• World Travel Awards 2013 for unique hospitality products and services

    Ramesh Tiwari
    December 2, 2013
    World Travel Awards 2013 for unique hospitality products and services

    Doha : The 2013 World Travel Awards Grand Final was hosted at a glittering ceremony at La Cigale Hotel in Doha, Qatar on 30th November 2013.

    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. 

    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.

    Winners on the night included Intercontinental Hotels & Resorts who were voted “World’s Leading Hotel Brand” whilst JW Marriott Marquis Dubai was named “World’s Leading New Hotel” and “World’s Leading Hotel” went to Burj Al Arab. “World’s Leading Spa Resort” was awarded to Jumeirah Zabeel Saray, Dubai.

    In the destination categories, Kenya triumphed with “World’s Leading Safari Destination”, “World’s Leading Culinary Destination” was captured by Peru with “World’s Leading Golf Destination” was awarded to Portugal. Dubai won the coveted “World’s Leading Destination” trophy in a week which saw the destination chosen as the first Middle Eastern city to host of the 2020 World Expo trade convention.

    Voters from around the world selected Etihad Airways as “World’s Leading Airline” whilst AirAsia was voted “World’s Leading Low-Cost Airline”.

    From the Travel Technology sector, highlights included Expedia who were voted “World’s Leading Online Travel Agency Website” and Marriott Hotels & Resorts who were awarded “World’s Leading Hotel Brand Website”.

    It was also an evening of celebration for Qatar with Doha being named “World’s Leading Business Travel Destination” for the third year running. The St. Regis Doha was named “World’s Leading Business Hotel” while “World’s Leading Hotel Residences” was awarded to W Doha Hotel & Residences. “World’s Leading Travel Agency” went to Regency Travel & Tours, “World’s Excellence in Service Award” to La Cigale Hotel and “World’s Leading Villa” to the Royal Villa at Sharq Village & Spa.

    Graham E. Cooke, President and Founder, World Travel Awards said: “We are proud to have held these Awards in Doha, showing our continued support for innovative development of tourism in this region. 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.”

