Posted on: 08 October 2013 by Mark Howells
Tourism Australia has been named overall winner of the World Routes Awards 2013, the first time that a tourism authority has taken the top spot.
Speaking just after receiving the accolade Andrew McAvoy, managing director of Tourism Australia, commented, "It means a lot to be overall winner in the World Routes Awards 2013. I think it is one of the great partnerships we have in the world, which is our aviation partnerships; our state and territory partnerships and our airport partnerships."
The awards, which are voted exclusively by airlines, were split into five categories this year comprising of four airport categories, split by size and a destination category for the best destination marketing campaign by a tourism authority, which was also awarded to Tourism Australia.
Changi Airport Group was named as the winner from the Over 50m Passengers category while Copenhagen Airport took the 20m-50m Passengers group. In the 4m-20m Passengers category San Diego International Airport took the top spot with Darwin International Airport once again winning the Under 4m Passengers category.
In addition to the shortlisted finalists nominated by the airlines, the regional winners from each of the regional Routes events from 2013 automatically gained a place in the final judging. A respected panel of judges made up of senior members of the airline network planning community then reviewed the lists and submissions from the nominated airports in order to determine the winners. The airlines represented on the panel included Emirates, Lufthansa, United Airlines, COPA Airlines, Malaysia Airlines, Spirit Airlines, South African Airways, Allegiant Air and Cayman Airways.