At the World Travel Awards Asia & Australasia 2017, which were held in Shanghai, Sri Lanka took the title of leading destination for the region, an award that reflects a country's range of tourism products and services.
The country was also named the leading adventure tourism destination
Winners are based on an online voting process cast by industry leaders and travel professionals.
Sri Lanka has been emerging as an interesting travel alternative to Thailand, for its beaches, wildlife safaris and adventure tours.
Along with its native land mammals -- elephants, leopards and wild buffalos -- the island's marine surroundings make the destination one of the best for whale and dolphin watching.
Sri Lanka is also known among thrill-seekers for offering top-notch surfing and diving experiences, jungle treks, hikes and elephant-riding and rock-climbing adventures
Here are some of the big winners from the gala event:
Leading airline: Hainan Airlines Leading airline economy class: Cathay Pacific Leading beach destination: Thailand Leading boutique hotel: Casa Del Mar Langkawi, Malaysia Leading city break destination: Hong Kong Leading cruise line: Star Cruises Leading fine dining and hotel restaurant: La Maison 1888 InterContinental Danang Sun Peninsula Resort, Vietnam Leading low-cost airline: AirAsia
Leading airline: Air New Zealand Leading private island resort: Laucala Island, Fiji Most romantic resort: The Remort Resort, Fiji Islands