India did not stay behind to shine in the list of Asia Winners 2013. The Golden Chariot was voted by travel agents worldwide and announced as the Asia’s Leading Luxury Train 2013 at the 20th World Travel Awards. Other luxury trains nominated for the same category were Deccan Odyssey, Eastern & Oriental Express, Maharajas’ Express, Palace on Wheels, and The Indian Maharaja. Apart from this, the train was also nominated for the 2013 World’s Leading Luxury Train.
Other Asia Winners 2013 from India are:
- India – Asia’s Leading Destination
- Trident Gurgaon, India – Asia’s Leading Hotel
- Maharajah’s Pavilion, The Raj Palace, India – Asia’s Leading Hotel Suite
- The Oberoi Gurgaon, India – Asia’s Leading Luxury Hotel
- The Golden Chariot – Asia’s Leading Luxury Train
- Incredible India – Asia’s Leading Tourist Board
La Cigale Hotel (Doha, Qatar) hosted the glittering ceremony of the 2013 World Travel Awards Grand Final on 30th November 2013. To celebrate the leading travel and tourism brands, the ceremony was attended by some industry’s elite such as CEOs of leading travel companies, tourism board chiefs, government ministers, and guests of honor HE Sheikha Al Mayassa bint Hamad al-Thani, chairperson of Qatar Museums Authority and Sheikh Jassim bin Abdulaziz al-Thani.
At the award ceremony, India also benchmarked its presence in the travel and tourism Industry by bagging some of the prestigious awards. ‘Incredible India’ was awarded as the World’s Leading Tourist Board, 2013. On the other hand, ‘The Raj Palace, India’ also won the World’s Leading Heritage Hotel, 2013 and ‘Maharajas Express’ also bagged the award for World’s Leading Luxury Train, 2013, for the 2nd consecutive year.
Contributed by:- Neelam Talreja