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Travel Weekly features editor Joanna Booth has scooped a prestigious industry award for the second year in a row for her guide to luxury holidays in the Galapagos Islands.
The feature, which was published in Travel Weekly’s luxury title Aspire in September, was given the Trade Publication: Feature of the Year Award by the Latin American Travel Association (Lata) in a ceremony held in central London last night.
Lata chairman Byron Shirto said: “Joanna Booth is to be congratulated on her winning article for Travel Weekly’s Aspire.
“We had a record number of entries this year, with enthralling features describing extraordinary adventures. All entrants are to be thanked for the valuable coverage which draws attention to the many and diverse attractions of Latin America.
“The Lata membership really appreciates the continued enthusiasm and interest from the media for all things Latin America.”
The ceremony was sponsored by Belmond, with the trade award specifically supported by Silversea Cruises.
Ralph Aruzza, Belmond chief sales and marketing officer, said: “Latin America is key to the Belmond portfolio and we are thrilled to be part of an awards that recognise the importance of writing about and promoting the region. It is inspiring to see so many strong and diverse articles and we congratulate all those who won awards.”
Booth cruised through the Galapagos Islands last year on luxury ship La Pinta, owned by Ecuadorian cruise line and LATA member Metropolitan Touring, which works with UK tour operators such as Cox & Kings.
This is the third time Booth has been recognised for her expertise in writing about Latin America, having won the same award in 2014 for a feature on Easter Island, and been highly commended the year before for a piece on Argentina, both published in Aspire.
The ceremony was held at Peruvian venue Lima Floral and attracted representatives from regional specialists including Journey Latin America, Cox & Kings, Aeromexico, Latam Airlines Group, Jacada Travel, AMResorts and Rainbow Tours.
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