The Raj Palace does India Proud- Wins the “World’s Leading Best Heritage Hotel Award 2012”

Last Updated: Fri, Jan 04, 2013 14:20 hrs

Jaipur, Rajasthan, India:World Travel Awards (WTA) has capped its year-long search for the most popular travel and tourism brands in the world with its glittering Grand Final Gala Ceremony in New Delhi, India, on 12th December 2012.

The Raj Palace has been able to achieve this unique distinction in the World category of the World Travel Awards– the Oscars of the Global travel and Tourism Industry.

Dr. K. Chiranjeevi, Minister of State for Tourism, India, says: “It has been a tremendous honour for our nation to host the Grand Final of World Travel Awards, the highest accolade in travel and tourism. Tourists from the world over can find their destination or product of desire in India. We can proudly say that India is an incredible destination with range of products like nowhere else.”

Graham Cooke, President & Founder, World Travel Awards, says: “The past year has continued to challenge every area of travel, tourism and hospitality. However our Grand Final winners have all demonstrated their world-class pedigree over this period, and are currently spearheading the global recovery of travel and tourism. In doing so they are also reinforcing our industry’s role as one of the mainstays of the global economy.”

“India in particular is playing a decisive role in generating new opportunities in travel and tourism, hence the decision to host our Grand Final in New Delhi. In less than a decade, the number of international tourists here has more than doubled, reflecting how travel and tourism is linked inextricably with the economic evolution of this new superpower.”


The Raj Palace hotel in Jaipur was voted the 'World's Best Heritage hotel' in 2011 by World Travel Awards. The Raj Palace is well known for its hospitality. Many A-Listers like the first family of Politics, Business, Royal Families, Bollywood and Hollywood celebrities are regular guests at this hotel The grandeur and mystique of one of the Royal Families of Rajasthan can be seen and experienced today at “The Raj Palace” located on the main Amber Palace Road,. The Raj Palace was Built in 1727 to be the Jaipur’s first palace it is an unrivalled specimen of the “Pink City’s character, charm and grandeur. The palace was converted into an exquisite luxury hotel in 1996 which is now a “Small Luxury Hotel of the World” and a member of Five Star Alliance

Others Recognition and Awards

-- World’s Leading Heritage Hotel (Year 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011) by World Travel Awards

-- Asia’s Leading Suite: Durbar Mahal (Year 2007, 2008, 2009,) by World Travel Awards

-- Asia’s Leading Suite , Maharajah Pavilion year 2010 and 2011 by World travel awards

-- India’s Best Heritage Hotel (2006, 2007) by National Tourism of India


-- Member of Small Luxury Hotel’s of the world (SLH)

-- Member of Five Star Alliance

-- Member of VISA Luxury Collection

-- Member of Kiwi Collection

-- Member of American Express Platinum and Centurion Luxury Travel Collection

-- Spa Finder - Reader's Choice Awards, Best Boutique Spa – 2008

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Quote of the Ankur Rara: General Manager, The Raj Palace after winning the Award

Ankur Rara, General Manager of The Raj Palace, said: “The past year has been very challenging due to global crisis in the international financial world and the luxury travel had really faced a very big challenge due to this, However The Raj Palace has been able to maintain the levels of the service to its guests and have demonstrated the world-class quality and comfort for all its guests over the period. We are proud to be No 1 in the world in our category”

About the Ceremony

World Travel Awards (WTA) has capped its year-long search for the most popular travel and tourism brands in the world with its glittering Grand Final Gala Ceremony in New Delhi, India, on 12th December 2012.

Organisations including Jumeirah, Starwood Hotels, Lufthansa, Korean Air, Royal Caribbean International and Kuoni walked off with top honours for their roles spearheading the global travel and tourism recovery.

The most important decision-makers in the industry attended the VIP ceremony, which was officially supported by Ministry of Tourism, Government of India,

Etihad Airways continued its meteoric rise by being voted “World’s Leading Airline” and “World’s Leading Airline First Class”, following a milestone year that saw the UAE flag-carrier continue its journey as the fastest growing airline in history. Singapore Airlines won “World’s Leading Airline Business Class” and Lufthansa was named “World’s Leading Airline Economy Class”.

Hospitality categories included Dubai’s Burj al Arab (“World’s Leading Hotel”), The Raj Palace (World’ Leading heritage hotel )and Atlantis The Palm, Dubai (“World’s Leading Landmark Resort”).

It was also an evening of celebration in India, with the nation seeing off the likes of Dubai, London, Cape Town and Rio de Janeiro to win the blue riband “World’s Leading Destination” award. Incredible India was voted “World’s Leading Tourist Board” in recognition of its part in raising international tourist arrivals.

Destination winners included the Maldives (“World’s Leading Island Destination”), Mauritius (“World’s Leading Honeymoon Destination”) and Jamaica (“World’s Leading Cruise Destination”).

Hailed as “The Oscars of the Travel Industry” by the Wall Street Journal, WTA is recognised worldwide as the ultimate travel accolade. Its 2012 Grand Tour featured regional heats in Dubai (UAE), Turks & Caicos Islands, The Algarve (Portugal) and Singapore, with the winners from these competing head-to-head at the Grand Final.

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World Travel Awards was launched in 1993 to acknowledge and recognise excellence in the global travel and tourism industry. Now celebrating its 19th anniversary, it is regarded as the very highest achievement that a travel product could hope to receive.

Votes are cast by 213,000 travel professionals including travel agencies, tour and transport companies and tourism organizations in more than 160 countries across the globe.

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World Travel Awards primary objective is to drive up standards within the industry and to ensure that brands exceed expectations. It is totally impartial and independent.

Launched to encourage the international travel and tourism industry to embrace the pursuit of excellence in everything it does – from customer relations to creativity, product innovation and business acumen – the awards and judging are strictly controlled to ensure total fairness. The key factors that transform a well-run company into an excellent one are recognised, encouraged and underlined in every World Travel Awards event.

The inherent principles under which all nominations are judged are:

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The voting process is online and a year-long communications campaign encourages global participation. Votes are made by executives working within travel and tourism, but the majority are made by travel agents, call centres and home workers. In 2009 the voting was opened to the public. Travel agent voters can upgrade to "industry" status by providing their travel agent association membership number during registration. Votes cast by travel agent voters count as two votes while the votes cast by non-industry voters count as one vote. All votes are internally audited to ensure the validity of each individual vote.

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The Raj Palace

Ankur Rara (General Manager), The Raj Palace, Jaipur (INDIA) receiving the Award from Dr K Chiranjeevi, Minister of State for Tourism, India

Ankur Rara, General Manager, The Raj Palace, +91 9829051543 / +91 (141) 2634077

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