Equator Village Welcomes SATA 17
30 September 2017
Equator Village has been confirmed as the official venue for the South Asian
Travel Awards 2017 Gala event.
According to the Organizer High Rise Maldives, SATA 2017 Gala
will be on 27th of October and will be held as a festival. The SATA festival will comprise of 3 major events. The second and
third event, SATA Gala and SATA Celebration to be held on 28 October.
The 2017 edition has been scheduled to take place in the
Southern Most atoll of Maldives passing the zero degree Equator at Addu City.
The official host of SATA 2017 is Equator Village.
Speaking at the ceremony, founder of SATA concept and event organizer,
Ismail Hameed stated that their decision to host the event in Addu city is to
help bring development to the region. He also added that the event is going to
have a positive impact on Maldivian Tourism.
Addu atoll is home to the Gan International Airport, which is
the only international airport apart from Velana International airport. Located
in the island of Gan In Addu Airport, Equator village is accommodated with 78
spacious garden view bungalows. Complimented with a restaurant, The Serena spa,
poolside bar, and a large swimming pool overlooking the vast ocean. The village
offers variety of activities including squash, table tennis, tennis etc.
With over 450 nominations for 34 categories from 10 segments.
SATA received over 450 nominations from Bhutan, Maldives, Sri Lanka, India and
Nepal for the 2017 edition. Properties and services nominated for SATA competed
in 39 major categories. Silver titles are honored for the best from each
destination and Gold are awarded for Region’s best.
SATA has earlier announced the partners of this year’s
Gold Partner: Hawks Private Limited and Gan International
Exclusive insurance partner: Allied Insurance
Silver Partner: Coca Cola, Asia Forwarding, Everest Carpets,
Stage Core and Grape Expectation
Hospitality Partner for Maldives: Champa Central Hotel
Hospitality Partner for South India: The Chancery Pavilion
Hospitality Partner for North India: Udman Hotels and Resorts by
Ferns N Petals
Hospitality Partner for Sri Lanka: Ramada Hotel
Hospitality Partner for Nepal: Hotel Mulberry
Travel Media Partner: Maldives Insider, The Islandchief and
Travel World Online
Online Media Partner:
TV Partner: Maldives
Travel Partner: MVHotels
Videography Partner: Visual Beams from NERN Private Limited
Auditing Partner: Crowe Horwath Maldives
Travel for all international nominees are coordinated by Inner
Maldives Holidays (PSA of Sri Lankan Airlines) and accommodations coordinated
by One Tours Company for the Gala Participants.
Launched last year by Maldives-based event management company
Highrise, SATA has been endorsed by regional tourism authorities and organizations,
including the Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry in Sri Lanka
(FCCISL), Colombo Chamber of Commerce (CCC), Maldives Marketing and Public
Relations Corporation (MMPRC), Maldives Association of Travel Agents and Tour
Operators (MATATO), Confederation of Associated Tour Operators (India),
Association of Travel Agents (ATA) Maldives, Association of Travel and Tour
Operators India (ATTOI), Association of Professionals in Tourism (APT, India),
Kerala Hotel General Managers Club (KHGMC), Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) and Liveaboard
Association of Maldives (LAM).
SATA is the first ever regional travel awards endorsed by multinational
associations, providing the tourism sector of the South Asian region with
recognition towards their facilities and service excellence. It aims to
encourage and raise service standards in the region’s tourism industry.