250210. President Jacob Zuma, Tourism Minister Marthinus van Schalkwyk and Joburg Tourism Markerting Officer Lumka Dlomo at their stand laughs for nothing during a walk through at the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and Meetings Africa held at Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg. Picture: Dumisani Sibeko

Johannesburg - The Johannesburg Tourism Company (JTC) has been nominated as World's Leading Tourist Board at the World Travel Awards 2012.

“This being the second time Joburg Tourism has been nominated, we're thrilled with the news, and call on all our stakeholders to please support our nomination by voting online for JTC,” acting JTC CEO Phelisa Mangcu said in a statement on Tuesday.

Now in its 19th year, the World Travel Awards is regarded as the highest achievement in travel, tourism and hospitality.

The awards recognise, acknowledge and reward excellence in the travel, tourism and hospitality industry world-wide.

Votes for the awards are cast by travel, tourism and hospitality professionals and the consumer traveller.

A vote cast by a registered travel agency employee carries a weighting of two, while the consumer vote counts as one vote. - Sapa