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World Travel Awards has developed one of the most prestigious and comprehensive annual award programs in the global industry. The 2021 award results named Dominican Republic's Casa de Campo Resort & Villas the "World's Leading Luxury Sports & Villa Resort 2021," a category in which the Dominican resort was competing against hotels in Italy, Jamaica, and Spain. "The luxurious property--which hosts many international celebrities in the Caribbean country--has won this award consecutively since 2014" (dominicantoday.com).
Located in La Romana and established more than 50 years ago, Casa de Campo was the first resort founded in the Dominican Republic. "It currently has three golf courses designed by Pete Dye, classified as the best in the Caribbean. It also has an equestrian center, three private beaches, and luxurious villas to host its select guests" (dominicantoday.com). The resort is a traveler and celebrity favorite for those who appreciate world-class luxury, beauty, activities, privacy, exclusivity, and safety (casadecampo.com.do). The grounds also include seven outstanding restaurants, a shooting course, and fantastic shopping.
World Travel Awards was established in 1993 to acknowledge, reward, and celebrate excellence across all key sectors of the travel, tourism, and hospitality industries and today is recognized globally as the ultimate hallmark of industry excellence (worldtravelawards.com).
Despite the challenges that the COVID-19 pandemic has thrown at tourism worldwide, the World Travel Awards' voting record has reached an unprecedented high. The voting process is online, and the votes come from qualified executives working within travel and tourism as well as the consumer travel buyer. (worldtravelawards.com). A standard vote carries a weighting of one, while votes cast by verified travel professionals carry a weighting of two (worldtravelawards.com). "In 2019, World Travel Awards reported a record 1,945,965 votes cast, a 17 percent increase on the previous record. In 2020, a record 2,033,494 votes were cast, with more people taking part than in any other year of World Travel Awards' 28-year history" (worldtravelawards.com). This healthy appetite for travel shows an encouraging environment for tourism.