SATA 2020 organizes its Virtual Award Ceremony


18th Dec, 2020 | Tourism Mail Crew


KATHMANDU, Dec 18:The region’s top and most prestigious travel and hospitality awarding body, the South Asian Travel Awards (SATA) has held its SATA 2020 Virtual Awards Ceremony. This year SATA received over 1,000 nominations in 52 categories for Travel, Tourism and Hospitality Industry Brands, Properties and Businesses to compete from Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal and Sri Lanka, in addition to Visitors Choice Awards and Special Recognition Awards. 


 
Similar to the previous years, the SATA team selected a panel of multinational jury members for the evaluation of the nominated properties in 2020. Initially, it was planned for the members of the panel to travel to multiple cities in the region in order to evaluate properties and services. However, in light of the unprecedent challenges faced due to COVID-19, the SATA team and judges jointly decided to conduct evaluations virtually.
 
The partners of SATA were unveiled earlier this year at an official signing ceremony held at Maagiri Hotel. Key partners include; Gulf Craft Maldives as Platinum Partner, The Hawks Pvt Ltd as Gold Partner, Ooredoo Maldives as Digital Partner, Crowe Maldives as Auditing Partner and Maagiri Hotel as the Hospitality Partner. 
 
SATA opens up for nominations at the start of each year, and interested Travel, Tourism and Hospitality Industry Stakeholders, Properties and Businesses can compete in a wide array of categories in this esteemed regional award ceremony. Each nominee can apply for a maximum of 3 categories. 60% of the award is judged by a multi-national body of highly-acclaimed professionals and industry veterans, while 40% of the award is weighed in via Online Voting and through the performance of the property or business.
 
The South Asian Travel Awards has been recognising the best of South Asian travel and hospitality since 2016. The prestigious annual event honours stellar organisations and individuals with the aim to revive and raise service standards within the region’s tourism industry. The South Asian Travel Awards is endorsed by 16 regional and international bodies for its accredited work, including;  Association of Professionals in Tourism (APT), Association of Tourism Trade Organizations, India (ATTOI),  Association of Travel Agents (ATA), Colombo Chamber of Commerce (CCC), Confederation of Accredited Tour Operators (CATO), Federation of Chambers of Commerce & Industry of Sri Lanka (FCCISL), Hotel and Restaurant Association of Bhutan (HRAB), Kerala Hotel General Manager Club (KHGMC), National Boating Association of Maldives (NBAM), Maldives Association of Travel Agents and Tour Operators (MATATO),  Maldives Marketing & PR Corporation (MMPRC), Nepal Tourism Board (NTB),  Sri Lanka Association of Inbound Tour Operators (SLAITO), The Hotels Association of Sri Lanka (THASL),  Bangladesh International Hotel Association (BIHA), and  The Indian Association of Tour Operators (IATO).

 

 

GOLD WINNERS OF SATA 2020 :

 

PROPERTY

CATEGORY

Country

Ace Aviation Services Maldives

Leading GSA

Maldives

Ace Travels Maldives

Leading PSA

Maldives

Courtyard by Marriott Kochi Airport

Leading Airport Hotel

India (South)

Ramada By Whyndam, Bengaluru Yelahanka

Leading All-inclusive Resort

India (South)

Amari Galle Sri Lanka

Leading Family Resort

Sri Lanka

Ace Travels Maldives

Leading Travel Agent - Outbound

Maldives

Adaaran Select Meedhupparu

Leading Dive Resort

Maldives

BMICH

Leading Convention Center

Sri Lanka

Casons Rent A Car Private Limited

Leading Tourist Transport Provider (Land/Sea)

Sri Lanka

Conrad Bengaluru

Leading Business Hotel

India (South)

Cinnamon Citadel Kandy

Leading Riverfront Hotel/Resort

Sri Lanka

Grand Hotel, Nuwara Eliya, Sri Lanka

Leading Heritage Hotel/Resort

Sri Lanka

Angsana Ihuru

Leading Beach Villa Hotel / Resort

Maldives

Araamu Spa

Leading Wellness and Spa Brand

Maldives

AVIA MALDIVES PVT LTD

Leading Supervision Agent (General Aviation Service)

