WTA Middle East honors tourism leaders in the region

Published on : Tuesday, April 24, 2018

World Travel AwardsRas al Khaimah has welcomed the World Travel Awards (WTA) Middle East Gala Ceremony for the first time, with the best of regional hospitality furnished. The ceremony marked the start of the WTA Grand Tour 2018.

The Ritz-Carlton Ras Al Khaimah, Al Wadi Desert, was among the big winners, bagging the title of Middle East’s Leading Luxury Desert Resort.

Voters also honoured Ras al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority (RAKTDA), which was recognized as the Middle East’s Leading Adventure Tourism Destination. The newly opened ToroVerde zipline was honored with the title of Middle East’s Leading Adventure Tourist Attraction.

The World Travel Awards celebrated its silver jubilee. The organization gave the prestigious title of Middle East’s Leading Travel Personality to Nasser Al Nowais, Chairman of the Board of Directors, Rotana Hotel Management Corporation.

World Travel Awards President and Founder, Graham Cooke, said: “What an evening it has been here in Ras al Khaimah at the Waldorf Astoria. We have had the privilege to recognise many of the best hotels, airlines and hospitality providers from many destinations across the Middle East and my sincere congratulations to each of them.”
In the hospitality sector, The Oberoi Beach Resort, Al Zorah, bagged the title of Middle East’s Leading Luxury Villa Resort.

In aviation, Oman Air was honoured with trophies for both Middle East’s Leading Airline – Business Class: and Middle East’s Leading Airline – Economy Class. Dubai-based Emirates took the title of Middle East’s Leading Airline. United Arab Emirates flag-carrier Etihad Airways grabbed the titles of Middle East’s Leading Airline Website and Middle East’s Leading Airline Rewards Programme for Etihad Guest.

Haitham Mattar, Chief Executive, Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority, said: “It has been a great honour to welcome the prestigious World Travel Awards Gala Ceremony for the first time to Ras Al Khaimah, an event that brings together travel industry leaders worldwide.”

As part of the Grand Tour 2018, WTA is also hosting ceremonies in Athens (Greece), Jamaica, Hong Kong, Guayaquil (Ecuador), Durban (South Africa), with the winners progressing to the Grand Final in Lisbon (Portugal). The Grand Final will take place Lisbon, Portugal, on December 1st.


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