Maldives Travel Awards Guesthouse Edition nominees revealed

August 31, 2018. MATATO Maldives Travel Awards Guesthouse Edition; The Leading Guesthouse category was won by the Riveries Diving Village in L. Gan. (Sun Photo/Fayaz Moosa)

The nominees for Maldives Travel Awards Guesthouse Edition 2019 have been announced today. 

A total of 96 nominations will be competing in 14 categories. More than 65 Guesthouse properties are listed for the awards, including seven islands, who will be competing for Leading Guesthouse Island and Leading Beach Island category. 

The Guesthouse Edition was first introduced in 2017, as a platform to celebrate tourism in local communities. Winners in the Guesthouse edition are selected with a combination of the popular vote (40%) and traveler ratings (60%) provided by the world’s largest travel website Tripadvisor. Votes are also collected online through the Maldives Travel Awards website. SMS votes will also be collected from both Ooreedoo and Dhiraagu and will be open until September 15. 

“We have brought a significant change to how we present the Leading Guesthouse Award, which of course is the most sought after title among, the rest. This change will allow more guesthouse to come forward, gives them an opportunity to compete to get noticed” 

“This change will also allow us to extend the marketing exposure of the Awards to otherwise distant corners of the destination, where Guesthouse businesses are struggling to be on the map.” Abdulla Suood, President of MATATO said. 

This year's edition is scheduled to take place in A.A Thoddoo in October.