World’s Leading Island Destination 2013 title has been awarded to “Maldives...the sunny side of life” at the World Travel Awards Grand Final held at La Cigale Hotel in Doha, Qatar on 30th November 2013. The destinations nominated for this category were Bali Indonesia, Barbados, Cook Islands, Crete Greece, Jamaica, Madeira Islands, Mauritius, Seychelles, Sicily Italy, St Lucia and Zanzibar, Tanzania. This is the third time that Maldives has won this prestigious award.
Furthermore, Maldives has won significant awards in other categories as well. This includes:
• Hulhule Island Hotel for World’s Leading Airport Resort 2013
• Conrad Maldives Rangali Island for World’s Leading Water Villa Resort 2013
• Baros Maldives for World’s Most Romantic Resort 2013
• Baros Maldives for World Leading Island Villas 2013
Maldives has been nominated to several other categories as well. Being nominated and winning such prestigious awards proves that Maldives is internationally recognized world class destination. Such illustrious endorsements of the Maldivian tourism product by the World Travel Awards highlight the uniqueness of the Maldives as a destination and indicate the visitors’ love and confidence towards Maldives further enhancing Maldives brand image as a luxury destination.
World Travel Awards celebrates its 20th Anniversary this year and is acknowledged across the globe as the ultimate travel accolade, celebrating those companies, organisations and brands that are pushing the boundaries of industry excellence in product and service. The industry’s elite - including CEOs of leading travel companies, government ministers and tourism board chiefs - travelled from around the globe to join guests of honour HE Sheikha Al Mayassa bint Hamad al-Thani, chairperson of Qatar Museums Authority and Sheikh Jassim bin Abdulaziz al-Thani to celebrate the very best travel and tourism brands.