High speed Shanghai - arguably China’s sexiest city - was selected as the destination for World Travel Awards Asia & Australasia Gala Ceremony 2017.
And for good reason. Few cities exude such a tangible sense of up to the minute cachet and cool, and chances are everyone from your dentist to your best friend and old flame, has a trip booked to the dynamic Chinese metropolis that’s home to the historic Bund - a sweeping neoclassical curve of former trading houses, foreign banks and customs buildings beside the busy Huangpu River.
Factor in the French Concession - one of the city’s most beautiful areas owing to its low-rise, villa-lined leafy backstreets - the ever-taller architecture, fabulous food and a buzzing fashion scene, and you have one of the world's most thrilling international cities.
Of course, Shanghai is also where you’ll find the Grand Kempinski Shanghai, the venue for the prestigious awards ceremony.
Located in the Lujiazui financial and trade section of Shanghai’s prestigious Pudong District, the hotel offers 686 impeccable guest-rooms - including superior, deluxe and executive room types - plus the Diplomatic, Imperial, Studio or Presidential suites.
Beyond the bedrooms, guests can take advantage of the hotel’s four gourmet restaurants, three bars and onsite health club, while the city’s famous landmarks are a short stroll away.
Rudiger Hollweg, General Manager at Grand Kempinski Hotel Shanghai, said: “We are extremely proud and honoured to have hosted the 24th annual World Travel Awards Asia & Australasia Gala Ceremony at Grand Kempinski Hotel Shanghai, an iconic luxury hotel in one of the most exciting cities of the world.”
The show itself took place on the evening of Saturday 4th June 2017 and was compered by the hugely experienced Shanghainese host and presenter, Justin Gu.
The glittering red carpet ceremony also showcased some of China’s finest traditions including kirin (a celebration, through song, of the mythical animals of Kylin who promote peace and prosperity) and performances such as Su san danced with moonlight. The latter takes inspiration from the Peking Opera, a complicated Chinese stage art that combines performances, acrobatics, gongs, drums, facial paintings, music and more to dazzling effect.
A horse racing ceremony, deriving from the prairies of China and featuring galloping horses, music and drums as well as beautifully dressed performers, completed the mesmerising line up of performances.
Speaking after the ceremony, World Travel Awards Vice President, Chris Frost, said: "What a fantastic evening it’s been here at Grand Kempinski Hotel Shanghai.
“It has been an honour to recognise some of the leading hospitality providers from Asia and Australasia tonight and I offer my heartfelt congratulations to each and every one of them.
“I look forward to seeing many of tonight’s winners later this year at the Grand Final in Vietnam, where they will compete for the global titles.”
Partners for the Asia & Australasia Gala Ceremony 2017 included TV5 Monde, Shanghai Municipal Tourism Administration, SriLankan Airlines, Bookingee.com and Vietravel.
PHOTO GALLERY: hyperlink to https://www.worldtravelawards.com/gallery/asia-and-australasia-2017
ASIA WINNERS: hyperlink to http://www.worldtravelawards.com/winners/2017/asia
AUSTRALASIA WINNERS: hyperlink to http://www.worldtravelawards.com/winners/2017/australasia
EVENT HIGHLIGHTS: hyperlink tohttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NQJHKBPn_hc