Voting begins for World Travel Awards Indian Ocean nominees

World Travel Awards (WTA) has announced the nominees and opened voting for its Indian Ocean regional segment.

Set to take place at the Durban International Convention Centre (Durban ICC) in South Africa on October 6, the red-carpet Africa and Indian Ocean Gala Ceremony will gather hospitality leaders from across the region to see who amongst them has been voted the best in the business.

As voting continues until August 19, Maldives is vying for the coveted titles of Indian Ocean’s Leading Beach Destination, Indian Ocean’s Leading Cruise Destination, Indian Ocean’s Leading Destination, Indian Ocean’s Leading Dive Destination, Indian Ocean’s Leading Green Destination and Indian Ocean’s Leading Honeymoon Destination.

Maldives flagship carrier Maldivian is competing for the titles of Indian Ocean’s Leading Airline – Business Class, Indian Ocean’s Leading Airline – Economy Class, Indian Ocean’s Leading Airline, Indian Ocean’s Leading Airline Brand and Indian Ocean’s Leading Cabin Crew, while Trans Maldivian Airport is vying for the award of Indian Ocean’s Leading Seaplane Operator.

Meanwhile, Maldives main Velana International Airport has been nominated for the award of Indian Ocean’s Leading Airport.

Several Maldivian resorts and hotels have also been nominated for prestigious awards, including:

