The award, described by the Wall Street Journal as the “Oscars” of the global travel and tourism industry, revealed who are the “best of the best” in the world. The grand final concludes the 2009 regional tour that has taken the World Travel Awards to Dubai, South Africa, Mexico and Portugal, celebrating the achievements of the leading lights of the tour and travel industry.
There were also 120 Miss World 2009 finalists in attendance, supporting their respective destinations.
Graham Cooke, President and Founder, World Travel Awards commented: “The past 12 months have brought several challenges, namely the economy turndown and the outbreak of swine flu which has impacted travel and tourism worldwide; today’s winners have not only been recognised as the best in their region, but they have proved themselves to be the best in the world and the number one choice of travel professionals and consumers alike.”
He added: “They have remained focused on their long term objectives and continue to deliver above and beyond the call of duty, setting an industry example”
After receiving the award, the owner of Coco Reef Resorts Ltd, Bermudan hotelier John Jefferis, stated: “I am extremely proud to have received this award on behalf of Coco Reef - Tobago. It is a testimony to our outstanding General Manager, Eric Feniet and his team of dedicated professionals who never forget that providing exemplary service to all of our customers is what sets our resort apart from others.”
Jefferis continued: “Even though we recently completed a $9 million dollar investment in the property that included new spa equipment, upgraded bathrooms and refurbishment of all the restaurants, our guests continue to tell us that their most memorable experience is our friendly, courteous and professional staff.
“In these times of boring multi-national chains, I am proud that the Managers and Staff at Coco Reef - Tobago have been recognised as being exceptional.”
Jefferis developed the Coco Reef Resort in Tobago over 12 years ago, Bermudan architectural firm Cooper and Gardner, led by John Gardner, were the project architects.
The exquisite $2,000 per night Sunset Villa at Coco Reef has been frequented by innumerable celebrities including Sylvester Stallone and Michael Caine.
The 150 rooms and suites property is situated on a private beach in ten acres of beautifully manicured tropical gardens.