The South Asian Travel Awards 2019 (SATA) will be hosted in Sri Lanka’s southern resort Galle this September, an official said, giving further confidence to an industry which was struck by the Easter Sunday bombings in April.
“I was here on April 27, and remained for three weeks to see if we can still go on with the event. I would say that Sri Lanka is good to go,” SATA President Ismail Hameed said.
“We decided that we wanted this year’s event happening in Sri Lanka after a couple of travels here.”
The 2019 edition of the awards will be different, Hameed said.
“It is not going to be a one-night event this time,” he said.
“SATA 2019 will be a retreat with a countdown of events right up to the night of the Gala.”
The awards ceremony for 2019, to be held at the Amari Galle hotel, has around 700 nominees after the inclusion of Bangladesh to the program.
Other countries taking part include Sri Lanka, India, the Maldives, Nepal and Bhutan.
The evaluation will be done by both online votes and a jury which will be travelling to six countries for selection purposes over the next two months.
SATA, founded in 2016, presents awards in 37 categories for hotels, travel agents and tourism service providers.