Turkey’s leading tourism company; Tura Turizm with over 45 years of experience in the industry imprints its name among the best cruise companies of the world.

Seatrade Insider Cruise Awards, which started to be given in 2007, reveals the most outstanding performances in cruise industry. Tura Turizm imprints its name in the finals since 2007; receiving the “Supplier of the Year” award for Shore Excursions in 2007, Tura Turizm continues to be in the finals since then.

Tura Turizm becomes the finalist in Innovative Shorex category in from 2008 till 2011. Three companies from all around the world becomes finalists and one company among them gets the award.

Cruise Copenhagen Network (Destination of the Year), Port of Falmouth, Jamaica (Port of the Year), Hobart GmbH (Onboard Supplier), Toby Biddick’s Green World Tours for Carnival UK (Environmental Initiative), Iceland Travel’s ‘Reykjavik to the Rescue’ (Innovative Shorex) and Viking River Cruises (River Cruise Initiative) were all honoured as winners in the fifth Seatrade Insider Cruise Awards, principal sponsor Fidelio Cruise, presented at the Seatrade Europe 2011 Party, in the Schmidts Tivoli Theatre, Hamburg.

In addition, Michael Thamm, president AIDA Cruises, was named North European Cruise Personality of the Year, an award sponsored by the Mauro Terrevazzi Foundation and V. Ships and selected by Seatrade and V. Ships from nominations received.

In selecting Mr. Thamm for this prestigious award, Seatrade Communications said, ‘Michael Thamm is one of the outstanding personalities in the European cruise industry. Under his leadership AIDA Cruises has developed into one of the most admired brands in Europe with its innovative global deployment strategy and its unique onboard offering. Under his stewardship the fleet has expanded significantly, with a new ship added every year for the past five years and the company has another four vessels on order, including two significantly larger, new-generation Clubships, recently signed with Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Japan.’ V.Ships, ceo Andrea Zito presented the Award to Thamm.

Tony Heuer, president of principle sponsor Fidelio Cruise said, ‘We are delighted to be associated once again with the Seatrade Insider Cruise Awards.  The high level of entries in 2011 reflects the innovative sector that we are all involved in and the diversity and global reach of the cruise industry.’

Mary Bond, Editor, Seatrade Insider gave special thanks to the high calibre independent judging panel for their contribution in the judging process.

Finalists for the Seatrade Insider Cruise awards were Canada/New England Cruise Alliance and Dubai Department of Tourism & Commerce Marketing (Destination of the Year), Port Akdeniz in Antalya, Turkey and Port of Bergen, Norway (Port of the Year), Mivan and Siemens Media4Cruises (Onboard Supplier), Desso and Holland America Line’s sustainable seafood programme (Environmental Initiative), Crystal Cruises’ ANIQUEM burn rehabilitation centre in Lima, Peru and Tura Turizm’s ‘Lost, but Not Forgotten’ tour in Marmaris, Turkey (Innovative Shorex), and AMA Waterways and e-Powered Marine Solutions (River Cruise Initiative).