Maya cap­ti­vates East In­dia

The fourth edi­tion of East In­dia Travel Awards trav­elled to the North East re­gion of In­dia to cel­e­brate ex­cel­lence in the tourism fra­ter­nity

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FRor the first time in Guwa­hati, the ef­forts of stal­warts in the travel and tourism in­dus­try of East In­dia were hon­oured over an evening of mer­ri­ment and en­ter­tain­ment at Radis­son Blu Ho­tel Guwa­hati on July 26, 2017. Gath­er­ing the re­gion's movers and shak­ers from states of Sikkim, Odisha, West Ben­gal, As­sam, Arunachal Pradesh, Ma­nipur and sev­eral oth­ers, the event was in­au­gu­rated by Sud­han, Spe­cial Sec­re­tary (Tourism), Gov­ern­ment of Ma­nipur, who was also the Chief Guest for the award cer­e­mony.

Speak­ing about the im­por­tance of such events in the re­gion, Sud­han stated, “I sin­cerely be­lieve such events should hap­pen more of­ten, es­pe­cially in this part of the coun­try, which does not re­ceive much at­ten­tion. More such events, more recognition, and the un­tapped tourism po­ten­tial should be ex­plored. We are cer­tain that the awards can per­suade more en­trepreneurs to ex­plore th­ese fron­tiers.”

SanJeet, Men­tor, In­dia Travel Awards, added, “To­day, tourism is syn­ony­mous with progress and de­vel­op­ment and is echo­ing around the coun­try. Ev­ery small ho­tel, restau­rant, at­trac­tion, tourist shop con­trib­utes to the growth of this in­dus­try but are we do­ing enough to recog­nise them? We've in­sti­tuted th­ese awards for this pre­cise

rea­son. The re­gional awards recog­nise those es­tab­lish­ments that may not be able to see the day of light on a na­tional level. The in­dus­try is now grow­ing by leaps and bounds and th­ese small ef­forts make a big dif­fer­ence.”

The awards were di­vided into four cat­e­gories that in­cluded Per­sonal Awards, Busi­ness Awards, Trend­ing Awards, and Part­ner Awards. Per­sonal Awards were for le­gends and lead­ers who have es­tab­lished them­selves and for young­sters who de­serve en­cour­age­ment to be­come fu­ture lead­ers. Busi­ness Awards were for those or­gan­i­sa­tions that have done out­stand­ing work in their field and de­serve ac­co­lades, while Trend­ing Awards were de­cided on by crit­ics. Fi­nally, Part­ner Awards were for the part­ners that made the awards cer­e­mony a grand suc­cess. The glitzy night was also graced by the pres­ence of the Guest of Hon­our, Arni Sap­kal, Gladrags Mrs In­dia Mum­bai 2017, who, along with R Sud­han, awarded the tro­phy to the win­ners. A to­tal of 41 award cat­e­gories were pre­sented to travel, tourism, and hos­pi­tal­ity front run­ners as a trib­ute to their con­tri­bu­tion. Dilip D Khatau, Chair­man, The Cor­bett Foun­da­tion and Chair­man, Con­ser­va­tion Cor­po­ra­tion of In­dia, joined the Gallery of Le­gends, while Tsering Wange, Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor, Hi­malayan Hol­i­days, was hon­oured as the DDP Trail­blazer. Ad­di­tion­ally, Supra­tim Raj Basu, Founder and Di­rec­tor, Help Tourism, was con­ferred the DDP Game Changer award.

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