Maldives

Heritance Ayurveda

Leading Ayurveda Resort

Sri Lanka

Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru

Best CSR Programme

Maldives

Sheraton Grand Bangalore Hotel at Brigade Gateway

Leading F&B Hotel/Resort

India (South)

Heritance Tea Factory

Leading Designer Hotel/Resort

Sri Lanka

Best Dives Private Limited

Leading Adventure Service Provider

Maldives

diveOceanus

Leading Dive Center / Brand

Maldives

Heritance Tea Factory

Leading Theme Resort

Sri Lanka

Marriott International Group

Leading Hospitality Development Company

India (South)

Ramada By Wyndham Alleppey

Leading House Boat

India (South)

Heritance Aarah

South Asia’s Best New Hotel / Resort

Maldives

Island Aviation Services Limited

Leading Tourist Transport Provider (Air)

Maldives

Taj West End, Bengaluru

Leading Luxury Hotel/Resort

India (South)

Sheraton Grand Bangalore Hotel at Brigade Gateway

Leading Meeting and Conference Hotel/Resort

India (South)

Hotel Gangtey Palace

Leading Palace Hotel

Bhutan

Resort Life Travel

Leading Destination Promoter

Maldives

Jetwing Surf

Leading Surf Hotel/Resort

Sri Lanka

Lakeside Chalet - Mumbai, Marriott Executive Apartments

Leading Serviced Apartment Hotel/Resort

India (North)

REVERIES DIVING VILLAGE

Leading Guest House / Tourist Inn

Maldives

Leopard Trails Bespoke Tented Safaris

Leading Wildlife Tented Camp

Sri Lanka

Niwadu Deals (Pvt) Ltd

Leading Travel Technology

Sri Lanka

Scubaspa Maldives

Leading Liveaboard

Maldives

Royal Palms Beach Hotel Kalutara, Sri lanka

Leading Eco Friendly City Hotel

Sri Lanka

Creative Travel Pvt LTD

Leading Travel Agent - Inbound

India (North)

Soneva Fushi

Leading Eco-Friendly Resort

Maldives

The Theva Residency

Leading Boutique Hotel/Resort

Sri Lanka

Uday Samudra Leisure Beach Hotel & Spa

Leading Wedding Hotel/Resort

India (South)

Sun Aqua Iru Veli

Leading Beach Resort

Maldives

IBNI Spa Resort

Leading Wellness and Spa Resort

India (South)

Meghauli Serai, A Taj Safari

Leading Wildlife Lodge

Nepal

Villa Shenandoah

Leading Bungalow / Villa

Sri Lanka

VOYAGES MALDIVES PVT LTD

Leading Liveaboard Brand

Maldives

You & Me by Cocoon Maldives

Most Romantic Resort

Maldives

 

SILVER WINNERS OF SATA 2020

 

PROPERTY

CATEGORY

Country

dusitD2 Yarkay Thimphu

Best CSR Programme

Bhutan

Himalayan Front Hotel by KGH Group

Best CSR Programme

Nepal

Hotel Sarina Dhaka

Best CSR Programme

Bangladesh

Royal Palms Beach Hotel Kalutara, Sri lanka

Best CSR Programme

Sri Lanka

Uday Samudra Leisure Beach Hotel & Spa

Best CSR Programme

India (South)

Che Adventure Park

Leading Adventure Service Provider

Sri Lanka

ORCA DIVE CLUB

Leading Adventure Service Provider

India (South)

Equator Village

Leading Airport Hotel

Maldives

Hotel Agrabad

Leading Airport Hotel

Bangladesh

Centara Grand Island Resort and Spa

Leading All-inclusive Resort

Maldives

Le Meridien Jaipur Resort and Spa

Leading All-inclusive Resort

India (North)

Ocean Paradise Hotel & Resort

Leading All-inclusive Resort

Bangladesh

Riu Hotel Sri Lanka

Leading All-inclusive Resort

Sri Lanka

The Nattika Beach Ayurveda Resort

Leading Ayurveda Resort

India (South)

