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 (https://web.facebook.com/SATAawards) 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 three will be moderated by the VP of South Asian Travel Awards (SATA) Mr Suraj Khan. The topic of episode three is; The natural breathing space by Covid-19 to the underwater world and opening the diving market.
Guests for Episode 02 are:
1- Nishan Perera
Nishan is a Sri Lankan marine biologist and co-founder of Blue Resources Trust, a marine research and conservation organization in Sri Lanka. His current work focuses on understanding the impacts of climate change and fisheries on coral reefs, and supporting management of marine protected areas. He has dived extensively around Sri Lanka exploring remote reefs and wrecks. As co-founder and owner of Island Scuba he played a key role in popularizing wreck diving off Colombo. Nishan is the author of Coral Reefs of Sri Lanka, and has contributed articles and images to Sri Lankan and international travel magazines
2- Hussain ‘Sendi’ Rasheed
Regarded as “the Godfather of the Maldivian diving industry”, Rasheed began diving in 1981 and became a PADI Divemaster in 1986, an Instructor in 1993, and Course Director in 2000. He is the former Dean of the Faculty of Marine Studies at Villa College. He is also affiliated as an Executive Director of all Villa Dive Centres under his company Dive Oceanus. He is also a founding member of the Divers Association of Maldives (DAM). Sendi currently focuses on teaching PADI Professionals and has been a mentor to thousands of new divers, including more than 1,600 divers he had trained in his ongoing career. In 2019 he received the Scuba Diving Hall of Fame Honorary award.
Robert Scammell is the Regional Manager for India & Sri Lanka for PADI. Robert is a PADI Course Director and Instructor Examiner. Since 1st March 2018, he has held the position of Regional Training Consultant and during that time he has developed strong relationships with PADI Members in the region. Prior to joining PADI, Rob had more than 10 years of experience conducting PADI Instructor Exams and Member events within Asia Pacific.
4- Anees Adenwala
Anees Adenwala is the Proprietor at Underwater Film Services and Partner at ORCA DIVE CLUB. He has been associated with the sport of scuba diving for the last 24 years. An instructor affiliated with both – Confédération Mondiale des Activités Subaquatiques (CMAS) and Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI) federations. Having spent years diving in various dive sites around the world, his knowledge and expertise help many members of the diving community to have fun filled and safe dives. He has also extended his scuba diving expertise to Bollywood and has helped actors explore their love for underwater sports.