Maldives Nominated for the World Travel Awards Indian Oceans Leading Destination

The destination Maldives together with the Maldives resorts and companies have been nominated in the 16th World Travel Awards regional ceremony to be held at the Grosvenor House, A JW Marriot Hotel in London on 7th November 2009. This year’s nominees for the Indian Ocean have been announced in the World Travel Awards website where by the nominees will be given awards based on the voting’s by travel agents worldwide.

The Maldives has been nominated as the Indian Ocean’s Leading Destination, whilst The Male’ International Airport has been nominated as the Indian Ocean’s Leading Airport. Comoros, Madagascar, Mauritius, Seychelles and Sri Lanka are competing against Maldives under Indian Ocean’s Leading Destination category. In addition to the above, the following resorts and companies have been nominated:

Indian Ocean’s Leading Boutique Hotel category:

• Cocoa Island, Maldives
• Dhoni Mighili, Maldives
• The Rania Experience, Maldives

Indian Ocean’s Leading Family Resort category:

• Soneva Fushi by Six Senses, Maldives

Indian Ocean’s Leading Green Resort category:

• Angsana Resort & Spa Maldives
• Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru

Indian Ocean’s Leading Hotel category:

• Conrad Maldives Rangali Island
• Soneva Gili by Six Senses, Maldives
• Taj Exotica Resort & Spa, Maldives

Indian Ocean’s Leading Luxury Resort category:

• Baros Maldives
• Huvafen Fushi Maldives

Indian Ocean’s Leading Resort category:

• Coco Palm Dhuni Kolhu
• Conrad Maldives Rangali Island
• Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Kuda Huraa
• Huvafen Fushi Maldives
• Kurumba Maldives
• Soneva Gili by Six Senses, Maldives
• Taj Exotica Resort & Spa, Maldives

Indian Ocean’s Leading Spa Resort category:

• Conrad Maldives Rangali Island
• Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Landaa Giraavaru
• Huvafen Fushi Maldives
• Island Hideaway at Dhonakulhi Maldives, Spa Resort & Marina

Indian Ocean’s Leading Travel Agency category:

• Inner Maldives Holidays

Indian Ocean’s Leading Villa category:

• Adaaran “Prestige” Water Villas, Maldives
• Baros Residence, Baros Maldives
• Deluxe Soneva Fushi Villa, Soneva Fushi by Six Senses, Maldives
• Hideaway Palace, Island Hideaway at Dhonakulhi Maldives, Spa Resort & Marina
• Koimala Land and Ocean Villa, Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Landaa Giraavaru
• Royal Kurumba Residence, Kurumba Maldives

Furthermore the following brands whose resorts are also located in Maldives were nominated under the category “Indian Ocean’s Leading Hotel Brand”:

• Banyan Tree Hotels & Resorts
• Four Seasons
• Hilton Hotels
• Hotels Constance
• Naiade Resorts
• One&Only Resorts

In addition to this, the following resort/hotel groups were also nominated under the category “Indian Ocean’s Leading Water Villa Group”:

• Adaaran Prestige Resorts
• Anantara
• Coco Collection
• Constance Hotels
• Taj Hotels
• Universal Resorts

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 most prestigious awards program in the global travel industry. The World Travel Awards were established in 1993 to acknowledge and celebrate excellence in the world’s travel and tourism industry. The winners of the World Travel Awards are based on thousands of votes cast by travel professionals from 167,000 travel agencies in over 160 countries across the globe.

The voting for this year’s Indian Ocean Awards is open until 14th August 2009. Votes can be casted by registering and logging into the voting system available at www.worldtravelawards.com.

Last year Maldives won the Indian Ocean’s Leading Destinations Award and World’s Most Romantic Destination awards while Maldives Tourism industry won awards in many categories.

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