Sun­rise in the South

Recog­nis­ing the ef­forts of achiev­ers from dif­fer­ent seg­ments of the in­dus­try, South In­dia Travel Awards 2014 starts with a bang in Hy­der­abad mak­ing up for the long-felt ne­ces­sity to fo­cus on the travel in­dus­try in the South. Maya, in her var­i­ous avatars o

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“T he sun is ris­ing in the South,” these were the apt words with which Chan­dana Khan, Spe­cial Chief Sec­re­tary, Andhra Pradesh Tourism, summed up the South In­dia Travel Awards.

Ad­dress­ing the stake­hold­ers and game chang­ers of the South In­dian travel in­dus­try, who had all gath­ered to­gether at Radis­son Blu Plaza Ho­tel Hy­der­abad Ban­jara Hills to cel­e­brate the South In­dia Travel Awards, Khan, who was the Chief Guest at the event, con­grat­u­lated the or­gan­is­ers and said that there had been a long-felt ne­ces­sity to fo­cus on the south.

The awards recog­nised the ef­forts of achiev­ers from dif­fer­ent seg­ments of the in­dus­try, in­clud­ing those from the avi­a­tion sec­tor, do­mes­tic and in­ter­na­tional tourism boards, ho­tels and re­sorts, GDS’s as well as travel agents and tour oper­a­tors.

Ex­plain­ing the cri­te­ria for the awards, San­Jeet, Pub­lisher, DDP Pub­li­ca­tions, said, “The win­ners of the awards were de­cided by a fair and un­bi­ased se­lec­tion process done through voting and judg­ment by a panel of jury con­sist­ing of the travel in­dus­try’s ma­jor play­ers. The to­tal score of the judges and the num­ber of votes re­ceived by each nom­i­nee de­ter­mined the fi­nal scores of the win­ners.”

What was most heart­en­ing to know was that the or­gan­is­ers re­ceived 250,000 votes from 61 coun­tries, in­clud­ing USA, Canada, UK, France, UAE, Ger­many, China and many other places.

Re­ceiv­ing the ‘ Wall of Leg­ends’ Award on be­half of her fa­ther Vivek Nair, CMD, The Leela Palaces, Ho­tels and Re­sorts, Am­ruda Nair, who is the Leela Group’s Head of As­set Man­age­ment, said, “With the travel and tourism in­dus­try poised to grow ex­po­nen­tially, the en­tire in­dus­try will ben­e­fit from it.”

Win­ner of the ‘ DDP Game Changer’ Award, Sunil Ku­mar, Vice Pres­i­dent, TAAI and CEO, Travel World, said, “This award will re­mind me of my com­mit­ment to the in­dus­try which will be there till my last breath.” On be­ing awarded the ‘ Face of the Fu­ture’ Award, Za­heer El­lias Na­jeeb, Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor, ATE Group of Com­pa­nies, said, “It’s hum­bling to be here, it's not just me, but the en­tire fu­ture of the travel in­dus­try sits be­fore me, and ev­ery per­son here and ev­ery­thing that we do will change and de­fine the fu­ture of the travel in­dus­try.” Amita Mot­wani, Mrs In­dia-In­ter­na­tional 2013, who was the Guest of Hon­our at the event, talked about the need for more such ini­tia­tives to mo­ti­vate and im­prove tourism in In­dia.

Later, Khan, Mot­wani and San­jeet also re­leased the book, South­ern Her­itage, which is an ode to the im­mense beauty, her­itage, cul­ture, and the de­lec­ta­ble cui­sine of South In­dia, which of­fers ex­tra­or­di­nary po­ten­tial for travel and tourism. Hav­ing com­pleted the South­ern leg with a bang, the awards will now travel to the East, West and North In­dia, fi­nally cul­mi­nat­ing in the grand fi­nale.

(L-R): San­Jeet, Pub­lisher, DDP Pub­li­ca­tions; Ra­jneesh Mal­ho­tra, GM, Radis­son Blu Plaza Ho­tel Hy­der­abad Ban­jara Hills; Peter Fraw­ley, GM - Del­e­gate, Ac­cor, Hy­der­abad, Andhra Pradesh Ho­tel Op­er­a­tions & HICC; Chan­dana Khan, Spe­cial Chief Sec­re­tary, Andhra...

Chan­dana Khan, Amita Mot­wani and San­Jeet re­leas­ing the book, South­ern Her­itage, an ode to the im­mense beauty, her­itage, cul­ture, and the de­lec­ta­ble cui­sine of South In­dia at the Awards cer­e­mony

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