    World’s Excellence In Service Award                           La Cigale Hotel, Qatar
    World’s Leading Adventure Tour Operator                     Mantis Extreme
    World’s Leading Air Travel Service Provider                  dnata
    World’s Leading Airline                                               Etihad Airways
    World’s Leading Airline – Business Class                    Virgin Atlantic Airways
    World’s Leading Airline – Economy Class                     Hainan Airlines
    World’s Leading Airline – First Class                            Etihad Airways
    World’s Leading Airline Alliance                                  Oneworld
    World’s Leading Airline Lounge – Business Class Virgin Atlantic ClubHouse – London Heathrow Airport, UK
    World’s Leading Airline Lounge – First Class Emirates First Class Lounge – Emirates Terminal 3, Dubai International Airport, UAE
    World’s Leading Airline Rewards Programme Emirates – Skywards
    World’s Leading Airport Singapore Changi Airport, Singapore
    World’s Leading Airport Hotel Airways Hotel Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea
    World’s Leading Airport Resort Hulhule Island Hotel, Maldives
    World’s Leading All Inclusive Company Sandals Resorts International
    World’s Leading All Inclusive Family Resort Brand Beaches Resorts
    World’s Leading All Inclusive Resort Sandals Royal Bahamian Spa Resort & Offshore Island, The Bahamas
    World’s Leading All Suite Hotel Burj Al Arab, Dubai, UAE
    World’s Leading All Suite Hotel & Spa Hotel Les Ottomans, Turkey
    World’s Leading Apartment Hotel The Regent, South Africa
    World’s Leading Beach Destination Grace Bay Beach (Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands)
    World’s Leading Beach Resort Le Royal Méridien Beach Resort & Spa, Dubai, UAE
    World’s Leading Boutique Cruise Zambezi Queen
    World’s Leading Boutique Hotel Saxon Boutique Hotel, Villas & Spa, South Africa
    World’s Leading Boutique Hotel Brand Small Luxury Hotels of the World
    World’s Leading Boutique Resort Vila Joya, Portugal
    World’s Leading Boutique Villa Resort Eagles Nest, New Zealand
    World’s Leading Business Car Rental Company Sixt
    World’s Leading Business Hotel The St. Regis Doha, Qatar
    World’s Leading Business Hotel & Apartments Grosvenor House Dubai, UAE
    World’s Leading Business Hotel Brand Rotana Hotels
    World’s Leading Business Travel Agency Carlson Wagonlit Travel
    World’s Leading Business Travel Destination Doha, Qatar
    World’s Leading Cabin Crew Etihad Airways
    World’s Leading Car Hire Avis
    World’s Leading Caribbean Attraction Company Island Routes Caribbean Adventures
    World’s Leading Casino Resort MGM Grand Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, USA
    World’s Leading Charter Airline Tui Fly
    World’s Leading City Break Destination Paris, France
    World’s Leading City Hotel Banyan Tree Bangkok, Thailand
    World’s Leading Classic Hotel Dukes Hotel, England
    World’s Leading Conference Hotel Jumeirah at Etihad Towers, Abu Dhabi, UAE
    World’s Leading Conservation Company Parques de Sintra – Monte da Lua, Portugal
    World’s Leading Corporate Resort Beach Rotana, Abu Dhabi, UAE
    World’s Leading Cruise Brand Royal Caribbean International
    World’s Leading Cruise Destination Jamaica
    World’s Leading Cruise Line Royal Caribbean International
    World’s Leading Cruise Port Port Rashid, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
    World’s Leading Cruise Travel Agent Cruise.co.uk
    World’s Leading Culinary Destination Peru
    World’s Leading Desert Resort Bab Al Shams Desert Resort & Spa, UAE
    World’s Leading Design Hotel The Vine Hotel, Portugal
    World’s Leading Destination Dubai, United Arab Emirates
    World’s Leading Destination Management Company Kuoni Destination Management
    World’s Leading Dive Destination Seychelles
    World’s Leading Dive Resort Royal Savoy Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt
    World’s Leading Eco-Lodge Shamwari Game Reserve – Eagles Crag Lodge, South Africa
    World’s Leading Emerging Luxury Hotel Brand Shaza Hotels
    World’s Leading Extreme Adventure Bear Grylls Survival Academy
    World’s Leading Family Hotel Angel’s Peninsula, Turkey
    World’s Leading Family Resort Jebel Ali Golf Resort, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
    World’s Leading Ferry Operator DFDS Seaways
    World’s Leading Fully Integrated Resort Cornelia Diamond Golf Resort & Spa, Turkey
    World’s Leading Golf Destination Portugal
    World’s Leading Golf Resort Casa de Campo, Dominican Republic
    World’s Leading Golf Resort & Spa Cornelia Diamond Golf Resort & Spa, Turkey
    World’s Leading Green Cruise Line Star Clippers
    World’s Leading Green Destination Ecuador
    World’s Leading Green Hotel Conrad Macao, Cotai Central, China
    World’s Leading Green Resort Anantara Hua Hin Resort & Spa, Thailand
    World’s Leading Green Tour Operator Explorandes, Peru
    World’s Leading Green Transport Solution Company Europcar
    World’s Leading Heritage Hotel The Raj Palace, India
