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Welcome President of World Travel Awards Grand Final Ceremony 2013 On behalf of my colleagues at World Travel Awards, I warmly welcome you to the Grand final Ceremony 2013 in Doha Qatar. This exceptional evening is the conclusion of our year-long quest to determine the outstanding travel, tourism and hospitality brands, companies and organisations worldwide, across six continents and involving more than 9,000 nominees. It is indeed fitting to hold our Grand Final here in Qatar, a country which is an undisputed leader and innovator in the global economic landscape. Following the announcement in 2010 that Qatar would become the first in the Middle East to host the FIFA World Cup in 2022, a four-decade long process of development was given fresh impetus. Infrastructure is being developed, stadiums planned, hotels designed, airports built and ports created, in what is now one of the most forwardlooking communities on earth. Doha combines a rich tapestry of culture and history, with outstanding service and myriad culinary styles, which have contributed to it becoming one of the world’s top destinations in the Middle East. Tonight we are also celebrating 20 years of World Travel Awards. At the start this was a concept created to celebrate the leading brands of travel and tourism at one prestigious event each year. Today, as the premier global travel award programme, we are have hosted eight events in 2013, and it has been an incredible GrahamOur E. Cooke journey. locations, categories and, most President &nominees Founder have / Presidente Fundador importantly, increasedyeach year World Travel Awards showing how the travel and hospitality industry

and the travelling public have come to regard World Travel Awards as the ultimate accolade. Other organisations have tried to copy World Travel Awards, but none have the experience, the gravitas, the organisation or the loyal following of nearly a quarter of a million travel, tourism and hospitality professionals worldwide who vote to choose those companies and organisations they feel deserve recognition for excellence of service and product. A World Travel Award is the result of hard work and innovation, dedication and passion. I would like to extend our sincere thanks to our hosts this evening, La Cigale Hotel. This truly outstanding hotel offers an opulent urban sanctuary with the very best in luxury accommodation, world-class cuisine, spectacular entertainment and sophisticated meeting and event rooms. The promotion of excellence and innovation in travel and tourism is why we are here. Thank you for joining us on this special occasion and congratulations on your endeavours, achievements and awards.

Graham E. Cooke President & Founder World Travel Awards

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Good evening...

...and a sincere welcome to La Cigale Hotel, Doha. We are truly honoured to hold the 20th anniversary of the World Travel Awards Grand Final, right here in Doha, capital of the fast emerging tourism destination of Qatar.

hotel. We have also been awarded the ‘Commitment to Quality Certificate’ by The Leading Hotels of the World, further emphasising the true quality of the property.

It is a privilege for us to host such a prestigious international event. It seems like just a short time since World Travel Awards was here last, having celebrated its 2011 Grand Final in the city, putting Doha on the world tourism map.

These two awards have come in addition to the title of ‘Qatar’s Leading Hotel’ which we have taken for three years at the World Travel Awards.

It has already been a very successful year for La Cigale Hotel. We were presented with the ‘Qatar Tourism Authority Quality Certificate’, recognising our high standards and the quality of service here in the

Since its launch in 2007, as an independent property La Cigale Hotel has been able to distinguish itself from the larger hotel chains. This has been due to the hard work of our 1,100 committed employees, all of whom offer genuine Arabic hospitality. Today, La Cigale Hotel is considered a jewel

in the crown of the Qatari hotel scene, offering complete five-star services and facilities. We have everything from luxurious accommodation, to multipurpose ballrooms, wellness activities, and a huge variety of world class food and beverage outlets with the most versatile cuisines from around the world. This is combined with various nightlife options. Tonight, we are delighted to host you, our distinguished guests, to enjoy a truly memorable experience of the exceptional Qatari hospitality and a new splendid journey. Victor Agha, Chairman, La Cigale Hotel

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Welcome We are delighted and honored to be part of this prestigious event and want to congratulate all the nominees. Since its inception in 1999, Doha Insurance has been the leading private sector entity providing efficient and reliable insurance solutions while taking full advantage of the unprecedented economic boom in Qatar. Our team of well qualified and experienced insurance professionals provides corporate and individual insurance services for all classes of insurance at competitive rates. We have gone a step further by providing customized policies to larger clients who are in need of definite terms and conditions which are not typically covered by the standard, “off the counter” policies. Claims processing functions are streamlined so as to provide customers with fair and timely settlements. Our growing portfolio of properties and constructions risks are evident of our ability to deliver on our commitments to our clients.

As a result of our expansion and better investors confidence, the raising of our capital was inevitable, which has increased steadily by almost 400%. It is expected to reach QR 500 m by the end of 2013 from the initial capital of QR 127m. Responding to the growing demand for Shariah compliant Insurance products, we diversified into Islamic solutions by establishing a Takaful Branch, It has shown immense potential of growth and expansion, which is reflective of the success and high demand for Shariah Compliant Insurance products. We wish you all a successful ceremony, pleasant memories of our lovely State of Qatar and hope you take time to enjoy the great sights it has to offer. Nawaf Bin Nasser Bin Khaled Al Thani - Chairman

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“THE OSCARS OF THE TRAVEL INDUSTRY” Proudly celebrating its 20th anniversary, World Travel Awards has grown into the most prestigious travel industry awards programme in the world. World Travel Awards continues to build its reputation as the ‘Oscars of the travel industry’ by seeking out and rewarding those organisations that have made the greatest contribution to the global travel and tourism industry. Launched in 1993, the awards programme features the winners from seven regional ceremonies progressing to the Grand Final at the end of the year.

Graham E. Cooke, Founder & President, World Travel Awards, says: “World Travel Awards is a unique benchmark for industry quality and business excellence in every region and sector.” For the tourism trade, winning a World Travel Award is more than an award – it is an endorsement from the thousands of professionals from around the globe, as well as a gold seal to the public of travel excellence guaranteed.

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Global Tourism It has been an exciting year for tourism, with records being broken around the world, new hotels reaching for the skies and competition pushing airlines to new heights. Here Breaking Travel News brings you some of the biggest headlines of 2013.

Firstly, in the Middle East the JW Marriott brand celebrated the opening of its new landmark luxury hotel, the JW Marriott Marquis Dubai. Acquiring the coveted title of the tallest hotel in the world from the Guinness Book of World Records, the 72-story property is the first JW Marriott Marquis outside of North America and the 59th addition to the brand’s global luxury portfolio. Soaring at 355 meters, the hotel is just 26 metres shorter than New York City’s famed Empire State Building. In Dubai, known throughout the world for its aweinspiring architecture, the hotel’s towers

have already become an icon on the city’s skyline “Dubai is an important destination for Marriott International as one of the world’s most exciting cities offering world-class facilities and infrastructure, central location in the region and future growth potential,” said Marriott International president Arne Sorenson. “Our expanding collection of world-class JW Marriott hotels offers accomplished travellers a one-of-a-kind luxury experience. The investment in this unique and visually stunning

hotel is testament to the continued opportunities that lie ahead for the brand and company.” In addition to serving luxury business travellers, the hotel, which is owned by Emirates Group, targets the lucrative and increasingly important meetings, incentives, conferences and exhibitions market by filling a long-identified gap in the region. Groups, meetings and conventions of up to 1,000 people can now meet, stay and dine, under one roof. The hotel is the first in Dubai that is able to accommodate large groups

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and will play a key role in attracting major conventions and events to the destination. Along with cutting-edge business facilities, the JW Marriott Marquis Dubai features more than 7,500 square meters of indoor and outdoor event space, including two ballrooms, and a large selection of world-class dining and entertainment options. One of the most exciting events on the schedule for 2014 is the World Travel Awards Middle East Gala Ceremony, which will visit the property in early May to kick off the annual Grand Tour. Voting will open in the new year for the event, so make sure to cast your vote soon! BIRTHDAY PARTY Still in the Middle East, Etihad Airways, which has been recognised as the World’s Leading Airline for the past four years by the World Travel Awards, has been celebrating ten years of successful flying in 2013. In recent weeks the airline has be promoting its global

