MENA Travel Awards Proves to be a Winner


Dubai, May 2004 - It was a night of surprises and delights at the MENA Travel Awards as over 400 of the industry’s leading lights gathered at the Al Bustan Rotana Hotel to celebrate the winners of this prestigious awards event.

There were a total of 53 awards given out in 17 different categories that included 5 and 4 star hotels, airlines, spas (separately located or within hotels), golf clubs, car rental, duty free, conference & convention locations and tourism projects.

During a full evening of entertainment the audience enjoyed an exquisite gala dinner as well as entertainment from Feeding the Fish- a high energy show of technical jugglers; dance group Korogaz and ‘Basil’ and ‘Manuel’ of Fawlty Towers fame.

The online voting system had enabled over 10,000 end users and travel and trade agencies across the region the opportunity to let the region know who they think are the best in the travel and hospitality Industry, further enhancing the value of the MENA Travel Awards as the professional’s choice. More and more people now recognise the regional significance of achieving MENA Travel Award winner’s status.

The MENA Travel Awards Mission Statement is:
“To achieve excellence and eminent endurance in the industry global aspiration, through:
- Annually recognizing and rewarding real virtuosities and superior services in the Region.
- Encouraging even higher standards and applaud the exceptional effort made by so many of the Industry members.
- Stimulate the competition spirit to reach higher levels of brilliances, within the region.
- Motivate the cooperation and team work amongst the industry’s various segments, develop value packages and better provide the end users with regional value added services.

The full lists of winners are as follows:
The Platinum Best 4-star Business / Corporate Hotel went to Towers Rotana Hotel, Dubai, then the Gold to Jumeira Rotana Hotel Dubai and Novotel World Trade Centre, Dubai received the Silver award.

Intercontinental Garden Reef Resort, Sharm El Sheikh was awarded the Best 5-star New Hotel For The Year 2003, Intercontinental Al Ahsa, K S A took the gold and Le Meridien Al Aqah Beach Resort, Fujairah, took the silver award.

The winner of the Best Car Rental – International Brand was Hertz U A E, the runner up was Avis, Dubai, U A E and silver went to Europcar, Dubai.

The Platinum award of Best Conference / Convention Hotel went to Al Bustan Rotana Hotel, Dubai, with Intercontinental Abu Dhabi, U A E receiving the Gold and J W Marriott Cairo, Egypt taking the Silver award.

Dubai Free Duty, U A E took the platinum for the Best Duty Free followed by Bahrain Airport Duty Free and Qatar Airport Duty Free.

The platinum award for the best environmental 4 star hotel went to Towers Rotana Hotel, Dubai, U A E with the gold award going to Movenpick Resort Pyramids, Egypt and the silver to Novotel World Trade Center Hotel, Dubai.

Best Golf Club went to J W Marriott Cairo, Egypt while El Kantaoui Golf Course, Tunisia took the gold and The Montgomerie, Dubai the silver.

Bin Majid Beach Hotel, Ras Al Khaimah was the proud recipient of the platinum award for the Best 4 star leisure hotel. Hilton Sharks Bay, Egypt was awarded the gold and Al Sawadi Beach Resort, Oman the silver.

The platinum award for the Best M E & N A Airlines went to Gulf Air with a tie for the gold award between Qatar Airways and Kuwait Airways, Kuwait. Saudi Arabia Airlines, K S A were awarded the silver award.

Best Environmental 5-star Hotel went to Sheraton Miramar Resort, El Gouna, Egypt with Le Royal Meridien Beach Resort & Spa Dubai, UAE taking the gold and Steigenberger Golf Resort El Gouna, Egypt taking the silver.

Taking home the platinum for Best 4-star New Hotel For The Year 2003 was Golden Tulip Resort, Khasab, Oman. Novotel World Trade Centre, Dubai went away with the gold and Amphoras Holiday Inn Resort, Sharm took the silver.

The winner of the Best Car Rental – Local Brand was Diamondlease, U A E. Hanco Rent A Car, K S A were the runners up and House Of Cars Rent A Car LLC were silver award recipient.

The Best 5-star Leisure Hotel was awarded to Le Royal Meridien Beach Resort & Spa Dubai with the Ritz Carlton Dubai, U A E filling the runner up position. Le Meridien Al Aqah Beach Resort, Fujairah took the silver.

A jubilant Al Bustan Rotana Hotel took the honours for Best Price Value Hotel with the second place going to Crowne Plaza Dubai and third place to Sheraton Cairo Hotel, Tower & Casino

The platinum award for Best Spa went to The Ritz Carlton Dubai, U A E, the gold to Le Royal Meridien Beach Resort & Spa, Dubai and the silver to Cleopatra’s Spa, Dubai.

Best Tourism Project went to Orascom Hotels Holding, El Gouna, Red Sea with sister company Orascom Hotels Holding, Taba Heights, Red Sea taking the gold. Dubai Tourism & Commerce Marketing, U A E was awarded the silver.

In the final category the Intercontinental Dubai, U A E took home the Best 5-star Business / Corporate Hotel. The J W Marriott, Cairo, Egypt took away the gold and there was a tie for the silver position between Intercontinental Phoenicia, Beirut and Intercontinental Dar Al Tawhid Makkah.

A full list of the winners will be available on the MENA Travel website


The event was sponsored by Hyundai, MobiNil, PricewaterhouseCoopers, MBC,  TTN, Hotel Business Review Middle East, Rashid Printers, Al Arabiya, HQ Creative, Techno Pro, African & Eastern and Travel World. Fusion Marketing Management is the official PR and Marketing Company.

“While looking forward to the 2005 MENA travel awards winners of Platinum, Gold and Silver”, said Dr. Sam Saker, “the organizers Consultants of Hospitality Administrators (CHA) and Hotel Business Review are proud of the region’s dynamic spirit and the evenhanded end users assessments”. Looking Forward to the 2005 Event ?……see this site by June the 5th 2004.

For further information please contact CHA / MENA Travel Awards:
Tel: 00202 644 3621 Fax: 644 3616




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