The Inca citadel of Machu Picchu, in the southeastern Cusco region, was voted South America’s Leading Green Destination for second year in a row at the 2011 World Travel Awards , Peru’s export and tourism promotion agency Promperu reported.
Other nominees in this category included Abrolhos (Bahia, Brazil), Caracas (Venezuela), Georgetown (Guyana), Pantanal of Mato Grosso (Brazil) and Patagonia (Argentina), among others.
Described by the Wall Street Journal as the ‘Travel industry's equivalent to the Oscars’, the World Travel Awards was established in 1993 to acknowledge excellence in the world's travel and tourism industry and is one of the most comprehensive and prestigious awards.
The Caribbean & The Americas Gala Ceremony marks the fifth and final leg of World Travel Awards 2011 Grand Tour, following heats in Dubai, UAE; Antalya, Turkey; Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt; and Bangkok, Thailand. Regional winners from these events progress to the Grand
Final at the end of 2011.
Every year, over 167,000 travel agents, in 160 countries, vote for the winners of The World Travel Awards. This year the award ceremony took place in Montego Bay, Jamaica.