Sayeman Beach Resort

Leading Beach Resort

Bangladesh

Taj Bentota Resort & Spa, Sri Lanka

Leading Beach Resort

Sri Lanka

Uday Samudra Leisure Beach Hotel & Spa

Leading Beach Resort

India (South)

Adaaran Prestige Vadoo

Leading Boutique Hotel/Resort

Maldives

Maya Manor Boutique Hotel

Leading Boutique Hotel/Resort

Nepal

Park Hotel Bhutan

Leading Boutique Hotel/Resort

Bhutan

Port Muziris, a Tribute Portfolio Hotel

Leading Boutique Hotel/Resort

India (South)

Ramada By Wyndham Jammu City Centre

Leading Boutique Hotel/Resort

India (North)

THE WAY Dhaka

Leading Boutique Hotel/Resort

Bangladesh

Amari Dhaka

Leading Business Hotel

Bangladesh

Maagiri Hotel

Leading Business Hotel

Maldives

Park Hotel Bhutan

Leading Business Hotel

Bhutan

Radisson Hotel Kathmandu

Leading Business Hotel

Nepal

Ramada by Wyndham Colombo

Leading Business Hotel

Sri Lanka

Ramada Lucknow Hotel and Convention Centre

Leading Business Hotel

India (North)

Uday Palace Convention Centre

Leading Convention Center

India (South)

Fragrant Nature,Kochi

Leading Designer Hotel/Resort

India (South)

kuenphen Rabten Resort

Leading Designer Hotel/Resort

Bhutan

Niwadu Deals (Pvt) Ltd

Leading Destination Promoter

Sri Lanka

ORCA DIVE CLUB

Leading Destination Promoter

India (South)

Ramada Resort By Wyndham Kumbhalgarh

Leading Destination Promoter

India (North)

ORCA DIVE CLUB

Leading Dive Center / Brand

India (South)

The Fern Residency Bharatpur

Leading Eco Friendly City Hotel

Nepal

Turyaa Chennai

Leading Eco Friendly City Hotel

India (South)

Wavesound by 3S Maldives

Leading Eco Friendly City Hotel

Maldives

Barahi Jungle Lodge

Leading Eco-Friendly Resort

Nepal

Heritance Kandalama

Leading Eco-Friendly Resort

Sri Lanka

IBNI Spa Resort

Leading Eco-Friendly Resort

India (South)

Terma Linca Resort and Spa

Leading Eco-Friendly Resort

Bhutan

Cinnamon Bey Beruwala

Leading F&B Hotel/Resort

Sri Lanka

dusitD2 Yarkay Thimphu

Leading F&B Hotel/Resort

Bhutan

Taj Palace, New Delhi

Leading F&B Hotel/Resort

India (North)

The Westin Dhaka

Leading F&B Hotel/Resort

Bangladesh

Waterfront Resort Pvt Ltd. by KGH Group

Leading F&B Hotel/Resort

Nepal

You & Me by Cocoon Maldives

Leading F&B Hotel/Resort

Maldives

kuenphen Rabten Resort

Leading Family Resort

Bhutan

PARADISE ISLAND RESORT, MALDIVES

Leading Family Resort

Maldives

Ramada By Wyndham Udaipur Resort & Spa

Leading Family Resort

India (North)

Sayeman Beach Resort

Leading Family Resort

Bangladesh

Uday Backwater Resort

Leading Family Resort

India (South)

Waterfront Resort Pvt Ltd. by KGH Group

Leading Family Resort

Nepal

Harvest Fresh Farms

Leading Guest House / Tourist Inn

India (South)

Equator Village

Leading Heritage Hotel/Resort

Maldives

Maya Manor Boutique Hotel

Leading Heritage Hotel/Resort

Nepal

Ocean Paradise Hotel & Resort

Leading Heritage Hotel/Resort

Bangladesh

Taj West End, Bengaluru

Leading Heritage Hotel/Resort

India (South)

Zhiwa Ling Heritage

Leading Heritage Hotel/Resort

Bhutan

Hotels and Resort Construction Pvt Ltd

Leading Hospitality Development Company

Maldives

Wyndham Hotels & Resorts

Leading Hospitality Development Company

India (North)