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network, including its latest destinations: Los Angeles, which will operate from June 1st 2014 and Vietnam, which launched on October 1st 2013, as well as its increasingly popular leisure destinations Bangkok, the Maldives and Seychelles. The addition of Los Angeles to the Etihad network means the airline will span 96 passenger and cargo destinations in the Middle East, Asia, Africa, Europe, Australia and North America. The airline has also been consolidating its equity stake expansion programme, most recently boosting its holding in Virgin Australia to 19.9 per cent. Etihad Airways also holds equity investments in airberlin, Air Seychelles, and Aer Lingus, will acquire 49 per cent of Air Serbia from January 2014, and, subject to regulatory approval, will acquire 24 per cent of India’s Jet Airways. It also has codeshare partnerships with 47 airlines worldwide. Etihad president James Hogan explained: “We look for

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partners who share our vision of best in class service, working to a commercial mandate and delivering trade and tourism into their national economies.” Will they win a fifth title tonight? SAND CASTLES Caribbean powerhouse Sandals International has also had a great 2013, with confirmation of three new resorts, with two on the paradise island of Barbados alone. Sandals and the government of Barbados reached the agreement following months of negotiations earlier this year, with the company reopening the former Couples resort earlier this month. Sandals Resorts chairman, Gordon ‘Butch’ Stewart, said the ten-acre property would redefine luxury on the island. He added: “Barbados and its people are so rich in culture, charm and personality and has been one of the leaders in Caribbean tourism for decades. We have been in discussions to bring our award-


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With so much attention focused on the successful hosting of the FIFA World Cup 2022, it is easy to forget there is so much happening right here in Qatar right now. Here Breaking Travel News brings you all the latest developments from this fast emerging tourism hotspot.

Qatari hospitality has been enjoying a boom in 2013, with hotel consulting group STR Global Research releasing results for June 2013 showing Doha’s hotel occupancy rates rose by nearly 27 per cent, the largest increase of any country in the Middle East and Africa. The report also highlighted Doha as one of the best performing markets for revenue per available room with a 23.5 per cent increase to $119.52. Emphasising the growth, Qatar Tourism Authority recently released figures illustrating Qatar’s growing tourism

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which show that despite a 4.5 per cent increase in hotel rooms available, QTA’s second quarter (April – June 2013) showed hotel occupancy rates rise from 58 per cent to 67 per cent. Furthermore, the total value of stays in four and five star hotels increased by $42.8 million with a 20 per cent increase in revenue at five star hotels. His Excellency Issa bin Mohammed Al Mohannadi, chairman, QTA, commented: “The fact that the city of Doha topped the list of Middle East and Africa for gains in hotel occupancy

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reflects the success of QTA’s strategy to develop the tourism sector. The high level of demand reflects positively on the products and services of the tourism sector in Qatar, which is witnessing rapid growth.” He added: “This result marks the direction of the Qatari tourism and hospitality sector, with Qatar moving toward a more diverse economy the tourism industry is also rising in tandem. We see a bright future for Qatar as a tourist destination.”


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In the past year, a number of international hotel brands have opened new properties in Doha including the Intercontinental Hilton and the St. Regis, plus with many more in development, this demonstrates Qatar’s growing appeal to global investors as a lucrative and long-term market. QATARI SKIES Qatar Airways has also seen rapid growth in 2013 as it completers 16 years of operations. The carrier currently flies a modern fleet of 129 aircraft to 133 key business and leisure destinations across Europe, Middle East, Africa, Asia Pacific and the Americas, with a number of key routes added this year. These include Gassim (Saudi Arabia), Najaf (Iraq), Phnom Penh (Cambodia), Chicago (USA), Salalah (Oman), Basra (Iraq), Sulaymaniyah (Iraq), Chengdu (China), Addis Ababa (Ethiopia), Ta’if (Saudi Arabia) and most recently Clark International Airport (Philippines). Over the next few months, the network will grow further with Sharjah, UAE (March 1st, 2014), Dubai World Central, UAE (March 1st, 2014), Philadelphia, USA (April 2nd, 2014) and Miami, USA (June 10th 2014). Doha will also welcome the new Hamad International Airport in the first quarter of 2014, with the location set to revolutionise air travel to the Middle Eastern destination. With waterfalls running down the walls, a dome-shaped blue mosque and a wave-like roof that rolls from check-in to immigration and the departure lounge, the airport is certainly something to behold. The $15 billion development covers an area of 22 square kilometres, a third of the size of Doha, and will cater for 28 million

annual passengers when it opens, before being expanded to 50 million within about three years. In true Persian Gulf style, 60 per cent of the airport is built on reclaimed land from the sea, and it has two runways, one of which at 4,850 meters, is one of the longest at any commercial airport. About 8,700 passengers will be able to move through the airport each hour, roughly 80 per cent of which will be transferring onto to other destinations. There is even a separate terminal for the Qatari royal family that can accommodate an Airbus A380. MODERN ART Marking its arrival on the world stage, the Qatar Museums Authority is presently celebrating the first solo exhibition in the Middle East of iconic British artist Damien Hirst. Taking place at the Alriwaq, Doha exhibition space, the event runs until mid January and has already welcomed thousands of guests from across the region. Held under the patronage of Sheikha Al Mayassa, the exhibition is the largest collection of Hirst’s work ever assembled and includes both iconic and previously unseen pieces.

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FAHAD AL-OBAIDLY Fahad Al-Obaidly is the first Qatari male fashion designer and stylist. He introduced his brand “Fahad Al-Obaidly” in 2012. He completed his degree in fashion design specializing in casual menswear from Institute Marangoni, Milan’s leading fashion school. Being an Arab coupled with having a European vision style in fashion, greatly contributes to the philosophy behind his work.

Fahad introduces his summer collection in February and winter collection in August. His collections bring the best combination of being both classic and elegant; which suits today’s modern man. Fahad’s designs are for men who want to look formal yet fashionable. His unique choice of fabrics, eye for detail, and handpicked materials sets his brand apart in the world of couture. His profound love for culture and heritage is his main source of inspiration which later translates into trend setter designs. Since the launch of his brand, Fahad has successfully collaborated with various rising fashion designers from Qatar and abroad. He has organized and directed his fashion shows which were a real success. Joining forces with Shahira Fawzy, an Egyptian fashion designer, Fahad also organized Sahara Fashion Show at the St. Regis hotel in Qatar. “Fahad Al-Obaidly” promises to deliver superior style, quality and value to consumers worldwide. Being a Qatari brand in essence with an Italian spirit, he aspires to compete on an international level. He also supports rising Qatari fashion designers through his introductory workshops on fashion design, fabric selection, and technical requirements for a fashion show. 2014 collection will witness a twist of tradition wear in Qatar and the 1920s dress wear. Fahad plans to produce a documentary about fashion heritage in ten different countries around the globe to pinpoint the fashion rules from the local perspective. The fruits of this rich learning experience will be an inspiration of new garments inspired by the respective country twisted with the Qatari culture.

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WORLD’S EXCELLENCE IN SERVICE AWARD Cathay Pacific Airways Hainan Airlines Jumeirah La Cigale Hotel, Qatar One&Only Luxury Resorts Rosewood Hotels & Resorts St. Regis Hotels & Resorts Starwood Hotels & Resorts WORLD’S LEADING ADVENTURE TOUR OPERATOR Explore! G Adventures Island Routes Caribbean Adventures Mantis Extreme The Adventure Company Tucan Travel WORLD’S LEADING AIR TRAVEL SERVICE PROVIDER Aviapartner dnata Flightcare Groundforce Servisair Swissport WORLD’S LEADING AIRLINE Air Mauritius Air New Zealand American Airlines British Airways Caribbean Airlines Cathay Pacific Airways Copa Airlines Emirates Etihad Airways Hainan Airlines LAN Airlines Lufthansa Malaysia Airlines Qantas Airways Qatar Airways Singapore Airlines South African Airways Virgin Atlantic Airways Virgin Australia

Grand Final Nominees 2013 WORLD’S LEADING AIRLINE - BUSINESS CLASS Air New Zealand American Airlines British Airways Cathay Pacific Airways Emirates Etihad Airways Hainan Airlines Kenya Airways Lufthansa Malaysia Airlines Qatar Airways Singapore Airlines Swiss International Air Lines Virgin Atlantic Airways WORLD’S LEADING AIRLINE - ECONOMY CLASS British Airways Cathay Pacific Airways Emirates Ethiopian Airlines Etihad Airways Hainan Airlines Lufthansa Oman Air Qatar Airways Singapore Airlines South African Airways Virgin Atlantic Airways WORLD’S LEADING AIRLINE - FIRST CLASS American Airlines British Airways Cathay Pacific Airways Emirates Etihad Airways Korean Air Malaysia Airlines Qatar Airways Singapore Airlines

