In addition, it swept as the leading cruise port and leading tourism office, above more than 50 destinations.
MAZATLÁN.- Our port never ceases to amaze us, it was the protagonist in the 2021 World Travel Awards and won as the Best Leading Destination in Mexico and Central America for the fourth consecutive year.
But that’s not all, sit down and read on because it also won the award in two other categories, in the Leading Cruise Port in Mexico and Central America, and also in the Leading Tourism Office of the Leading City of Mexico and Central America.
These awards, known as the Oscars of tourism in the world, recognize the work of the sector based on its hotel occupancy, annual growth, attractions, economic spillover, and the newest, the economic reactivation after the pandemic.
They nominated, in addition to beach destinations, business centers, airlines, vehicle rental companies, shipping lines, amusement and water parks, as well as destinations that have archaeological sites and history.
In the category of Leading Destination of Mexico and Central America, it beat cities like Acapulco, Guerrero; Mexico City, Cancun, Quintana Roo; Granada, Nicaragua; Panama City, Panama and San José, Costa Rica.
For the category-leading cruise port in Mexico and Central America 2021, “the pearl of the Pacific” prevailed over the Costa Maya Cruise Port and the Port of Cozumel, both in Cancun; as well as Puerto Colón in Panama and Puerto Progreso, Yucatán.
It should be noted that in this category it is the first time that Mazatlán has received this award, since the origin of these awards, it has been taken, for the most part, between Panama and Cancun.
In the category, the Tourism Office of the Leading City of Mexico and Central America, Mazatlán, was also the winner of this category for the first time through the Mazatlán Tourism Board, above the Acapulco Tourism Board, Guerrero; Visitors and Conventions Office of Cancun, Quintana Roo and Los Cabos Tourist Board, in Baja California Sur.
“Mexico also celebrated with a series of awards to destinations that include Cancun, Cozumel, and Mazatlán (‘Leading Destination City of Mexico and Central America’), with its tropical neoclassical architecture and paradisiacal beach,” says the WTA statement.
The organizing committee indicated that they continue in the search for a year of the main travel, tourism, and hotel brands in the world and that the votes were cast by industry professionals, thus achieving, that with the majority of these, the winners.
Graham Cooke, the founder of the World Travel Awards, added that despite a pandemic and tough times, the winners managed to stand out among destinations.
“Everyone is playing a leading role in leading the travel and tourism recovery,” he added.
A bit of WTA history
World Travel Awards™ was established in 1993 to acknowledge, reward and celebrate excellence across all key sectors of the travel, tourism and hospitality industries. Today, the World Travel Awards™ brand is recognized globally as the ultimate hallmark of industry excellence.
World Travel Awards™ celebrates its 28th anniversary year in 2021. Its annual program is renowned as the most prestigious and comprehensive in the global industry. Each year World Travel Awards™ covers the globe with its Grand Tour – a series of regional gala ceremonies to recognize excellence within each continent, culminating in a Grand Final at the end of the year.
World Travel Awards™ gala ceremonies are regarded as milestone events in the travel calendar, attended by the industry’s key decision-makers, figureheads, influencers and media. The program, its winners and its sponsors are represented globally on social media, with fresh daily content across multiple platforms.
Despite the ongoing global challenges, the appetite for travel has reached unprecedented levels. Evidence is reflected in the World Travel Awards™ annual voting figures. In 2019, we reported a record 1,945,965 votes cast, a 17% increase on the previous record. In 2020, a record 2,033,494 votes were cast, with more people taking part than in any other year of WTA’s 28-year history, representing a huge vote of confidence for the travel and tourism industry.