After a series of regional finals around the world last year, the prestigious World Travel Awards grand final has taken place in a glittering ceremony in Qatar. Who claimed the coveted titles?
India saw off the likes of London, New York, Cape Town, Rio de Janeiro and Sydney to win the blue riband “World’s Leading Destination” award in a year in which international arrivals edged closer to the target of one billion travellers by 2016.
Etihad Airways, the national carrier of the United Arab Emirates, continued its meteoric rise by being voted the World’s Leading Airline for the third year in succession
The Forte Village Resort in Sardinia took out top honours with the World's Leading Resort title
Forte Village Resort
Emirates Palace in Abu Dhabi can boast the world's leading presidential suite, with its spacious and outrageously luxurious Palace Suite
The idyllic Maldives has yet more bragging rights with its title as the World's Most Romantic Destination
Gstaad Palace in Switzerland is the best resort for a skiing holiday
And Mauritius is officially the World's Leading Island Destination
Jamaica is said to be the best cruise destination
Dubai's landmark Burj Al Arab hotel was named the World's Leading Hotel
Qatar Airways won the award for the world's leading business class
Cathay Pacific Airways apparently has the world's best cattle - sorry, economy - class
No surprises here - Singapore's legendary Changi Airport, with its indoor gardens and top-notch facilities, is oficially the world's leading airport
Easyjet defeated other budget airlines to be named the world's number one low-cost carrier