Dubai emerges the big winner at World Travel Awards

Published on : Tuesday, December 3, 2013

WTA-LogoAt an event known as the Oscars of the travel industry, Dubai emerged the big winner of the night, sweeping some of the most coveted awards.

 

Just a few days after being chosen to host the 2020 World Expo convention, the glittering city of Dubai was also named the world’s leading destination, at the 20th edition of the World Travel Awards (WTA), which took place in Doha over the weekend.

 

The city of superlatives, home to some of the world’s most impressive architectural and engineering feats and holder of several Guinness records, now also boasts the world’s leading hotel (Burj Al Arab, instantly recognisable for its sail-like design), leading new hotel (JW Marriott Marquis Dubai, also the world’s tallest hotel) and leading spa resort (Jumeirah Zabeel Saray).

 

Interestingly, the desert city also snagged an award in a surprising category, trouncing the Caribbean and the tropics to be named home to the world’s leading beach resort, thanks to Le Royal Meridien Beach Resort & Spa.

 

Etihad Airways, the national carrier of the United Arab Emirates, which is based out of Abu Dhabi, was named the world’s leading airline for the fifth year in a row, cementing its status as the gold standard in airline services. The carrier also boasts the world’s best cabin crew.

 

“The Grand Final is a very competitive evening for our World Travel Awards nominees from all over the world, and these particular winners continue to serve as an example of the most luxurious and innovative brands with unique hospitality products and services,” said WTA president, Graham Cooke.

 

“Tonight’s recipients strive to set the highest possible bar, to raise the standards of excellence in travel and tourism and they carry these accolades into 2014 with pride and passion.”

 
Interestingly, of the more than 150 categories, the US managed only a handful of wins, in categories like leading casino resort (MGM Grand Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas); and world’s leading themed resort (Universal Orlando Resort, Florida).

 

Votes are cast by the industry’s elite, including CEO’s of leading travel companies, tourism officials and executives, and travel experts from around the world. Winners of the regional competitions such as Asia, Europe and North America, go on to be considered for the grand finale.

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