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Maldives Travel Awards 2019 honours top travel brands, hospitality leaders



Maldives Association of Travel Agents and Tour Operators (MATATO) on Thursday hosted the gala celebrations of Maldives Travel Awards 2019, recognising the best of the Maldives travel industry.

Dubbed as the premier travel event in the Maldives, the Maldives Travel Awards gala saw more than 200 travel professionals come together at Crossroads Maldives — the first and largest integrated tourism development in the country — to celebrate the winners in 26 categories of the Gala Edition.

The celebrations began in the afternoon with a networking reception hosted at Café Del Mar for winners in the Guesthouse Edition. The winners in the Guesthouse Edition include:

  • Leading Food and Beverage Guesthouse: Crystal Sands Hotel, K. Mafushi
  • Leading Guesthouse (South): Reveries Diving Village Surf & Spa, L. Gan
  • Leading Guesthouse (North): Nolhi Escape, Hdh. Nolhivaranfaru
  • Leading Guesthouse (Central): Araamu Holidays & Spa, K. Dhiffushi
  • Leading Guesthouse (Male Area):
    UI Inn, Hulhumale
  • Leading Eco-Friendly Guesthouse: Wave Sound, S. Maradhoo Feydhoo
  • Leading Diving and Watersports: Dhigurah Retreat, Adh. Dhigurah
  • Leading Guest House Brand: Kaani Hotels, K. Maafushi
  • Leading Business Guesthouse: Airport Beach Hotel, Hulhumale
  • Leading Adventure Guesthouse: Remora Inn, F. Nilandhoo and Season Paradise, K. Thulusdhoo
  • Leading Guesthouse Island: Aa. Thoddoo and Aa. Ukulhas
  • Most Innovative Guest House Concept: Bliss Dhigurah, Adh. Dhigurah
  • Leading Transport Service Provider: Nevi Transfer Service
  • Leading Beach Island: L. Gan

It was followed by the gala dinner where the winners of the Gala Edition and the People’s Edition were announced. The winners in the Gala Edition include:

  • Leading Airport Hotel: Airport Beach Hotel
  • Leading Low Cost Carrier: Air Asia
  • Leading Local Carrier: Maldivian
  • Leading International Carrier: Sri Lankan Airlines
  • Leading Business Hotel: Hotel Jen Malé Maldives By Shangri-La
  • Leading Local Hotel & Resort Brand: Villa Hotels
  • Leading International Hotel & Resort Brand: Anantara Hotels & Resorts
  • Leading Liveaboard: Ark Nobel
  • Leading Surf Resort: Cinnamon Dhonveli Maldives
  • Leading Food And Beverage Outlet: Niyama Private Islands Maldives
  • Leading Meeting and Conference Resort: Kurumba Maldives
  • Leading Designer Resort: Cocoon Maldives and Kandima Maldives
  • Leading Dive Resort: Bandos Maldives and Angaga Island Resort & Spa
  • Leading Human Resource Management: Velaa Private Island Maldives
  • Leading CSR Programme: Crown & Champa Resorts
  • Leading Liveaboard Brand: Carpe Diem Maldives
  • Leading Eco Resort: Six Senses Laamu
  • Leading All-Inclusive Resort: Holiday Inn Resort Kandooma Maldives
  • Leading Food and Beverage Resort: Conrad Maldives Rangali Island
  • Leading Family Resort: One&Only Reethi Rah
  • Leading Wellness And Spa Resort: Kihaa Maldives and The Sun Siyam Iru Fushi Maldives
  • Leading Beach Resort: Hideaway Beach Resort & Spa
  • Leading Luxury Resort: Cheval Blanc Randheli
  • Most Romantic Resort: Huvafen Fushi Maldives

Maldives Travel Awards celebrated its eighth anniversary this year, with a record number of nominations in all major categories.

This year, the Gala edition featured 236 nominations in 28 categories, representing more than 100 registered travel brands in the Maldives. The Guesthouse Edition featured 196 nominations in 13 categories.

Winners in both editions were selected based on reviews by travellers and popular vote collected via SMS and an online voting portal. A combined total of over 110,000 votes were registered.

Meanwhile, contributions to the industry by three travel professionals were recognised, as part of the People’s Edition.

The individuals that received the ‘Tourism Personality of the Year’ award include:

  • Raffaele Solferino: General Manger, Grand Park Kodhipparu Maldives
  • Ramsay Perera: General Manager, Embudu Village

“We have concluded another successful edition of Maldives Travel Awards – and we acknowledge the support and contribution from our partners and the travel industry to make this award a special recognition,” Abdulla Suood, President of MATAO, said.

