Maldives has won the World’s Leading Destination Award of the World Travel Awards for the first-time in the history of its tourism sector.
This was announced last night at the Grand Final Ceremony of the World Travel Awards 2020, held virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This win is seen as a major feat for the tourism sector of the island nation, currently struggling to revive its tourism arrival numbers after re-opening the borders during July of this year.
Upon winning the award, Minister of Tourism Dr.Abdulla Mausoom said that the win is a strong endorsement of the popularity of Maldives amongst international tourists. He said that this superb win reflects joint effort by many actors involved.
“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; targeted Visit Maldives promotion by industry partners and MMPRC and of course the warm smile of Maldivians”, said Tourism Minister Dr.Mausoom.
Maldives has also won 4 awards in the Indian Ocean category at World Travel Awards. These categories are Indian Ocean’s Leading Beach Destination 2020, Indian Ocean’s Leading Cruise Destination 2020, Indian Ocean’s Leading Destination 2020 and Indian Ocean’s Leading Dive Destination 2020. The destination has also won the famed Indian Ocean’s Leading Destination award 12 times within the last 16 years, this year being the 13th time.
Moreover, several tourism establishments also won a number of awards in different world categories.