Male’, Maldives, 19th July 2022 – The Maldives Association of Tourism Industry (MATI) held the ’50 Years of Tourism Awards by MATI’ ceremony on 17th July 2022 at Kurumba Maldives. The ceremony is a highlight of the celebrations for the Golden Jubilee of Tourism in Maldives planned by MATI. The awards honoured organisations and individuals that have contributed exceptionally to the Tourism Industry of the Maldives over these past 50 years. His Excellency President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih attended the ceremony as the chief guest.
The ceremony was initiated by a welcome address from the Chairman of MATI, Mr. Mohamed Umar Maniku, followed by remarks by His Excellency President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih. The closing remarks were given by the Vice Chairman of MATI, Mr. Hussain Afeef. The event concluded with a networking event and dinner.
A total of 57 awards were given which included 4 awards given to the Pioneers of Maldives tourism and 2 awards given to previous presidents in recognition of their contribution to the tourism industry of Maldives. The winners were selected by a committee of industry experts and veterans that comprehensively vetted and evaluated all nominations received.
Mr. Mohamed Umar Maniku
Mr. Hussain Afeef
Hon. Ahmed Naseem
Mr. George Corbin
In recognition of their contribution to the tourism industry of the Maldives:
Former President of the Maldives H. E. Maumoom Abdul Gayyoom
Late Former President of the Maldives H. E. Ibrahim Nasir
In light of this year being the Golden Jubilee of Tourism, MATI has organised different activities which includes The Chevening / Maldives Association of Tourism Industry (MATI) Scholarships partnership, release of 2 coffee table books titled – “Maldivian Resort Architecture – 50 years of island resorts” authored by Mr. Mauroof Jameel and “50 years of Tourism in Maldives – the Pioneers, People and Policies that shaped the Industry” authored by Dr. Simad Saeed and a partnership with Parley Maldives tackling plastic pollution and promoting environmental conservation.