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Jamaica Dominates with Half of 2022 World Travel Awards

Jamaica again stomped its dominance as the top provider of tourism destination services in the Caribbean when it walked away with half the awards at the World Travel Awards ceremony in Montego Bay last night.

The evening was filled with pomp and pageantry as attendees transformed the ceremony hall at Sandals Montego Bay into a parade of elegant, classy, and sophisticated fashion.

Jamaican and its service providers won 26 of the 52 awards, including the top destination and tourist board categories.   It was the 24th lien on the Leading Caribbean Destination award for Jamaica.  It has won this trophy since 2006 and has held the Leading Tourist Board spot in the region for the last 15 years.

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The Hon. Edmund Bartlett, Minister of Tourism, Jamaica, said: “This was a very powerful night for us because even though Jamaica has traditionally led in the field of awards, the feeling of satisfaction is stronger this year because we all struggled and fought to recover from this pandemic. For Jamaica to have emerged as the leading destination is a strong statement that our team worked assiduously to make this happen.”

Donovan White, the Director, Jamaica Tourist Board, added, “Earning the highest marks for a tourist board and destination is a great honor for us. It is a testament to the work of the Jamaica Tourist Board staff and all of our stakeholders, from the largest of hotel chains to our individual tour operators and craft-persons, to be recognized like this and we are grateful.”

Other top winners at the glitzy awards show include Turks & Caicos with seven awards, the Bahamas with six, and St Lucia with three.  Trinidad and Tobago and Barbados rounded off the other winners with more than one win.

Montego Bay’s Sangster International Airport walked away with the Caribbean Leading Airport trophy, which it was winning 14 times now and every year since 2009.  Sangster also won the Leading Airport Lounge for the tenth consecutive year.

MBJ Airport – Dr. Terri-Karelle Reid (event host), Sherifia Powell, CFO, Shane Munroe, CEO, Sharon Hislop-Holt, Manager Commercial & Business Development, Peter Hall, Chief Operating Officer.

If you need the best romantic vacation, beach destination, and the best place to get a family all-inclusive getaway, Turks and Caicos is the place to be.   The archipelago islands won the Most Romantic Destination, Leading Beach Destination, and The Leading Caribbean All-inclusive Family Resort.  Beaches Turks and Caicos took the latter for the 15th time and consecutively since 2011. And for the 15th straight year, the best beach destination is Turks and Caicos.

Beaches Turks and Caicos won the All-Inclusive Family award.

In the Best Casino Resort category, Atlantis Paradise Isles continued their dominance, winning for the 18th time.  If you are looking for luxury, then the Best Luxury Island Destination is the Bahamas which has won this title for eight years since 2015.

Round Hill Hotel and Villas in Jamaica continued its dominance in the Villas category, winning for the 14th consecutive year and its 18th overall.

Round Hill Villas Resort

The cruise category was dominated by Jamaica which took home the Leading Cruise Destination title for the 16th straight year.  Falmouth gave the destination its 14th title as Leading Cruise Port, and Montego Bay completed the sweep with the Leading Home Port trophy.  Jamaica has won this title for the last seven years.

The Montego Bay Conference Center added to Jamaica’s domination of the awards by winning the Leading Meeting & Conference Center category for the 12th straight year.

Hospitality conglomerate Sandals Resort International was honored for its Outstanding Contribution to the Hospitality & Tourism Industry 2022.