WORLD’S LEADING AIRLINE INFLIGHT ENTERTAINMENT Air Canada Cathay Pacific Airways Emirates Etihad Airways Qatar Airways Singapore Airlines Virgin Atlantic Airways WORLD’S LEADING AIRLINE LOUNGE - BUSINESS CLASS Air New Zealand Koro Lounge – Christchurch International Airport, New Zealand British Airways Galleries Lounge – Heathrow Airport, UK Etihad Airways Business Class Lounge – Abu Dhabi International Airport, UAE Qatar Airways Oryx Lounge - Doha International Airport, Qatar SilverKris Lounge – Singapore Chengi Airport, Singapore Thai Airways Royal Silk Lounge - Bangkok Suvarnadhumi Airport, Thailand The Emirates Lounge – Dubai International Airport, UAE Virgin Atlantic ClubHouse – London Heathrow Airport, UK

WORLD’S LEADING AIRLINE LOUNGE - FIRST CLASS British Airways The Concorde Room – Heathrow Terminal 5, Heathrow, UK Cathay Pacific First Class Lounge, Honk Kong International Airport Emirates First Class Lounge – Emirates Terminal 3, Dubai International Airport, UAE Etihad Airways First Class Lounge – Abu Dhabi International Airport, UAE Qantas First Lounge – Sydney International Airport, Australia Thai Airways Royal First Lounge – Concourse D, Bangkok Suvarnadhumi Airport, Thailand WORLD’S LEADING AIRLINE REWARDS PROGRAMME Air New Zealand British Airways Emirates - Skywards Etihad Airways Lufthansa Qantas Airways Qatar Airways South African Airways Virgin Atlantic Airways

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WORLD’S LEADING AIRPORT Abu Dhabi International Airport, UAE Auckland International Airport, New Zealand Beijing Capital Airport, China Cancun International Airport, Mexico Dubai International Airport, UAE Ibrahim Nasir International Airport, Maldives Lima Jorge Chavez International Airport, Peru Madrid Barajas International Airport, Spain O.R. Tambo International Airport, Johannesburg O’Hare International Airport, Chicago, Illinois, USA Sangster International Airport, Jamaica Singapore Changi Airport, Singapore Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International Airport, Mauritius Sydney Airport, Australia Wellington International Airport, New Zealand Zurich Airport, Switzerland WORLD’S LEADING AIRPORT HOTEL Airways Hotel Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea Barcelo San Jose Palacio, Costa Rica Hilton Frankfurt Airport, Germany Hilton Miami Airport, Florida, USA Hong Kong SkyCity Marriott Hotel, Hong Kong Millennium Airport Hotel Dubai, UAE Ramada Costa Del Sol Lima Airport, Peru

Grand Final Nominees 2013 WORLD’S LEADING AIRPORT RESORT Harbor Beach Marriott Resort & Spa, Fort Lauderdale, USA Hulhule Island Hotel, Maldives Hyatt Regency Hua Hin, Thailand Jetwing Beach, Sri Lanka Sofitel Tahiti Maeva Beach Resort WORLD’S LEADING ALL INCLUSIVE COMPANY Almond Beach Resorts AMResorts Barceló Hotels & Resorts Club Med Excellence Resorts Karishma Hotels & Resorts Occidental Hotels & Resorts Riu Hotels & Resorts Sandals Resorts International WORLD’S LEADING ALL INCLUSIVE FAMILY RESORT BRAND Almond Beach Resorts Beaches Resorts Breezes Club Med

WORLD’S LEADING ALL INCLUSIVE RESORT Concorde De Luxe Resort, Turkey Dreams Cancun Resort & Spa, Mexico Minos Imperial Luxury Beach Resort & Spa, Greece Rixos Premium Belek, Turkey Sandals Grande St. Lucian Spa & Beach Resort, St Lucia Sandals Royal Bahamian Spa Resort & Offshore Island, The Bahamas Sheraton Fuerteventura Beach, Spa & Golf Resort, Canary Islands Sierra Resort Sharm el Sheikh, Egypt The Westin Golf Resort & Spa, Playa Conchal, Costa Rica WORLD’S LEADING ALL SUITE HOTEL Al Sondos Suites by Le Méridien, Dubai, UAE Amandari, Indonesia Burj Al Arab, Dubai, UAE Grace Bay Club, Turks & Caicos Hotel Les Ottomans, Turkey Jamaica Inn, Jamaica Sandals Royal Plantation, Ocho Rios, Jamaica Sivory Punta Cana, Dominican Republic The Oberoi Sahl Hasheesh, Egypt Tower Club at Lebua, Thailand

WORLD’S LEADING ALL SUITE HOTEL & SPA Al Sondos Suites by Le Méridien, Dubai, UAE Amandari Resort & Spa Bali, Indonesia Burj Al Arab, Dubai, UAE Hotel Les Ottomans, Turkey Jamaica Inn, Jamaica Mamaison All-Suites Spa Hotel Pokrovka, Russia The Oberoi Sahl Hasheesh, Egypt WORLD’S LEADING APARTMENT HOTEL Grosvenor House Dubai, UAE InterContinental Residence Suites, Dubai, UAE Oriental Residence Bangkok, Thailand The Athenaeum, London, England The French Quarters, New York, USA The Regent, South Africa WORLD’S LEADING BEACH DESTINATION Boracay, Philippines Cancun, Mexico Grace Bay Beach (Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands) Maldives Mar del Plata, Argentina Saadiyat beach, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates South Beach, Miami, USA The Algarve, Portugal Zanzibar, Tanzania

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WORLD’S LEADING BEACH RESORT Amanpuri, Thailand Dusit Thani Laguna Phuket, Thailand Four Seasons Resort Koh Samui, Thailand Le Royal Méridien Beach Resort & Spa, Dubai, UAE LUX* Maldives Mandarin Oriental, Sanya, China One&Only Ocean Club, Bahamas Pullman Timi Ama Sardegna, Italy Six Senses Zighy Bay, Oman Sultan Gardens Resort, Egypt The Samaya Seminyak, Indonesia WORLD’S LEADING BOUTIQUE CRUISE Anakonda Amazon Cruises Delfin 2 Misr Steam Cruise MS Amalotus Road to Mandalay Orient Express The Oberoi Zahra, Luxury Nile Cruiser Zambezi Queen

Grand Final Nominees 2013 WORLD’S LEADING BOUTIQUE HOTEL Al Mashreq Boutique Hotel, Saudi Arabia Gaia Hotel & Reserve, Costa Rica Grandes Alpes Private Hotel, France Hermitage Bay, Antigua Hotel 101 Park House Suites & Spa, Colombia Island Hideaway Spa Resort & Marina, Maldives Lan Kwai Fong Hotel, Hong Kong Lanson Place Hotel, Hong Kong Saxon Boutique Hotel, Villas & Spa, South Africa Soho House New York, USA The Sherry Netherland, New York, USA The Spire Queenstown, New Zealand WORLD’S LEADING BOUTIQUE HOTEL BRAND Amanresorts Banyan Tree Hotels & Resorts Grace Hotels Group Island Outpost Mantis Collection Preferred Boutique Small Luxury Hotels of the World WORLD’S LEADING BOUTIQUE RESORT Bo Phut Resort & Spa, Thailand GoldenEye Hotel & Resort, Jamaica Jakes Hotel, Villa and Spa, Jamaica Pacific Resort Aitutaki, Cook Islands Paradise Cove Hotel & Spa, Mauritius Six Senses Samui, Thailand Sumahan on the Water, Turkey Taveuni Palms, Fiji Vila Joya, Portugal

WORLD’S LEADING BOUTIQUE VILLA RESORT Bo Phut Resort & Spa, Thailand Eagles Nest, New Zealand GoldenEye Hotel & Resort, Jamaica Te Manava Luxury Villas & Spa, Cook Islands The Caves, Jamaica WORLD’S LEADING BUSINESS CAR RENTAL COMPANY Avis Budget Europcar Hertz National Sixt WORLD’S LEADING BUSINESS HOTEL Banyan Tree Bangkok, Thailand Grand Hyatt Sao Paulo, Brazil Grosvenor House Dubai, United Arab Emirates Hotel Adlon Kempinski, Germany InterContinental Melbourne The Rialto, Australia Jumeirah Emirates Towers, Dubai, UAE JW Marriott Essex House New York, USA JW Marriott Hotel Lima, Peru Pan Pacific Singapore Park Hyatt Sydney, Australia Real InterContinental Hotel & Club Tower Costa Rica, San Jose, Costa Rica Sandton Sun, South Africa Swissôtel Lima, Peru The St. Regis Doha, Qatar The Westin Sydney, Australia W Doha Hotel & Residences, Qatar

