Etihad Airways, Dubai, Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority win multiple awards
Etihad Airways, Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority, Raffles and Royal Caribbean were among the winners at World Travel Awards 2011 Middle East Ceremony, held at the Armani Hotel Dubai. The industry’s elite, including CEOs of leading travel companies, government ministers and tourist board chiefs, attended the gala event. The Armani Hotel Dubai offered guests the opportunity to sample the ultimate in hospitality lifestyle, amid the magnificent setting of Burj Khalifa, the tallest skyscraper in the world. More than 462 organisations across the Middle East, spanning more than 125 categories, entered the competition, known as “The Oscars of the Travel Industry”.
Etihad Airways was one of the big winners, walking off with four awards including “Middle East’s Leading Airline”, “Middle East’s Leading Airline First Class”, “Middle East’s Leading Airline Inflight Entertainment” and “Middle East’s Leading Cabin Staff”. Naturally, Dubai was voted “Middle East’s Leading Destination” and “Middle East’s Leading Meetings and Conference Destination”. But Abu Dhabi’s continuing rise in the tourism market was rewarded as it took “Middle East’s Leading Tourist Board” and “Middle East’s Responsible Tourism Award”. In other awards, Turkish Airlines was voted “Europe’s Leading Airline”, while Dubai’s iconic Burj Al Arab hotel was voted “Middle East’s Leading Hotel” for the eighth year in a row.
Voting is still underway for Europe, Africa and Indian Ocean, Asia and Australasia and The Americas. Regional events will take place later this year in Antalya, Turkey; Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt; Bangkok, Thailand and Montego Bay, Jamaica. The Grand Final will follow at the end of the year.