Phu Quoc, Vietnam : 2013, 2015 and 2016 winner Kenya, has been voted as 2017 world’s best safari destination by the World Travel Awards held on December 10, at the glamorous JW Marriott Phu Quoc Emerald Bay in Vietnam.
Kenya also won Africa’s leading beach destination award, Africa’s leading national park award and the Africa’s leading tourist board award.
South Africa, Botswana, Namibia, Tanzania, Zambia, Uganda and Zimbabwe were the other finalists for the World Best Safari destination award.
Tanzania’s Thanda Island was named the world’s leading exclusive private island award.
Legend Golf and Safari Resort from South Africa won the world’s leading safari resort award
Shambala Private Reserve from South Africa scooped the world’s leading private game reserve award.
Kenya prides in having best safari hotspots such the world famous Maasai Mara National Reserve, Amboseli National Park, Lake Nakuru National Park as well as the Tsavo East and West National Parks.
Our cover photo has Mrs. Fatuma Hirsi Mohamed, Principal Secretary, Ministry of Tourism, Kenya, and Chris Frost, Vice President, World Travel Awards
Hainan Airlines led all winners at the World Travel Awards Grand Final. Headquartered in Haikou, Hainan (China), the airline scooped the trophies for World’s Leading Airline – Business Class, World’s Leading Airline Inflight Entertainment, World’s Leading Cabin Crew and World’s Leading Excellence Inflight Service, while Hainan Airlines’ International Lounge at Beijing Capital International Airport was hailed World’s Leading Airport Lounge – Business Class.
Deer Jet was recognised as World’s Leading Private Jet Charter – and Aeroflot, the Russian airline was voted World’s Leading Airline Brand.
Portugal was named World’s Leading Destination and World’s Leading Tourist Board, while Lisbon – the country’s coastal capital city – was presented with the trophy for World’s Leading City Break Destination.
Meanwhile the Maldives walked away with the prizes for World’s Leading Dive Destination and World’s Leading Honeymoon Destination, while the Madeira Islands picked up the award for World’s Leading Island Destination.
Ecuador and Miami had cause to celebrate too. The small South American nation was named World’s Leading Green Destination, with the country’s UNESCO listed Galapagos Islands recognised as the World’s Leading Beach Destination while
Miami, Florida, USA took the title World’s Leading City Tourist Board.
Middle Eastern icon, Emirates Palace, picked up the trophies for World’s Leading Conference Hotel and World’s Leading Luxury Beach Resort and The St Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort took the titles World’s Leading Luxury New Resort and World’s Leading Luxury Island Resort.
InterContinental Danang Sun Peninsula Resort scooped the awards for World’s Leading Luxury Resort and World’s Leading Fine Dining Hotel Restaurant for La Maison 1881, while Armani Hotel Dubai was recognised as World’s Leading Design Hotel, Burj Al Arab as World’s Leading Luxury All Suite Hotel 2017, Fairmont Dubai as World’s Leading Hotel Service Award and Sofitel Dubai The Palm Luxury Apartments as World’s Leading Luxury Hotel Apartments.
Katara Hospitality was honoured with the award for World’s Leading Hospitality Development Company, while HNA Tourism was voted World’s Leading Integrated Tourism Group and Frasers Hospitality was presented with the trophy for World’s Leading Serviced Apartment Brand.
The Convention Centre Dublin also claimed a share of the spoils, walking away with the award for World’s Leading Meetings & Conference Centre.
World Travel Awards celebrates its 24th anniversary this year and is acknowledged across the globe as the ultimate travel accolade. Attended by senior executives from major travel companies, operators, destinations, WTA events are universally respected as providing established, top level networking opportunities, regionally and globally. The brand aims to celebrate those organisations who push the boundaries of industry excellence.
World Travel Awards President and Founder, Graham Cooke, said: “We have recognised the leading lights of global tourism tonight and I wish to offer my heartfelt congratulations to all of our winners.
“Phu Quoc has proved a wonderful host for our Grand Final Gala Ceremony 2017, cementing the island’s reputation as an up-and-coming paradise.”