Maya en­thrals South, yet again

The 5th In­dia Travel Awards awarded the tourism and hos­pi­tal­ity in­dus­try’s fore­run­ners in South In­dia at Clarks Ex­ot­ica Con­ven­tion Re­sort and Spa, Bengaluru

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Renowned as a plat­form which recog­nises hard work and con­stant ef­fort of tourism in­dus­try play­ers in their re­spec­tive re­gions, In­dia Travel Awards—South brought to­gether the who's who of the in­dus­try to a glam­orous, black tie awards cer­e­mony. Ku­mar Pushkar, an IFS of­fi­cer and Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor, Kar­nataka State Tourism De­vel­op­ment Cor­po­ra­tion, and the Chief Guest for the event, said, “These awards are a mo­ti­va­tion for those who work in the field of tourism. I be­lieve that tourism is all about sus­tain­abil­ity and good

prac­tices and I hope that the award win­ners will learn from the good work put in by their col­leagues. This year, we missed the nom­i­na­tion date but next year, we shall make sure to file the same.” Anita Mishra, Gladrags Mrs In­dia— Ma­ha­rash­tra 2018, graced the oc­ca­sion as the Guest of Hon­our and adding to the glam­our quo­tient of the cer­e­mony, pre­sented the awards along­side the dig­ni­taries. The well-at­tended cer­e­mony recorded the pres­ence of nearly 150 peo­ple from the tourism and hos­pi­tal­ity in­dus­try. SanJeet, Men­tor, In­dia Travel Awards,

as­serted that tourism is syn­ony­mous with progress, de­vel­op­ment and op­por­tu­nity and this sen­ti­ment is echo­ing all over the coun­try. He be­lieves that ev­ery small ho­tel, restau­rant, tourist at­trac­tion and tourist shop­ping con­trib­utes to the growth of the in­dus­try. He said, “But, are we do­ing enough to recog­nise the play­ers who are con­tribut­ing to this growth? We have in­sti­tuted these Awards to ad­dress this gap."

"The re­gional awards recog­nise those es­tab­lish­ments which may not be able to see the light of day at the national level. Through this event, we recog­nise the real heroes who are con­stantly work­ing to take the travel in­dus­try to the next level. This recog­ni­tion that we be­stow on our re­gional play­ers puts the spot­light on them and we recog­nise their con­tri­bu­tion and at the same time en­sure that they are do­ing the cor­rect thing and main­tain­ing the high in­dus­try stan­dards,” he said.

The awards are di­vided into four cat­e­gories. The Per­sonal Awards are for the le­gends and lead­ers who have es­tab­lished them­selves and the young­sters who need the en­cour­age­ment; Busi­ness Awards are for those or­gan­i­sa­tions which have been out­stand­ing in their re­spec­tive fields and de­serve the recog­ni­tion; Trend­ing Awards, de­cided by crit­ics, are awarded to in­di­vid­u­als who have done ex­tra­or­di­nary work and the Part­ner Awards are to recog­nise and ap­pre­ci­ate the part­ners who con­trib­ute to make the awards cer­e­mony a grand suc­cess.

In the Per­sonal Awards cat­e­gory, the Gold Maya was awarded to Sherif Sal­man, Chair­man, Sherif Travel and Cargo Ser­vices, who en­tered the Gallery of Le­gends.

Raj An­drade, Vice Pres­i­dent—Busi­ness De­vel­op­ment, Mar­ket­ing and Strat­egy, Ban­ga­lore In­ter­na­tional Air­port, took home the DDP Game Changer tro­phy this year. Ron­aldo Co­laco, Owner, Clarks Ex­ot­ica Con­ven­tion Re­sort and Spa, Bengaluru and Vivek Ku­mar, MD, Clarks Brij Ho­tels, Pride Hos­pi­tal­ity and Bri­jrama Hos­pi­tal­ity, were both named the DDP Trail­blaz­ers, while Nirupa Shankar, Di­rec­tor, Brigade Hos­pi­tal­ity was the Face of the Fu­ture.

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