Maldives Travel Awards (MTA) the top travel recognition for the travel industry of Maldives, is now open for nomination in 45 categories featured across the three separate editions of the Awards, that collectively represents the resorts, guesthouses, hotels, liveaboards and people in the travel industry. Travel businesses delivering outstanding performance in the industry are encouraged to submit nominations for the Awards before the deadline of 15th August 2019. Nominations are registered through online platform on MTA official website www.travelawards.mv.
The exclusive Guesthouse Edition of the Awards, features 14 categories including special accolades for
the Guesthouse Islands in addition three categories, awarded by MATATO. Winners in the Guesthouse
Edition are selected based on their ratings on TripAdvisor- worlds largest travel website - and the popular vote, collected through online and SMS voting platforms. Winners will be announced in September 2019 honored at the award function to be hosted in AA. Thoddoo. In 2017 the Guesthouse Edition received more than 175 nominations and registered a record number of 176,000 votes on both platforms.
The Gala Edition, exclusive for resorts, hotels, liveaboards and airlines, features 25 categories. In 2019 MTA will adopt a new format to evaluate and judge the nominees in the Gala Edition. 60% of the score will be provided by a panel of expert travel professional selected from leading local and international travel institutions, who will score each nomination based on the presentations provided by the nominees. Popular vote will account for the remaining 40% of the score. Winners will be honored at the Travel Awards Annual Gala dubbed as the premier travel event of the year. In 2017 more than 75 companies registered 278 nomination in the Gala Edition.
Maldives Travel Awards is the prize created to celebrate the commitment, Excellence & expertise in the Maldivian Tourism Industry. First launched in 2012, MTA recognizes exceptional achievements across a wide spectrum of sectors in the travel industry, acknowledging and honoring the very best that the Maldives travel industry has to offer. The winning properties represent industry standards for excellence and innovation, serving as examples for others to follow.
"We have a long way from 2012, when we first introduced the awards in 2012. The categories have more than doubled since then, and the nominations tripled in numbers. And across the three editions of the awards, we see strong and committed engagement from hoteliers, local and international alike without whom we could have not come this far. Today we represent most of the leading brands and names in the industry with staggering numbers of numbers nominations in each category. And we hope to grow and continue on this momentum with Maldives Travel Awards 2019". Said President of MATATO Mr. Abdulla Suood.
2019 marks the 8th Anniversary of Maldives Travel Awards which is produced and presented by Maldives Association of Travel Agents and Tour Operators, MATATO. The official tabloid partner is The islandchief for Maldives Travel Awards 2019.