There is greater confidence to consolidate tourism as the country’s second largest source of foreign currency, in view of the efforts deployed to further increase visitor arrivals in the country,”.
For the fifth year in a row, Lima’s Jorge Chavez International Airport was acclaimed South America’s Leading Airport along with the Ramada Costa Del Sol Lima Airport Hotel which was named South America’s Leading Airport Hotel. In addition to this top honor, some of Peru’s other hotels got top honors too. The Swissôtel Lima was named South America’s Leading Business Hotel, the Miraflores Park Hotel was named South America’s Leading City Hotel and the JW Marriott Hotel Lima was named South America’s Leading Hotel. The up and coming has arrived as the Hilton Lima Miraflores was named South America’s Leading New Hotel. Additionally given awards, as leading hotels in Peru, the Tambo del Inka Resort & Spa, Valle Sagrado was named Peru’s Leading Resort and Sonesta Posadas del Inca Sacred Valley was named Peru’s Leading Boutique Hotel.
To round things out nicely, PeruRail’s Andean Explorer was named South America’s Leading Luxury Train for the second year in a row. PeruRail is the Peruvian-British company of the Orient-Express Corporation, which operates luxury train destinations to Cusco, Urubamba Valley, Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu and Puno & Lake Titicaca. This was a doubly sweet award for Orient-Express as they also won an award for their Miraflores Park Hotel.
The awards were held at the pre-Inca Huaca Pucllana Temple ruins located in the Miraflores district of central Lima, on July 20th, 2013. The ruins were an impressive backdrop for the awards given, which in addition to Peru, the city of Quito, Ecuador captured the title of South America’s Leading Destination. Graham Cooke, president and founder of World Travel Awards, said: “The Central & South American region continues to serve as an example of innovative and passionate tourism promotion as well as offering the most unique hospitality products and services. Peru strives to set the highest possible bar to raise the standards of excellence in travel and tourism and it has been an honour to hold the Central & South America World Travel Awards here for the first time.”
Who decides who will win the World Travel Awards? You do. To vote in the future go to their website and cast your ballot for best in the world. I hope you visit Peru and cast your ballot favorably!
Photo Credits: (from top to bottom) 1. Peruvian Dancers courtesy World Travel Awards, 2. Poster courtesy World Travel Awards copyright PromPeru, 3. Maria del Carmen de Reparaz courtesy World Travel Awards, 4. Andean Explorer courtesy PeruRail/Orient-Express Corporation, 5. Huaca Pucllana temple ruins courtesy World Travel Awards.