Hyatt Regency Kathmandu

Leading Luxury Hotel/Resort

Nepal

Soneva Jani

Leading Luxury Hotel/Resort

Maldives

Taj Palace, New Delhi

Leading Luxury Hotel/Resort

India (North)

Taj Tashi, Bhutan

Leading Luxury Hotel/Resort

Bhutan

Amari Galle Sri Lanka

Leading Meeting and Conference Hotel/Resort

Sri Lanka

Kurumba Maldives

Leading Meeting and Conference Hotel/Resort

Maldives

Radisson Hotel Kathmandu

Leading Meeting and Conference Hotel/Resort

Nepal

Ramada Lucknow Hotel and Convention Centre

Leading Meeting and Conference Hotel/Resort

India (North)

Taj Tashi, Bhutan

Leading Meeting and Conference Hotel/Resort

Bhutan

Ramada By Wyndham Alleppey

Leading Riverfront Hotel/Resort

India (South)

Ramada encore by wyndham statue of unity

Leading Riverfront Hotel/Resort

India (North)

Terma Linca Resort and Spa

Leading Riverfront Hotel/Resort

Bhutan

Ascott Palace

Leading Serviced Apartment Hotel/Resort

Bangladesh

Oakwood Residence Kapil Hyderabad 

Leading Serviced Apartment Hotel/Resort

India (South)

Platinum One Suites

Leading Serviced Apartment Hotel/Resort

Sri Lanka

Continuum Aviation Pvt Ltd

Leading Supervision Agent (General Aviation Service)

India (North)

Cinnamon Dhonveli Maldives

Leading Surf Hotel/Resort

Maldives

dusitD2 Yarkay Thimphu

Leading Theme Resort

Bhutan

IBNI Spa Resort

Leading Theme Resort

India (South)

Ramada By Wyndham Udaipur Resort & Spa

Leading Theme Resort

India (North)

ATOLL transfer

Leading Tourist Transport Provider (Land/Sea)

Maldives

Princy Travels

Leading Tourist Transport Provider (Land/Sea)

India (South)

INTERSIGHT TOURS & TRAVELS PVT. LTD

Leading Travel Agent - Inbound

India (South)

Resort Life Travel

Leading Travel Agent - Inbound

Maldives

Ascott Palace

Leading Wedding Hotel/Resort

Bangladesh

Heritance Negombo

Leading Wedding Hotel/Resort

Sri Lanka

Soaltee Crowne Plaza

Leading Wedding Hotel/Resort

Nepal

Sun Aqua Vilu Reef

Leading Wedding Hotel/Resort

Maldives

Taj Tashi, Bhutan

Leading Wedding Hotel/Resort

Bhutan

The Tigress Spa & Resort

Leading Wedding Hotel/Resort

India (North)

Grand Hotel, Nuwara Eliya, Sri Lanka

Leading Wellness and Spa Resort

Sri Lanka

Naksel Boutique Hotel and Spa

Leading Wellness and Spa Resort

Bhutan

The Sun Siyam Iru Fushi Maldives

Leading Wellness and Spa Resort

Maldives

Cinnamon Wild Yala

Leading Wildlife Lodge

Sri Lanka

Himalayan Front Hotel by KGH Group

Most Romantic Resort

Nepal

Terma Linca Resort and Spa

Most Romantic Resort

Bhutan

The Theva Residency

Most Romantic Resort

Sri Lanka

Fox Kandy by Fox Resorts

South Asia’s Best New Hotel / Resort

Sri Lanka

Ramada encore by wyndham statue of unity

South Asia’s Best New Hotel / Resort

India (North)

Rockholm at the Light House Beach

South Asia’s Best New Hotel / Resort

India (South)

Vivanta, Kathmandu

South Asia’s Best New Hotel / Resort

Nepal

 

VISITORS CHOICE AWARDS

 

Leading International Airline 

Srilankan Airlines

Leading Honeymoon Destination 

Maldives

Leading Adventure Destination 

Nepal

Leading Heritage Destination 

India

Leading Cruising Destination

India

Leading MICE Destination

India

 

SPECIAL RECOGNITION AWARD

Mr Raja Gopaal Iyer

CEO of Raj Hospitality Management