WORLD’S LEADING BUSINESS HOTEL & APARTMENTS Grand Millennium Dubai, UAE Grosvenor House Dubai, UAE Mövenpick Hotel & Apartments Bur Dubai, UAE Park Hyatt Hamburg, Germany The Athenaeum, London, England Town Hall Hotel & Apartments, England WORLD’S LEADING BUSINESS HOTEL BRAND Hilton Hotels & Resorts Hyatt Hotels & Resorts InterContinental Hotels & Resorts JW Marriott Le Méridien Hotels & Resorts Millennium Hotels & Resorts Rotana Hotels Sheraton Hotels & Resorts The Ritz-Carlton Westin Hotels & Resorts WORLD’S LEADING BUSINESS TRAVEL AGENCY American Express Carlson Wagonlit Travel dnata FCm Travel Solutions Safar Travel & Tourism Travel with Flair Turismo Pecom Viajes Calitour .

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WORLD’S LEADING BUSINESS TRAVEL DESTINATION Beijing, China Berlin, Germany Doha, Qatar Dubai, UAE Hong Kong Johannesburg, South Africa London, England Madrid, Spain Moscow, Russia New York City, USA Paris, France Shanghai, China Singapore Tokyo, Japan Washington, USA WORLD’S LEADING CABIN CREW Air Malaysia Air New Zealand British Airways Cathay Pacific Emirates Etihad KLM Qantas Qatar Airways Singapore Airlines Virgin Atlantic Virgin Australia WORLD’S LEADING CAR HIRE Alamo Avis Budget Europcar Hertz National Sixt

Grand Final Nominees 2013 WORLD’S LEADING CARIBBEAN ATTRACTION COMPANY Chukka Caribbean Adventures Island Routes Caribbean Adventures Majestic Tours Solar Tours & Travel Tourwise WORLD’S LEADING CASINO RESORT Atlantis Paradise Island Resort, Bahamas Bellagio Las Vegas, Nevada, USA Galaxy Macau Iguazu Grand, Resort Spa & Casino, Argentina Lopesan Costa Meloneras, Spain Marina Bay Sands, Singapore MGM Grand Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, USA Resorts World Genting, Malaysia Resorts World Sentosa, Singapore Sky City Auckland, New Zealand The Palace of the Lost City, South Africa The Palazzo Montecasino, South Africa The Star, Australia The Venetian, Nevada, USA

WORLD’S LEADING CHARTER AIRLINE EuroAtlantic Airways Finnair Germania Hong Kong Airlines Jet Asia Airways Kelowna Flightcraft Lion Air Miami Air International Monarch Airlines Orient Thai Airlines ThomsonFly Tui Fly WORLD’S LEADING CITY BREAK DESTINATION Amsterdam, Netherlands Bangkok, Thailand Buenos Aires, Argentina Dubai, UAE Hong Kong Las Vegas, USA Lisbon, Portugal London, United Kingdom Madrid, Spain New York City, USA Paris, France Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Rome, Italy Shanghai, China Singapore Sydney, Australia

WORLD’S LEADING CITY HOTEL Al Bustan Rotana - Dubai, United Arab Emirates Banyan Tree Bangkok, Thailand Grand Millennium Al Wahda, Abu Dhabi, UAE Grand Park City Hall, Singapore Grosvenor House, England Hôtel Fouquet’s Barrière Paris, France Kempinski Nile, Egypt Miraflores Park Hotel, Peru Pepperclub Hotel & Spa, South Africa Swissotel Krasnye Holmy Moscow, Russia Swissôtel The Stamford, Singapore The Dorchester, England The Ritz Carlton Millenia, Singapore The Ritz Paris, France WORLD’S LEADING CLASSIC HOTEL Ardanaiseig Hotel, Scotland Devi Garh, Udaipur, India Dukes Hotel, England Hospes Palacio de los Patos, Spain Luxe Stoneleigh Hotel & Spa, Dallas, USA The Dolder Grand, Switzerland The Plaza, New York, USA The Skirvin Hilton, Oklahoma City, USA The St. Regis Florence, Italy

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Be Special Be DeStineD for BaroS For 40 years now, we have been dedicated to one single goal: making you happy! You are special to us; we know you by name, not villa number. We are delighted to have you staying with us so we can attend to your desires and make your holiday special too. Come to Baros to celebrate the best there is; discover the Essence of the Maldives, and the holiday of your dreams!

info@baros.com . www.baros.com

Baros Maldives is a small exclusive coral island in the Indian Ocean ringed by a sun-kissed beach and a vibrant house-reef. The awardwinning boutique luxury resort is proud of a long and outstanding history of service excellence. Baros Maldives has been rated as No. 1 Luxury Hotel in the Maldives by Trip Advisor and as the World’s Most Romantic Resort by World Travel Awards, 2013


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WORLD’S LEADING CONFERENCE HOTEL Al Qasr Hotel, Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai, United Arab Emirates Centara Grand & Bangkok Convention Centre at CentralWorld, Thailand Emirates Palace, Abu Dhabi, UAE Hilton Molino Stucky, Venice, Italy InterContinental Melbourne The Rialto, Australia Jumeirah at Etihad Towers, Abu Dhabi, UAE Millennium Abu Dhabi, UAE One World Hotel, Malaysia Paradise Island Resort & Spa, Maldives Sandals Emerald Bay, Great Exuma, Bahamas Sheraton on the Park, Australia Sheraton Panama Hotel & Convention Center, Panama Sheraton Santiago Hotel and Convention Center, Chile The Westin Cape Town, South Africa Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin, Florida, USA

Grand Final Nominees 2013 WORLD’S LEADING CONSERVATION COMPANY &Beyond, Africa Chumbe Island Coral Park, Tanzania, Africa Conservation International, Virginia, USA Damaraland Camp, Namibia, Africa Ningaloo Blue Dive, Australia Parques de Sintra - Monte da Lua, Portugal Shamwari Game Reserve, South Africa WORLD’S LEADING CORPORATE RESORT Beach Rotana, Abu Dhabi, UAE Elounda Peninsula, Greece Hotel Giardino di Costanza, Sicily Mardan Palace Antalya, Turkey The Ritz-Carlton Marina del Rey, California, USA WORLD’S LEADING CRUISE BRAND Carnival Cruise Lines Celebrity Cruises Crystal Cruises Cunard Cruise Line Disney Cruises MSC Cruises P&O Cruises Regent Seven Seas Cruises Royal Caribbean International Silversea Cruises

WORLD’S LEADING CRUISE DESTINATION Bahamas Copenhagen, Denmark Dubai, UAE Izmir, Turkey Jamaica Maldives Maldives Miami, Florida, USA Shanghai, China Stockholm, Sweden Sydney, Australia WORLD’S LEADING CRUISE LINE Carnival Cruise Lines Celebrity Cruises Crystal Cruises Cunard Cruise Line Holland America Line Inc MSC Cruises Norwegian Cruise Line P&O Cruises Princess Cruises Regent Seven Seas Cruises Royal Caribbean International Silversea Cruises Star Cruises WORLD’S LEADING CRUISE PORT Port of Cozumel, Mexico Port of Durban, South Africa Port of Istanbul, Turkey Port of Ocho Rios, Jamaica Port Rashid, Dubai, United Arab Emirates Port Victoria, Seychelles PortMiami, USA Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Singapore Cruise Centre

WORLD’S LEADING CRUISE TRAVEL AGENT Crown Cruise Vacations Cruise.co.uk Cruises.com The Cruise Line Thomas Cook WORLD’S LEADING CULINARY DESTINATION Australia China France India Italian Japan Malaysia Mexico Peru Spain Thailand USA WORLD’S LEADING DESERT RESORT &Beyond Sossusvlei Desert Lodge, Namibia Al Maha, a Luxury Collection Desert Resort & Spa, UAE Amangiri, Utah, USA Bab Al Shams Desert Resort & Spa, UAE Desert Islands Resort & Spa by Anantara, UAE Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort by Anantara, UAE

