World Travel Awards grand final to be held in Doha, Qatar

World Travel Awards (WTA) has confirmed that its 20th Grand Final will be hosted by La Cigale Hotel, Doha on November 30, 2013.

Considered to be ‘the Oscar’s of the travel industry,’ WTA was established in 1993 to recognise and honour the leading travel, tourism and hospitality organisations in the world. It rewards companies that excel in their products and services through innovation.

The first of the World Travel Awards event was held in Hollywood in 1994, and finals since then have been hosted in the world’s most exotic locations including London, New York, Las Vegas, Barbados, Turks & Caicos and New Delhi. More than 4,000 guests from 92 countries, as well as media from 194 TV channels and publications, attended the 2012 WTA Grand Tour ceremonies.

World Travel Awards senior vice president, Kevin Taylor, said: ‘We are delighted to take World Travel Awards to Doha, Qatar for the second time, and to have La Cigale Hotel as host is an extra delight for us. Over the years the World Travel Awards winners shield has become trusted by the travel industry and leisure and business travellers as signifying excellence in quality of product and service, and we look forward to the next twenty years.’

Housni El Yaman, director of sales & marketing at La Cigale Hotel said ‘With our Qatari hospitality & impressive entertainment program headed by the famous artist Maya Diab, we are proud to bring this event for the second time to Doha and welcome more than 750 travel tourism and hospitality professionals from all over the world.’

The World Travel Awards Grand Tour 2013 has included regional legs in the Maldives, Dubai (UAE), Antalya (Turkey), Kenya, Peru, and Antigua throughout the year, and the winners of the regional awards will compete in the Gand Final.

Located near the Doha International Airport, La Cigale Hotel is a five star deluxe property offering a retreat for business and leisure travellers. A member of The Leading Hotels of the World since 2008, the Qatar Tourism Authority honoured La Cigale Hotel with a ‘Quality Certificate’ in 2013. It was also awarded the ‘World’s Ultimate Service Award in Hospitality’ 2012, and clinched ‘Qatar’s Leading Hotel Dining & Entertainment Experience,’ ‘Middle East’s Leading Hotel Dining & Entertainment Experience’ 2013 and ‘Qatar’s Leading Hotel’ 2013 for the third time, after receiving the award in 2010 and 2012.


Tourism holds key to Egypt’s new democratic dawn

Travel and tourism will play a crucial role in Egypt’s future, as the country ushers in a new era of democracy and opportunity, with landmark presidential elections set for November.

The World Travel Awards (WTA) noted that tourism remains the lifeblood of the Egyptian economy, accounting for 1 in 8 jobs and 12 percent of the nation’s output.

WTA also suggested that now is an excellent time to visit Egypt before the crowds return, and is taking the lead by hosting its Africa & Indian Ceremony in Sharm El Sheikh on September 16, 2011.

The prestigious ceremony, the organisation’s first to be held in Egypt, will take place at SOHO Square, the luxury entertainment complex within Savoy Group, and will attract the leading travel and tourism brands from across Africa and the Indian Ocean as they compete for the most influential accolade in travel.

After months of intense voting covering over 2,000 categories, the nominees have been whittled down to the elite few, and include Ritz Carlton, South African Airways, Conrad Hotels, Shamwari, &Beyond, Six Senses, and Four Seasons.

Graham E. Cooke, President & Founder, World Travel Awards, predicts that Egypt’s star attractions will lead to a swift recovery of its travel and tourism economy with the impending elections.


He said: “World-class destinations have an incredible ability to bounce back from adversity. Egypt is a remarkably resilient destination, boasting an incredible array of attractions from the Pyramids of Giza and the temples of Luxor to the spectacular diving of the Red Sea and the beaches of Sharm El Sheikh, the City of Peace.”


“Egypt is entering an exciting new dawn of hope and opportunity. And by attracting the travel industry elite to Sharm El Sheikh for our awards, we aim to showcase not only its world-class attractions and facilities but how tourism is serving as a force for good and a catalyst for change,” he added.


Emad Aziz, Chairman Savoy Sharm el Sheikh said: “I am honored that World Travel Awards is hosting its 2011 Africa&Indian Ocean Ceremony at The Savoy, Sharm-El-Sheikh. It will provide a great opportunity to showcase the attractions and facilities of our beautiful region to the travel and tourism world.”


“Our region offers a wealth of incredible attractions on our doorstep, all in a laid-back desert atmosphere. Sharm also serves as an ideal base to discover the ancient treasures of Luxor and Cairo,” he added.


Egypt will also be hosting the United Nations World Tourism Organization’s World Tourism Day, which will be celebrated in the city of Aswan on September 27.

On a recent visit to Egypt, Taleb Rifai, UNWTO Secretary General, gave the green light saying, “Throughout my visit, it has been very clear that the Egyptian tourism sector is fully operational and ready to receive visitors.”

For more information about World Travel Awards 2011 Africa&Indian Ocean Ceremony and bookings, visit