Transcorp Hilton Abuja to host 2014 WTA Africa & Indian Ocean Gala Ceremony

Posted: May 19, 2014 in travel & tourism

world travel awardsThe World Travel Awards (WTA) has revealed plans to stage its prestigious Africa & Indian Ocean Gala Ceremony 2014 in Abuja, Nigeria, on September 5. The sumptuous Transcorp Hilton Abuja will host the event, which will welcome hundreds of industry leaders to the Nigerian capital.

The Gala Ceremony is expected to celebrate excellence in travel, tourism and hospitality in the Africa & Indian Ocean regions with industry leaders from across both regions gathering to recognise the achievements of companies in the past 12 months.

According to the organizers of the prestigious awards ceremonies, the choice of the Transcorp is informed by the wide range of leisure facilities offered, ‘and is the perfect setting for the glittering red carpet ceremony.’

Notably, apart from the Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation (NTDC) shortlisted along with eight other tourism boards, in the Africa’s Leading Tourist Board 2014 category, no Nigerian travel and tourism operator named in the nearly 60 categories of the awards.

Transcorp Hilton Abuja will mark the fourth stop on the annual World Travel Awards Grand Tour, with proceedings having kicked off at the JW Marriott Marquis Dubai earlier this month. Divani Apollon Palace & Thalasso, in Athens, Greece, marks the next stop on the year-long global search for the world’s finest travel tourism organisations, on August 2nd, with Quito, Ecuador, following on August 9.

Regional Gala Ceremonies will follow in New Delhi, India, and on the beautiful Caribbean island of Anguilla later in the year, before World Travel Awards arrives in Marrakech, Morocco, for the Grand Final 2014 in November.

Graham Cooke, President & Founder, World Travel Awards, said: “I am delighted we will be visiting Nigeria for the first time for what promises to be the most exciting and competitive Africa & Indian Ocean Gala Ceremony yet. Transcorp Hilton Abuja is one of the leading properties in Nigeria’s capital, Abuja; at the heart of a rapidly developing business and leisure tourism industry in the country.”

Winner of Hilton Worldwide prize for Hotel of the Year 2010 for Middle East & Africa and World Travel Awards 2013 prize for Nigeria’s Leading Hotel, Transcorp Hilton Abuja, for over 27 years, the Transcorp Hilton hotel has offered consistent quality service to local and international business and leisure travellers.

The iconic hotel which has 670 well-appointed art-deco rooms and suites on 10 floors with floors 9 and 10 dedicated as Executive Floors, along with 4 restaurants, 4 bars and a Night Club, is famous for hosting high profile events and State visits and is rightly acclaimed as the flagship of Nigeria’s hospitality industry.

Remarking, Valentine Ozigbo, Managing Director and Chief Executive of Transnational Hotels & Tourism Services, owners of Transcorp Hilton Abuja, said: “’We welcome the opportunity to host the prestigious World Travel Awards Africa & Indian Ocean Gala Ceremony 2014 in our hotel.

“Coming soon after we successfully hosted the 24th World Economic Forum on Africa, the Africa & Indian Ocean Gala Ceremony provides us another opportunity to showcase the best of Nigerian hospitality and reinforce the position of Transcorp Hilton Abuja as the choice destination for high profile events.”

Hailed as ‘the Oscars of the travel industry’, World Travel Awards celebrates its 21st anniversary this year and is acknowledged across the globe as the ultimate travel accolade.

The organisation aims to celebrate those brands that are pushing the boundaries of industry excellence.


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