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Maldives Travel Awards Guesthouse Edition 2017

Maldives Travel Awards

Maldives Travel Awards - is the prize created to celebrate the excellence, commitment and expertise in the Maldivian Tourism Industry.

First launched in 2012, Maldives Travel Awards celebrates the 6th Anniversary in 2017 and we are proud to bring you the most prestigious, comprehensive and sought-after recognition in the travel and tourism sector. The annual gala night for Maldives Travel Awards marks the premier night of excellence in the travel industry of Maldives, bringing together the largest club of travel professionals and executives for an evening of celebration.

Maldives Travel Awards is a product of Maldives Association of Travel Agents and Tour Operators, MATATO.


Guesthouse Edition

In a span of less than a decade, the guest house industry of Maldives has flourished as one of the fastest growing sectors in the country, in addition to bringing a wave of wealth to local communities. Maldives Travel Awards has been recognizing the success of this sector with exclusive categories, introduced every year.

To cater the demand with emerging businesses in this sector, MATATO in 2017 is introducing, Maldives Travel Awards: The Guesthouse Edition, a special event to celebrate the outstanding performance in this sector.

In addition to the current categories for Guesthouses edition, MATATO will bring a total of 15 categories for this edition.




As general criteria, to get nominated guesthouses and related travel businesses must be registered in Maldives with a service record of at least one (01) year in operation.

Companies can compete for their brands in more than one category.

For certain categories, specific criteria need to be met. Please refer to the category details to check the eligibility for the nomination.



Nominations will be accepted from Travel Agents, Travel Organizations, and registered travel businesses in Maldives. Travel Businesses can also be self-nominated, in categories they fit to compete.

Nominations for Guesthouse Island categories must be sponsored and submitted by the Island Council.

Nominations for Maldives Travel Awards Guesthouse Edition are collected via email and online platform,

To nominate you can either email us the stamped nomination form (select the relevant nominations form from page 8, 9, 10 and 11) to or use the website application tool to send us the application online.



At this stage nominations in each category will be evaluated, and shortlisted to five contenders in each category based on their review rating on TripAdvisor.

Exclusive review ratings provided by TripAdvisor will be used for evaluation scoring and short-listing in categories specific to
guesthouse properties.

Top 05 rated properties (based on user reviews) will be shortlisted.



Shortlisted properties will then be announced and featured for popular vote.

Votes are collected through SMS and through online voting portal on MATATO website and promoted on Travel Awards social media platforms.

SMS and online votes will account for 60% of the total scoring. Votes will be collected for a period of one month prior to Award night.

After online voting closes, winners will be selected based on their Tripadvisor rating (40%) combined with online and SMS votes (60%).


Categories & Winners

  1. Leading Guesthouse

    Arena Beach Hotel
  2. Leading Food & Beverage Guesthouse

    Velana Beach
  3. Leading Guesthouse / Diving and Watersports

    Active Watersports
  4. Leading Green/ Eco-friendly Guesthouse

    TME Retreats Dhigurah
  5. Leading Business Guesthouse

    Hotel Ul Inn
  6. Leading Heritage Guesthouse

    Local Island Inn
  7. Leading Adventure Guesthouse

    Reveries Diving Village
  8. Most Innovative Guesthouse Concept

    Velana Beach
  9. Leading Guesthouse Brand

  10. Leading Transport Service Provider

    Nevi Transfer Service
  11. Leading Guesthouse Island

  12. Leading Beach Island

  13. Leading Business Development Partner for the Guesthouse Industry

  14. New Comer of the Year

  15. Most Supportive Guest House