World Travel Awards Selects Doha, Qatar for Grand Final


World Travel Awards (WTA) has ended months of speculation by confirming its venue for the 20th anniversary Grand Final. The event will be hosted by La Cigale Hotel, Doha on November 30, 2013.

WTA was established in 1993, to recognise, acknowledge and reward the leading travel, tourism and hospitality organisations in the world, those companies which push the boundaries of excellence in product and service, and create ground-breaking ideas. The brand has since developed into the most prestigious and comprehensive awards programme in tourism, and is recognised worldwide as the hallmark of industry excellence.

The Wall Street Journal is among the many publications that have heralded WTA as “the Oscar’s of the travel industry”.

The first ever event was held in Hollywood in 1994 and since then World Travel Awards has hosted Gala Ceremonies every year to celebrate the best in the international travel industry. Finals have taken place in London, New York, Las Vegas, Barbados, Turks & Caicos and New Delhi, to name but a few of the exotic locations visited over the past twenty years.

World Travel Awards Group Senior Vice President Kevin Taylor said, “We are delighted to take World Travel Awards to Doha, Qatar for the second time, and to have La Cigale Hotel as host is an extra delight for us. Over the years the World Travel Awards winners shield has become trusted by the travel industry and leisure and business travellers as signifying excellence in quality of product and service, and we look forward to the next twenty years.”

La Cigale Hotel is a 5 star deluxe property offering stylish yet relaxing haven for business and leisure travellers, in the Business District of the City, 15 min away from Doha International Airport and with proximate distance from major city’s landmarks.

The exceptional dining and nightlife options of the 11 Food and Beverage outlets introduce a new era of services in Qatar transforming the sanctuary to a centre of attraction along with its 225 luxurious rooms and suites, 2 state-of-the-art ballrooms, 5 versatile meeting rooms, a world-class spa, 20m daylight indoor pool, and a 490m² gymnasium.

La Cigale Hotel is a member of The Leading Hotels of the World since 2008 and was honoured with a “Quality Certificate” in 2013 by Qatar Tourism Authority considering it as a top-ranked hotel in Qatar.

This luxurious address was also awarded the “World’s Ultimate Service Award in Hospitality” 2012 to conclude the hospitality accomplishments of 2012 before clinching “Qatar’s Leading Hotel Dining & Entertainment Experience” and “Middle East’s Leading Hotel Dining & Entertainment Experience” 2013 and “Qatar’s Leading Hotel” 2013 for the third time (first time in 2010 and second time in 2012) by the World’s Travel Awards.

These recognitions place La Cigale Hotel at the top of the hospitality in Qatar, highlighting the hard work brought by more than 1100 employees who tailor excellence in services.

Housni El Yaman, Director of Sales and Marketing at La Cigale Hotel said, “La Cigale Hotel is privileged to host the World Travel Awards Final gala ceremony at its unique Venetian style, Al Wajba ballroom; the venue that hosted prestigious events attended by high-end guests, worldwide iconic stars and presidents. With our Qatari hospitality and impressive entertainment program headed by the famous artist Maya Diab, we are proud to bring this event for the second time to Doha and welcome more than 750 travel tourism and hospitality professionals from all over the world.”

The World Travel Awards Grand Tour 2013 has included regional legs in the Maldives, Dubai (UAE), Antalya (Turkey), Kenya, Peru, and Antigua throughout the year. The winners of these regional heats all progress to the Grand Final.

A conversation with the President and Founder of World Travel Awards, Mr Graham E. Cooke.

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