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Tiqets, the leading international online booking platform for museum & attraction experiences, opened applications for two of its most exciting Remarkable Venue Awards categories: Best Hidden Gem and Most Innovative Venue, to UAE venues. Museums and attractions in the UAE, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, the UK, and the US are invited to apply for these highly coveted tourism awards.

The search is on for the world’s best hidden gems and most innovative venues as Tiqets opens applications for its two application-based Remarkable Venue Awards categories. For the first time, venues in the UAE will be invited to apply.

The renowned annual tourism awards series celebrates the best museums and attractions worldwide. The Best Hidden Gem and Most Innovative Venue categories will be assessed by a panel of industry judges:

  • Prakash Vivekanand - Middle East and North Africa Leisure & Attractions Council (MENALAC) Founder and Board Member and Amusement Services International Group Managing Director
  • Mike Ribgy - MENALAC Board Member and WhiteWater Middle East & India Executive VP
  • Alex Schrott - MENALAC Board Member and Head of Waterparks & Amusement Parks, Rides & Structures at TÜV SÜD Middle East

“The world’s appetite for travel and culture is back! We’re proud to offer hundreds of museums and attractions across the globe the chance to reach new visitors/raise awareness among visitors by being named the Best Hidden Gem or Most Innovative Venue in their country. Both of these awards celebrate niche, unique and off-the-beaten-track venues as well as those pushing the boundaries to engage visitors in new and exciting ways. We’re excited to help uncover these special venues and share them with the world,” says Tiqets CEO Laurens Leurink. works with some of the most popular venues in the UAE including Louvre Abu Dhabi, Museum of the Future, Burj Khalifa, and View at The Palm.

Previous years’ award winners such as Barcelona’s Casa Batllo and Liverpool’s Royal Liver Building have been highlighted for their award in publications like National Geographic, The Guide Liverpool, and Conde Nast Traveller. This year, all winners working with will also receive a special badge on their profile recommending them to site visitors.

How to apply for an award

The application-based awards will be open from July 21st, 2022 until September 8th, 2022. Venues can apply for Best Hidden Gem or Most Innovative Venue via this application form.

The winners will be chosen by a panel of expert judges in their region, such as regional DMOs and tourism experts against a set of scoring criteria. Venues that score the highest across the criteria are shortlisted as nominees, with the top-scoring venue being awarded the winner. The regional winners then go on to compete under the same categories for the global awards in November 2022. Tiqets does not have an influence on the scoring of these applications. To be eligible to participate, venues must be based in the UAE, the UK, France, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, the United States, Germany, and Portugal.

The Best Hidden Gem Award

A hidden gem refers to a venue that is outstanding, unique or special. This award category is focused on highlighting lesser-known and more niche attractions to travellers the world over. This award is open to all museums and attractions. Venues do not need to be working with Tiqets to apply. Previous winners include Museo Chillida Leku, Artechouse and Velazquez Tech Museum.

The Most Innovative Venue Award

Innovation is about finding ways to be creative and unique that are also modern and up to date. This award is about spotlighting museums and attractions that found new and original ways to appeal to customers. This could include sustainable initiatives, creative marketing strategies, or new technology implemented. This award is open to all museums and attractions. Venues do not need to be working with Tiqets to apply. Previous winners include Paris Montparnasse Top of the City, Remastered and Mostra di Leonardo.

Source: AllDetails