Rotana Scoops 16 Awards at World Travel Awards 2018

Press release
Published April 22nd, 2018 - 08:18 GMT
Nasser Al Nowais, Rotana's Chairman
Nasser Al Nowais, Rotana's Chairman

Rotana, one of the leading hotel management companies in the region with hotels across the Middle East, Africa and Turkey, has reaffirmed its position at the forefront of the hospitality sector by taking home a total of 16 awards at the World Travel Awards (WTA) Middle East Gala Ceremony 2018.

Renowned as the “Oscars of the travel world”, the awards were presented at a glittering ceremony attended by industry leaders in Ras Al Khaimah on 19 April. Now celebrating its 25th year, the World Travel Awards is globally recognised as the travel industry’s most prestigious awards programme and rewards exceptional performers in the tourism, airline, hotel and hospitality sectors.

Rotana secured the coveted title of “Middle East’s Leading Hotel Brand” for the 12th year in a row, in addition to winning major regional awards including “Middle East's Leading City Hotel” for Amwaj Rotana, Dubai; “Middle East's Leading Corporate Resort” for Beach Rotana, Abu Dhabi; and “Middle East's Leading Luxury Hotel Apartments” for Arjaan Dubai by Rotana.

The company received a further 12 accolades in the country and city-based categories, while Rotana’s Chairman Nasser Al Nowais was recognised with a special “Middle East’s Leading Travel Personality Award” for his outstanding contributions to the industry.

Guy Hutchinson, Chief Operating Officer at Rotana, said “On behalf of everyone at Rotana, I would like to thank our guests from across the region and beyond for putting their trust in us and selecting Rotana as their hospitality partner of choice. We are delighted to accept these prestigious awards, which are a testament to the tireless efforts of our dedicated team members. Their contributions shape the world-class experiences enjoyed by our guests daily, and have played a key role in elevating the Rotana brand to the market-leading position it enjoys today.”

Hutchinson continued, “We extend warm congratulations to our Chairman Nasser Al Nowais on receiving a ‘Middle East’s Leading Travel Personality Award’. His visionary stewardship is an inspiration to us all as we strive to continue delivering on our promise of Treasured Time to our guests, employees and partners. We look forward to further successes to come as our portfolio expands throughout the region.”

The full list of awards won by Rotana at World Travel Awards Middle East 2018 is as follows:

Middle East's Leading Hotel Brand 2018: Rotana Hotels

Middle East's Leading City Hotel 2018: Amwaj Rotana, Dubai

Middle East's Leading Corporate Resort 2018: Beach Rotana, Abu Dhabi

Middle East's Leading Luxury Hotel Apartments 2018: Arjaan Dubai by Rotana

Bahrain's Leading Hotel 2018: ART Rotana, Amwaj Island, Manama

Iraq's Leading Hotel 2018: Erbil Rotana

Jordan's Leading Conference Hotel 2018: Amman Rotana

Jordan's Leading Serviced Apartments 2018: The Boulevard Arjaan by Rotana

Lebanon's Leading Business Hotel 2018: Gefinor Rotana

Oman's Leading Beach Resort 2018: Salalah Rotana Resort

Qatar's Leading City Hotel 2018: City Centre Rotana Doha

Saudi Arabia's Leading City Hotel 2018: Rosh Rayhaan by Rotana

Saudi Arabia's Leading Budget Hotel 2018: Centro Shaheen by Rotana

United Arab Emirates' Leading Business Hotel 2018: Park Rotana, Abu Dhabi

United Arab Emirates' Leading Family Resort 2018: The Cove Rotana Resort

Abu Dhabi's Leading Serviced Apartments 2018: Park Arjaan by Rotana

Middle East’s Leading Travel Personality Award: Nasser Al Nowais, Chairman, Rotana

Rotana has been consistently recognized for its commitment to raising standards within the hotel industry through its ever-evolving portfolio. Now entering its 26th year of operations in the region, the company has received more than 380 regional and international awards to date.

Following the grand opening of the five-star Al Bandar Rotana and Al Bandar Arjaan by Rotana, Dubai, and The Pearl Rotana Capital Centre, Abu Dhabi in March, Rotana is looking ahead to further expansion with several upcoming developments in the pipeline.

Background Information

Rotana Hotel Management Corporation

Rotana was founded in 1992, by a partnership between two visionary thinkers, Nasser Al Nowais and Selim El Zyr, who were joined three years later by Nael Hashweh and Imad Elias.

Operating as Rotana, it opened its first property in Abu Dhabi in 1993 and is today one of the leading hotel management companies within the Middle East and North Africa.

Rotana is a company offering the best of both worlds. A unique understanding of the culture and communities of the Middle East combined with the collective expertise of an executive team contributing over 35 years of international experience in the service industry.

Rotana aggressive expansion plans have seen the company grow from 2 properties in 1993 to a total of 70 by 2014. With several further properties planned for opening and new projects in the pipeline confirming the company's intention to have a Rotana managed property in all the major cities throughout the Middle East and North Africa within the next five years. 

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