The South Asian Travel Awards (SATA) has commenced its highly anticipated jury evaluation session in the Maldives, where nominated properties from the Indian Ocean archipelago will be thoroughly assessed over the next couple of days. This year’s jury comprises esteemed travel and hospitality professionals and industry pioneers who will lead an instrumental role in determining the finest establishments across South Asia.
SATA is a prestigious platform that distinguishes excellence in the travel and hospitality industry of South Asia, setting the benchmark for standards in the region. The Jury members included in the SATA evaluation session are:
Mr. Abdulla Latheef: a luminous travel industry figure renowned for his exceptional insights and expertise.
Dr. Mahamood Shougee: a reputed expert in the hospitality sector, contributing significantly to its growth and development.
Dr. Sachin Bansal: a leading figure in the travel and tourism field with an in-depth understanding of industry trends and consumer preferences.
Ms. Mariyam Noordeen: an illustrious name in the hospitality scene, recognized for her dedication to the culinary field.
Ms. Sangeeta Rana: an accomplished professional in the travel sector, distinguished for her outstanding leadership and industry contributions.
Mr. Tek Mahat: a trailblazer in the travel and hospitality industry, acclaimed for his innovative approach and commitment to excellence.
Together, the jury members bring a wealth of experience to the evaluation process, ensuring that it is comprehensive as well as impartial. Following the evaluation of Maldivian properties, the jury will then travel to Sri Lanka, India, Nepal, Bhutan and Bangladesh to conduct meticulous assessments of nominated establishments in each respective country.
The extension evaluation process by SATA is a crucial step in recognizing and celebrating the remarkable achievements of South Asia’s flourishing travel and hospitality industry. By assessing properties against stringent criteria, the jury aspires to identify outstanding establishments that have surpassed others in delivering exceptional services, experiences, and guest satisfaction.
Mr. Suraj Khan, VP of SATA, expressed enthusiasm about the evaluation session, stating, "We are thrilled to have such distinguished professionals on our jury panel this year. Their expertise and industry knowledge will ensure a fair and rigorous evaluation process, identifying the best properties in South Asia. We are excited to witness the exceptional standards and innovation demonstrated by the nominated establishments."