Greece won several distinctions at the World Travel Awards (WTA) Grand Final Gala Ceremony 2022 in Muscat, Oman.

Four Greek hotels, the Region of Attica, Athens, and a tourism agency were named the best travel brands in the world for 2022, at a gala ceremony held on Friday, November 11 in Muscat, Oman by the World Travel Awards (WTA).

In their 29th edition, the awards, which are considered the Oscars of the global tourism industry, named Athens as the World’s Top Cultural Destination City for 2022, the Attica Region as the Top Sustainable Tourism Destination, and Mideast Travel Worldwide as the Top Destination Management Company.

The awarded hotels were Santo Maris Oia Luxury Suites & Spa (Top Boutique Resort), Sani Resort (Top Cultural Destination Resort, Top Family and Beach Resort, and Top Luxury Eco Resort), Grand Forest Metsovo (Top Landmark Hotel), and Aristi Mountain Resort & Villas (Top Eco-Lodge – Eco-Lodge).

Commenting on Oman Airports hosting the WTA for the second time, Sheikh Aimen bin Ahmed al Hosni, CEO of Oman Airports, said, “The travel and tourism industry is one of the most prominent economic sectors in which countries from around the world compete, with the Middle East being one of its most promising markets today. As a result, Oman Vision 2040 has identified this industry as one of the most important sectors that must be focused on in the coming years. As an enabling factor for the tourism industry, our initiative to host the world’s largest travel and tourism event aims to enhance Oman’s presence on the map of the most prominent tourist destinations.”

With more than 500 representatives of leading international travel and tourism companies attending, “it was an incredible opportunity for their counterparts and those working in the field in Oman to consolidate relations and build trade partnerships and to enhance their performance and increase the number of tourists visiting the sultanate”.

“The global TV5 network that covered the ceremony directly on its channels is a great added value to the sultanate’s efforts in promoting tourism,” Sheikh Hosni added.

On the occasion, Graham Cooke, Founder, and President of the awards said, “With a number of Omani companies winning awards in different categories, I am confident that the sultanate is leading the way towards enhancing the performance of its travel and tourism sectors to become one of the most important sources of its economic income. With a leading network of airports under the pioneering management of a top company like Oman Airports, the sultanate will definitely see its tourism industry flourish.”

Watch the video from the gala ceremony…