Maya casts a spell in South In­dia

The fourth edi­tion of South In­dia Travel Awards cel­e­brated the best tal­ent from the tourism and hospi­tal­ity in­dus­try in the re­gion, as stal­warts de­scended at Crowne Plaza Kochi to raise a toast to hon­our them

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Kochi played host to South In­dia Travel Awards, which was held at Crowne Plaza Kochi on May 2, 2017. Lead­ers and achiev­ers from the travel and tourism in­dus­try of the re­gion were re­warded for their hard work and sin­cere ded­i­ca­tion. The gala evening saw in at­ten­dance high fly­ers from the tourism and hospi­tal­ity in­dus­try from not just Ker­ala but the en­tire South In­dia. Grac­ing the oc­ca­sion with his pres­ence as Chief Guest was Dr. A. Jay­athi­lak (IAS), Chair­man, Spices Board of In­dia, Min­istry of Com­merce & In­dus­try. Ac­knowl­edg­ing how awards act as a cat­a­lyst for the in­dus­try to ex­cel, he said, “It’s a great ini­tia­tive be­cause we need to iden­tify and en­cour­age tal­ents of all kinds in this vi­brant sec­tor and any award of this kind will go a long way in stim­u­lat­ing and en­cour­ag­ing more tal­ent to de­velop them­selves and also to con­trib­ute more to the de­vel­op­ment of this in­dus­try.”

In­dia Travel Awards recog­nises stal­warts from the in­dus­try in all the re­gions pan In­dia. Th­ese ex­clu­sive awards are based on a unique jury judge­ment and a fi­nal list is made af­ter a fair on­line vot­ing process. The for­mal black-tie event was at­tended by over 150 no­table per­son­al­i­ties from the South In­dian Travel in­dus­try. Wel­com­ing the guests for the award, SanJeet, Men­tor, In­dia Travel Awards, said that the awards ac­knowl­edge the con­sol­i­dated ef­forts of the trade part­ners from the south­ern re­gion owing to whom the travel in­dus­try has achieved a bench­mark. “Ev­ery small ho­tel, restau­rant, tourist at­trac­tion, or tourism out­let con­trib­utes to­wards the growth of this coun­try. How­ever, are we do­ing enough to recog­nise them? We have in­sti­tuted th­ese awards for this pre­cise rea­son. The re­gional award recog­nises those es­tab­lish­ments that con­trib­ute to the over­all growth of the in­dus­try. We have come a long way since the first South In­dia Travel Awards held in Hy­der­abad in 2014,” he said.

The awards were di­vided into four dif­fer­ent cat­e­gories—Per­sonal Awards, Busi­ness Awards, Trend­ing Awards and Part­ner Awards. Talk­ing about the vot­ing process, SanJeet said, “The vot­ing is care­fully mon­i­tored to avoid du­pli­ca­tion and en­sure trans­parency. When the votes were fi­nally opened for count­ing, we were sur­prised to learn that we have re­ceived votes form 12 dif­fer­ent coun­tries apart from In­dia.”

Adding a touch of glam­our and ele­gance to the evening was the Guest of Hon­our Arni Sap­kal, Gladrags Mrs In­dia Mum­bai, who handed over the tro­phies to the win­ners along­side Dr. Jay­athi­lak. Awards were pre­sented in a to­tal of 47 cat­e­gories in both travel and hospi­tal­ity. K.C. Chan­dra­hasan, Vice Chair­man, Ker­ala Trav­els In­ter­serve, re­ceived the cov­eted Gallery of Leg­ends award, while M.P. Pu­rushothaman, Chair­man and Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor, Em­pee Group, was awarded the DDP Trail­blazer Award.

(L-R): Han­neli Slab­ber, Riyaz U.C., M.P. Pu­rushothaman, Dr. A. Jay­athi­lak, Arni Sap­kal, K.C. Chan­dra­hasan and SanJeet, at the South In­dia Travel Awards.

The win­ners of South In­dia Travel Awards with their tro­phies at Crowne Plaza Kochi on May 2, 2017

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