SATA to host gala in Addu’s Equator Village

South Asian Travel Awards (SATA) has confirmed the southernmost Maldivian atoll of Addu as the venue for this year’s grand gala.

According to SATA Secretariat, Equator Village in Addu has signed up as Official Host of the grand gala, which would take place October 27-28.

“This is a historic moment as SATA becomes the first tourism and hospitality industry event to be held in Addu,” an official said.

Equator Village is located in Gan, home to Gan International Airport, which is the only airport in the Maldives apart from the main Velana International Airport that has international operations.

The Equator Village has 78 spacious, garden view bungalows. The hotel has a restaurant, poolside bar and a large swimming pool that overlooks the ocean. A wide variety of activities are available including squash, table tennis, tennis and live music. The Serena Spa offers a wide selection of aromatic oils and wellness packages are available to sooth your mind and body.

SATA has earlier announced the partners of this year’s edition, including:

  • Platinum Partner: Ooredoo Maldives
  • Gold Partner: Hawks Private Limited
  • Silver Partner: Male Aerated Water Company and Asia Forwarding
  • Hospitality Partner for Maldives: Champa Central Hotel
  • Hospitality Partner for South India: The Chancery Pavilion
  • Hospitality Partner for North India: Udman Hotels and Resorts by Ferns N Petals
  • Hospitality Partner for Sri Lanka: Ramada Hotel
  • Hospitality Partner for Nepal: Hotel Mulberry
  • Travel Media Partner: Maldives Insider and The Islandchief
  • Online Media Partner: Sun Online
  • TV Partner: Maldives TV
  • Travel Partner: MVHotels
  • Videography Partner: Visual Beams from NERN Private Limited
  • Photography Partner: Digital Studio
  • Auditing Partner: Crowe Horwath Maldives

Meanwhile, evaluations for SATA 2017 began on Wednesday.

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.

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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