This week, the Asia and Australasia Gala Ceremony of the 25th annual World Travel Awards took place at the InterContinental Grand Stanford Hong Kong, giving recognition to the region’s leading destinations, hotels and travel operators.
The destinations taking the spotlight at this red carpet gala event included Sri Lanka, which won the award for Asia’s Leading Adventure Tourism Destination 2018; Vietnam, which was named Asia’s Leading Destination; and the Philippines, which won the Asia’s Leading Beach Destination title. Singapore was awarded Asia’s Leading Festival & Event Destination, and Thailand won the accolade of Asia’s Leading Dive Destination.
Among the hotels and resorts that stood out, the opulent Oberoi Udaivilas in India was named Asia’s Leading Hotel; The Peninsula Hong Kong took the Asia’s Leading Heritage Hotel title, as well as being named Asia’s Leading Luxury Hotel; and Four Seasons Resort Bali at Jimbaran Bay became Asia’s Leading Honeymoon Resort. PARKROYAL on Pickering in Singapore won recognition for its sustainability as Asia’s Leading Green Hotel, with InterContinental Danang Sun Peninsula Resort in Vietnam being named Asia’s Leading Green Resort.
One of the new resorts we’re most excited by, Bawah Reserve, took away the award for Asia’s Leading Private Island Resort. And of the tour operators listed, Cox & Kings came out top as Asia’s Leading Luxury Tour Operator.
This gala was the third leg of the WTA Grand Tour 2018, following the Middle East Gala Ceremony, which took place in Ras Al Khaimah, UAE, in April, and Europe Gala Ceremony, which was held in Athens, Greece. The Grand Tour will move to Ecuador for the Latin America awards, Jamaica for the Caribbean and North America ceremony and South Africa for the Africa and Indian Ocean reveal, before culminating in the Grand Final Gala Ceremony in Portugal this December.
To see which destinations, hotels and tour operators have won so far, go over to worldtravelawards.com.