Yesterday Qatar Tourism Authority hosted the 18th World Travel Awards at Katara, Cultural Village. The WTA was launched in 1993 to reward the best travel organisations in the world and has since gone from strength to strength.

Ahmed Al Nuaimi, Chairman of QTA talking to Omar Al Fardan

WTA founder President Graham Cooke said that the selection of the hosts is very important to the success of the event and that the WTA look for destinations “that drive the industry to new heights through innovation and experimentation.” Qatar is very interested in becoming a tourist destination; it recently invested $25 billion in tourist infostructure in the run up to the 2022 FIFA World Cup. Qatar won seven awards in total at the WTA.

Qatar Airways won both the Middle East’s Leading Airline Business and the Middle East’s Leading Airline Lounge: Business Class.

Here you can see Qatar Airways’ Senior Manager Adnan Abdullah al Banna accepting the two awards on behalf of the airline.

149161Qatar Airways was established only recently, in 1994, and so to receive two awards at the World Travel Awards is impressive. Here is Ehab Abdel Fattah Amin and Adnan Abdullah al Banna, both from Qatar Airways with the WTA President, Graham Cooke.

148761Here is Dr Naseer Homoud with Graham Cooke, WTA founder and President. Dr Homoud was instrumental in bringing the WTA to Qatar.

Doha won the Middle East’s Leading Business Travel Destination, which was accepted by Ahmad Abdul Rahman Al Dawish from Qatar Tourism Authority.

14872The W Hotel won the Middle East’s Leading Hotel and Residences.

Mr. Ibrahim Hassan Al-Asmakh, President, Regency Group Holdings, was voted ‘Travel Personality of the Year’ by World Travel Awards. Mr. Hassan Ibrahim Al-Asmakh (pictured above), Vice-President for Business Development, Regency Group Holding, collected the award on behalf of his father

Aspire Zone Foundation won World’s Leading Sports Tourism Development Project which was picked up by Abdulaziz Abdullah Al-Mahmoud, Director General of Aspire Logistics.