Judging panel for inaugural Abu Dhabi Tourism Excellence Awards announced

DCT Abu Dhabi

The Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi) has unveiled the panel of expert judges who will determine the winners of the inaugural Abu Dhabi Tourism Excellence Awards – a new award scheme that has been launched to honour excellence in the travel and tourism industry.

The new Abu Dhabi Tourism Excellence Awards (ADTEA) have been conceived by DCT Abu Dhabi to establish a new industry benchmark worldwide and will recognise significant achievements, stimulate engagement and networking, and raise the industry’s overall competitiveness.

This year’s presentation ceremony will take place on April 1 at the Louvre Abu Dhabi on Saadiyat Island, where the best of the best in each category will be presented with their accolades. The judging panel will be made up of industry titans from across the globe, including ‘Ex-Disney Guy’, John Formica; President for International Tourism Partnership, Wolfgang M Neumann; CEO, Global Sustainable Tourism Council, Randy Durband; the first ICCA president from Africa, Nina Freysen-Pretorius; and freelance health and travel journalist, Danae Mercer.

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The expert panel will decide on the winners in key categories, covering all major touchpoints within the industry’s value chain, with awards for Grand Excellence in Tourism, Excellence in Tourist Happiness, Ambassador of Excellence, Excellence in Cultural Tourism, Excellence in Leisure, Hospitality Excellence De Luxe, Exceptional Cuisine Experience, Exceptional Travel Operator as well as an Excellence in MICE Events award.

“The calibre of judges convened for the first-ever Abu Dhabi Tourism Excellence Awards reflects the aims of DCT Abu Dhabi to position the awards – and the celebratory presentation evening – at the forefront of the industry’s accolades,” said acting undersecretary, DCT Abu Dhabi, HE Saood Al Hosani. “By bringing together such industry luminaries, we are underscoring our commitment to excellence. We are looking forward to seeing all the nominations for the inaugural event, celebrating with the winners, and ultimately witnessing the gains to the industry, both at home and abroad, that this focus on excellence will bring.”

The glitzy event will be held at the iconic Louvre Abu Dhabi, with the evening hosted by Virgin Radio’s Kris Fade, along with Lebanese-British TV presenter and celebrity journalist at MBC, Raya Abirached.