The Maldives has received the ‘World’s Leading Destination’ award at the Grand Final of the World Travel Awards 2020, announced at a virtual event held on Friday 27 November. This is the first time the Maldives has won the award in the history of the island nation. This category is also the most distinguished award of World Travel Awards. Maldives competed in this category with 22 other destinations including Dubai, Malaysia, Spain, Mauritius, and Sri Lanka.
World Travel Awards established in 1993, is the most prestigious honours program in the global travel and tourism industry, recognised globally as the ultimate hallmark of industry excellence. It serves to acknowledge, reward, and celebrate excellence across all sectors of the global travel and tourism industry. The Maldives receiving such an esteemed recognition during the most challenging of times faced by the tourism industry has never been more important.
Upon receiving the award, Minister of Tourism H. E. Dr. Abdulla Mausoom said “The Maldives winning the ‘World’s Leading Destination’ award is a strong endorsement of the popularity of the Maldives amongst international tourists. This superb win reflects the strong determination and sound policies of HEP Solih and his administration, strive and strides of travel and tourism industry partners and employees, targetted #VisitMaldives promotion by industry partners and MMPRC, and of course, the warm smile of Maldivians. Congratulations!”
The Maldives was also nominated for a staggering 40 categories at the Grand Final with eight nominations in the destinations category, 53 nominations for 30 categories in Hotels and Resorts and three nominations for three world categories competing against world-class destinations, with several tourist establishments winning in these categories.