WTA finals at Qatar’s new arts complex
Doha, December 15, 2011
World Travel Awards (WTA) will host its grand final gala ceremony next month at the Katara Cultural Village, Qatar’s ground-breaking new arts and exhibitions complex in Doha.
The ceremony will be staged in partnership with Qatar Tourism Authority (QTA) on January 11.
Katara Cultural Village features an array of attractions, from an opera house and art galleries to world-class restaurants and a beach.
QTA chairman Ahmed Al Nuaimi said the choice of Doha to host WTA’s Grand Final reflects the country’s growing importance and stature in the industry and that QTA was lending as much support as possible to make the awards the best ever.
“The staging of the ceremony in Doha is an illustration of the confidence the travel and tourism industry has in Qatar as well as the potential it has to develop further,” said Al Nuaimi.
“Qatar has allocated more the $25 billion for the development of tourism infrastructure in preparation for the 2022 World Cup. WTA’s Grand Final forms part of our country’s growing roster of world-class events, ranging from art and music to sport and travel.”
The evening marks the culmination of a year-long search for the very best travel and tourism brands in the world, and will feature the winners from WTA’s regional heats competing head to head.
The regional ceremonies included Middle East (Dubai, UAE), Europe (Antalya, Turkey), Africa and Indian Ocean (Sharm el Sheikh, Egypt), Asia and Australasia (Bangkok, Thailand), and Caribbean and The Americas (Montego Bay, Jamaica).
Graham E Cooke, president and founder, World Travel Awards, said: “We are delighted to host our Grand Final Gala Ceremony in Qatar as it is such an exciting place to be right now.”
“Our Grand Final will see the winners of our five regional heats, who represent the cream of the global travel and tourism industry, compete head to head for the ultimate travel accolade.”
WTA has partnered with tourism marketing firm Phenomena to bring the ceremony to Qatar. – TradeArabia News Service