The inclusion of the new categories was part of the efforts by Langkawi Development Authority (LADA), the organiser of the event, to continue improving the awards, which now featured a total of 29 categories, against 18 last year.
"We have made several improvements to the awards this year in line with the ever changing business landscapes that took place in Langkawi," LADA chief executive officer, Tan Sri Khalid Ramli said here Tuesday.
He said LITA, which would be into its fifth year of organisation, had become a catalyst that had contributed significantly to the positive growth of tourism in Langkawi.
"Nominations for the awards start from today and the deadline will be on Oct 1 this year," he said, adding that the nomination could be submitted by an organisation or individuals and the forms, as well as the rules and regulations, could be downloaded from www.lada.gov.my.
From the total number of awards, six awards would be for the accommodation section, comprising for Best Five-Star Hotel, Best Four-Star Hotel, Best Three-Star Hotel, Best Two-Star Hotel and below, Best Homestay and Best Bed and Breakfast.
For the restaurant section, there would be awards for the Best Restaurant, Best F&B Outlet, Best Local Eatery - Night Market Hawker, Best Local Eatery - Food Shack and Best Local Eatery - Food Truck.
Nine awards for the services section include for the Best Tourist Guide, Best Boat Operator, Best Tour Operator, Best Taxi Driver, Best Tourism Event, Best Tourism Article, Best Blogger, Best Travel Website and Best Ferry Operator.
The products section provide awards for the Best Hotel-Based Spa, Best Duty Free Business, Best Tourism Attraction (Man-made) and Best Tourism Attraction (Natural).
Best Geopark Community, Best Innovative Package (Geopark Experience), Best Community Leader, Best NGO Partner and Best Tourism Village are awards featured under the Geopark section.