ASEANTA Awards For Excellence 2017

26 September 2017

The 30th ASEANTA Awards for Excellence Dinner ceremony was held on 08 August 2017 (Tuesday) at the Flores Ballroom of Borobudur Hotel in Jakarta, Indonesia.

Historically, the ASEANTA Awards for Excellence Awarding ceremony is held together with the ASEAN Tourism Forum (ATF).

This year, ASEANTA with the support from the Ministry of Tourism Republic of Indonesia held the event on 08 August 2017 to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of ASEAN.

The 30th ASEANTA Awards for Excellence 2017 dinner was attended by 350 guests which consists of Ambassadors from ASEAN, Members of Indonesia's Parliament, the Director General of Tourism Malaysia, ASEANTA Board Members, members of the media and top agents of the six (06) Airlines namely Garuda Indonesia, Singapore Airlines, Air Asia, Philippine Airlines and Royal Brunei who supported the ASEAN Sky Caravan which is one of the initiatives undertaken by ASEANTA for Visit ASEAN@50: Golden Celebration campaign.

The Awards for the Awardees were presented by His Excellency Mr. Arief Yahya, the Minister of Tourism Republic of Indonesia, Mr. Sam Cheah Swee Hee, the President of ASEANTA and Mrs. Nurlaila (Elly) Hutabarat, the Deputy President of ASEANTA.

The full listing of the 30th ASEANTA Awards for Excellence 2017 winners are:-

Best ASEAN Travel Article   :  

SPH Magazines Pte Ltd (Singapore)
Winning Entry: South-East Asia Diaries
Note: SPH Magazines were unable to send their staff and Mr. Benjamin Chan of Singapore Airlines received the Award trophy on behalf of SPH Magazines as the winning Travel Article was published in the October 2016 issue of Silver Keris (the inflight magazine of Singapore Airlines)

Best ASEAN Tourism Photo :  

Mr. Agung Parameswara (Indonesia)                                              
Winning Entry:  Tenganan Women

Best ASEAN Marketing and Promotional Program :  

Air Asia Berhad (Malaysia)
Winning Entry: Brand and Marketing Campaign Think ASEAN, Think Air Asia

Best ASEAN New Tourism Attraction in the Region

Shan Yoma Travel & Tours (Myanmar)
Winning Entry: PutaO Himalaya
Note: Mr. Hla the owner of Shan Yoma Travel & Tours was unable to attend and he was represented by Mr. U Min Thein, Vice-Chairman1 of UMTA Myanmar.

Best ASEAN Airline Program

Garuda Indonesia
Winning Entry: Wonderful Indonesia Travel Pass

Best ASEAN Cultural Preservation Effort :

Garuda Indonesia
Winning Entry: Hand-woven Textiles: Preserving a Living Tradition

Please refer to below photo for the pictures of the Awardees/representative of the Awardees.

Left to Right : Mr Benjamin Chan (Singapore Airlines), Mr Agung Parameswara (Photographer), Mr Dendy Kurniawan (Air Asia), Mrs Elly Nurlaila Hutabarat (Deputy President ASEANTA), His Excellency Mr Arief Yahya, Minister of Tourism Republic of Indonesia, Mr Sam Cheah Swee Hee (President of ASEANTA), Mr U Min Thein (Union of Myanmar Travel Association) and Ibu Nina Sulistyowati (Garuda Indonesia)

The ASEAN Golden Celebration & 30th ASEANTA Awards for Excellence event went well and all guests went home happy.
Based on several media releases by the media participants and feedback from the agents who participated in the ASEAN Sky Caravan, all the arrangements were fantastic and on this note, ASEANTA wishes to thank the Ministry of Tourism Republic of Indonesia and ASTINDO for the support given to ASEANTA in making the dinner event, Awards ceremony and the fam trips successful.

In the Welcome Address given by Mr. Sam Cheah Swee Hee, the President of ASEANTA, Mr. Sam Cheah acknowledged the presence of the host of the event, His Excellency Minister of Tourism Republic of Indonesia, Mr. Arief Yahya and also the VIP guests for the evening namely Ms. Yanti Sukamdani (Member of Parliament Indonesia), Mr. Guruh Soekarno Putra (Member of Parliament Indonesia), YB Datuk Seri Mirza Mohammad Taiyab (Director-General Tourism Malaysia), Mr. Felix (Bong) Cruz (former President of ASEANTA) and Ms. Elly Nurlaila Hutabarat (President of ASTINDO and Deputy President of ASEANTA).
Mr. Sam Cheah thanked the six Airline partners of ASEANTA which had supported the Visit ASEAN@50 campaign by supporting the "ASEAN Sky Caravan" initiative which culminated in 84 guests from different parts of the world comprising the media and Top Producing Agents of the Airlines.
The Airlines were Singapore Airlines, Philippine Airlines, Thai Airways, Garuda Indonesia, Royal Brunei and Air Asia. The Airlines' guests were taken on a pre and post tour of Jakarta and beyond Jakarta for them to experience many other cities in Indonesia such as Solo, Surabaya, Malang, Bandung, Denpasar and Belitung.

Mr. Sam Cheah encouraged all the ASEAN countries to submit their entries for the next ASEANTA Excellence Awards and details can be found by clicking on the banner on the ASEANTA website landing page.

Mr. Sam Cheah informed the dinner audience that the ASEANTA Board Members and him had enjoyed the warm hospitality of the Indonesian people as they have been in Jakarta since the 5th of August and he thanked ASTINDO for hosting the meeting venue and meals for the ASEANTA and ASEANTA-Related meetings which was held on 6th and 7th August 2017 at the Hermitage Hotel Jakarta.

Before ending his speech, Mr. Sam Cheah informed the audience that he would also like to acknowledge the hard work and effort put in by the Dinner Organizing Committee who also managed the ASEAN Sky Caravan arrangements and this Team consisted of Ibu Pauline Suharno, Pak Firdaus, Pak Theo and Flora Abdullah (ASEANTA CEO) was led by Ibu Elly Nurlaila Hutabarat, President of ASTINDO in consultation with Ibu Rizki Handayani Mustafa, Director of International Marketing from the Ministry of Tourism Republic of Indonesia.

For the photos of the event, please click here.