The prestigious South Asian Travel Awards (SATA) have announced the winners of 2017 in a historic and eventful Gala held at Equator Village, located in the southernmost Addu City of Maldives.
On a night of glamour and celebration, attended by nominees representing 5 SAARC countries namely India, Bhutan, Nepal, Maldives and Srilanka - the host country, Maldives received awards for Leading Honeymoon, Leading Diving and Leading Beach Award, while India bagged the Leading Heritage and Leading MICE Destinations, Sri Lanka surprised the delegates with Leading Surfing destination and Nepal took the robust Leading Adventure Destination.
This year’s Leading International Airline and Leading Airline class were both won by Sri Lankan Airlines while the Leading New International Airline was won by Himalaya Airlines. Spice Jet earned the Leading Low cost carrier award with a huge applause from the delegates. The Leading Airport lounge was won by Leeli Lounge, Velana International Airport, Maldives.
SATA GALA and Awards being telecasted and webcasted Live on MaldivesTV and PSM News was being watched by thousand worldwide with media coverage from multiple nationalities and international news agencies.
This is the first time that a process of jury has been digitalized and real-time scoring has been incorporated using a special online application and shared with official auditors Crowe Horwath for ensuring the credibility while choosing winners.
Technology and Auditing with expert panel chosen from multinationals have taken the award to next level.
SATA announced the winners of over 40 categories from over 400 nominations. Gold Winners received the South Asia Awards while the Silver was given to the winners of the respective destination.
Before the end of the night, SATA Founder and President Mr Ismail Hameed announced that the 2018 edition would be held in the beautifully Incredible India.
The night ended with a cultural and music show under the starry skies the exotic Equator Village, Addu City, Maldives celebrating the best of South Asian Hospitality.