List of Awards

  1. Caribbean’s Leading Adventure Tourist Attraction 2022 Dolphin Cove, Jamaica
  2. Caribbean’s Leading Airport 2022 Sangster International Airport, Jamaica
  3. Caribbean’s Leading Airport Lounge 2022 Club Mobay @ Sangster International Airport, Jamaica
  4. Caribbean’s Leading Boutique Hotel 2022 Rockhouse, Jamaica
  5. Caribbean’s Leading Boutique Resort 2022 GoldenEye, Jamaica
  6. Caribbean’s Leading Cruise Destination 2022 Jamaica
  7. Caribbean’s Leading Cruise Port 2022 Port of Falmouth, Jamaica
  8. Caribbean’s Leading Destination 2022 Jamaica
  9. Caribbean’s Leading Destination Management Company 2022 GO! Jamaica Travel
  10. Caribbean’s Leading Entertainment Venue 2022 Margaritaville Caribbean, Jamaica
  11. Caribbean’s Leading Home Port 2022 Port of Montego Bay, Jamaica
  12. Caribbean’s Leading Honeymoon Resort 2022 Sandals South Coast, Jamaica
  13. Caribbean’s Leading Hotel Residences 2022 The Tryall Club, Jamaica
  14. Caribbean’s Leading Hotel 2022 Half Moon, Jamaica
  15. Caribbean’s Leading Independent Car Rental Company 2022 Island Car Rentals, Jamaica
  16. Caribbean’s Leading Luxury All Suite Resort 2022 Jamaica Inn
  17. Caribbean’s Leading Luxury Hotel Villa 2022 Fleming Villa @ GoldenEye, Jamaica
  18. Caribbean’s Leading Meetings & Conference Centre 2022 Montego Bay Convention Centre, Jamaica
  19. Caribbean’s Leading Nature Destination 2022 Jamaica
  20. Caribbean’s Leading Tour Operator 2022 GO! Jamaica Travel
  21. Caribbean’s Leading Tourism Development Project 2022 Historic Naval Dockyard, Port Royal, Jamaica
  22. Caribbean’s Leading Hotel Brand 2022 Sandals Resorts International
  23. Caribbean’s Leading Villa Resort 2022 Round Hill Hotel & Villas, Jamaica
  24. Caribbean’s Leading Adventure Tour Operator 2022 Island Routes Caribbean Adventures 
  25. Caribbean’s Leading Travel Agency 2022 GO! Jamaica Travel
  26. Caribbean’s Leading Tourist Board 2022 Jamaica Tourist Board
  27. Caribbean’s Leading Airline 2022 Bahamasair
  28. Caribbean’s Leading Casino Resort 2022 Atlantis Paradise Island, Bahamas
  29. Caribbean’s Leading Conference Hotel 2022 Grand Hyatt Baha Mar, Bahamas
  30. Caribbean’s Leading Water Park 2022 Baha Bay at Baha Mar, Bahamas
  31. Caribbean’s Leading Private Island Resort 2022 Kamalame Cay, Bahamas
  32. Caribbean’s Leading Luxury Island Destination 2022 The Bahamas
  33. Caribbean’s Leading All Suite Hotel 2022 The Palms Turks & Caicos
  34. Caribbean’s Leading All-Inclusive Family Resort 2022 Beaches Turks & Caicos
  35. Caribbean’s Leading Beach Destination 2022 Turks & Caicos Islands
  36. Caribbean’s Leading Beach Resort 2022 Amanyara, Turks & Caicos
  37. Caribbean’s Leading Luxury Island Resort 2022 Sailrock Resort, Turks & Caicos
  38. Caribbean’s Most Romantic Destination 2022 Turks & Caicos Islands
  39. Caribbean’s Leading Hotel Suite 2022 Villas Grace Bay Penthouse Suite @ Grace Bay Club, Turks & Caicos
  40. Caribbean’s Leading Adventure Tourism Destination 2022 Saint Lucia
  41. Caribbean’s Leading Green Resort 2022 Fond Doux Eco Resort, St. Lucia
  42. Caribbean’s Leading Honeymoon Destination 2022 Saint Lucia
  43. Caribbean’s Leading Resort 2022 Sandals Royal Barbados
  44. Caribbean’s Leading Luxury Resort 2022 Sandy Lane, Barbados
  45. Caribbean’s Leading Cultural Destination 2022 Cuba
  46. Caribbean’s Leading Dive Destination 2022 St Kitts
  47. Caribbean’s Leading Luxury All-Inclusive Resort 2022 Sandals Grenada
  48. Caribbean’s Leading Luxury Honeymoon Resort 2022 Rosewood Le Guanahani St. Barth
  49. Caribbean’s Most Romantic Resort 2022 Sandals Grande Antigua
  50. Caribbean’s Leading New Resort 2022 The Ocean Club, a Luxury Collection Resort, Costa Norte, Dominican Republic
  51. Caribbean’s Leading Airline Brand 2022 Caribbean Airlines 
  52. Caribbean’s Leading Cabin Crew 2022 Caribbean Airlines