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WORLD’S LEADING DESIGN HOTEL Adam & Eve Hotels, Belek, Turkey Armani Hotel Dubai, UAE Bulgari Hotels and Resorts Bali, Indonesia Hermitage Bay, Antigua and Barbuda Hilton Pattaya, Thailand Hotel Missoni Edinburgh, Scotland Indigo Pearl, Thailand No5 Boutique Art Hotel, South Africa The Setai South Beach, Florida, USA The Vine Hotel, Portugal WORLD’S LEADING DESTINATION Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates Cancun, Mexico Cape Town Dubai, United Arab Emirates India Istanbul, Turkey Jamaica Las Vegas, Nevada, USA London, England Maldives Marrakech, Morocco New York, USA Quito, Ecuador Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Sydney, NSW, Australia Yorkshire, England WORLD’S LEADING DESTINATION MANAGEMENT COMPANY Carib World Travel, Antigua Carlson Wagonlit Travel Creative Travel Hala Abu Dhabi Kuoni Destination Management Ovation Global DMC

Grand Final Nominees 2013 WORLD’S LEADING DIVE DESTINATION Belize Cayman Islands Fiji Great Barrier Reef, Australia Maldives Mauritius Mozambique Seychelles Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt Zanzibar, Tanzania WORLD’S LEADING DIVE RESORT Jean-Michel Cousteau Fiji Islands Resort, Fiji Las Terrazas Resort, Belize Little Cayman Beach Resort, Cayman Islands Palau Pacific Resort, Republic of Palau Royal Savoy Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt WORLD’S LEADING ECOLODGE Daintree Eco Lodge & Spa, Australia Finca Esperanza Verde Ecolodge, Nicaragua Il Ngwesi Lodge, Kenya Kapawi Ecolodge & Reserve, Ecuador KumbukRiver, Sri Lanka Morgan’s Rock Hacienda & Ecolodge, Nicaragua Sanbona Wildlife Reserve Dwyka Tented Lodge, South Africa Shamwari Game Reserve Eagles Crag Lodge, South Africa

WORLD’S LEADING EMERGING LUXURY HOTEL BRAND Buddha Bar Hotels Meydan Hotels Paramount Hotels & Resorts Shaza Hotels The Address Hotels + Resorts Viceroy WORLD’S LEADING EXTREME ADVENTURE Bear Grylls Survival Academy Fjellborg Arctic Journeys Nomads of the Seas Okavango Horse Safari Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge Sam McConnell Desert Expeditions White Desert WORLD’S LEADING FAMILY HOTEL Angel’s Peninsula, Turkey Concorde De Luxe Resort, Turkey Conrad Bali, Indonesia Hayman, Great Barrier Reef, Australia Minos Imperial Luxury Beach Resort & Spa, Greece Paradise Island Resort & Spa, Maldives Sun City Resort, South Africa Tivoli Ecoresort Praia do Forte, Brazil

WORLD’S LEADING FAMILY RESORT Angel’s Peninsula, Turkey Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa, Hawaii, USA Conrad Bali, Indonesia Dreams Cancun Resort & Spa, Mexico Hayman, Great Barrier Reef, Queensland, Australia Jebel Ali Golf Resort, Dubai, United Arab Emirates Lily Beach Resort & Spa, Maldives Llao Llao Hotel & Resort, Argentina Sun City Resort, South Africa WORLD’S LEADING FERRY OPERATOR Acciona Trasmediterránea ANEK Lines Attica Group - Superfast Ferries Bluebridge Cook Straight Ferry Service - New Zealand Brittany Ferries DFDS Seaways Interislander Irish Ferries Minoan Lines P&O Ferries Stena Line Tallink Silja Line

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SOME VIEWS ARE SPECIAL. OTHERS ARE SPECTACULAR.

Since it opened in early 2012, InterContinental has taken the legendary Baan Taling Ngam Resort to new heights. A place of absolute seclusion and privacy, its spectacular sunset views are met by luxurious facilities and the unsurpassed level of service you’d expect from InterContinental.

Do you live an InterContinental life?

For more information or to make a reservation, please call +66 (0) 7742 9100 reservations@ickohsamui.com or visit samui.intercontinental.com


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WORLD’S LEADING FULLY INTEGRATED RESORT City of Dreams Macau Conrad Punta Del Este Resort & Casino, Uruguay Cornelia Diamond Golf Resort & Spa, Turkey Marina Bay Sands, Singapore Resorts World Genting, Malaysia Resorts World Manila, Philippines Resorts World Sentosa, Singapore Sun City Resort, South Africa The Palazzo Resort Hotel Casino, Las Vegas, USA The Venetian Macao-ResortHotel WORLD’S LEADING GOLF DESTINATION Australia England France Indonesia Ireland Japan Kenya Korea Portugal Scotland South Africa Spain USA

Grand Final Nominees 2013 WORLD’S LEADING GOLF RESORT Casa de Campo, Dominican Republic Fairmont Mayakoba, Riviera Maya, Mexico Hesperia Isla Margarita, Venezuela Hotel Quinta do Lago, Portugal InterContinental Fiji Golf Resort and Spa, Fiji Le Touessrok, Mauritius Legend Golf & Safari Resort, South Africa Spring City Golf & Lake Resort, China The Address Montgomerie Dubai The Breakers Palm Beach, Florida, USA WORLD’S LEADING GOLF RESORT & SPA Cornelia Diamond Golf Resort & Spa, Turkey Hilton Vilamoura As Cascatas Golf Resort & Spa, Portugal Mission Hills Hainan Resort, China The American Club, Wisconsin The Grove, England The Old Course Hotel, Golf Resort & Spa, Scotland WORLD’S LEADING GREEN CRUISE LINE Bount Small Ship Adventures Crystal Cruises Holland America Line Inc Lindblad Expeditions MSC Cruises Sea Cloud Cruises Star Clippers

WORLD’S LEADING GREEN DESTINATION Belize Brazil Costa Rica Ecuador Fiji Kenya Norway Peru Seychelles Trinidad & Tobago

WORLD’S LEADING GREEN TOUR OPERATOR Costa Rica Expeditions Ecotour Expeditions Inc, USA Exodus Travels, United Kingdom Explorandes, Peru Greenway Nature Tours, Costa Rica Kuoni Group, Switzerland Tribes Travel, United Kingdom Wilderness Scotland

WORLD’S LEADING GREEN HOTEL Conrad Macao, Cotai Central, China Finch Bay Eco Hotel, Ecuador ICEHOTEL, Sweden Jean-Michel Cousteau Fiji Islands Resort, Fiji Sheraton Incheon Hotel, South Korea Tabacón Grand Spa Thermal Resort, Costa Rica The Aberdare Country Club, Kenya The Fairmont Royal York, Canada

WORLD’S LEADING GREEN TRANSPORT SOLUTION COMPANY Ecolimo, California, USA Europcar Eurostar Nature Air, Costa Rica Shanghai Maglev Transportation Development Company, Chins

WORLD’S LEADING GREEN RESORT Anantara Hua Hin Resort & Spa, Thailand Curtain Bluff, Antigua Forte Village Resort, Italy Kiaroa Eco-Luxury Resort, Brazil Naked Retreats, China Sun Island Resort & Spa, Maldives Tabacón Grand Spa Thermal Resort, Costa Rica The Chateau Mcely, Czech Republic

WORLD’S LEADING HERITAGE HOTEL Raffles Singapore Rambagh Palace, India Taj Lake Palace, India The Raj Palace, India The Ritz London, England The Ritz Paris, France Umaid Bhawan Palace, India WORLD’S LEADING HONEYMOON DESTINATION Antigua & Barbuda Barbados Fiji Jamaica Maldives Maui, Hawaii, USA Mauritius Paris, France Seychelles St. Lucia

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WORLD’S LEADING HONEYMOON RESORT Amandari Resort & Spa Bali, Indonesia Essque Zalu Zanzibar Four Seasons Seychelles InterContinental Samui Baan Taling Ngam Resort, Thailand Le Touessrok, Mauritius One&Only Palmilla Resort, Mexico Sandals Grande Antigua Resort & Spa, Antigua Six Senses Samui, Thailand Soneva Fushi Resort & Spa, Maldives WORLD’S LEADING HOSPITALITY COMPANY Carlson Hilton Worldwide Hyatt Corporation Jumeirah Group Katara Hospitality

