Middle East’s leading travel brands compete in Dubai for ultimate accolade

29 April 2012 - Dubai, UAE

The Middle East’s most successful travel brands are set to be acknowledged at a glittering gala ceremony hosted by World Travel Awards (WTA) at Jebel Ali Golf Resort & Spa on Monday 30 April 2012.

The likes of Jumeirah, Emirates, Etihad Airways, Armani Hotel Dubai, Qatar Airways, Emirates Palace and Rotana Hotels are among those in the running for top honours.

Lebanese singing sensation Carole Samaha will headline the show, with the critically-acclaimed comedian Wonho Chung also set to perform. Ece Vahapoğlu of Al Jazeera Turkey will anchor proceedings.

More than 500 of the most important decision-makers in the region’s travel and tourism sector, as well as a host of international media, are set to attend what will be the most important night of the year for Arabian travel.

The WTA awards programme highlights and rewards those travel brands that have made the greatest contribution to the industry over the past year.

After a fierce round of voting featuring more than 2,000 organisations, the nominees have been whittled down to the elite few.

Categories to watch include “Middle East’s Leading Destination” with Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Oman, Qatar and Saudi Arabia in contention. Competition for “Middle East’s Leading Hotel” is expected to be fierce, with Emirates Palace (Abu Dhabi), Burj Al Arab (Dubai), Six Senses Zighy Bay (Oman) and the Ritz-Carlton Doha (Qatar) among those going head-to-head.

Graham E. Cooke, President & Founder, WTA, underlines the core strengths of the Middle East nominees.

He says: “Travel and tourism in the Middle East is rebounding strongly following the political and economic challenges of 2011. The winners at our ceremony will be those organisations that have made the greatest contribution to this recovery.”

“I am delighted that we will be returning to Dubai for what promises to be the most exciting and competitive Middle East Ceremony yet. The emirate is a hotbed of fresh ideas being put into practice, as exemplified by our host, Jebel Ali Golf Resort & Spa,” he adds.

Jebel Ali Golf Resort & Spa is the flagship resort of Jebel Ali International Hotels, and consists of two five-star properties, Palm Tree Court & Spa, which has recently undergone a full refurbishment, and Jebel Ali Hotel, which offers views over the Arabian Gulf and a championship-standard nine-hole golf course.

David Thomson, Regional General Manager of Jebel Ali International Hotels expresses his pleasure at hosting the event, saying: “We are delighted that the leaders of the Middle East travel industry will celebrate their achievements at Jebel Ali Golf Resort & Spa this Monday. The awards are an accurate representation of excellence and it is a true honour to be nominated alongside other leading hotel groups.”

The evening coincides with Arabian Hotel Investment Conference (28-30 April) and Arabian Travel Market (30 April – 3 May), which are both taking place in Dubai.

Other regional heats in WTA’s Grand Tour 2012 will be taking place in the Algarve (Portugal), Nairobi (Kenya), Singapore and Turks & Caicos. The winners of these regional heats will progress to the Grand Final, which will take place at The Oberoi, Gurgaon, New Delhi, India on 12 December 2012.


Notes to Editors

About World Travel Awards
WTA was launched in 1993 to acknowledge and recognise excellence in the global travel and tourism industry. Now celebrating its 19th anniversary, it is regarded as the very highest achievement that a travel product can receive.

Main partners include BBC World News, TV5MONDE, Qatar Tourism Authority, Turismo do Algarve, Oberoi Hotels & Resorts, Jebel Ali International, the Jamaica Tourist Board, Tourism Authority of Thailand, Mauritius Tourism Promotion Authority, Conrad Hotels & Resorts, World.mobi, Sandals Resorts and WeClickMedia.

WTA’s global media partner network includes: CNBC Arabiya, International Herald Tribune, National Geographic Traveller, Khaleej Times, Trade Arabia, TTN, ABTA Magazine, Publituris, ASTA Network, Breaking Travel News, Trav Talk, Travel Daily News, Focus on Travel News, New Focus Travel Magazine, Xenios, Passport Magazine, and Travel & Leisure China.

This global media partner network has a monthly readership of 1.4 million and a TV audience reach of 90 million.

For more info about WTA’s Middle East Ceremony 2012 visit: www.worldtravelawards.com/middleeast2012

To download WTA logos visit: www.worldtravelawards.com/logo

For further WTA press info contact Anton Santos:
t: +44 (0)20 7925 0000;
e: [email protected];
w: www.worldtravelawards.com

About Jebel Ali Golf Resort & Spa
Comprising two beachfront properties, the Jebel Ali Golf Resort & Spa is an award-winning destination, offering a choice of accommodation at Jebel Ali Hotel or the newly-refurbished Palm Tree Court & Spa. The 128-acre resort includes an 800m palm-lined private beach, three temperature-controlled swimming pools, a nine-hole championship standard golf course, a Spa offering over 40 different treatments and an 80-berth marina. The resort won several awards in 2011 including the World Travel Award for ‘World’s Leading Family Resort’. Jebel Ali Golf Resort & Spa is the signature property for hotel group Jebel Ali International Hotels, which manages other properties across the region.

For hi-res images visit: www.jebelali-international.com/image_library

For further press info contact Lauren Cartwright, Marketing & PR Executive,
Jebel Ali International Hotels:
t: +971 4 315 4343;
m: +971 50 551 9746;
e: [email protected];
w: www.jebelali-international.com


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