Shanghai

Recap: World Travel Awards Asia & Australasia Gala Ceremony 2017

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.

 

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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

 

Shanghai Nights

In a city that is already home to more hotels than you can shake a stick at, you might question the need for three more.

However a stay at one of the following luxury hotels, all due to open their doors imminently, should put that thought to rest. 

Situated in Shanghai's historic neighbourhood of Dazhongli, The Middle House is a Piero Lissoni-designed temple to cool Italian design. Elsewhere The Bulgari is moving into the former Shanghai Chamber of Commerce Building, while over in the bustling Bund district, Ian Schrager is set to open The Shanghai Edition.

Recently released figures show that Shanghai - which scooped the trophies for ‘Asia`s Leading Festival & Event Destination 2017’ and ‘Asia`s Leading Meetings & Conference Destination 2017’ at the prestigious 2017 World Travel Awards - was visited by 8.54 million tourists in 2016, an all time high.

Hong Kong leads winners at World Travel Awards Asia & Australasia Gala Ceremony

Hong Kong has been recognised as Asia's Leading City Break Destination at the World Travel Awards Asia & Australasia Gala Ceremony 2017 in China.

Hosted by the luxury Grand Kempinski Hotel Shanghai, the prestigious event was attended by 250 hospitality leaders from across the regions.

Also celebrating was Deer Jet, which took the title of Asia’s Leading Private Jet Charter and China’s Leading Private Jet Charter, and Gaia Retreat & Spa.

Co-owned by Gregg Cave and Australian actress Olivia Newton-John, the wellness resort was recognised as Australasia’s Leading Boutique Hotel.

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.

"It is your hard work, dedication, initiative and investment that makes the tourism sector the success it is today.”

Frost continued: “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.”

In a special award decided by the World Travel Awards Academy, Michael Henssler - Kempinski chief operating officer, Asia - took home the trophy for Asia’s Leading Travel Personality 2017.

Also among the winners was The Ascott Limited which walked away with the title of Asia's Leading Serviced Apartment Brand (The Ascott Limited) and Asia's Leading Serviced Apartments (Ascott Raffles City Chengdu).

Staying in Asia, Vinpearl Da Nang Resort & Villas was named Vietnam's Leading Beach Resort while the Grand Kempinski Hotel Shanghai scooped two trophies: Asia's Leading Conference Hotel and China’s Leading Business Hotel.

In Australasia, Air New Zealand was hailed Australasia's Leading Airline and Australasia's Leading Airline Brand.

Partners for the Asia & Australasia Gala Ceremony 2017 included TV5 Monde, Shanghai Municipal Tourism Administration, SriLankan Airlines, Bookingee.com and Vietravel.

World Travel Awards Gala Ceremonies are widely regarded as the best networking opportunities in the travel industry, attended by government and industry leaders, luminaries and international print and broadcast media.

World Travel Awards was established in 1993 to acknowledge, reward and celebrate excellence across all sectors of the tourism industry.

Today, the World Travel Awards brand is recognised globally as the ultimate hallmark of quality, with winners setting the benchmark to which all others aspire.

Each year World Travel Awards covers the globe with a series of regional gala ceremonies staged to recognise and celebrate individual and collective successes within each key geographical region.

A full list of winners from the World Travel Awards Asia & Australasiia Gala Ceremony can be seen here.

Notes to Editors

About World Travel Awards

World Travel Awards celebrates its 24th anniversary this year and is acknowledged across the globe as the ultimate travel accolade.

Attended by senior executives from major travel companies, operators, destinations, World Travel Awards events are universally respected as providing established, top level networking opportunities, regionally and globally.

The brand aims to celebrate those organisations who push the boundaries of industry excellence.

Conrad Guangzhou opens to the world

The opening of Conrad Guangzhou marks the brand’s 31st hotel

Conrad Hotels & Resorts -  Hilton's smart luxury hotel brand - has opened a new property in China’s Guangdong Province. 

Enviably situated in the heart of CBD Zhujiang New Town and minutes away from popular landmarks - step forward the Guangdong Museum, Guangzhou Opera House and Canton Tower -  Conrad Guangzhou is the seventh Conrad property to debut in Greater China and boasts 309 spacious guests rooms in a modern 27-story tower overlooking the Pearl River.

