SATA appoints Crowe Horwath Maldives as official auditors

Leading accounting firm Crowe Horwath Maldives has been appointed as the official auditors of South Asian Travel Awards (SATA) 2017.

According to SATA Secretariat, Crowe Horwath Maldives will conduct a comprehensive audit of the evaluations done by the panel of expert judges. A report will be presented at the gala ceremony to be held in October, it added.

More than 414 nominations from the Maldives, India, Sri Lanka, Bhutan and Nepal have been received for the 39 categories included in this year’s edition of SATA. Online voting is ongoing, and will complement the judging by a panel of experts.

SATA has recently announced the first batch of partners for this year’s edition, with Maldives Insider being named an official travel media partner.

Hospitality partners have also been assigned;  Champa Central Hotel in Maldives capital Male as the Hospitality Partner for the Maldives, The Chancery Pavilion in Indian IT hub of Bangalore as the Hospitality Partner for South India, Udman Hotels and Resorts by Ferns N Petals in Indian capital New Delhi as the Hospitality Partner for North India, Ramada Hotel in Sri Lankan capital Colombo as the Hospitality Partner for Sri Lanka and Hotel Mulberry in Nepalese capital Kathmandu as the Hospitality Partner for Nepal.

This year’s edition of SATA will take place in the Maldives in October. Organisers are exploring the possibility of hosting it at the southernmost Addu atoll.

Launched last year by Maldives-based event management company Highrise, SATA has been endorsed by regional tourism authorities and organisations, including the Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry in Sri Lanka (FCCISL), Colombo Chamber of Commerce (CCC), Maldives Marketing and Public Relations Corporation (MMPRC), Maldives Association of Travel Agents and Tour Operators (MATATO), Confederation of Associated Tour Operators (India), Association of Travel Agents (ATA) Maldives, Association of Travel and Tour Operators India (ATTOI), Association of Professionals in Tourism (APT, India), Kerala Hotel General Managers Club (KHGMC), Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) and Liveaboard Association of Maldives (LAM).

SATA is the first ever regional travel awards endorsed by multi national associations, providing the tourism sector of the South Asian region with recognition towards their facilities and service excellence. It aims to encourage and raise service standards in the region’s tourism industry.

The awards’ first edition, which wrapped up with a gala ceremony at the iconic Mount Lavinia Hotel in Sri Lanka, saw an overwhelming support with more than 260 nominations. Major travel media organisations, including Maldives Insider, Asian Traveller, Asian Geographic, Asian Diver and Floating Asia were appointed as media partners of SATA 2016.

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