The World Travel Awards (WTA) has named former Tourism Minister of Maldives Dr. Abdulla Mausoom the Travel Personality of the Year. The award was presented to Dr. Mausoom at the World Travel Awards ceremony held at the Burj Al Arab Hotel in Dubai on Friday.
The WTA praised Dr.Mausoom’s commendable efforts in steering the Maldives’ tourism industry through the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Maldives also won the World’s Leading Destination award at the ceremony, marking the fourth consecutive win in this category.
Seven Maldivian resorts also received awards at the ceremony:
World’s Leading Airport Resort 2023 - Hulhule’ Island Hotel
World’s Leading Boutique Airport Hotel 2023 - Hotel Jen Male’ by Shangri-La, Maldives
World’s Leading Honeymoon Resort 2023 - JA Manafaru
World’s Leading Luxury Honeymoon Resort 2023 - Vakkaru Maldives
World’s Leading Luxury Island Resort 2023 - Vommuli Resort
World’s Leading Private Island Resort 2023 - Velaa Private Island
World’s Leading Water Villa Resort 2023 - Emerald Maldives Resort and Spa
World’s Most Romantic Resort 2023 - Baros Maldives
In addition, the Maldives Marketing and Public Relations Corporation (MMPRC) was recognized as the world’s most popular tourism board.