Grand Final Nominees 2013 WORLD’S LEADING HOTEL Burj Al Arab, Dubai, UAE Castel Monastero, Italy Ciragan Palace Kempinski Istanbul, Turkey Coco Reef Resort, Tobago Conrad Maldives Rangali Island, Maldives Copacabana Palace, Brazil Emirates Palace, Abu Dhabi, UAE Grand Hotel Beijing, China Hotel Le Bristol Paris, France Hotel Ritz Paris, France InterContinental Melbourne The Rialto, Australia Jumeirah at Etihad Towers, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates JW Marriott Hotel Lima, Peru La Mamounia, Marrakech, Morocco Makkah Clock Royal Tower – A Fairmont Hotel, Saudi Arabia Mardan Palace, Turkey Mount Nelson Hotel, South Africa Palazzo Versace, Gold Coast, Australia Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek, USA Royal Mansour, Morocco The Beverly Hills Hotel & Bungalows, California, USA The Dorchester, England The Palace of the Lost City, South Africa The Ritz-Carlton, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia The St. Regis Doha, Qatar The St. Regis Singapore The Taj Mahal Palace & Tower, India Trident Gurgaon, India W Barcelona, Spain Zephyr Palace, Costa Rica

WORLD’S LEADING HOTEL ALLIANCE Boutique Hotels of the World Five Star Alliance Global Hotel Alliance Great Hotels of the World Leading Hotels of the World Small Luxury Hotels of the World WORLD’S LEADING HOTEL BRAND Banyan Tree Hotels & Resorts Conrad Hotels & Resorts Fairmont Hotels & Resorts Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts Hilton Hotels Hyatt Hotels & Resorts InterContinental Hotels & Resorts Jumeirah Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group Marriott Hotels, Resorts & Suites Oberoi Hotels and Resorts One&Only Luxury Resorts Rotana Hotels Sandals Resorts International Serena Hotels Sheraton Hotels & Resorts Sofitel Hotels and Resorts St. Regis Hotels & Resorts The Ritz-Carlton Westin Hotels & Resorts

WORLD’S LEADING HOTEL LOYALTY PROGRAMME Accor A Club Hilton Honors Hyatt Gold Passport Intercontinental Priority Club Marriott Rewards Starwood Preferred Guest WORLD’S LEADING HOTEL PENTHOUSES Maestro Suite @ The Dolder Grand, Zürich, Switzerland Penthouse @ Las Ventanas al Paraíso, Mexico Penthouse Suite @ The Fairmont San Francisco, USA Penthouses @ Kempinski Hotel & Residences Palm Jumeirah, Dubai, UAE Presidential Suite @ InterContinental Hong Kong Sultan Suite @ Ciragan Palace Kempinski Istanbul, Turkey The Apartment @ The Connaught, London, UK The Empire Suite @ The Carlyle, A Rosewood Hotel, New York, USA The One Penthouse @ One&Only Cape Town, South Africa The Peninsula Suite @ The Peninsula Beijing, China

WORLD’S LEADING HOTEL DINING & ENTERTAINMENT EXPERIENCE La Cigale Hotel, Qatar Le Méridien She Shan Shanghai, China MGM Grand Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, USA Pan Pacific Perth, Australia Sun City Resort, South Africa The Venetian Macao-ResortHotel

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When business rhymes with pleasure

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WORLD’S LEADING HOTEL RESIDENCES 51 Buckingham Gate Taj Suites and Residences, England Ayers Creek Residences at Nonsuch Bay Resort, Antigua Cape Royale Luxury Hotel and Residence, South Africa Capri by Fraser - Changi City Singapore Conrad Bangkok Residences, Thailand Kempinksi Residences Bangkok, Thailand Kempinski Residences, Bodrum, Turkey Taj Cape Town, South Africa The Estate at Grace Bay Club, Turks & Caicos The Residences at Las Ventanas, Mexico The Ritz-Carlton, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA W Doha Hotel & Residences, Qatar

Grand Final Nominees 2013 WORLD’S LEADING HOTEL SPA Amanfayun Spa, Aman Resort, Hangzhou, China Esperanza, Auberge Resort, Los Cabos, Mexico Kohler Water Spa, St Andrews Hotel, St Andrews Scotland Mardan Spa, Mardan Palace, Antalya, Turkey Red Lane, Sandals Royal Plantation, Ocho Rios, Jamaica Sequoia Spa, The Grove, Chandlers Cross, England Spa, Four Seasons, Carmelo, Uruguay SPA, Four Seasons, KailuaKona, USA The Aman Spa, Amangiri, Canyon Point, USA The Barai @ Hyatt Regency Hua Hin, Thailand The Regent Palms. Turks & Caicos The Saxon Spa and Studio, Saxon Boutique Hotel, Villas & Spa, Johannesburg, South Africa The Spa at The Setai, The Setai, Miami, USA The Spa, The Inn at Palmetto Bluff, Bluffton, USA

WORLD’S LEADING HOTEL SUITE Antalya Presidential Suite, Mardan Palace, Turkey Diamond at Eden Rock, St Barts Dubai Presidential Suite, Atlantis The Palm, Dubai, UAE Dubai Presidential Suite, Burj Al Arab, Dubai, UAE Dubai Presidential Suite, Raffles Dubai, UAE Maharajah’s Pavilion, The Raj Palace, India Mumbai Maharaja Suite, The Leela Kempinski Mumbai, India Nelson Mandela Platinum Suite, Saxon Boutique Hotel & Spa, South Africa Ocean Haven at W Retreat & Spa - Maldives Palace Suite at Emirates Palace, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates Paris Presidential Suite, Four Seasons, George V, France Penthouse Suite at Copacabana Palace, Brazil Presidential Suite at Hôtel Fouquet’s Barrière Paris, France Presidential Suite, Four Seasons, New York, USA Presidential Ultra Bungalow, Beverley Hills Hotel, California, USA The Ritz-Carlton Suite, The Ritz-Carlton Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands The Royal Plaza Suite at The Plaza, New York, USA WORLD’S LEADING ICE HOTEL Arctic SnowHotel, Finland Balea Lake Ice Hotel, Romania Hôtel de Glace, Canada ICEHOTEL, Sweden Kirkenes Snowhotel, Norway

WORLD’S LEADING ISLAND DESTINATION Bali, Indonesia Barbados Cook Islands Crete, Greece Jamaica Madeira Islands Maldives Mauritius Seychelles Sicily, Italy St Lucia Zanzibar, Tanzania WORLD’S LEADING ISLAND RESORT Anantara Kihavah Villas, Maldives Hotel Pullmann Sanya Yalong Bay, China Hotel Villa Igiea Palermo Hotel, Italy Le Méridien Bora Bora, French Polynesia Le Touessrok, Mauritius Likuliku Lagoon Resort Fiji Maradiva Villas Resort & Spa, Mauritius Pullman Timi Ama Sardegna, Italy The Westin Dragonara Resort, Malta Turtle Bay Resort, Hawaii, USA WORLD’S LEADING ISLAND VILLAS AYANA Resort and Spa Bali, Indonesia Bunga Raya Island Resort, Malaysia Qualia Great Barrier Reef, Australia Taveuni Palms, Fiji Te Manava Luxury Villas & Spa, Cook Islands The St. Regis Bora Bora Resort, French Polynesia W Retreat & Spa, Maldives E&OE

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NORWEGIANS HAVE A NEW MUSE IN MIAMI. If you blush, don’t be surprised. Miami’s Ultimate Ship™, Norwegian Getaway, seems to have that effect on people. Maybe it’s the charm of our Waterfront promenade or the magic of all the amazing shows. Either way, there’s plenty to fall in love with. So let your emotions get the best of you when you book your Caribbean vacation. And find out how it feels to Cruise Like a Norwegian®.

