Maldives Travel Awards: Guesthouse Edition 2017 open for nomination

MATATO Maldives Travel Awards: Guesthouse Edition 2017 has been opened for nominations. Maldives Travel Awards, organised by Maldives Association of Travel Agents and Tour Operators (MATATO), is the prize created to celebrate the commitment, Excellence and Expertise in the Maldivian Tourism Industry, and was first launched in 2012, according to MATATO.

Maldives Travel Awards celebrates its sixth edition this year and has been recognising the success of this sector with exclusive categories, introduced every year. MATATO notes that over a span of less than a decade, the country’s guesthouse industry has flourished as one of the fastest growing sectors in the country, in addition to bringing a wave of wealth to local communities.

To cater the demand with emerging businesses in this sector, MATATO introduced the Guesthouse Edition, a special event to celebrate the outstanding performance in this sector. In addition to the current categories for guesthouses MATATO will bring a total of 15 categories for this edition.

This year, MATATO has partnered with the world’s largest travel website—TripAdvisor. As the strategic partner for Maldives Travel Awards, Tripadvisor will be providing data and analytics based on reviews submitted by travellers who have visited Maldives during the year 2016. Review rating provided by Tripadvisor will be used to shortlist the nominees in each category representing tourist properties.

The awards in the Guesthouse Edition will be given in the following categories;

  • Leading Guesthouse
  • Leading Food & Beverage Guesthouse
  • Leading Guesthouse / Diving and Watersports
  • Leading Eco-friendly Guesthouse
  • Leading Business Guesthouse
  • Leading Heritage Guest House
  • Leading Adventure Guest House
  • Most Innovative Guesthouse Concept
  • Leading Guesthouse Brand
  • Leading Transport Service Provider
  • Leading Guesthouse Island
  • Leading Beach Island

The following awards will be selected by MATATO;

  • Leading Business Development Partner for the Guesthouse Industry
  • New Comer of the Year
  • Most Supportive Guesthouse

According to MATATO, it will evaluate the nominations in each category and shortlist five contenders in each category based on their review rating on TripAdvisor. The shortlisted properties will then be announced and featured for a popular vote, which will be carried out via SMS and through the MATATO website. The deadline to submit nominations for the awards is September 10, while online and SMS voting will be open from September 15 to October 5. For more information about the awards, please visit matato.org.