Nominees for Maldives Travel Awards Gala Edition 2019 announced

Maldives Association of Travel Agents and Tour Operators (MATATO) has announced the nominees for the 2019 Maldives Travel Awards Gala Edition, the top travel recognition in Maldives.

This year, the Gala Edition features 236 nominations in 28 categories, representing more than 100 registered travel brands in the Maldives.

Voting for the Gala Edition began on October 31 and will continue for a period of 30 days. Votes can be cast online or via SMS.

Winners for the Gala Edition will be selected based on a score combination of popular votes (40 per cent) and a review by panel of judges (60 per cent).

The awarding ceremony will be held on December 7.

“Once again, we are delighted about the upcoming edition of Maldives Travel Awards, which we hope will another huge celebration for the industry at a time we deserve one. We are excited about the new brands and properties that have joined with the Travel Awards brand, and also the top travel brands who continues to compete each other for excellence,” Abdulla Suood, President of MATATO, was quoted in a statement, as saying.

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

MATATO hosts 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 Grand Gala, which is exclusive for winners in the categories for resorts, airlines and liveaboards.

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