The red carpet event was hosted by Diamonds La Gemma dell’Est on the northern tip of Zanzibar, Tanzania, with hundreds of industry leaders in attendance.
Also among the winners was Kenya Airways, recognized as Africa’s Leading Airline and Africa’s Leading Airline – Business Class, while Serena Hotels was honoured with the title of Africa’s Leading Hotel Brand.
World Travel Awards President Graham Cooke said: “My congratulations to everybody who was nominated at the World Travel Awards Africa & Indian Ocean Gala Ceremony this evening and especially those who picked up a trophy.
“As the first stop on our annual Grand Tour the bar has certainly been set high for the rest of the year and I look forward to greeting all of our winners from this evening at the Grand Final in the Maldives in December.”
Elsewhere Transcorp Hilton Abuja took the title of Africa’s Leading Business Hotel, while Indian Ocean’s Leading Destination went to the Maldives.
Guests at the ceremony were wowed by leading entertainers from around the world, including Italian opera sensation laria Della Bidia and contortionist Erika Lemay, while the night was hosted by African film sensation Abby Plaatjies and Tanzanian radio personality Taji George Liundi.
Andrew Cook, General Manager, Diamonds La Gemma dell’Est, said: “Hosting the World Travel Awards Africa & Indian Ocean Gala Ceremony 2016 has been one of the proudest moments in the resort’s history.
“It has been a great opportunity and endorsement for all the members of the hospitality industry here in Zanzibar to showcase our offerings and reaffirm our country as a fast developing tourism destination.”
Each World Travel Awards Gala Ceremony offers unrivaled networking opportunities to members of the travel and tourism industry, with the events welcoming government and industry leaders as well as international print and broadcast media.
Each year World Travel Awards covers the globe with a series of regional Gala Ceremonies staged to recognise and celebrate individual and collective successes within each key geographical region.
World Travel Awards was established in 1993 to acknowledge, reward and celebrate excellence across all sectors of the tourism industry.
Today, the World Travel Awards brand is recognized globally as the ultimate hallmark of quality, with winners setting the benchmark to which all others aspire.
A full list of the winners from the World Travel Awards Africa & Indian Ocean Gala Ceremony can be seen here.