Organisers of the recently-held World Halal Travel Summit and Exhibition 2015 (WHTS15) named this year’s recipients of the first-ever World Halal Travel Awards at a glittering gala dinner held at The Emirates Palace, Abu Dhabi.
A list of nominees spread over 13 award categories were announced earlier this month and eventually opened to the public for online voting. The categories included: World’s Best Halal Tourism Destination; World’s Best Halal Honeymoon Destination; World’s Best Halal Travel Website or App; Best Halal Tour Operators and Best Halal Culinary Destination, to name a few.
While announcing the winners, event director, World Halal Travel Summit 2015, Andy Buchanan, remarked: “We are extremely proud to announce the first ever recipients of World Halal Travel Awards. From a strong mix of contenders in each category we have selected only the best nominees as finalists and we let the public vote for the best in each category. Each finalist represents growing interest and passion within the industry to promote and further the growth of Halal Tourism.”
The complete list of winners of the World Halal Travel Awards 2015 by category is as follows:
World’s Best Airline For Halal Travellers; Emirates Airline.
World’s Best Airport For Halal Travellers; Abu Dhabi International Airport.
World’s Best Family Friendly Hotel; Sofyan Hotel Betawi, Jakarta, Indonesia.
World’s Most Luxurious Family Friendly Hotel; Emirates Palace, Abu Dhabi, UAE.
World’s Best Halal Apartment Hotel; Al Jawhara Hotel Apartments, Dubai, UAE.
World’s Best Family Friendly Beach Resort; Adenya Hotel & Resort, Antalya, Turkey.
World’s Best Halal Tour Operator; Hala, (Etihad) Abu Dhabi.
World’s Best Halal Travel Website or App; HalalBooking.com.
World’s Best Halal Honeymoon Destination; Lombok, Indonesia. The destination also won the award for World’s Best Halal Tourism Destination.
World’s Best Hajj & Umrah Operator; Labbaik Group
World’s Best Hajj & Umrah Hotel; Al Marwa Rayhaan By Rotana, Makkah.
World’s Best Halal Culinary Destination; Morocco.
World’s Best Halal Cultural Destination; Istanbul, Turkey.
Closing the night off, the Halal Tourism Leadership Award went to chairman of the board, HalalBooking.com, Elnur Seyidli sponsored by Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority.