Because of the Indian Ocean’s major Location, The Maldives has been recognized on the World Travel Awards Indian Ocean Gala Ceremony 2017, Indian Ocean’s Leading Beach Destination and Indian Ocean’s Leading Dive Destination.

Hosted by the five-star Sun Aqua Vilu Reef, the recognized occasion was joined by hospitality leaders from throughout the area.Also enjoying was Seychelles – confirmed by voters because of the Indian Ocean’s Cruise Destination and the Indian Ocean’s Leading Cruise Port.

Meanwhile, Mauritius Tourism scooped the title of Indian Ocean’s Leading Honeymoon Destination.

Sri Lanka – the guest nation – was granted Asia’s Leading Destination and Asia’s Leading Adventure Tourism Destination, while the Hilton Colombo scooped the awards for Sri Lanka’s Leading Business Hotel and the Movenpick Colombo was voted Sri Lanka’s Leading Hotel.

Partners for the Indian Ocean Gala Ceremony 2017 included TV5 Monde, Maldives Tourism, Sun Siyam Resorts, Aeroflot, Dhiraagu and Coca Soda.

World Travel Awards Gala Ceremonies are widely regarded as the best networking opportunities in the travel market, joined by government and market management, luminaries and international print and broadcast media.

World Travel Awards was established in 1993 to recognize, reward and enjoy quality across all areas of the tourism market.


Today, the World Travel Awards brand is recognized worldwide as the ultimate characteristic of quality, with champions setting the standard to which all others desire.

Each year World Travel Awards covers the globe with a series of local gala ceremonies held to learn and enjoy individual and combined achievements within each key geographical region.