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WORLD’S LEADING LANDMARK HOTEL Armani Hotel Dubai, UAE Burj Al Arab, Dubai, UAE Copacabana Palace, Brazil Four Seasons Hotel George V, Paris Grosvenor House Dubai, UAE Makkah Clock Royal Tower – A Fairmont Hotel, Saudi Arabia Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, England Mount Nelson Hotel, South Africa The Dorchester, England The Imperial New Delhi, India The Plaza, New York, USA The Ritz London, England The Ritz Paris, France

WORLD’S LEADING LIFESTYLE HOTEL Hotel Missoni Edinburgh, Scotland Millennium Hotel Abu Dhabi, UAE Palazzo Versace Gold Coast, Australia Starwood’s Aloft Hotel, Abu Dhabi, UAE The Address Downtown Dubai, United Arab Emirates The Setai South Beach, Florida, USA Tower Club at lebua, Thailand W Doha Hotel & Residences, Qatar W New York Union Square, USA

WORLD’S LEADING LANDMARK RESORT Atlantis Paradise Island Resort, Bahamas Atlantis The Palm, Dubai, UAE Marina Bay Sands, Singapore Sun City Resort, South Africa The Venetian Macao-ResortHotel, Macau

WORLD’S LEADING LIFESTYLE RESORT Costa d’Este Beach Resort, Florida, USA Rixos Premium Bodrum, Turkey Rixos The Palm Dubai Hotel, UAE The L Resort, Thailand Wyndham Resort Torquay, Australia

WORLD’S LEADING LARGE SHIP CRUISE LINE Carnival Cruise Lines Crystal Cruises Cunard Cruise Line MSC Cruises Norwegian Cruise Line P&O Cruises Princess Cruises Regent Seven Seas Cruises Royal Caribbean International

WORLD’S LEADING LOWCOST AIRLINE Air Arabia Air Asia Air Berlin www.airberlin.com easyJet flydubai JetBlue Airways Mango Precision Air Southwest Airlines

WORLD’S LEADING LUXURY ALL SUITE HOTEL Burj Al Arab, Dubai, UAE Elounda Peninsula, Greece Grace Bay Club, Turks and Caicos Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit, Mexico Raffles Makkah Palace, Saudi Arabia The Tides Hotel, Florida, USA The Venetian, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA Tower Club at lebua WORLD’S LEADING LUXURY BEACH RESORT Emirates Palace One&Only beach club Bahamas Six Senses Zighy Bay Oman Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc, France Anantara Rasananda Koh Phangan Villa Resort & Spa, Thailand Palazzo Versace, Gold Coast, Australia WORLD’S LEADING LUXURY BUSINESS HOTEL Four Seasons Hotel Boston, Massachusetts, USA H Hotel Dubai, United Arab Emirates Hotel Baltschug Kempinski, Russia Pan Pacific Singapore Radisson Royal Hotel, Moscow, Russia The Leela Palace Kempinski Bangalore, India The Ritz Carlton Chicago, Illinois, USA The Westin Beijing, Financial Street, China Tower Club at Lebua, Thailand Trident Gurgaon, India

WORLD’S LEADING LUXURY CAR HIRE Avis Prestige Beverly Hills Rent-A-Car Luxury Rent A Car Sixt Luxury Cars WORLD’S LEADING LUXURY CHAUFFEUR SERVICE Brunel Carey Elite Car & Chauffeur Service Imperial Global Chauffeur Service Sixt Limousine Service Tristar Worldwide WORLD’S LEADING LUXURY HOTEL Jumeirah at Etihad Towers, Abu Dhabi, UAE JW Marriott Essex House New York, USA Mardan Palace Antalya, Turkey Raffles Makkah Palace, Saudi Arabia Saxon Boutique Hotel, Villas & Spa, South Africa The Dorchester, England, UK The Langham, Melbourne, Australia The Oberoi Gurgaon, India The Peninsula Hong Kong WORLD’S LEADING LUXURY HOTEL BRAND Dorchester Collection Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group Oberoi Hotels & Resorts One&Only Luxury Resorts Raffles Group The Luxury Collection Hotels & Resorts

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WORLD’S LEADING LUXURY ISLAND RESORT Baros Maldives Cocoa Island by COMO, Maldives Grand Isle Resort and Spa Hotel Exuma Island, Bahamas Huvafen Fushi Maldives Le Prince Maurice, Mauritius Lémuria Resort of Praslin, Seychelles Maradiva Villas Resort & Spa, Mauritius Pacific Resort Aitutaki, Cook Islands Taveuni Palms, Fiji The Oberoi Mauritius WORLD’S LEADING LUXURY LEISURE RESORT & SPA Anantara Bophut Koh Samui Resort & Spa, Thailand Atrium Prestige Thalasso Spa Resort & Villas, Greece Conrad Algarve, Portugal Emirates Palace, Abu Dhabi Emperors Palace, South Africa La Sultana, Marrakech, Morocco Mardan Palace Antalya, Turkey Parrot Cay, Turks & Caicos Royal Wing Suites & Spa, Thailand WORLD’S LEADING LUXURY LODGE &Beyond Mnemba Island Lodge, Tanzania Chobe Game Lodge, Botswana Huka Lodge, New Zealand Lake Okareka Lodge, New Zealand Safari Lodge, Ulusaba Private Game Reserve, South Africa Shambala Private Reserve, South Africa Solitaire Lodge, New Zealand Thanda Private Game Reserve, South Africa

Grand Final Nominees 2013 WORLD’S LEADING LUXURY RESORT Amanjena, Morocco Conrad Algarve, Portugal Emirates Palace, UAE Gili Lankanfushi, Maldives InterContinental Samui Baan Taling Ngam Resort, Thailand Lilianfels Blue Mountains Resort & Spa, Australia Tabacón Grand Spa Thermal Resort, Costa Rica The Regent Palms, Turks & Caicos The Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel, California, USA Villarrica Park Lake Hotel & Spa, Chile WORLD’S LEADING LUXURY SAFARI COMPANY &Beyond Abercrombie & Kent Sabi Sabi Singita Wilderness Safaris WORLD’S LEADING LUXURY SAILING CRUISE COMPANY Seafarer Cruises Star Clippers Windstar WORLD’S LEADING LUXURY SHARIA COMPLIANT HOTEL Al Manshar Rotana Hotel, Kuwait Angel’s Peninsula, Turkey InterContinental Jeddah, Saudi Arabia Khalidiya Palace Rayhaan by Rotana, Abu Dhabi, UAE Le Méridien Al Khobar, Saudi Arabia Rosewood Corniche, Saudi Arabia

WORLD’S LEADING LUXURY TOUR OPERATOR Abercrombie & Kent Adventures by Disney Elegant Resorts Hayes and Jarvis Kuoni Group Lets Go Maldives Travcoa WORLD’S LEADING LUXURY TRAIN Andean Explorer Eastern & Oriental Express Hiram Bingham Maharajas’ Express Rocky Mountaineer - GoldLeaf Service Royal Canadian Pacific The Blue Train The Golden Chariot The Indian Maharaja Deccan Odyssey The Queen of Scots Luxury Touring Train Venice Simplon Orient-Express WORLD’S LEADING LUXURY VILLA RESORT Daios Cove Resort, Greece Eagles Nest, New Zealand Maradiva Villas Resort & Spa, Mauritius Raffles Praslin, Seychelles Rosewood Little Dix Bay, British Virgin Islands Semara Luxury Villa Resort, Bali

WORLD’S LEADING MARKETING CAMPAIGN Air New Zealand - An Unexpected Briefing Avis - “The Professionals” British Airways - To Fly. To Serve. Carnival Cruise Lines Moments That Matter Easyjet - Generation Easy Jet Expedia - Find Your Story First Choice - There’s no feeling like going All Inclusive Marriott - Travel Brilliantly Thomson - Holidays Just Got Better United - Fly the Friendly Skies Virgin Atlantic Airlines - Flying in the Face of Ordinary Welcome To Yorkshire WORLD’S LEADING MEDICAL WELLNESS & SPA OPERATOR Adler Thermae Spa & Wellness Resort, Italy Deyle Gruppe International Franzenbad AG Tschechien Health Oasis Resorts, Thailand Kannewischer Termen Toplica Slowenien Thermen Hokkaido Japan VAMED Vitality World

