World Travel Awards announce winners Africa/Indian Ocean Ceremony

Posted: September 29, 2014 in general

world travel awardsThe World Travel Awards has announced winners of the Africa & Indian Ocean Gala Ceremony of its prestigious honours despite the cancellation of the formal presentation ceremony earlier planned for Abuja, last September 5.

The recent outbreak of the ebola virus in Nigeria informed the organizers’ decision to cancel the ceremony earlier scheduled for the Transorp Hilton Hotel, Abuja.

According to Mr. Christopher James, Public Relations, World Travel Awards, the ebola virus outbreak informed the decision to pull the event in Abuja: “Sadly, the 2014 World Travel Awards Africa & Indian Ocean Gala Ceremony has been cancelled due to the on-going Ebola medical emergency in Nigeria,” said Christopher James, Public Relations, World Travel Awards

It would be recalled that the organization had revealed plans to stage its prestigious Africa & Indian Ocean Gala Ceremony 2014 in Abuja, on September 5 at the Transcorp Hilton Abuja which would have effectively positioned the country to attracting hundreds of industry leaders to the Nigerian capital.

For this year’s Africa & Indian Ocean Gala Ceremony winners, the Kenya Tourism Board defeated the Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation and others to successfully defended its title as Africa’s Leading Tourist Board.

The organisation was among the most successful entrants at the 2014 awards, taking the prize for the third consecutive year, while South African Airways took the trophy for Africa’s Leading Airline.

The prestigious title of Africa’s Leading Game Reserve Brand was awarded to &Beyond, while voters recognised Mantis Collection as Africa’s Leading Boutique Hotel Brand, and Leopard Beach Resort & Spa, Kenya capturing the award for Africa’s Leading Spa Resort.

World Travel Awards President Graham Cooke said: “We saw an incredibly rich, diverse and inspirational selection of nominees in Africa & Indian Ocean in 2014, with many top competitors fighting it out in a series of very close races.

“With tourism growing in importance all the time in both Africa and the Indian Ocean, it is an honour to bestow our prizes on some exceptional organisations.”

In the Indian Ocean, Air Mauritius took the title of Indian Ocean’s Leading Airline, while Maldives took the top honour of Indian Ocean’s Leading Destination.

Indian Ocean’s Leading Car Rental Company was won by Avis, and another global giant, Hilton Hotels, walked away with the trophy for Indian Ocean’s Leading Hotel Brand.

Global giant Hilton Hotels walked away with the trophy for Indian Ocean’s Leading Hotel Brand.

World Travel Awards President Graham Cook added: “Each of our winners is a deserving champion. They will now move forward to the World Travel Awards Grand Final, which will this year take place in the stunning destination of Marrakech, Morocco. I look forward to welcoming them there.”

Winners in Africa & Indian Ocean are the latest regions to be revealed by World Travel Awards, with Gala Ceremonies staged in the Middle East, Europe and South America earlier in the year.

Two further events remains on the Grand Tour 2014, with The Oberoi, New Delhi, welcoming the Asia & Australasia Gala Ceremony on October 10th, before CuisinArt in Anguilla completes the journey later in the month.

World Travel Awards was established in 1993 to acknowledge, reward and celebrate excellence across all sectors of the tourism industry.

Today, in its historic 21st year, the WTA brand is recognised globally as the ultimate hallmark of quality, with winners setting the benchmark to which all others aspire.

The annual programme is renowned as the most prestigious and comprehensive in the travel and tourism industry. In 2013, over 500,000 individual votes were cast by travel professionals and high-end tourism consumers.

All regional winners then compete head to head in a final round of voting to decide who will triumph in WTA’s World Awards – the ultimate accolade in the travel and tourism industry.

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