Mauritius wins third title this year at World Travel Awards
The world-class hospitality major was feted by the World Travel Awards as the world’s leading honeymoon destination. (Image: World Travel Awards)
Mauritius has got yet another feather in its cap as the world-class hospitality major was feted by the World Travel Awards as the world’s leading honeymoon destination.
At an awards ceremony held at the hotel La Cigale in Doha last week, the tourism major cemented its status as a globally reputed travel destination.
The island economy’s tourism sector is going from strength to strength. This year alone, the tourism major has won as many as three titles at the prestigious World Travel Awards.
Earlier in May, at the Indian Ocean awards chapter of the World Travel Awards, Mauritius was recognized as Indian Ocean’s leading dive destination and Indian Ocean’s leading honeymoon destination.
Salem Beydoun, Mauritius’ ambassador to Lebanon, represented the island economy at the World Travel Awards.
CEOs of leading travel companies, government ministers and tourism board chiefs travelled from different countries to join guests of honour Sheikha Al Mayassa bint Hamad al-Thani, chairperson of Qatar Museums Authority, and Sheikh Jassim bin Abdulaziz al-Thani, Qatar’s Minister of Business and Trade.
The event was attended by 20,000 professionals from the tourism industry, comprising travel agents, tour operators and tourist organizations.
Michael Sik Yen, Tourism Minister, Mauritius, attributed the award to the work done by professionals in the Mauritian tourism sector.
Further, he highlighted the importance of promoting growth areas of tourism, including honeymoon travels.
The minister mentioned that there have been several weddings celebrated on the tropical island, with Indians, Chinese, and European contributing the main influx in the wedding travel segment.
As Mauritius is the preferred destination for honeymooners, couples who wish to come to Mauritius for celebrating their wedding with their guests have the opportunity to get special fixed packages.
Among other destination categories, Kenya has been recognized as the world’s leading safari destination, Peru got the world’s leading culinary destination award while Portugal bagged the title of world’s leading golf destination.
Last year, Mauritius had received the World’s Leading Honeymoon Destination award at the final award ceremony, and, prior to that, it had been recognized as the Indian Ocean’s Leading Dive Destination and Leading Wedding Destination during the Indian Ocean round.
Founded in 1993, the World Travel Awards – recognized globally as the ultimate hallmark of quality – acknowledges, rewards and celebrates excellence across all sectors of the tourism industry.