The Maldives, Mauritius and the Seychelles all received awards at the inaugural World Travel Awards Asian and Indian Ocean Ceremony 2008 held in Shanghai in June.
The spotlight was on The Maldives, which took away eight awards in the Indian Ocean categories. The Maldives was named the Indian Ocean’s Leading Destination and the island’s Malé International Airport won the Indian Ocean’s Leading Airport award.
Mauritius won five awards, including the Indian Ocean's Leading Airline which was presented to Air Mauritius. Among the awards presented to the Seychelles were the Indian Ocean's Leading Green Resort which went to North Island, and the island’s Leading Hotel was the Banyan Tree. The Indian Ocean's Leading Luxury Resort was Maia, Seychelles.
The WTA Asian and Indian Ocean Ceremony, held in partnership with the Asia Luxury Travel Market, formed part of a WTA grand tour with regional awards staged throughout the world, ending with a winners’ dinner in London on November 9 and a grand final at Turks & Caicos in the Caribbean on December 12, 2008. Nearly 120 Asian and Indian Ocean companies and organisations received awards.
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