16 April 2012 - Muscat Daily
The nominations for the World Travel Awards, considered to be the Oscars of the travel industry, have been announced and Oman has bagged 14 nominations in a number of categories.
Oman’s profile as a quality tourism destination has been boosted by a host of nominations for 2012 awards. The Ministry of Tourism, Oman’s national airline, cruise ports, resorts and hotels have been nominated for 14 awards, a record number for the sultanate.
H E Maitha al Mahrouqi, Undersecretary, Ministry of Tourism, said, “It is pleasing to see that the nominations encompass many elements of our industry, and for Salalah’s Port and Hilton Hotel to be recognised for their service delivery. The number and range of nominations is a barometer of industry recognition of Oman as a quality tourism destination.”
An official from the ministry said that so many award nominations are heartening and special because these nominations are made directly by the travel and tourism trade. “It is equally encouraging to see our supply chain being identified for its quality service in hotel and cruise industry,” he said.
The official added that the nominations of Muscat and Salalah ports for the award of leading cruise port shows the
growth the cruise sector has witnessed over the last couple of years, with a majority of cruise ships, who happen to be in the region, visiting the country.
The official also talked about the ministry’s representative office in Australia, which has been nominated for an Australian Federation of Travel Agents Award for Best National Tourism Board Office.
The 2012 World Travel Awards will be presented in Dubai on April 30.
World Travel Award Nominations
Middle East Airline Awards: Oman Air (Five nominations)
Middle East’s Leading Beach Destination: Qurm beach
Middle East’s Leading Business Travel Destination: Muscat
Middle East’s Leading Cruise Port: Port Sultan Qaboos, Muscat and Salalah Port, Salalah
Middle East’s Leading Destination: Oman
Middle East’s Leading Hotel: Zighy Bay and The Chedi Muscat
Middle East’s Leading Leisure Hotel: Hilton Salalah
Middle East’s Leading Luxury Resort: Zighy Bay
Middle East’s Leading Resort: Zighy Bay and The Chedi Muscat
Middle East’s Leading Tourist Board: Ministry of Tourism
Source: Muscat Daily