    World’s Leading Honeymoon Destination Mauritius
    World’s Leading Honeymoon Resort Sandals Grande Antigua Resort & Spa, Antigua
    World’s Leading Hospitality Company Katara Hospitality
    World’s Leading Hotel Burj Al Arab, Dubai, UAE
    World’s Leading Hotel Alliance Leading Hotels of the World
    World’s Leading Hotel Brand InterContinental Hotels & Resorts
    World’s Leading Hotel Dining & Entertainment Experience La Cigale Hotel, Qatar
    World’s Leading Hotel Loyalty Programme Starwood Preferred Guest
    World’s Leading Hotel Penthouses The One Penthouse @ One&Only Cape Town, South Africa
    World’s Leading Hotel Residences W Doha Hotel & Residences, Qatar
    World’s Leading Hotel Spa The Regent Palms. Turks & Caicos
    World’s Leading Hotel Suite Palace Suite at Emirates Palace, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
    World’s Leading Ice Hotel ICEHOTEL, Sweden
    World’s Leading Island Destination Maldives
    World’s Leading Island Resort Pullman Timi Ama Sardegna, Italy
    World’s Leading Island Villas Baros Maldives
    World’s Leading Landmark Hotel Armani Hotel Dubai, UAE
    World’s Leading Landmark Resort Atlantis The Palm, Dubai, UAE
    World’s Leading Large Ship Cruise Line Norwegian Cruise Line
    World’s Leading Lifestyle Hotel Millennium Hotel Abu Dhabi, UAE
    World’s Leading Lifestyle Resort Rixos The Palm Dubai Hotel, UAE
    World’s Leading Low-Cost Airline AirAsia
    World’s Leading Luxury All Suite Hotel Tower Club at lebua
    World’s Leading Luxury Beach Resort Emirates Palace, Abu Dhabi, UAE
    World’s Leading Luxury Business Hotel Radisson Royal Hotel, Moscow, Russia
    World’s Leading Luxury Car Hire Avis Prestige
    World’s Leading Luxury Chauffeur Service Sixt Limousine Service
    World’s Leading Luxury Hotel The Oberoi Gurgaon, India
    World’s Leading Luxury Hotel Brand Oberoi Hotels & Resorts
    World’s Leading Luxury Island Resort Maradiva Villas Resort & Spa, Mauritius
    World’s Leading Luxury Leisure Resort & Spa Conrad Algarve, Portugal
    World’s Leading Luxury Lodge Thanda Private Game Reserve, South Africa
    World’s Leading Luxury Resort InterContinental Samui Baan Taling Ngam Resort, Thailand
    World’s Leading Luxury Safari Company &Beyond
    World’s Leading Luxury Sailing Cruise Company Star Clippers
    World’s Leading Luxury Sharia Compliant Hotel Angel’s Peninsula, Turkey
    World’s Leading Luxury Tour Operator Kuoni Group
    World’s Leading Luxury Train Maharajas’ Express
    World’s Leading Luxury Villa Resort Raffles Praslin, Seychelles
    World’s Leading Marketing Campaign Welcome To Yorkshire
    World’s Leading Medical Wellness & Spa Operator VAMED Vitality World
    World’s Leading Meetings & Conference Centre Dubai World Trade Centre, Dubai, UAE
    World’s Leading Meetings & Conference Destination Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
    World’s Leading MICE Hotel Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai, UAE
    World’s Leading New Hotel JW Marriott Marquis Dubai, United Arab Emirates
    World’s Leading New Resort Anantara Dubai The Palm Resort & Spa, UAE
    World’s Leading Palace Hotel The Ritz-Carlton, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
    World’s Leading Polar Expedition Operator Quark Expeditions
    World’s Leading Private Game Reserve Shambala Private Reserve, South Africa
    World’s Leading Private Island Resort Necker Island
    World’s Leading Private Jet Charter Royal Jet
    World’s Leading Resort Forte Village Resort, Italy
    World’s Leading River Cruise Company American Cruise Lines
    World’s Leading Safari Destination Kenya
    World’s Leading Serviced Apartment Brand The Ascott Limited
    World’s Leading Serviced Apartment Hotel Oasis Beach Tower, Dubai, UAE
    World’s Leading Serviced Apartments Fraser Suites Le Claridge Champs-Elysees, France
    World’s Leading Small Ships Cruise Line American Cruise Lines
    World’s Leading Spa Resort Jumeirah Zabeel Saray, Dubai, UAE
    World’s Leading Specialist Cruise Line Swan Hellenic
    World’s Leading Sports Academy Forte Village Resort, Italy
    World’s Leading Sports Resort Meydan, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
    World’s Leading Thalasso Resort Aldemar Royal Mare, Greece
    World’s Leading Themed Resort Universal Orlando Resort, Florida, USA
    World’s Leading Tour Operator TUI Travel PLC
    World’s Leading Tourist Board Incredible India
    World’s Leading Travel Agency Regency Travel & Tours
    World’s Leading Travel Club DreamTrips by Rovia
    World’s Leading Travel Management Company FCm Travel Solutions
    World’s Leading Villa Royal Villa, Sharq Village & Spa, Qatar
    World’s Leading Villa Resort Round Hill Hotel & Villas, Jamaica
    World’s Leading Water Villa Resort Conrad Maldives Rangali Island, Maldives
    World’s Leading Wellness Hotel Grand Hotel Lienz, Austria
    World’s Most Innovative Airline Korean Air
    World’s Most Romantic Resort Baros Maldives
    World’s Responsible Tourism Award National Ferries Company  Source : World Travel Awards

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