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Scenic Tours has taken out the competition, winning Australasia’s Leading Tour Operator at the World Travel Awards.

Voted by travel and tourism professionals worldwide, the award recognizes the company’s achievements over the past year.

Scenic Tours general manager of sales and marketing Michelle Black said the company was thrilled to win the award.

Ms Black said: “This accolade is testament to our global reputation and recognises our efforts and uncompromising promise to create the ultimate in all-inclusive luxury touring experiences world-wide.”

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Jennifer Perry & Scenic Tours’ Glen Moroney at the Scenic Jewel christening.

The World Travel Awards Asia & Australasia Gala Ceremony 2013 was held on 1 October at Anantara Dubai The Palm Resort & Spa in Dubai.

Meanwhile, Scenic Tours has also officially christened its seventh ‘Space-Ship’, Scenic Jewel, which made its inaugural voyage in April this year.

A regular Scenic Tours cruiser and Scenic Club Emerald member, Jennifer Perry, christened the vessel late last month in Rüdesheim, Germany.

During her speech, Ms Perry said: “‘Herewith I christen you in the name of Scenic Jewel.

“I wish you, your passengers and crew always enough water beneath your keel.

“I wish you always a good journey’, before throwing the champagne bottle.”

All guests on the 23 September Scenic Jewel tour attended the ceremony.

Scenic Jewel sails along the Rhine and Main rivers from Frankfurt to Amsterdam.