Maldives Association of Travel Agents and Tour Operators (MATATO) on Sunday launched nominations for the Gala Edition 2017 of its annual “Maldives Travel Awards”, the premier travel event of the archipelago.
In a press release, MATATO highlighted that the Travel Awards is being held as three separate editions in 2017, a first for the prestigious event. The first edition was held last July 13, which celebrated ten outstanding personalities of the Maldivian tourism sector.
The Gala Edition will honour tourists resorts, hotel brands, airlines and liveaboards, by awarding accolades in 25 categories across eight key areas, which are “Beach and Water”, “Food and Beverage”, “Product, Service and Experience”, “Responsible and Sustainable Tourism”, “Brand Management”, “Liveaboard” and “Airline/Carrier”.
Moreover, MATATO will also present five other awards in recognition of special areas of tourism development and sustainability.
According to MATATO, nominations for the Maldives Travel Awards Gala Edition will be accepted until October 10, and winners will be announced in November during the Annual Gala to be held in Adaaran Select Hudhuranfushi.
MATATO had received a record number of 243 nominations for the awards last year.
The Maldives Travel Awards was first launched in 2012 and is now recognised as the most prestigious event of its kind in the nation.