Shanghai skyline at night. The city will host the World Travel Awards. Photo: Good free photos
The 24th installment of the World Travel Awards Asia and Australasia  will be taking place in Shanghai, China this year. This according Breaking Travel News yesterday.

The awards will take place in China's economic capital, at the Grand Kempinski Hotel this weekend. The ceremony is known as one of the best networking opportunities in the travel industry, attended by government and industry leaders, luminaries and international print and broadcast media.

Hosts Jeresa Gao and Lin Quan are according to Breaking Travel News crowd favourites as they are experienced hosts and presenters. 

The Gala Ceremony 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.

Prior to the Gala Ceremony, WTA has arranged for registered delegates and media to explore famous Shanghai attractions.

These include the Yu Garden, the Old City Town, Jade Buddha Temple and Tian Zi Fang area, while guests will also enjoy lunch in a local restaurant followed by a cruise along the Huang Pu River Cruise, on a complimentary sightseeing tour.

Speaking for the World Travel Awards, awards president  Graham Cooke, said they were excited to welcome Shanghai back to the ceremony as  a host since 2008. 
“And it is a privilege to host the event at Grand Kempinski Hotel Shanghai combining, as it does, European luxury, Kempinski’s signature flair for service and the dynamism of Shanghai – the city everyone is talking about.”Cooke said. 

Rudiger Hollweg, general manager at Grand Kempinski Hotel Shanghai, added: “We are extremely proud and honoured to host 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 in the world.

“We look forward to celebrating the Asian & Australasian best of the best during a spectacular Gala Ceremony event at our hotel.”

Source: Breaking Travel News