Maya de­scends on Agra to mes­merise tourism fra­ter­nity

As the per­fect plat­form for recog­nis­ing achiev­ers from the travel, hos­pi­tal­ity and MiCE in­dus­try, In­dia Travel Awards in its lat­est edi­tion, fe­lic­i­tated the best of the best from ev­ery seg­ment of the travel and tourism fra­ter­nity.


The In­dia Travel Awards and In­dia MiCE Awards con­cluded its lat­est edi­tion with a grand cer­e­mony at Ho­tel Clarks Shi­raz, Agra. The event saw in at­ten­dance stal­warts of the travel and hos­pi­tal­ity in­dus­try from across the coun­try. The chief guest for the evening was Satya­jeet

Ra­jan, Di­rec­tor Gen­eral, Min­istry of Tourism and the guest of hon­our was

Man­vin­der Sandhu, First Run­ner up, Gladrags Mrs In­dia Cel­e­brat­ing the achieve­ments of travel pro­fes­sion­als in travel and MiCE in­dus­tries across the coun­try, the award was given in a to­tal of 74 cat­e­gories.

Con­grat­u­lat­ing the au­di­ence for be­ing a part of the in­dus­try, Ra­jan said, “Be­ing an en­tre­pre­neur in In­dia is dif­fi­cult, and I must con­grat­u­late ev­ery­one for be­ing a part of the travel busi­ness and achiev­ing so much. We, at Min­istry of Tourism, have al­ways tried to help en­trepreneur­s if they ap­proach us with a con­cern or chal­lenge. The tourism sec­tor has been con­tribut­ing im­mensely to em­ploy­ment gen­er­a­tion in the coun­try. It is the in­dus­try that make us take de­ci­sions which can in turn push the tourism sec­tor to do bet­ter and achieve more. Each per­son out­side In­dia is ei­ther a tourist or

a po­ten­tial tourist, and all of us are am­bas­sadors of our coun­try.”

Ra­jan also claimed that those who fo­cus on ex­pe­ri­en­tial tourism will be the game chang­ers in the travel in­dus­try. “The ones who make trends and in­no­va­tions are go­ing to suc­ceed much more than those who do not make in­no­va­tions. I wish In­dia Travel Awards and In­dia MiCE Awards a big suc­cess. The se­lec­tion process of these awards in­volves the in­dus­try at large and the way awardees have been cho­sen is very par­tic­i­pa­tive,” he shared.

The award cer­e­mony was at­tended by 150 guests from the tourism and hos­pi­tal­ity in­dus­try, ac­knowl­edged achiev­ers in their field. SanJeet, Men­tor, In­dia Travel Awards, said, “It is our aim to recog­nise, fe­lic­i­tate and re­ward out­stand­ing con­tri­bu­tion to the MiCE in­dus­try. These awards are pow­ered by TravTalk and MiCETalk, In­dia’s lead­ing travel and MiCE pub­li­ca­tions re­spec­tively.”

Talk­ing about the in­dus­try, he said, “In­dian tourism is the fastest grow­ing among the G20 coun­tries and it will be re­spon­si­ble for 10 per cent of all jobs in In­dia. Tourism has more funded start-ups than any other in­dus­try in In­dia. The In­dian MiCE in­dus­try is cur­rently pegged at ` 25,000 crores and is ex­pected to dou­ble in the next two years. The po­ten­tial is there­fore, huge. The In­dia MiCE and Travel Awards have been in­sti­tuted to recog­nise this ex­cel­lence, hard work and suc­cess of this in­dus­try that is now syn­ony­mous with progress, de­vel­op­ment and op­por­tu­nity.” He claimed that these awards, through their unique vot­ing sys­tem, aims to cel­e­brate the large global play­ers and even the small­est play­ers who of­ten go un­no­ticed.”

The awards were di­vided into four cat­e­gories — Per­sonal Awards for the leg­ends and lead­ers of to­day and to­mor­row, Busi­ness Awards for the or­gan­i­sa­tions who have set bench­marks for them­selves in their re­spec­tive fields and have ex­ceeded ex­pec­ta­tions, Trend­ing Awards de­cided by the crit­ics and meant for in­di­vid­u­als with ex­tra­or­di­nary work and Part­ner Awards for the part­ners who have con­trib­uted to make In­dia Travel Awards a suc­cess.

The win­ners of In­dia Travel Awards are se­lected through an on­line nom­i­na­tion process, fol­lowed by on­line vot­ing and fi­nalised af­ter a jury ver­dict. Vot­ing is care­fully mon­i­tored to avoid du­pli­ca­tions and main­tain trans­parency. For the cur­rent edi­tion, over 50,000 votes were cast.

PS Dug­gal, Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor, Mi­nar Group, en­tered the Gallery of Leg­ends at the pres­ti­gious cer­e­mony.

Hi­man­shu Patil, Di­rec­tor, Ke­sari Tours, was cho­sen as DDP Trail­blazer for his con­tri­bu­tion in the growth of his com­pany and the in­dus­try at large while SMA Sheeraz, Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor, Sheeraz Tours, was de­clared as DDP Face of the Fu­ture.

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