Salalah, The honouring ceremony of the 10th
version of the Arab Tourism Media Awards 2018 was held in Salalah
this evening under the patronage of Abdulaziz bin Mohammed al-
Rowas, Advisor to His Majesty the Sultan for Cultural Affairs. The
ceremony was organised by the Arab Center for Tourism Media
The Advisor to His Majesty the Sultan for Cultural Affairs
expressed his thanks to the ACTM role in inviting media professionals
and those interested in tourism to share ideas, disseminate peace
among peoples and promote tourism in the Arab countries.
The ceremony included an introductory presentation on the
Arab Center for Tourism Media.
At the end of the ceremony, the chief guest honoured the
winning individuals, organisers, sponsors and government and private
institutions that won the 33 awards of the Arab Tourism Media 2018.
More than 1.5 million people took part in the selection of winners
of the Arab Tourism Media Awards 2018 through electronic voting. 187
participants from 14 Arab countries competed for the awards. The
Sultanate, Saudi Arabia and the Egypt topped the winners.
The Sultanate won several Arab tourism media awards. The
Ministry of Tourism won the best tourism authority to achieve growth in
the tourism sector in 2017. The Public Authority for Radio and
Television (PART) won the best Arab media authority that supports local
and Arab tourism for 2017. Oman Newspaper won the award of the
best Arabic newspaper in the tourism coverage for 2017 and Muscat
city was awarded the best Arab tourist city for 2017.
Salalah Tourism Festival won the best Arab tourism festival for
2017. Sheikh Salim bin Oufait al-Shanfri, Head of Dhofar Municipality
received the award of the best government figure supporting Arab
tourism for 2017. Sheikh Salim bin Ahmed al-Ghazali, Chairman of the
Board of Director of the Golden Holding Group won the award of best
investor who supports Arab tourism for 2017. Salam Air won the best
airliner that supports Arab tourism for 2017.
Princess Dana Firas from the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan
won the title of the Arab heritage personality. Dr. Taleb al-Rifai, former
Secretary General of the World Tourism Organization won the title of
Tourism Personality of the Year.
As for the results of the winners in the Arab countries, the award
was given to the best journalist Ahmed al-Zahrani from Saudi Arabia, in
equal share with Amin Belhia from Algeria. The best female writer
award went to Jocelyn Elia from the Lebanese newspaper Al-Sharq
Al-Awsat, with the writer Mayada Saif from the Egyptian Al-Alam Al
Youm newspaper. The best director award went to Norhan al-Bili from
Bahrain News Agency (BNA) won the award of the best Arab
news agency. The photographer Mohammad al-Yafei from Qatar
received the best photo award. The programme “Busat Al Reeh” from
Sudan won the best radio show. The best tourism website award went
to “Arab Tourist.”
“Follow the Arabs Footsteps” programme from Saudi Arabia
won the best TV show. The Algerian tourism webpage for Mohy
Eskandar won the best tourist website on Facebook. Ibrahim Sarhan
from Saudi Arabia won the best account on Twitter.
The event comes within the framework of the promotional plan
of the Arab Center for Tourism Media, in cooperation with the Ministry of
Tourism, the Ministry of Information and Dhofar Municipality to highlight
the Sultanate as an Arab tourist destination.
The honouring ceremony was attended by ministers, honourable
members of the State Council, members of Majlis A’Shura and officials.
Source: Oman News Agency