Maldives sweeps World Travel Awards 2016
The Maldives has won several awards at the prestigious World Travel Awards Africa & Indian Ocean Gala Ceremony 2016.
Hosted at the Diamonds La Gemma dell’Est in Zanzibar on April 9, the World Travel Awards (WTA) – acknowledged across the globe as the ultimate travel accolade – celebrates its 23rd anniversary this year.
The Maldives swept the major awards in the Indian Ocean category, including Leading Destination, Leading Honeymoon Destination, Leading Dive Destination, and Leading Beach Destination. The Ibrahim Nasir International Airport won the award for Leading Airport.
LUX* Resorts & Hotels won the award for Leading Boutique Hotel Brand while Constance Moofushi was named Leading Dive Resort.
The Sun Siyam Iru Fushi was awarded Leading Family Resort with Conrad Maldives Rangali Island winning Leading Hotel.
Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts won the award for Leading Hotel Brand whilst Four Seasons Resort Seychelles won the award for Leading Hotel Residences.
Royal Island Suite at JA Manafaru Maldives won the award for Leading Hotel Suite.
Hulhule Island Hotel won the award for Leading Leisure Hotel with Kurumba Maldives winning the award for Leading MICE Hotel.
Ocean Pavillion at PER AQUUM Huvafen Fushi won the award for Leading Luxury Water Villa with aaaVeee Nature’s Paradise awarded Leading New Resort.
Trans Maldivian Airways won the award for Leading Seaplane Operator and the award for Leading Travel Agency went to Vermillion International Maldives with Baros Maldives winning Most Romantic Resort.
Speaking at the ceremony, President of the World Travel Awards Graham Cooke said: “My congratulations to everybody who was nominated at the World Travel Awards Africa & Indian Ocean Gala Ceremony this evening and especially those who picked up a trophy.
“As the first stop on our annual Grand Tour the bar has certainly been set high for the rest of the year and I look forward to greeting all of our winners from this evening at the Grand Final in the Maldives in December.”
World Travel Awards was established in 1993 to acknowledge, reward and celebrate excellence across all key sectors of the travel tourism and hospitality industry. Today, the World Travel Awards brand is recognised globally as the ultimate hallmark of quality, with winners setting the benchmark to which all others aspire.
Each year World Travel Awards covers the globe with a series of regional gala ceremonies staged to recognise and celebrate individual and collective successes within each geographical region.
The Grand Tour of World Travel Awards gala ceremonies are regarded as milestone events in the industry calendar, attended by the industry’s key decision makers, chief figure heads and the key trade and consumer media.
This year, the Grand Tour sees World Travel Awards stage regional gala ceremonies in the Middle East, Africa & the Indian Ocean, Latin America, North America & the Caribbean, Asia & Australasia and Europe. Regional winners then compete head to head in in the corresponding world categories to decide who will triumph in the World Travel Awards world awards – the ultimate accolade in the travel and tourism industry. The winners are announced on the night of the World Travel Awards Grand Final at the end of the year. This year’s Grand Final of the World Travel Awards will be held in the Maldives in December.
Maldives’ Leading All-Inclusive Resort – Lily Beach Resort & Spa
Maldives’ Leading Boutique Resort – Baros Maldives
Maldives’ Leading Family Resort – The Sun Siyam Iru Fushi Maldives
Maldives’ Leading Green Resort – Park Hyatt Maldives Hadahaa
Maldives’ Leading Hotel Suite – Royal Island Suite @ JA Manafaru
Maldives’ Leading Leisure Hotel Brand – Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas
Maldives’ Leading Luxury Hotel Villa – Baros Residence @ Baros Maldives
Maldives’ Leading Luxury Resort – Anantara Dhigu Resort Maldives
Maldives’ Leading Luxury Tour Operator – Get Into Maldives Travels
Maldives’ Leading Resort – Kurumba Maldives
Maldives’ Leading Spa Resort – Jumeirah Vittaveli
Maldives’ Leading Travel Agency – Vermillion International Maldives
Maldives’ Leading Villa Resort – Anantara Kihavah Maldives Villas
Maldives’ Leading Water Villa Resort – Conrad Maldives Rangali Island
Click here for the full list of winners.