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World Travel Awards Asia & Australasi​a Gala Ceremony boasts internatio​nal entertainm​ent line up

World Travel Awards Asia & Australasi​a Gala Ceremony boasts internatio​nal entertainm​ent line up

Over four hundred senior travel decision-makers from across Asia and Australasia are scheduled to attend what promises to be one of the most important events in the travel industry calendar.  World Travel Awards, widely regarded as the “Oscars of the Travel Industry” is scheduled to host a star-studded evening at Anantara Dubai The Palm Resort & Spa on October 1st.

Jean-Francois Laurent, General Manager at Anantara Dubai The Palm Resort & Spa said: “Just days ago, we were preparing to open a brand new resort on Dubai’s most iconic tourist attraction, The Palm Jumeirah. Now we are the proud hosts of one of the industry’s most anticipated events of the year. The gala dinner ceremony for the World Travel Awards Asia and Australasia will set the scene for us to celebrate the achievements of some of the most unique and exciting hotels and resorts in the region. There is nothing more rewarding than seeing great people being acknowledged for their excellence. Our teams here at Anantara Dubai The Palm Resort & Spa have worked hard to deliver a truly inspiring event that will allow us all to appreciate the effort, hard work and pure passion that goes into running a successful resort or hotel.”

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Tourism and hospitality organisations from 40 countries will compete for these prestigious top accolades during an evening of excellence hosted by the world-renowned Simone Heng. After working for Singapore’s Power 98FM, she hosted the highest-rating English radio lunch-time show 104.4 Virgin Radio Dubai for almost half a decade. CNN International has also chosen Simone as one of Dubai’s travel guides for their global travel show CNN Go.  She’s been named by Elle Arabia and Chanel Middle East as one of their 2013 “It Women” and is the only person to be nominated for Personality of the Year four years in a row in the 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013 Ahlan! Best in Dubai Awards. Simone has lived in Australia, Singapore, the UAE and Switzerland.


Adding glamour and musical talent to the evening will be acclaimed group “Sterling EQ” known for changing the face of instrumental music in South Africa and beyond with their extraordinary fusion of virtuosity and fresh beats. Flying in for this prestigious ceremony, from Cape Town, South Africa, Sterling EQ boasts three successful albums, three major music awards, over 700 international live performances and tens of thousands of followers worldwide. The multiple award-winning group is made up of electric flautist Carina Bruwer, electric violinist Luca Hart and electric cellist Ariella Caira. These three classically trained virtuosos share dozens of awards, degrees and distinctions between them, as well as a passion for the latest beats and pop music trends.

Gliding through the air, will be Valeria and Mario, two of the world’s leading circus talents, who have been awarded top billing in state circuses of their respective home countries of Russia and Colombia. With a background in dance, their moving aerial circus work has seen them breaking new ground in creating beautiful and entertaining performances as a duo and alongside some of the world’s leading performers and aerialists.

Then internationally-acclaimed choreographer Danny Lee shows his unique style, passion and energy which has secured his position as one of the most sought after choreographers in the MENA region.

Celebrating the Asian continent the ABC Dance company, with their traditional Indo-Chinese dance, take their inspiration from traditional Chinese folk dances and Chinese classical dances, including the famed lion dance. Their unique style includes the famed Dun Huang Dance, a classic Chinese dance with dazzling costumes and colourful ribbons that represent the cultures and historic traditions of the desert city of Dun Huang.