On 8 July, the World Travel Awards Indian Ocean Gala Ceremony kicked off with cocktail reception, followed by the gala ceremony and an impressive dinner. The prestigious event was attended by hospitality leaders from across the region.The Sun Siyam group won Sri Lanka’s Leading Beach Resort for Sun Aqua Pasikudah award. A five-star boutique beach resort in the north east coast of Sri Lanka on the Passekudah Bay. The Sun Siyam Iru Fushi Maldives won Maldives’ Leading Resort and also Indian Ocean’s Leading Family Resort. It is the flagship property within the group with five-star luxury service standards.Indian Ocean’s Leading Water Villa Resort went to Sun Aqua Vilu Reef, Maldives, the gala host resort.The Maldives as a destination won Indian Ocean’s Leading Destination, Indian Ocean’s LeadingBeach Destination and Indian Ocean’s Leading Dive Destination.World Travel Awards Gala Ceremonies are widely regarded as the best networking opportunities in the travel industry, attended by government and industry leaders, luminaries and international print and broadcast media.