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Travel, sports, tourism: Qatar entities nominated for World Travel Awards 2020

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Voting is now open for different tourism, sports and entertainment firms in Qatar and beyond.

Qatar’s travel, tourism and hospitality sectors are now among global companies nominated for prestigious World Travel Awards 2020 (WTA).

The local companies have been nominated in different categories, which fall under aviation, tourist attractions, hotels, resorts, meetings, events, travel agencies among others. Some of the Qatar-based nominees included St. Regis, La Cigale Hotel, Doha Exhibition and Convention Center, and Qatar Airways.

The country’s flagship carrier is nominated in various categories, including the World’s Leading Airline to the Middle East, World’s Leading Airline in Customer Experience, and World’s Leading Airline to the Indian Ocean and many others.

“With voting now open for our World awards, it is time to make your voice heard by voting for the organisations that are raising the bar of travel excellence. WTA is regarded as the highest accolade in the industry, and your vote can really make a difference,” said Graham Cooke, WTA founder.

Qatar’s sports sector also made it to the nominees, with its prestigious Aspire Academy nominated in the Leading Sports Academy category.

The nominees win based on public voting, which is now open until October 25. The winners will be revealed on November 27.

Qatar’s nominees are running against others in the travel and tourism industry from Europe, Asia, Oceania, Middle East, South America, Central America, North America, Africa, Indian Ocean & Caribbean.

Read also: HIA becomes first global airport verified for COVID-19 safety protocols

Recently, the award-winning Hamad International Airport (HIA) was verified as the world’s leading facility in COVID-19 safety.

HIA became the first entity in the world to achieve independent verification for its implementation of COVID-19 International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Aviation Health Safety Protocols from the British Standards Institution (BSI). 

The airport was also ranked the “Third Best Airport in the World”, among 550 airports worldwide, by the SKYTRAX World Airport Awards 2020, its highest rank since it began its operations in 2014.

“This Verification of Compliance is a testament to the airport’s commitment to maintaining business efficiency during the COVID-19 pandemic while implementing unprecedented measures to protect its staff and passengers in compliance with guidelines issued by the International Civil Aviation Organization’s (ICAO) Civil Aviation Recovery Taskforce (CART),” said HIA in a statement.


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