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Drum roll.... the winners at the World Travel Awards 2016 have been revealed

The winners of the 23rd World Travel Awards 2016 have been announced at a glamorous ceremony at The Sun Siyam Iru Fushi resort in the Maldives. An audience of over 250 hospitality leaders from around the world attended the event, which recognises the best of international tourism.

Here are some of the very worthy winners, but a comprehensive list of all prize-winners can be found here.

World’s Leading Cultural Destination

Saint Petersburg, Russia, won World's Leading Cultural destination at the world travel Awards 2016. Image: Rickson Liebano/Getty Images
Saint Petersburg, Russia, won World’s Leading Cultural destination at the World Travel Awards 2016. Image: Rickson Liebano/Getty Images

St Petersburg won World’s Leading Cultural Destination. It’s Russia’s second-largest city after Moscow, and its cultural attractions include venues like the ultramodern Mariinsky Theatre hosting opera and ballet. Then there’s the State Russian Museum, which showcases Russian art from Orthodox icon paintings to Kandinsky works.

World’s Most Romantic Destination

Baros, Maldives,won World's Most Romantic Resort at the World Travel Awards 2016. Image: Baros
Baros, Maldives, won World’s Most Romantic Resort at the World Travel Awards 2016. Image: Baros

With its stunning beaches and facilities, Baros Maldives luxury hotel won World’s Most Romantic Destination. The resort is set on a small coral island in the Indian Ocean, ringed by a sandy beach and a living house-reef, just 25 minutes by speedboat from Maldives International Airport.

World’s Leading Tourist Attraction

Titanic Belfast heritage centre on the site of the former Harland and Wolff shipyard.
Titanic Belfast won World’s Leading Tourist Attraction at the World Travel Awards 2016. Image by William Murphy / CC BY-SA 2.0

Paying homage to the ship that tragically sank during her maiden voyage in 1912, Titanic Belfast won World’s Leading Tourist Attraction. It extends over nine interactive galleries, with multiple dimensions drawing together special effects, dark rides, full-scale reconstructions and innovative interactive features.

World’s Leading City Break Destination

Hong Kong,won World's Leading City Break Destination at the World Travel Awards 2016. Image: Coloursinmylife/Shutterstock
Hong Kong,won World’s Leading City Break Destination at the World Travel Awards 2016. Image: Coloursinmylife/Shutterstock

We can see why Hong Kong won World’s Leading City Break Destination. It’s vibrant, densely populated urban centre is a major port and global financial hub. It comes with an iconic skyline and lush, protected nature where rare birds and colourful traditions thrive.

World’s Leading Airport

Changhi Airport in Singaporewon World's Leading Airport at the World Travel Awards 2016.
Changi Airport won World’s Leading Airport at the World Travel Awards. Image by Kevin Carmody / CC BY 2.0

For the tenth year in a row, Changi Airport in Singapore won World’s Leading Airport. The airport prides itself on offering visitors delightful experiences, thoughtful conveniences and warm personal service, set in a busy yet tranquil environment.

World’s Leading Adventure Tourism Destination

Chile won World's Leading Adventure Tourism Destination at the World Travel Awards 2016. Image: Ken Hornbrook/Getty Images
Chile won World’s Leading Adventure Tourism Destination at the World Travel Awards 2016. Image: Ken Hornbrook/Getty Images

It’s unsurprising that Chile won World’s Leading Adventure Tourism Destination. There is something for every adventure-minded traveller, including exploring the deserts of Atacama, hiking through the stunning Torres del Paine, and checking out the Lake District’s active glacier-topped volcanoes in the Andes Mountains,.

World’s Leading Beach Resort

Andilana Beach Resort in Madagascar won World's Leading Beach Resort at the Word Travel Awards 2016. Image: Andilana Beach resort
Andilana Beach Resort in Madagascar won World’s Leading Beach Resort at the Word Travel Awards 2016. Image: Andilana Beach Resort

The Andilana Beach Resort in Madagascar won World’s Leading Beach Resort. Nestled on the beautiful island of Nosy Be, this luxury resort is a dream destination ideal for travellers looking to get away from it all in style.

World’s Leading Culinary Destination

Peru won World's Leading Culinary Destination at the World Travel Awards 2016. Image: Ruidoblanco/Getty Images
Peru won World’s Leading Culinary Destination at the World Travel Awards 2016. Image: Ruidoblanco/Getty Images

It is known for it’s delicious and innovative dishes, such as this raw fish speciality ceviche. Being a foodie’s dream holiday is why Peru was awarded World’s Leading Culinary Destination.

World’s Leading Cruise Destination

Jamaica won World's Leading Cruise Destination at the World Travel Awards 2016. Image: Vilainecrevette/Shutterstock
Jamaica won World’s Leading Cruise Destination at the World Travel Awards 2016. Image: Vilainecrevette/Shutterstock

With its gorgeous sandy beaches, sparkling seas and colourful underwater marine life with coral reefs filled with tropical fish, Jamaica won World’s Leading Cruise Destination.

World’s Leading Safari Destination

Kenya won World's Leading Safari Destination at the World Travel Awards 2016.Image: Massimo Mei/Getty Images
Kenya won World’s Leading Safari Destination at the World Travel Awards 2016. Image: Massimo Mei/Getty Images

With fantastic places to visit to see the Big 5, like the Masai Mara National Reserve, which is home to these two lions, Kenya won World’s Leading Safari Destination.