With winter in full effect and the desire to escape to warmer destinations grows, what better way to wrap up the year than with celebrating various sectors of the global travel and tourism industry.
Earlier this month the Eastern Caribbean island of Anguilla hosted the 21st Annual World Travel Awards at the island’s luxurious CuisinArt Golf Resort & Spa. And to help conclude the prestigious event, which is hailed as the ‘Oscars of the travel industry,’ award-winning actress Vivica A. Fox hosted the highly anticipated Grand Final Gala Ceremony.
For Fox, who is set to star in the upcoming season of "Celebrity Apprentice," serving as the event’s hostess was an amazing experience.
“I had the most amazing time in Anguilla hosting The World Travel Awards,” she wrote in an email statement to the Huffington Post. “Meeting amazing travel titans from all around the world that strive for the best was refreshing and fun! Floating in the beautiful waters in Anguilla and staying at CuisinArt golf Resort and Spa was a great bonus too.”
To further solidify Anguilla as a coveted destination, which has welcomed the likes of Leonardo DiCaprio, Beyonce, Jay Z, Denzel Washington, Robert DeNiro, and Sofia Vergara to name a few, the island was also voted the World’s Leading Luxury Island Destination from a short list that included top-tier candidates such as St. Barts, Maldives and Mauritius.
“Tourism is a vital part of our economy, and we have been working closely with the local and international businesses community to implement a number of ground breaking initiatives over the last two years to generate tourism growth,” Anguilla Parliamentary Secretary with responsibility for Tourism and Sports, Haydn Hughes said in a statement.
“I am pleased to say that our hard work is bearing fruit with a solid increase in the number of tourists visiting Anguilla over this period. To welcome the World Travel Awards cements our commitment and further provides us with reason to celebrate.”
For a full list of winners from the 21st Annual World Travel Awards click here.