Olhuveli Beach & Spa Resort has been chosen as the host of this year’s World Travel Award finals, to be held on December 2nd.
The resort, nestled amid lush tropical vegetation in the turquoise waters of South Male’ Atoll, will welcome the winners of this year’s regional heats to contest for the 2016 grand prizes.
“It is an honour to reveal the World Travel Awards will return to the Maldives in December for our Grand Final 2016,” said World Travel Awards President Graham Cooke.
“This is truly one of the most sought after destinations anywhere on earth, and it will be our pleasure to welcome our nominees to what promises to be the highlight of the tourism calendar.”
The Maldives performed admirably at this year’s Indian Ocean regional event, winning prizes for the best beach, diving, and honeymoon destination.
“Our group, Sun Siyam Resorts, has already won a couple of accolades at the regional ceremonies and cannot wait for the global announcements in December,” said Evgenia Boyankova, Group Director of Business Development, Sun Siyam Resorts.
Sun Siyam’s Iru Fushi resort picked up prizes as the leading family resort at April’s ceremony in Zanzibar.
Maldivian resorts were awarded prizes as the best overall destination – with Baros Maldives (Maldives’ Leading Luxury Hotel Villa 2016, Maldives’ Leading Boutique Resort 2016 & Indian Ocean’s Most Romantic Resort 2016) in particular singled out for its romantic atmosphere – while Maldives Airports Company Limited (Ibrahim Nasir International Airport – Indian Ocean’s Leading Airport 2016) and Trans Maldivian Airlines (Indian Ocean’s Leading Seaplane Operator 2016) were recognised as leaders in aviation services.
The archipelago’s more established resorts swept the boards, with Kurumba Maldives (Maldives’ Leading Resort 2016 & Indian Ocean’s Leading MICE Hotel 2016), Constance Moofushi (Indian Ocean’s Leading Dive Resort 2016), and Hulhule Island Hotel (Indian Ocean’s Leading Leisure Hotel 2016) taking prizes.
These prize-holders will now compete with current winners from Africa, Europe, Central America, and South America. Gala events in Jamaica, Dubai, and Vietnam in the coming weeks will determine the final contestants from the Caribbean & North America, Middle East, and Asia & Australasia regions.
The World Travel Awards was established in 1993 to acknowledge excellence across all sectors of the tourism industry. It is recognised as the ultimate hallmark of quality, setting the standards to which others aspire.