World Travel Awards to be Held in Dubai

DUBAI - The World Travel Awards, the tourism industry’s one of the highest accolades, will be held in Dubai on May 5, 2009.

By (Staff Report)

Published: Thu 23 Apr 2009, 12:40 AM

Last updated: Sun 5 Apr 2015, 10:13 PM

The event, which has been hailed as the “Oscars of the Travel Industry” by the Wall Street Journal will celebrate the travel and tourism industry’s best practices by recognising achievements from over 100 travel and tourism brands from across the Middle East, a Press statement said.

This year’s event promises to be the most hotly contested ever as leading players address the global downturn by raising their standards even higher. The World Travel Award recognises leading airlines, hotel operators, hotel developers, tourism boards, travel media, destination marketing campaigns, MICE businesses and several other companies that make a difference in the quality of travel and tourism.

Commenting on the choice of Dubai for the Middle East ceremony, Graham Cooke, President of the World Travel Awards, said: “In less than a decade, Dubai has created a world class destination. This city is known over the world for its innovative tourism offerings and world-class services that have set the benchmark for the industry worldwide. Therefore, it is fitting that we will host our Middle Eastern regional ceremony here again.”

Speaking on behalf of the host city, Eyad Ali Abdul Rahman, Executive Director of Media Relations and Acting Director Business Development at Dubai Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing, or DTCM, said: “It is an honour to have such a prestigious ceremony hosted in Dubai, which remained a destination of choice for Meetings, Incentives, Conferences and Exhibitions, or MICE, industry. The hosting of this award clearly reflects the continued world confidence in Dubai and its vibrant tourism industry, especially in these economically-challenging times.”

The Middle East Ceremony, hosted at the Monarch Dubai, kicks off the World Travel Awards Grand Tour 2009, with seven events across seven continents including Durban, South Africa (Africa Ceremony); Singapore (Asia, Australasia & Indian Ocean Ceremony); Riviera Maya, Mexico (North & Central America Ceremony); Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (South America Ceremony); Óbidos, Portugal (Europe Ceremony); culminating with the Grand Final in Jamaica.

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