South Asian Travel Awards

Second Episode of South Asian Digital Travel Conversation to Air On Saturday

Second Episode of South Asian Digital Travel Conversation to Air On Saturday

The South Asian Digital Travel Conference is a digital conference organized by the South Asian Travel Awards to discuss in-depth, to create awareness and to voice the challenges that are being faced in the Travel Trade & Hospitality Industry of the South Asian region.


The conference has been purposefully designed as a series, spread across multiple episodes of 45 minutes each, with special guests from the South Asian region’s Travel Trade & Hospitality Industry. Each episode will highlight a specific topic, and industry professionals will be sharing their voice with regional factual data.


The conference will be guided by a moderator who will ask questions based on the topic of the day, and the guests will share their views, experiences, opinions and hindrances. The show will be viewed live on Facebook ( every Saturday at 1130 GMT and a rerun will be telecasted on Raajje Television at 1830 GMT. Different episodes will be presented with diverse industry stakeholders and moderators.


Episode two will be moderated by the VP of South Asian Travel Awards (SATA) Mr Suraj Khan. The topic of episode two is; International Business Travel Trade and its impact on Hotel Industry.


Guests for Episode 02 are:


1 - Mr H.M. Hakim Ali (Bangladesh)

HM Hakim Ali, chief executive officer (CEO) of Hotel Agrabad in Chittagong Bangladesh and winner of the “Life Time Achievement Award” by the Department of Tourism and Hospitality Management of Dhaka University for his role in tourism development and promotion in the country. Hakim Ali is also the president of Bangladesh International Hotel Association (BIHA) and of South Asia Tourism Federation (SATF),


2- Mr. Sunil Sakya (Nepal)

Sunil Sakya is the Chairman of KGH Group of Hotels & Resorts. He is also the immediate past Chairman of PATA Nepal Chapter and presently remains in the executive committee. He was also the President of Nepal - USA Chamber of Commerce & Industry and is a special member in its executive committee.


3- Abdulla Ghiyas (Maldives)

Abdulla Ghiyas is PATA Face of the Future 2018 and VP of the Maldives Association of Travel Agents & Tour Operators (MATATO).  He is also the Deputy of the Consulate of the Republic of Seychelles to the Maldives. Abdulla is a serial entrepreneur in leading travel and start-up businesses such as Inner Maldives Holidays, Ace Travels Maldives, Spence Maldives, Universal Aviation Maldives, and Margaritum, a luxury concierge. Abdulla was Board Director of the Maldives Monetary Authority (MMA) and also has been recognised by JCI Maldives as one of the Ten Outstanding Young Persons in Maldives for his role in business turnaround




4- Ms Sangeeta Rana (Bhutan)

Sangeeta Rana is the Executive Director of the Hotel and Restaurant Association of Bhutan. She has several years of experience in the hospitality and tourism industry. She is also the board member of various tourism and private sector development boards, such as TDB, CTA, BSTS, HRDB and many more. She represents the exotic country, Bhutan, which believes in “Gross National Happiness”.