South Asian Travel Awards 2019 Partners Unveiling event was held today at Ozo Colombo in Sri Lanka.
The South Asian Travel Awards (SATA) was launched in 2016 with the intention to provide brands across the region’s travel and hospitality industry with a credible platform to be recognized for their outstanding achievements.
As the first brand to celebrate a wide and encompassing spectrum of hospitality and travel in the South Asian region, SATA has received immense support from regional hospitality brands and organizations. The first SATA Gala ceremony was hosted at the Mount Lavinia Hotel in 2016, with subsequent SATA Gala’s held at Equator Village Maldives in 2017 and The Taj Mahal Palace Hotel, Mumbai in 2018. Now in its fourth year, SATA 2019 has received over 500 nominations from a plethora of segments within the industry.
The 2019 edition of the South Asian Travel Awards (SATA) evaluations conducted by our expert panel of judges began in Maldives during June and continued to major cities in the region including Colombo, Bangalore, New Delhi, Kathmandu, and concluded in Dhaka, Bangladesh on 19th July 2019.
The winners will be announced at the 4th Annual South Asian Travel Awards Gala Event scheduled for September 2019.
With participants from 6 Destinations (India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal and Maldives) and endorsement from more than 17 Travel Industry Organizations and National Tourism Bodies, SATA has grown immeasurably over the past four years.
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.
We have therefore chosen to align our brand with the following partners, as unveiled at the Partners Signing Ceremony held at Ozo Colombo. Agreements were signed today by the President of SATA Mr. Ismail Hameed and Vice President SATA, Sri Lanka Mr. Sameer Yoonus.
Velana International Airport, Maldives – confirmed as the Platinum Partner for the prestigious regional award between the 6 countries in South Asia in order to have a good networking and promote Maldives as a destination. MOU was signed with the SATA team with Maldives Airports Company Ltd (MACL) in Maldives on a prior date.
Amari Galle – The chosen official host of SATA Gala 2019, with the event scheduled to take place on 19th and 20th September as a retreat in Galle. Mr. Russell Cool, Area General Manager, ONYX Hospitality Group signed the agreement on behalf of Amari Galle, Sri Lanka.
The Hawks Pvt Ltd. was appointed as a Gold Partner. Mr. Hussain Aman, General Manager of the Hawks Pvt Ltd signed the agreement. SATA team appreciated the continuous support they have received from the Hawks Pvt Ltd consecutively for the past 2 years as a gold sponsor.
Dhivehi Insurance Company Pvt Ltd signed as the official Insurance Partner for SATA 2019. Mr. Abdul Wahid, Managing Director signed the agreement prior to the event and Mr. Hussain Yarees, Assistant Manager, Sales witnessed the agreement in the official event.
The Life.lk was appointed as a Silver Partner of the event and Dr. Amila Kankanamge signed the partnership agreement. Lanka Innovation Forum for Entrepreneurship (LIFE) is a movement comprising of technologists, start-up & SME entrepreneurs and the general public interested in using technology & innovation for economic and social growth.
Ad Solutions Digital Communications Pvt Ltd was appointed as the Silver Partner of the event as a Digital Advertising Partner of SATA 2019 Sri Lanka. Mr. Thariq Saleem, CEO of Ad Solutions Digital Communications Pvt Ltd signed the agreement on a prior date.
Sole Asia.com – was also appointed as the Silver Partner of SATA 2019. The partnership agreement was signed by CEO / Founder Mr. Abdul Latheef.
Ramada Colombo – Hospitality Partner (Sri Lanka). An agreement was signed with Mr. Wasim Cader, General Manager of Ramada Colombo.
In addition to the partners listed above, Sri Lanka Association of Inbound Tour Operators (SLAITO) and The Hotels Association of Sri Lanka (THASL) also exchanged endorsements for SATA 2019 at the event. A special press conference was given by the following members after the official unveiling of the key partners and official host of SATA 2019:
- President of SATA Mr. Ismail Hameed
- General Manager, Amari Galle, Sri Lanka Mr. Puneet Dutta
- General Manager, the Hawks Pvt Ltd, Mr. Hussain Aman
- CEO, The Hotels Association of Sri Lanka (THASL), Mrs. Amal Goonetilleke
- COO, Sri Lanka Association of Inbound Tour Operators (SLAITO), Wing Commander Kumuda Eramudugolla
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. The Grand Gala will be hosted at Amari Galle on 19th and 20th September 2019.