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DFDS Seaways named World’s Leading Ferry Operator

DFDS Seaways was named the World’s Leading Ferry Operator at the World Travel Awards in Doha, Qatar last night (11 January 2012).

The cruise ferry operator fought off stiff competition from New Zealand, the Baltic Sea and a number of European rivals to claim the trophy.

More than 210,000 travel industry professionals and consumers voted in this year’s World Travel Awards which are recognised worldwide as the Oscars of the Travel Industry and the premier industry awards programme.

The award for World’s Leading Ferry Operator is in addition to the five successive accolades DFDS Seaways holds as Europe’s Leading Long Sea Ferry Operator. The cruise ferry company puts the success down to its quality onboard offering with restaurants, bars, live entertainment and Kids’ club, and exceptional customer service, as well as its comprehensive passenger route network which incorporates channel, north sea and Baltic routes making it a convenient way to access Europe and Scandinavia.

This year’s regional heats of the World Travel Award included: Dubai - Middle East; Antalya, Turkey – Europe; Sharm el Sheik, Egypt - Africa & Indian Ocean; Bangkok, Thailand - Asia & Australasia and Montego Bay, Jamaica - Caribbean & The Americas. The awards, founded in 1993, acknowledge, reward and celebrate excellence across all sectors of the global travel, tourism and hospitality industry.

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Notes to editors

DFDS is one of Europe’s largest ferry companies, operating both passenger and freight routes between England, Ireland, Scotland, France, Belgium, Holland, Germany, Denmark, Norway, Sweden and Lithuania.

DFDS Seaways holds the prestigious title of Europe’s Leading Long Sea Ferry Operator 2011 awarded by The World Travel Awards for the fifth year in a row.

In the UK, the company operates passenger services on routes from Newcastle to Amsterdam, Harwich to Esbjerg and Dover to Dunkirk.

For further information, visit www.dfds.co.uk