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

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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.

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