MIAMI (Nov. 6, 2020) – One more year the World Travel Awards, considered the ‘Oscars of tourism’, have come to recognize hotel excellence around the world. After obtaining 42 nominations,Barceló Hotel Group became the European hotel chain with the highest number of applications, one of the top five companies worldwide, and has been recognized for its impeccable work with several awards.
Once again, Barceló Hotels & Resorts has been chosen the best hotel brand of Mexico and Central America, a recognition also previously achieved in 2009 and 2019.
More than 30 years ago, Barceló Hotel Group started its activity in Mexico and currently operates 21 hotels and resorts in main tourist destinations of the country such as Riviera Maya, Cancún, Los Cabos, Puerto Vallarta, Huatulco and Ixtapa in addition to Mexico City, where the hotel chain opened in 2017 its first hotel in the capital: Barceló México Reforma. In December 2019, Barceló Hotel Group inaugurated the Barceló Maya Riviera, a new adults-only resort with 850 rooms on the beachfront, as well as the largest convention center in Riviera Maya, with capacity for 8,000 people. With this new addition, the hotel chain has one of the most spectacular resorts in the destination comprising of 6 hotels and 3,600 rooms.
In addition, four hotels of Barceló Hotel Group in Spain have been chosen among the best in the world in the 27th edition of the World Travel Awards 2020. It is worth noting the Royal Hideaway Sancti Petri hotel (Cadiz, Andalusia) has been awarded two awards: “Best Beach Hotel in Europe” and “Best Hotel Suite in Spain”.
In Morocco Barceló Palmeraie, a spectacular 5 star resort located in the palm grove of Marrakech, has been awarded as ‘Morocco’s Best All-Inclusive Resort’, a recognition it achieved in 2019.
Although this year’s gala has been atypical, held virtually for the first time due to the pandemic, it has also served as stimulus. Graham Cooke, founder of the World Travel Awards, said: “The WTA 2020 program received a record number of votes cast by the public. This shows that the appetite for travel and tourism has never been stronger and bodes well for industry’s future as global recovery begins.”
The resiliency of the sector during this exceptional crisis is another point Cooke shared in the 27thedition of the awards: “Our winners represent the very best of the travel and tourism sector of the world and my congratulations to each of them. They have all demonstrated remarkable resilience in a year with unprecedented challenges.”
Barceló Hotel Group hotels and resorts awarded at the World Travel Awards 2020
- Royal Hideaway Sancti Petri – Best Beach Hotel in Europe
- Royal Hideaway Sancti Petri – Best Hotel Suite in Spain
- Barceló Isla Canela – Best All-Inclusive Hotel in Spain
- La Bobadilla, a Royal Hideaway Hotel – Best Boutique Hotel in Spain
- Royal Hideaway Corales Resort – Best Luxury Villa Hotel in Spain
- Barceló Palmeraie – Morocco’s Best All-Inclusive Resort
On November 27th, the final grand gala of the World Travel Awards 2020 will be held, in which Barceló Hotel Group is nominated in three other categories: ‘World’s Leading Hotel Management Company’, which was won in the 2019 edition; that of its Barceló Hotels & Resorts brand to become ‘World’s Leading Hotel Brand’, and a third in which its nominated to be the ‘World’s Leading All Inclusive Company’.
About the World Travel Awards:
The World Travel Awards were created in 1993 with the aim of recognizing excellence in more than a hundred categories in the global tourism sector (e.g. destinations, hotels, airlines and travel agencies, among others). An international jury of more than 200,000 professionals is responsible for selecting finalists and winners. This year 2020 they celebrate their 27th edition in a virtual way because of Covid-19.
About Barceló Hotel Group:
Barceló Hotel Group, the hotel division of the Barceló Group, is the 29th largest in the world in number of rooms, and has been recognized as the ‘Best Management Company in the World’ in the latest edition of the World Travel Awards, considered the Oscars for Tourism. It currently has 252 urban and holiday hotels of 4 and 5 stars, and more than 57,000 rooms, distributed in 22 countries and marketed under four brands: Royal Hideaway Luxury Hotels & Resorts, Barceló Hotels & Resorts, Occidental Hotels & Resorts and Allegro Hotels. It is also part of Crestline Hotels & Resorts Group, an independent hotel company with 120 establishments. For more information: www.barcelo.com.