Maya raises a toast to North India
In its fourth edition, India Travel Awards honoured the best of the best from the travel and tourism industry of North India in New Delhi
Acoveted platform to acknowledge the hard work of tourism professionals in the region, India Travel Awards brought together the who's who of the industry under one roof at The Lalit, New Delhi on Decemeber 21, 2017. Vijay Goel, Minister of State for Statistics and Programme Implementation & Parliamentary Affairs, Government of India, and the Chief Guest for the event, said, “I am happy to be present for the 4th North India Travel Awards. These awards bring a new enthusiasm among people and encourages them to do new work, while pushing them to move forward. I want to congratulate the India Travel Awards team and the winners for a great show. I am not here as a Minister or Member of Parliament, but as one of the biggest heritage lovers. If I ever get a choice to work as a minister or to work for heritage, I would always choose the latter. In the changing times, we all love heritage and consider it as a status symbol, but not many work for the same, and we need to think about it." Shivdular Singh Dhillon, IAS, Special Secretary-cum-Director, Department of Tourism, Cultural Affairs, Archaeology, Museums & Archives, Punjab and CEO, Punjab Heritage & Tourism Promotion Board was the Guest of Honour at the Awards night. Taking the glamour quotient of the evening a notch higher was Dr. Marisha Kaul, Gladrags Mrs. India
– North, who presented the awards alongside the dignitaries. A total of 150 people from the travel and tourism industry attended the glitzy ceremony. SanJeet, Mentor, India Travel Awards, said, “The awards acknowledge the consolidated effort of trade partners from the northern region, owing to whom the travel industry has achieved a benchmark.” He asserted that tourism is synonymous with progress and development. “The regional awards recognises establishments, which may not be able to see the light of the day at a national level,” added SanJeet. Thanking everyone for their efforts, he said, “The industry is growing by leaps and bounds, and everybody's efforts together are making the big difference. This recognition that we bestow on the regional players has helped make India Travel Awards the leading travel awards within a short period of time.” In the Personal Awards category, Krishan Kumar Amla, Chairman and Managing Director of Broadway Enterprises, entered the Gallery of Legends. Sujit Banerjee, Secretary General, WTTC India Initiative, was named the Legend in Public Service, while Pankaj Srivastava, Commercial Director and Board Member of Air India, took home the DDP Trailblazer trophy. It was Hanneli Slabber, Regional General Manager, Asia, Australasia, Middle East for South African Tourism, who was named the DDP Game Changer, while Amit Sankhala, Managing Director of Encounters Asia was declared the Face of the Future.