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.