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Submissions are now open for the 8th edition of the LATA Achievement Awards recognising individuals and/or companies that have made an exceptional contribution to the development of Latin American tourism. For 2018, the awards will be bigger and better than ever with a range of new categories and a new judging panel.

For 2018, the LATA Achievement Awards judging panel will be led by Derek Moore, chairman of AITO, co-founder of Explore Worldwide and recipient of the Contribution to Adventure Travel award at the 2017 Adventure Travel Conference. Derek is joined by Aneil Bedi, director at M&C Saatchi and judge of the Travel Marketing Awards, Barbara Kolosinska, director at C&M Travel Recruitment, Quinn Meyer, founder of the CREES Foundation and Danny Callaghan, general manager of LATA.

The 2018 awards categories are:

  • Tour operator of the year award
  • Airline of the year award
  • DMC of the year award
  • Hotel of the year award
  • Cruise of the year award
  • Destination of the year award
  • Marketing campaign of the year award
  • Product launch of the year award
  • People award
  • Innovation in sustainability award

The awards ceremony will take place on Monday 11 June during ela; Europe’s biggest B2B travel conference focused on the Latin American region.

Submissions are free-of-charge and open to all members of the travel industry including tour operators, airlines, DMCs, hoteliers, cruise companies, tourist boards, PR and representation companies, individuals a/o other tourism businesses (not just LATA members).  The deadline for submissions is 30 April 2018.

Submission details and all entry criteria is available via   



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For any queries on the awards, or to discuss sponsorship opportunities, please email

The Latin American Travel Industry (LATA) is represented by LOTUS. For more information a/o images, please contact Kate McWilliams or Lucy Keenan ( / 0207 953 7470). For more information on LATA, please visit or for more information on ela, please visit

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