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The Travel 'Oscars' Reveal the World's Best Destinations Last week the World Travel Awards unveiled its list of the world's leading travel and tourism stars for 2012. Winners in over fifty categories were announced in the awards, now in their nineteenth year and they included Best Business Hotel, Best Beach Destination, Best Tourist Attraction and Best Golf Resort.

The results of the year long search to find the world's top travel winners were announced in a high profile awards event in New Delhi, India. The ceremony was attended by leading tourism industry professionals and key opinion-formers as they awaited the hotly anticipated results.

Winners in the prestigious awards programme are selected by public and professional voting in a year-long process. Here is a run-down of some of the big winners in the World Travel Awards 2012:

World's Leading Destination - India         

India offers travellers a little slice of everything they could want.

Mountains, beaches, culture, cuisine and incredible sights are par for the course on a trip to this eclectic country. Enjoy the peace of the Indian countryside or the hectic hustle and bustle of its cities from New Delhi to Mumbai, Bangalore and each personality filled city in between.

World's Leading Island Destination - Maldives In the middle of the Indian Ocean, the Maldives bring together natural beauty, fantastic sunshine twelve months of the year and a warm welcome. Combining the traditional and modern, the islands have something to offer every taste.

World's Most Romantic Destination - Jamaica This unique Caribbean island has the climate, beaches and luxury accommodation that travellers have come to expect from this part of the world but it also has an incredible culture and history. Enjoy romantic walks along white beaches, bathing in stunning waterfalls or simply lie back and take in an incredible sunset.

World's Best Beach Destination - Turks and Caicos With dozens of tourism accolades under its belt, this small island group is no stranger to award wins. Just 37 miles long, the Turks and Caicos Islands are made of 40 islands but among these the two main islands are Grand Turk and Providenciales. Lying over 500 miles from the coast of Florida, these stunning islands with unspoilt, palm-lined beaches are just 90 minutes by plane from Miami.

World's Leading Honeymoon Destination - Mauritius It's no surprise that this tropical paradise in the Indian Ocean is a hit among honeymooners. With miles and miles of white, sandy beaches lining turquoise oceans, combined with historical wonders and multi-cultural cuisine inspired by China, Africa, France and India, this is a great place to enjoy the first few days of marriage.

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