  • Indian Ocean’s Leading Beach Resort:
    – Holiday Inn Resort Kandooma Maldives
    – LUX* South Ari Atoll
    – One&Only Reethi Rah
  • Indian Ocean’s Leading Boutique Hotel:
    – COMO Cocoa Island
    – Naladhu Private Island Maldives
  • Indian Ocean’s Leading Boutique Hotel Brand:
    – Coco Collection
  • Indian Ocean’s Leading Culinary Hotel:
    – Conrad Maldives Rangali Island
    – JA Manafaru
    – One&Only Reethi Rah
  • Indian Ocean’s Leading Dive Resort:
    – Anantara Dhigu Maldives Resort
    – Bandos Maldives
    – Constance Moofushi
    – Komandoo Island Resort and Spa
    – OBLU By Atmosphere at Helengeli
    – Vakarufalhi Island Resort
  • Indian Ocean’s Leading Family Resort:
    – Anantara Dhigu Maldives Resort
    – Kanuhura Maldives
    – Holiday Inn Resort Kandooma Maldives
    – Lily Beach Resort and Spa
    – Sheraton Maldives Full Moon Resort and Spa
    – Soneva Fushi
    – The Sun Siyam Iru Fushi Maldives
  • Indian Ocean’s Leading Green Resort:
    – Gili Lankanfushi
    – Park Hyatt Maldives Hadahaa
    – Six Senses Laamu
  • Indian Ocean’s Leading Honeymoon Resort:
    – Cheval Blanc Randheli
    – COMO Cocoa Island
    – JA Manafaru
    – The St. Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort
  • Indian Ocean’s Leading Hotel:
    – Conrad Maldives Rangali Island
    – LUX* South Ari Atoll
  • Indian Ocean’s Leading Hotel Residences:
    – Gili Lankanfushi
    – Velaa Private Island Maldives
  • Indian Ocean’s Leading Hotel Suite:
    – Extreme WOW Ocean Haven at W Maldives
    – Royal Island Suite at JA Manafaru
    – The Rehendi Presidential Suite at Taj Exotica Resort and Spa
  • Indian Ocean’s Leading Leisure Hotel:
    – Anantara Veli Maldives Resort
    – Hulhule Island Hotel
    – Soneva Fushi
  • Indian Ocean’s Leading Luxury Hotel Villa:
    – Baros Residence and Baros Maldives
    – Grand Sunset Residence and One&Only Reethi Rah
    – The Royal Residence and Jumeirah Vittaveli
  • Indian Ocean’s Leading Luxury Island Resort:
    – Four Seasons Private Island Maldives at Voavah
    – Jumeirah Vittaveli
    – The St. Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort
    – Velaa Private Island Maldives
  • Indian Ocean’s Leading Luxury Resort:
    – Ayada Maldives
    – Baros Maldives
    – Cheval Blanc Randheli
    – Dhevanafushi Maldives Luxury Resort Managed by AccorHotels
    – Gili Lankanfushi
    – Huvafen Fushi Maldives
    – Milaidhoo Island Maldives
    – OZEN by Atmosphere at Maadhoo
  • Indian Ocean’s Leading Luxury Villa Resort:
    – Cheval Blanc Randheli
    – Jumeirah Vittaveli
    – Velaa Private Island Maldives
  • Indian Ocean’s Leading Luxury Water Villa:
    – Escape Water Villa at Coco Bodu Hithi
    – Extreme WOW Ocean Haven at W Maldives
    – Grand Water Villa at One&Only Reethi Rah
    – Laamu Water Villa at Six Senses Laamu
    – Ocean Suites at Paradise Island Resort and Spa
    – Two-Bedroom Ocean Pavilion at Huvafen Fushi Maldives
  • Indian Ocean’s Leading MICE Hotel:
    – Holiday Inn Resort Kandooma Maldives
    – Hulhule Island Hotel
    – Kurumba Maldives
    – Paradise Island Resort and Spa
  • Indian Ocean’s Leading New Resort:
    – Fairmont Maldives Sirru Fen Fushi
    – Grand Park Kodhipparu Maldives
    – Mercure Maldives Kooddoo Resort
  • Indian Ocean’s Leading Private Island Resort:
    – Coco Privé Private Island Maldives
    – COMO Cocoa Island, Maldives
    – Four Seasons Private Island Maldives at Voavah
    – Velaa Private Island Maldives
  • Indian Ocean’s Leading Resort:
    – Amari Havodda Maldives
    – Baros Maldives
    – Cheval Blanc Randheli
    – Coco Bodu Hithi
    – Conrad Maldives Rangali Island
    – Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Kuda Huraa
    – Gili Lankanfushi
    – Huvafen Fushi Maldives
    – JA Manafaru
    – Taj Exotica Resort and Spa
    – The Sun Siyam Iru Fushi Maldives
    – W Maldives
  • Indian Ocean’s Leading Villa Resort:
    – Amari Havodda Maldives
    – Anantara Kihavah Maldives Villas
    – Angsana Velavaru
    – Cheval Blanc Randheli
    – Coco Bodu Hithi
    – Hurawalhi Maldives
  • Indian Ocean’s Leading Water Villa Resort:
    – Adaaran Prestige Water Villas Maldives
    – Anantara Dhigu Maldives Resort
    – Baros Maldives
    – Conrad Maldives Rangali Island
    – Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Kuda Huraa
    – Sun Aqua Vilu Reef
  • Indian Ocean’s Most Romantic Resort:
    – Baros Maldives
    – Coco Bodu Hithi
    – Taj Exotica Resort and Spa

Maldives based travel agencies and tour operators are also competing for several awards: Diethlam Travel Maldives for Indian Ocean’s Leading Destination Management Company; Get Into Maldives Travels, Intour Maldives and Vermillion International Maldives for Indian Ocean’s Leading Luxury Tour Operator; and Get Into Maldives Travels, Simply Maldives and Vermillion International Maldives for Indian Ocean’s Leading Travel Agency.

World Travel Awards was established in 1993 to acknowledge, reward and celebrate excellence across all sectors of the tourism industry. Today, the World Travel Awards brand is recognised globally as the ultimate hallmark of quality, with winners setting the benchmark to which all others aspire.

Each year, World Travel Awards covers the globe with a series of regional gala ceremonies staged to recognise and celebrate individual and collective success within each key geographical region.

World Travel Awards Gala Ceremonies are widely regarded as the best networking opportunities in the travel industry, attended by government and industry leaders, luminaries and international print and broadcast media.

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