Rotana Wins Three Awards at World Travel Awards Grand Final 2018 in Portugal

Press release
Published January 2nd, 2019 - 09:23 GMT
During the event
During the event

Continuing to add more accolades to its long list of recognitions in 2018, Rotana, one of the leading hotel management companies in the region with hotels across the Middle East, Africa and Turkey, has brought back three awards from the World Travel Awards (WTA) Grand Final Gala Ceremony 2018 held in Lisbon, Portugal.

For the fifth consecutive year, both Rotana and its flagship property, Beach Rotana Abu Dhabi, secured the prestigious title of the ‘World's Leading Business Hotel Brand 2018’ and the ‘World’s Leading Corporate Resort 2018’ respectively. In addition, the company’s newest resort in the UAE capital,Saadiyat Rotana Resort & Villas, made its debut at the awards with the ‘World’s Leading New Resort and Villas’ 2018 title.

Dubbed as ‘Oscars of the travel world,’ the World Travel Awards acknowledge, reward and celebrate excellence across all key sectors of the travel, tourism and hospitality sectors, and are regarded as the ultimate hallmark of industry excellence.

Guy Hutchinson, Acting President & CEO of Rotana, said: “Winning these three prestigious awards at the World Travel Awards is a huge honour for the team and will serve as a great source of motivation for us to continue delivering on our core values. A deep commitment to genuine hospitality is at the heart of everything we do at Rotana and these accolades are a strong reflection of our passion to create truly treasured experiences for our guests, colleagues and partners. We are deeply thankful for the trust and confidence they have placed in the Rotana brand over the years.”

The WTA awards add to Rotana’s long list of accolades in 2018, which includes sixteen awards at the World Travel Awards ME, Best Hotel Brand in the Middle East at Business Traveller Middle East Awards, Company of the Year at Gulf Business Awards and Best Business Hotel Chain in the Middle East at UK’s Business Traveller Awards.

In 2018, Rotana added 10 hotels to its portfolio, with new openings in Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Jeddah, Riyadh, and Istanbul, and the signing of its first-ever hotels in Zambia and Kenya.

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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