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WORLD’S LEADING MEETINGS & CONFERENCE CENTRE Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Centre - ADNEC Cancun Center, Cancun, Mexico Dubai World Trade Centre, Dubai, UAE ExCeL London, England International Convention Centre Durban, South Africa Internationales Congress Centrum Berlin (ICC Berlin), Germany Las Vegas Convention Center, USA Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, Australia Montego Bay Convention Centre, Jamaica RIOCENTRO Exhibition & Conference Center, Brazil Sheraton Lima Hotel & Convention Center, Peru Suntec Singapore International Convention & Exhibition Centre, Singapore WORLD’S LEADING MEETINGS & CONFERENCE DESTINATION Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates Cape Town, South Africa Las Vegas, Nevada, USA Melbourne, Australia Singapore WORLD’S LEADING MICE HOTEL Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai, UAE Marina Bay Sands, Singapore MGM Grand Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, USA Radisson Royal Hotel, Moscow, Russia Safari Park Hotel & Casino. Kenya Sun City Resort, South Africa

Grand Final Nominees 2013 WORLD’S LEADING NEW HOTEL Conrad New York, USA Conrad Seoul, South Korea Dorado Beach, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve, Puerto Rico Hilton Lima Miraflores, Peru JW Marriott Marquis Dubai, United Arab Emirates QT Gold Coast, Australia Villa Rosa Kempinski Nairobi, Kenya Waldorf Astoria Berlin, Germany WORLD’S LEADING NEW RESORT Anantara Dubai The Palm Resort & Spa, UAE Coco Privé Kuda Hithi Island, Maldives InterContinental Danang Sun Peninsula Resort, Vietnam Kempinski Hotel Haitang Bay Sanya, China Titanic Deluxe Belek, Turkey WORLD’S LEADING PALACE HOTEL Caesars Palace Las Vegas, Nevada, USA Ciragan Palace Kempinski Istanbul, Turkey Djibouti Palace Kempinski, Djibouti Emirates Palace, Abu Dhabi, UAE Mardan Palace Antalya, Turkey The Palace of the Lost City, South Africa The Ritz-Carlton, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

WORLD’S LEADING POLAR EXPEDITION OPERATOR Antarctica XXI Aurora Expeditions Lindblad Expeditions Oceanwide Expeditions Polar Cruises Polar Star Expeditions Quark Expeditions Waterproof Expeditions White Desert, Antarctica Zegrahm & Eco-Expeditions WORLD’S LEADING PRIVATE GAME RESERVE Fairmont Mara Safari Club, Kenya Legend Lodges, Entabeni Private Game Reserve, South Africa Lion Sands Private Game Reserve, South Africa Londolozi Private Game Reserve, South Africa Makalali Private Game Reserve, South Africa Mala Mala Game Reserve, South Africa Ongava Lodge, Namibia Shambala Private Reserve, South Africa Shamwari Game Reserve, South Africa Singita Private Game Reserve, South Africa Wolwedans Dunes Lodge & Dune Camp, Namibia

WORLD’S LEADING PRIVATE ISLAND RESORT Amanpulo, Philippines Fregate Island Private, Seychelles Guana Island, British Virgin Islands Le Taha’a Private Island & Spa Medjumbe Island Resort, Mozambique Musha Cay, The Bahamas Necker Island North Island, Seychelles Palm Island Resort, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Peter Island Resort, British Virgin Islands WORLD’S LEADING PRIVATE JET CHARTER Air Royale Asia Jet Blue Star Jets ElJet Luxury Air Jets Prestige Jet Private Jet Charter Royal Jet

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WORLD’S LEADING RESORT Al Qasr at Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai, UAE Alfajiri Villas, Kenya Arasha Tropical Forest Resort & Spa, Ecuador Atlantis The Palm, Dubai, United Arab Emirates Baros Maldives Casa de Campo, Dominican Republic Conrad Algarve, Portugal Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, Florida, USA Emirates Palace, Abu Dhabi, UAE Forte Village Resort, Italy Half Moon, Montego Bay, Jamaica Hotel Parador Resort & Spa, Costa Rica Huvafen Fushi, Maldives Jebel Ali Golf Resort, Dubai, UAE Lilianfels Blue Mountains Resort & Spa, Australia One&Only Le Saint Geran, Mauritius Sandals Grande Antigua Resort & Spa, Antigua Sandals Royal Bahamian Spa Resort & Offshore Island, Bahamas Sandals Royal Plantation, Ochos Rios, Jamaica Savoy Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt The Chedi Muscat, Oman The Phoenician Scottsdale, Arizona, USA The Venetian Macao-ResortHotel, Macau Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin, Florida, USA

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WORLD’S LEADING SMALL SHIPS CRUISE LINE American Cruise Lines Quark Expeditions Star Clippers The Yachts of Seabourn Cruise Line WORLD’S LEADING SPA RESORT Conrad Pezula Resort & Spa, South Africa Gili Lankanfushi, Maldives Grand Wailea, Hawaii, USA Hilton Maldives Iru Fushi Resort & Spa, Maldives InterContinental Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso Spa, French Polynesia Jumeirah Zabeel Saray, Dubai, UAE JW Marriott Guanacaste Resort & Spa, Costa Rica Layana Resort & Spa, Thailand Le Royal Méridien Beach Resort & Spa, Dubai, United Arab Emirates Leopard Beach Resort & Spa, Kenya Mantra Punta del Este Resort, Spa & Casino, Uruguay Mardan Palace, Turkey One&Only Palmilla, Mexico Palazzo Versace, Gold Coast, Australia Parrot Cay, Turks & Caicos The BodyHoliday LeSport, St. Lucia The Regent Palms, Turks & Caicos W Retreat & Spa, Maldives

WORLD’S LEADING SPORTS ACADEMY Aspire Zone, Doha, Qatar Cascade Wellness & Lifestyle Resort, Portugal Forte Village Resort, Italy Francisco Grande Hotel and Golf Resort, USA Harlequin Hotels & Resorts Sports Academy, Caribbean WORLD’S LEADING SPORTS RESORT Casa de Campo, Dominican Republic Forte Village Resort, Italy Jebel Ali Golf Resort Legend Golf & Safari Resort, South Africa Lough Erne Resort, Northern Ireland Meydan, Dubai, United Arab Emirates The BodyHoliday LeSport, St Lucia WORLD’S LEADING SPORTS TOURISM DESTINATION Abu Dhabi, UAE Auckland, New Zealand Beijing, China Doha, Qatar Dubai, UAE Durban, South Africa London, UK Melbourne, Australia New Orleans, USA Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Seoul, Korea Tokyo, Japan Vancouver, Canada

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WORLD’S LEADING THALASSO RESORT Aldemar Royal Mare, Greece Anassa, Cyprus Atrium Prestige Thalasso Spa Resort & Villas, Greece Gran Hotel Elba Estepona, Spain Hotel Villa Rolandi Thalasso Spa, Mexico Insotel Fenicia Prestige, Spain Le Méridien Ra Beach Hotel & Spa, Spain Pullman Timi Ama Sardegna, Italy Terme di Saturnia Spa & Gold Resort, Italy The Residence Tunis, Tunisia WORLD’S LEADING THEMED RESORT Busch Gardens, Florida USA Disney California Adventure Park, USA Disney World, Florida, USA Disneyland Paris, France Kempinski Hotel Haitang Bay Sanya, China Movie World, Australia PortAventura, Spain Sea World, Florida, USA Universal Orlando Resort, Florida, USA

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The African Bush Zulu Camp at Shambala Private Game Reserve in the heart of Africa, offers luxurious accommodation in traditional honeycomb-shaped thatched chalets with streams from the nearby river running through the camp. Shambala is situated in the malaria free Waterberg mountains and is home to the Big Five.

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WORLD’S LEADING VILLA RESORT Banyan Tree Al Wadi, UAE Eagles Nest, New Zealand Evason Hua Hin, Thailand Hilton Seychelles Northolme Resort & Spa, Seychelles Majapahit Beach Villas, Bali, Indonesia Martinhal Beach Resort & Hotel, Portugal North Island, Seychelles Round Hill Hotel & Villas, Jamaica WORLD’S LEADING WATER VILLA RESORT Adaaran Prestige Water Villas, Maldives Baros Maldives, Maldives Beach House Iruveli, Maldives Conrad Maldives Rangali Island, Maldives Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Kuda Huraa, Maldives Taj Exotica Resort & Spa, Maldives WORLD’S LEADING WELLNESS HOTEL Abano Grand Hotel, Italy Brenners Park-Hotel & Spa, Germany Grand Hotel Lienz, Austria Kamalaya Koi Samui, Thailand Lefay Resort & Spa Lago di Garda, Italy Longevity Wellness Resort Monchique, Algarve Miraval Resort & Spa- Arizona, USA The Dolder Grand, Switzerland

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