Recognising and celebrating brilliance across all key sectors of the travel, tourism and hospitality industry in the Gulf, Versatile Excellence Travel Awards (VETA) Middle East 2019 by TravelScapes recently went out and loud in the dream destination of Dubai at V Hotel Dubai, Curio Collection by Hilton on April 28, 2019, that assembled the crème-de-la-crème of the tourism segment in the Middle East. This year’s debut edition of the VETA in the Middle East, the award ceremony was graced by all the biggies of the town and trade including Taiwan as the “Destination Partner” and Royal Arabian Destination Management Company as the exclusive “Destination Management Partner”.

A platform celebrating the global achievers in the travel industry for their hard work, support and achievements along with a sheer contribution to business and industry, the two back-to-back editions of VETA in India established a benchmark in the industry for travel awards. Lifting the fame and success to a notch higher, Publisher and CEO Varun Malhotra and Director Pranav Khullar of Versatile Media (TravelScapes) rode the mighty journey of VETA beyond the borders to the Middle East in Dubai.

VETA for “Most Popular MICE Destination” was awarded to the Czech Republic while Modi Yoga Retreat received the VETA for “Most Promising Wellness Luxury Resort in India”. Followed by this, the VETA for “Best B2B Travel Portal Middle East & North Africa” was awarded to TBO (Travel Boutique Online) Holidays and the “Most Popular Adventure Destination” recognition was awarded to South Africa. As the evening rolled on, Address Downtown was recognised as the “Best Luxury Hotel” whereas “Fastest Growing Luxury Resort in Maldives” was given over to Mövenpick Resort Kuredhivaru Maldives. Keeping the bar of the Middle East’s hospitality segment up and above, the next VETA for “Inspiring Hotel Leader in Middle East” was recognised to Iftikhar Hamda, Cluster General Manager, Ramada Hotel & Suites Ajman, Ramada Beach Hotel Ajman and Wyndham Garden Ajman Corniche.

With more crowds pulling in at the venue, VETA Middle East 2019 became the talk-of-the-town overnight, within a few hours of time to be precise. The remaining set of awards included Jetsave India Tours as “Emerging Inbound & Outbound Tour Operator”; Genting Cruise Lines for “Most Popular Cruiseline for On-Board Entertainment” and Roda Hotels & Resorts for “Fastest Growing Hotel Chain in Middle East”, respectively. VETA for the “Fastest Growing Global Destination Management Company” was awarded to One Above Destination Management Services; “India’s First Premium Cruise Liner” was bestowed to Jalesh Cruises whereas Dubai Parks & Resorts was recognised as the “Best All-Inclusive Theme Park”; Hideaway Beach Resort & Spa as the “Best Luxury Resort in the Maldives”; Villa Hotels & Resorts as the VETA for “The Leading Leisure Resort Brand in Maldives”; VFS Global marked as the “Pioneer of Innovation in Visa Outsourcing & IT” while the VETA for “Best Emerging Destination” was awarded to Taiwan.

The uber glitzy and glam-pact VETA Middle East 2019 gave new definitions to entertainment and travel trade awards. The show was hosted by noted Bollywood actors Rohit Roy and Nikita Dutta who casted a starry spell on the evening to enhance the event’s glamour quotient a notch higher. Accompanied by the vivid recitation of sand artist Sarvam Patel on Taiwan being ‘Asia’s Best Kept Secrets’ the evening progressively poured itself with utmost appreciation, success, support and a bigger promise to come back with more newness and bigger prospects.