“Growing numbers in nominations and popular vote is a clear indication of the progress that we are making in our efforts to develop this awards to a global recognition and a successful marketing platform for the nominees and for the destination.”

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 Gala Edition, which is exclusive for winners in the categories for resorts, airlines and liveaboards.


Villa Resorts hosts over 200 travel agents from India to showcase its transformation



Villa Resorts, a leading Maldivian resort group, recently hosted a series of events for over 200 travel agents from India.

The events were held to highlight the company’s recent rebranding and to familiarise travel agents with the significant changes made as part of its strategic Blue Ocean Shift.

Villa Resorts has a significant market presence in India, and the events were part of the company’s ongoing efforts to work closely with its partners to showcase its transformation and enhancements in its products and services.

The familiarisation events drew over 200 participants, making it one of the largest series of events for travel agents ever hosted by a Maldivian resort group.

Villa Resorts plans to continue hosting similar events throughout the coming year to promote its growing portfolio of resorts to the Indian market.

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‘Get Charged and Win’ promotion: Four draws, countless winners, more to go



The ‘Get Charged and Win’ promotion, which launched with great fanfare on June 23, continues to captivate audiences across the nation with its promise of incredible prizes and adrenaline-pumping excitement. As Coca-Cola moves forward, the company has announced not one, but four draws that have rewarded lucky winners with exciting prizes!

The ‘Get Charged and Win’ promotion has been a huge success, with dozens of lucky winners taking home amazing prizes, such as Benelli motorbikes, helmets, and Charged drink cases. The promotion, which started on June 23, has been attracting customers from all over the Maldives, who have been enjoying the refreshing taste of Charged caffeinated beverage and the thrill of scratching their cards to reveal their codes.

So far, four draws have taken place, each one broadcasted live on Television Maldives (TVM) at 9:30pm. The winners of the Benelli motorbikes were Mohamed Adam, MD Musharraf, Mohamed Rasel Hossain and Ahmed Zahir who were ecstatic to receive their prizes and thanked Charged for making their dreams come true. The winners of the helmets and drink cases were also delighted with their rewards and encouraged others to join the promotion.

But don’t worry if you haven’t won yet, because there are still more chances to win! The ‘Get Charged and Win’ promotion is not over yet. That means you still have time to grab your favourite Charged drink, scratch your card, and send your code to 2626 via SMS.

As the exciting journey continues, there are two main draws left in this thrilling event, scheduled for September 24 and October 20. You could be the next lucky winner of a Benelli Leoncino 250 motorbike! But the excitement doesn’t stop there; be sure to keep an eye out for the daily draws, with winners announced regularly on the @ChargedMaldives Instagram page. You could stand a chance to win a Charged branded helmet, or a Charged drink case.

Charged, a ground-breaking addition to Coca-Cola Maldives’ beverage portfolio, is available in 250 ml, in 100% recyclable aluminium cans, in line with our packaging strategy to use 100% recyclable packaging material. The caffeinated beverage is now widely available at major retail outlets, hotels, restaurants, and cafes throughout the Maldives.

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JEN Maldives Malé by Shangri-La unveils Oro’s 100% Arabica Rose Coffee



JEN Maldives Malé by Shangri-La has introduced a special coffee to their collection – Oro’s 100% Arabica Rose Coffee. This latest addition to the menu of Jen’s Kitchen On-the-Go aims to provide coffee lovers with the unique and delicate taste of Oro’s Arabica Rose.

The hotel was alive with excitement on Thursday evening with the launch of Oro’s 100% Arabica rose. Media personnel and coffee enthusiasts were treated to an exclusive tasting experience of freshly brewed Arabica Rose Coffee along with some tasty finger foods.

The highlight of the evening was a lucky draw giveaway, extending an invitation for all the guests to participate and win a Skechers Maldives voucher and coffee voucher from Jen’s Kitchen On-the-Go.

Oro’s Arabica Rose Coffee is now available at Jen’s Kitchen on-the-go. It is the perfect spot to refuel with coffee, tea, freshly squeezed juices, or a light bite. Customers can now enroll to become a Shangri-La Circle Member and earn points with every purchase at Jen’s Kitchen On- the-Go and enjoy the rewards at Shangri-La Hotels & Resorts worldwide.

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