alexa MATATO has Opened Bidding Opportunities to Host Maldives Travel Awards Grand Gala 2017

MATATO has Opened Bidding Opportunities to Host Maldives Travel Awards Grand Gala 2017

Maldives Association of Travel Agents and Tour Operators (MATATO) has opened bid opportunities to host the Maldives Travel Awards – Grand Gala. The announcement was made at ITB Berlin, Germany.


Initiated in 2012, Maldives Travel Awards is held by MATATO, a nonprofit organisation in the Maldives to promote and create opportunities for local travel agents in promoting the Maldives on a global scale. As the most prestigious travel event in the Maldives, Maldives Travel Awards is dedicated to celebrating and recognizing the very best of tourism and hospitality Maldives has to offer.


The event continues with the main objective of celebrating and presenting awards to the best tourism and hospitality products in Maldives and even further build the relationships with suppliers and local travel agents.


MATATO has also taken the initiative to participate in trade fairs such as SATTE New Delhi, BITB New Delhi, MATTA Malaysia, MAKTA Finland, PATA Mart Jakarta, and Riyadh Fair - Saudi Arabia, Luxury Leisure Moscow. They have used these platforms as a means to promote the awards and its winners. Some of the other fairs have been organized by MMPRC such as ITB Berlin, WTM London, ATM Dubai; where MATATO participated as well.


The 2016 edition was held in parallel to Maldives Travel Conference with expert speakers from PATA, CNN, TTG Asia, and Tamassath University.This year, MATATO plans to combine the grand gala with the travel conference happening a day before the awards thus bringing an international audience of industry experts to these events.


MATATO also signed an MOU last year with PATA- Pacific Asia Travel Association, the largest travel organization in the region and having the MATATO events supported and endorsed by PATA. In 2016 the awards also saw unprecedented judging transparency with a service agreement signed with KPMG to tally the final results.


The 2017 edition will see the awards expanding into three editions:


Maldives Travel Awards: People’s Edition

This event will be hosted at the Gala night for Travel Trade Maldives, TTM in July 2017. The category will be aimed at recognising pioneers and long-serving individuals in the travel industry of Maldives, highlighting and rewarding their contributing to the growth of the sector and their talent, individual contributions and achievements.


Maldives Travel Awards: Guesthouse Edition

This edition will see 15 different categories of participants. The winners will be announced at the closing evening for Guesthouse Conference organised by Maldives Getaways scheduled for September 2017.


Maldives Travel Awards: Grand Gala Night

The Grand Gala Night is the premier event for Maldives Travel Industry, held exclusive for winners in the categories for resorts, airlines, and liveaboards. It will be hosted in one of the country’ leading resorts in November or October 2017.

In the past, the travel awards have been hosted in some of the scenic resorts such as Paradise Island Resort, Coco Boduhithi, Olhuveli Beach Resort, Kurumba Maldives, and ParadiseIsland Resort. The latest international edition was held in Dusit Thani Dubai in 2015.


For more details on the bid documents please contact MATATO Secretariat.

(Photo: Maldives Travel Awards Gala Night 2016)