Seychelles as the host celebrates with Indian Ocean winners of the World Travel Awards

Besides all recent questions around how the World Travel Awards (WTA) selects winners, one fact is undisputed. World Travel Awards knows how to celebrate.

Seychelles as the host celebrates with Indian Ocean winners of the World Travel Awards

Besides all recent questions around how the World Travel Awards (WTA) selects winners, one fact is undisputed. World Travel Awards knows how to celebrate. The Africa & Indian Ocean Gala Ceremony 2015 concluded Saturday night at the Kempinski Seychelles Resort.

According to a press release received by World Travel Awards, 2015 winners have been unveiled.

Air Seychelles was among the biggest winners of the night, taking the titles of Indian Ocean’s Leading Airline and Indian Ocean’s Leading Airline – Business Class.

In front of an audience of more than 150 industry professionals from 20 countries, Maldives was recognized as the Indian Ocean’s Leading Beach Destination, while host Seychelles took the title of Indian Ocean’s Leading Destination.

In Africa, Kenya took the coveted trophy for Africa’s Leading Tourist Board.

World Travel Awards President Graham Cooke said: “Tonight has been a fantastic showcase of hospitality brands from across Africa and the Indian Ocean. We have recognized some industry-leading brands, and it is a pleasure to honor our winners here at Kempinski Seychelles Resort.”

He added: “This evening’s winners will now move forward to the Grand Final in Morocco later in the year, and I look forward to welcoming them there.”

Also taking home prizes were Hilton Hurghada Plaza, taking the title of Africa’s Leading All-Inclusive Resort, while La Cigale Hôtel Tabarka in Tunisia walked away with the trophy for Africa’s Leading New Hotel.

Transcorp Hilton Abuja was also among the big winners, taking a total of five awards.

The luxury property took the trophies for Nigeria’s Leading Hotel and Africa’s Leading Business Hotel among a clutch of prizes.

The event was hosted by the glamorous former Miss Seychelles, Sherlyn Furneau, and leading presenter Galen Bresson, while guests were entertained by The Breeze Band and the National Cultural Dance Troup of Seychelles.

Seychelles Minister of Tourism & Culture Alain St Ange said: “Tonight we welcomed the best of the best to our shores.

“My many travels in Africa and throughout the Indian Ocean have, time and again, revealed to me that our tourism products possess great diversity, authenticity and vibrancy and are able to stand shoulder to shoulder with the best on the planet.

“We have today among us the crème-de-la-crème of African and Indian Ocean tourism. This is such a great opportunity, not only to celebrate, honor and reward the success stories of today, but also to network and explore new synergies and strategies for tomorrow.

“We know we are today visible as a country as never before.”

The list of winners according to the World Travel Awards website:

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