wta 3D LogoWorld Travel Awards (WTA) has unveiled the nominees for its upcoming Africa & Indian Ocean Gala Ceremony 2016.

The first event on the annual Grand Tour, the ceremony will this year be hosted by Diamonds La Gemma dell'Est in Zanzibar, Tanzania, on April 9th.

With more than 1,500 nominations now revealed, voting is expected to be highly competitive right up until the February 29th deadline. 

World Travel Awards President Graham Cooke said: “This is always an exciting time of year for World Travel Awards, as we unveil the nominees for the first Gala Ceremony of the year. As we have come to expect it is a stellar list, incorporating the leading lights of hospitality from across Africa and the Indian Ocean.

“With just four weeks of voting ahead of us I urge voters from around the world to cast their ballots at the first opportunity and to make their voices heard as we being the Grand Tour 2016.”

Each year WTA covers the globe with a series of regional Gala Ceremonies staged to recognise and celebrate individual and collective successes within each key geographical region.

Each WTA Gala Ceremony offers unrivalled networking opportunities to members of the travel and tourism industry, with the events welcoming government and industry leaders as well as international print and broadcast media.

A full list of nominees for the Africa & Indian Ocean Gala Ceremony 2016 can be seen here, while voters are requested to register their interest here.