wta 3D LogoThe World Travel Awards Africa & Indian Ocean Gala Ceremony 2016 was hosted by Diamonds La Gemma dell’est on the northern tip of Zanzibar, Tanzania, with hundreds of industry leaders in attendance.

Air Seychelles has taken the title of Indian Ocean's Leading Airline, Kenya Airways, recognised as Africa’s Leading Airline and Africa’s Leading Airline – Business Class, while Serena Hotels was honoured with the title of Africa's Leading Hotel Brand.

Transcorp Hilton Abuja took the title of Africa's Leading Business Hotel, while Indian Ocean's Leading Destination went to the Maldives.

Guests at the ceremony were wowed by leading entertainers from around the world, including Italian opera sensation laria Della Bidia and contortionist Erika Lemay, while the night was hosted by African film sensation Abby Plaatjies and Tanzanian radio personality Taji George Liundi.

Andrew Cook, General Manager, Diamonds La Gemma dell'Est, said: “Hosting the World Travel Awards Africa & Indian Ocean Gala Ceremony 2016 has been one of the proudest moments in the resort’s history.

“It has been a great opportunity and endorsement for all the members of the hospitality industry here in Zanzibar to showcase our offerings and reaffirm our country as a fast developing tourism destination."

A full list of the winners from the World Travel Awards Africa & Indian Ocean Gala Ceremony can be seen here.