Maldives wins big at the South Asian Travel Awards 2017

Maldives walks away with 24 prestigious titles at the South Asian Travel Awards 2017. SATA Awards is the first ever regional travel awards endorsed by multinational associations providing the tourism sector of the South Asian Region with recognition towards their facilities and service excellence.

Maldives bagged top awards including Leading Honeymoon Destination, Leading Beach Destination, and Leading Diving Destination at the GALA Retreat held at Equator Village, Addu city. The full list of winners from the Maldives are;

  • Leading Airport Hotel: Hulhulé Island Hotel
  • Leading Wellness and Spa Brand: Araamu Spa
  • Leading Surf Hotels: Cinnamon Dhonveli
  • Leading All Inclusive Hotel and Brand: Lux* Maldives
  • Leading Wellness and Spa: Jumeirah Vittaveli
  • Leading Adventure Sports Service Provider: Q Adventures
  • Leading Activity Water Sports Centre: Best Dives Maldives
  • Leading Tour Operator: Inner Maldives Holidays
  • Leading Domestic Tourist Transport Provider (Air): Maldivian
  • Leading PSA Service Provide: Voyages Maldives
  • Leading GSA Service Provider: ACE Hardware
  • Leading Liveaboard Brand: Voyages Maldives
  • Leading Liveaboard: ScubaSpa Yang
  • Leading Travel Agent: Voyages Maldives
  • Leading Dive Centre: Dive Ocean
  • Leading Boutique Hotel and Resorts: Amilla Fushi
  • Leading Guesthouse Tourist Inn: Reveries Diving Village
  • Leading Dive Hotel: Adaaran Select Meedhupparu
  • Leading Family Hotel and Resort: Sun Island Resorts & Spa
  • Leading Luxury Hotel and Resorts: Soneva Jani
  • Leading Romantic Hotel: Jumeirah Vittaveli
  • Leading Designer Hotel and Resort: Cocoon Maldives
  • Leading Beach Hotel and Resorts: Summer Islands
  • Leading Marketed Hotel and Resort Brand: Adaaran Resorts

The South Asian Travel Awards aims to encourage and raise service standards within the regions of the Tourism industry. SATA’s objective is to identify and reward hospitality organisations in the South Asian region by providing them opportunities to improve standards in terms of service and facilities.

Participants who joined the Gala Retreat included top Hoteliers, Travel Agents, Tour Operators and Service Providers from the Tourism Industry of India, Sri Lanka, Maldives, Nepal and Bhutan. With over 450 nominations from Bhutan, Maldives, Sri Lanka, India and Nepal for this year’s edition the nominees competed in four major categories.

According to High Rise, the organiser of the event, the third edition of the awards will be held in India next year. Maldives took away 18 awards at the event held last year, while the first edition of the award was hosted in Sri Lanka in 2016.