Partners announced for SATA 2019, gala to take place in Sri Lanka

Partners for South Asian Travel Awards (SATA) 2019 have been unveiled.

The partners were announced at a ceremony held at Ozo Colombo Tuesday. The partners include:

  • Velana International Airport, Maldives: Platinum Partner
  • Amari Galle: Official Host
  • The Hawks Pvt. Ltd.: Gold Partner
  • Dhivehi Insurance Company: Official Insurance Partner
  • Life.lk: Silver Partner
  • Ad Solutions Digital Communications: Silver Partner
  • Sole Asia.com: Silver Partner
  • Ramada Colombo: Hospitality Partner (Sri Lanka

During the partnership signing ceremony, Sri Lanka Association of Inbound Tour Operators (SLAITO) and The Hotels Association of Sri Lanka (THASL) also exchanged endorsements for SATA 2019.

Over 500 travel and tourism businesses operating in the South Asian region have been nominated for this year’s edition of the awards.

Voting for the nominees closed on July, whilst nominee evaluations were conducted by a four-member jury in major cities in the region, including Colombo, Bangalore, New Delhi, Kathmandu and Dhaka.

SATA 2019 Gala is scheduled to take place at Amari Galle in Sri Lanka from September 19-20.

“After the recent setbacks suffered by the industry due to the cowardly and deplorable Easter Sunday attacks, we have after much debate decided to have the final Gala event in Sri Lanka this September as a mark of solidarity and support,” SATA said, in a statement.

“SATA team is proud to unveil the key partners of 2019 and looking forward to host a grand gala celebration awarding the winners of the prestigious South Asian Travel Awards (SATA) for the leading hospitality brands across Maldives, Sri Lanka, India, Nepal Bhutan and Bangladesh.”

Launched in 2016 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.

Over the past three years, the SATA Gala has been held in Sri Lanka, Maldives and India.

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