Maldives Promotion House – Voting for Maldives Travel Awards 2012 has been concluded. During the 30 day period a total of 109,984 votes were collected via the website. About 70 nominees received votes and the judging process has begun. The judging panel consists of 5 industry experts elected by the executive board of MATATO. The judges will award points for nominees from 20 categories, and the winners will be selected from the judging results.
For the ‘Leading International Airlines’ category, the winner has been selected only by public voting. From among Sri Lankan Airlines, Edelweiss Air, Air India, Thomson Airways and NEOS S.P.A, the nominee with the highest number of votes is Emirates. About 45 percent of total votes to the category were for Emirates. From among the voters a raffle draw will be taken and the winner will be awarded a return air ticket to Maldives by Etihad Airways and their GSA partner Air Plus, along with a 7 nights stay at Paradise Island Resort. Winners for the remaining categories will be announced during the awarding ceremony held at Paradise Island Resort on 28th September. The award function will be inclusive of entertainment from various artists, traditional dances and live music by Unoosha, Ritte , Mummu during the event.
A new version of the Travel Award Song “It’s the sunny side of life” has also been released with the involvement of the popular musicians including Unoosha, Mummu, Ritte, Mira, Fasy, Barchie and Furadhan. A video for the song is also soon to be released.
Maldives Travel Awards is organized by Maldives Association for Travel Agents and Tour Operators (MATATO) and event is managed by High Rise. Title for this year’s event is sponsored by GMR and the event is cosponsored by Allied Insurance Company of the Maldives and Semicolon. The official event host for GMR Maldives Travel Awards 2012 is Paradise Island Resort by Villa Hotels and the official travel partner is Etihad Airways and their GSA AirPlus Travel & Tours.