MATATO launches Maldives Travel Awards People’s Edition 2018

Maldives Travel Awards People’s Edition 2018 has been launched at One&Only Reethi Rah resort.

A cocktail reception for media and partners was held Wednesday afternoon at One&Only Reethi Rah. At the reception, an introductory video on the award was unveiled by MATATO President Abdulla Ghiyas.

The Maldives Travel Awards People’s Edition recognises successful pioneers and long-serving individuals in the travel industry of Maldives. Through this award, MATATO aims to recognise the professionals contributing to the growth of the industry, and acknowledge their talent, dedication and achievements.

This year MATATO will confer the award to five individuals, selected based on their contribution to the industry. Nominations are being accepted for the award, while the winners will be chosen by a panel of veterans, from sectors across the industry.

“Winners of the People’s Edition will also be announced at the gala ceremony to be held in October,” Ghiyas said.

Meanwhile, MATATO and UNDP Maldives signed a partnership agreement at the reception Wednesday.

After signing the agreement with MATATO President Ghiyas, UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in Maldives Shoko Noda told the attendees that both organisations will collaborate on several sustainable tourism initiatives. Training programmes and awareness sessions will be held on climate action and women empowerment amongst others, she said.

Photo: PSM News

Initiated in 2012 by MATATO, Maldives Travel Awards celebrate and honour the best tourism and hospitality products in the Maldives, while fostering relationships with suppliers and local travel agents. From 20 categories in 2012, the awards have now expanded into three editions totalling 55 categories.

Like last year, MATATO will host three editions: the People’s Edition, which recognises successful pioneers and long serving individuals in the tourism industry, a Guesthouse Edition, which celebrates the outstanding performance of the up and coming guesthouse sector, and the Gala Edition, which is exclusive for winners in the categories for resorts, airlines and liveaboards.

Nominations are being accepted for the Gala Edition.

MATATO will also combine the grand gala with the travel conference happening a day before, bringing an international audience of industry experts.

Cover Photo: Sun Online

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