Maldives wins big at the World Travel Awards and World Spa Awards

The Maldives has been recognised as the World’s Leading Honeymoon Destination and the World’s Leading Dive Destination at the 24th annual World Travel Awards and Indian Ocean’s Best Spa Destination at the 3rd annual World Spa Awards. Hosted at the five-star JW Marriot Phu Quoc Emerald Bay in Vietnam, the event was attended by hospitality leaders from across the world.

“Maldives is thrilled and excited to have won these prestigious awards. Winning these awards shows the visitors’ admiration to what the Maldives has to offer,” says Haris Mohamed, Acting Managing Director of Maldives Marketing and Public Relations Corporation, commenting on the achievements.

“We work hard to retain and maintain our position globally.” Maldives competed against destinations such as Thailand, Hawaii, Mauritius, Australia, Seychelles, USA and UAE for these titles.”

In addition to the destination awards, the Maldives tourism industry also won awards in various categories during the event. Trans Maldivian Airways won the World’s Leading Seaplane Operator award, Hulhulé Island Hotel was named the World’s Leading Airport Resort, Sea at Anantara Kihavah Maldives Villas won the World’s Leading Underwater Hotel Restaurant award, and Baros Maldives was named the World’s Most Romantic Resort.

Sun Aqua Vilu Reef bagged the title for the World’s Leading Water Villa Resort, while Constance Moofushi Maldives was named the World’s Leading Dive Resort, and The St. Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort won the titles for the World’s Leading Resort Design, World’s Leading Luxury Island Resort and World’s Leading Luxury New Resort.

World Travel Awards Gala Ceremonies are regarded as excellent networking opportunities in the travel industry, attended by government and industry leaders, luminaries and international print and broadcast media. World Travel Awards was established in 1993 to acknowledge, reward and celebrate excellence in the tourism industry.

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 key geographical region.

To view the full list of winners of the 24th annual World Travel Awards, please visit worldtravelawards.com/winners/2017/world.