This is not the first time the Maldives has secured this prestigious title, as the destination also won the title in 2015, after a fierce competition with the Indian Ocean’s top tourist destinations, including Seychelles and Mauritius.
Hailed by the Wall Street Journal as the “Travel industry’s equivalent to the Oscar’s”, the World Travel Awards are the most comprehensive and prestigious awards program in the global travel industry. The event was established in 1993 to acknowledge and celebrate excellence in the world’s travel and tourism industry. The Indian Ocean category was introduced in 2003.
Since then, the Maldives has won several awards in various categories over the years and this year has been, yet again, another tremendous year for the Maldives as a tourist destination, with it also winning the following awards:
• Indian Ocean's Leading Dive Destination
• Indian Ocean's Leading Beach Destination
• Indian Ocean's Leading Honeymoon Destination
Winning these awards in the most prestigious categories truly benchmarks the high profile of the Maldives as a tourist destination.
One of the main events of the Visit Maldives Year 2016 campaign will be the World Travel Awards Grand Finale, hosted by the Maldives later this year.
Other winning categories for the Maldivian tourism industry include:
Indian Ocean’s Leading Airport – Ibrahim Nasir International Airport
Indian Ocean’s Leading Dive Resort – Constance Moosfushi
Indian Ocean’s Leading Family Resort – The Sun Siyam Iru fushi
Indian Ocean’s Leading Hotel – Conrad Maldives Rangali Island
Indian Ocean’s Leading Hotel Suite – Royal Island Suite @ JA Manafaru
Indian Ocean’s Leading Leisure Hotel – Hulhule Island Hotel
Indian Ocean’s Leading Luxury Water Villa – Ocean Pavillion @ PER AQUUM Huvafen Fushi
Indian Ocean’s Leading MICE Hotel – Kurumba Maldives
Indian Ocean’s Leading New Resort – aaaVeee Nature’s Paradise
Indian Ocean’s Leading Seaplane Operator – Trans Maldivian Airways
Indian Ocean’s Leading Travel Agency – Vermillion International Maldives
Indian Ocean’s Most Romantic Resort – Baros Maldives