 

“We are thrilled to introduce smart luxury to the Guangdong Province. As the 31st hotel in the global Conrad portfolio, Conrad Guangzhou reinvents the luxury hotel landscape in the region and provides today’s travellers with a stylish way of exploring the world around them,” said Jin Qian, area president, Greater China & Mongolia, Hilton. 

John T. A. Vanderslice, global head at Conrad Hotels & Resorts added: “Conrad Guangzhou perfectly reflects the city’s character – rich in tradition and culture, yet stands true to the brand in its smart luxury ethos.” 

 

To ensure that guests enjoy all that the city has to offer by way of culture, art, cuisine and adventure, Conrad Guangzhou is offering Conrad 1/3/5 , a signature program offering a curated collection of inspired experiences based on guests’ preference for a one, three or five hour itinerary. 

 

Conrad Hotels & Resorts’ latest launch comes in the wake of the news that the company has been nominated for no fewer than six awards includingAsia's Leading Hotel Brand 2017 and China's Leading Hotel Brand 2017 in World Travel AwardsAsia & Australasia Gala Ceremony

The travel industry’s leading award programme will hold its prestigious Asia & Australasia event at the Grand Kempinski Hotel Shanghai on Sunday 4th June 2017. (https://www.worldtravelawards.com/event/asia-and-australasia-2017)



It will be the second time that World Travel Awards - dubbed the “travel Oscars” - has visited China’s commercial capital, following a rapturously received debut at the Swissotel Grand Shanghai back in 2008.

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World Travel Awards puts final touches to Asia & Australasia Gala Ceremony preparations

23rd May 2017, London, UK

Drum roll please… it’s almost show time! With less than a fortnight to go before World Travel Awards arrives in Shanghai for the launch of its Grand Tour 2017, the travel industry’s leading awards programme is delighted to unveil the latest details of its Asia & Australasia event.

Jeresa Gao and Lin Quan – both hugely experienced hosts and presenters – have been announced as comperes of the upcoming Gala Ceremony, which will take place in China’s commercial capital at the Grand Kempinski Hotel Shanghai on Sunday 4th June 2017.

The event will also showcase 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, and is sure to elate.

A horse racing ceremony, deriving from the prairies of China and featuring galloping horses, music and drums as well as beautifully dressed performers, completes the dazzling line up of performances.

But the excitement doesn’t stop there…. World Travel Awards is also inviting delegates to explore Shanghai – the city that everyone is talking about - by joining a complimentary sightseeing tour.

Visit famous Shanghai attractions such as the Yu Garden, the Old City Town, Jade Buddha Temple and Tian Zi Fang area. In addition, all tour participants will enjoy lunch in a local restaurant and a cruise along the Huang Pu River Cruise.

The tour, designed specifically for registered WTA delegates and media, will depart from the Grand Hotel Kempinski Shanghai at 9am on Sunday 4th June and return at approximately 2.30pm. For the full low-down, visit: www.worldtravelawards.com/event/asia-and-australasia-2017/itinerary

Speaking ahead of World Travel Awards’ Asia & Australasia Gala Ceremony 2017, WTA President and Founder Graham Cooke said: “It will be a pleasure to return to Shanghai for the first time since the inaugural World Travel Awards Asia & Australasia Gala Ceremony in 2008.

“As you would expect, it will be an evening to remember and I can’t wait to share it with all of our nominees at the Grand Kempinski Shanghai.”

World Travel Awards was established in 1993 to acknowledge, reward and celebrate excellence across all sectors of the tourism industry.

Today, the World Travel Awards brand is recognised globally as the ultimate hallmark of quality, with winners setting the benchmark to which all others aspire.

Each year, World Travel Awards covers the globe with a series of regional gala ceremonies staged to recognise and celebrate individual and collective success within each key geographical region.

World Travel Awards Gala Ceremonies are widely regarded as the best networking opportunities in the travel industry, attended by government and industry leaders, luminaries and international print and broadcast media.

For more information about World Travel Awards, please visit the official website.

 www.worldtravelawards.com

 


Notes to editors

About World Travel Awards

World Travel Awards celebrates its 24th anniversary this year and is acknowledged across the globe as the ultimate travel accolade.

Attended by senior executives from major travel companies, operators, destinations, WTA events are universally respected as providing established, top level networking opportunities, regionally and globally.

The brand aims to celebrate those organisations who push the boundaries of industry excellence.