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9th Today’s Traveller Awards honour the best in the industry

TThe 9th Annual Today's Traveller Awards, 2015, organised by Gill India Group, took place at a magnificent event at Taj Palace, New Delhi, on August 11, 2015.

The chief guest, Dr Mahesh Sharma, Minister of State (I/C) for Tourism & Culture and Minister of State for Civil Aviation, Government of India, launched the cover of the Today’s Traveller Coffee Table Book 2015 – ‘Success Redefined,’ and gave away the 9th Annual Today’s Traveller awards to the industry’s best.

Dr Sharma, speaking on the importance of tourism said, "Our great Prime Minister has been the biggest ambassador of Indian Tourism."

South African Tourism  wins Today’s Traveller Award 2015 for Best Destination Marketing 

Initiatives. Ms. Alpa Jani, Manager- Trade Relations received the Award on behalf of South African Tourism.

While lauding the efforts of the Gill India Group in recognising and acknowledging the leaders of the travel and tourism industry, he added, "We should appreciate the best in the industry, that helps to take Incredible India to the far corners of the world. By recognising excellence, 

The Today’s Traveller Awards create high levels of motivation and zeal to perform.  We must strive to make India an all-season destination."

Kamal Gill, Executive Editor and Managing Director, GICPL, said, “The warm world of the tourism fraternity to which we belong and without whose support this wonderful journey of 18 years would not have been possible are star achievers in their own right and in the spirit of this year’s theme Success Redefined, I salute them.”

The latest theme for the coffee table book – Success Redefined, “reflects the mood of the times.” The environment is challenging and there are new parameters for defining success. Change is the order of the day and leveraging change now becomes paramount to sustain businesses. 

Dr Sharma congratulated the Gill India Group, on completing “18 years of its service in promoting travel and tourism, not only in India, but around the globe.” He also said, “maintaining quality in travel publishing is one of its (Gill India Group) hallmarks and the Coffee Table Book, ‘Success Redefined,’ is an extension of its commitment to excellence.”

Amongst the dignitaries present were Sohan Singh Thandal (Minister of Tourism Government of Punjab); Lt Gen (Retd) KM Seth (former Governor of Tripura and Chhattisgarh and President, Foundation for Aviation & Sustainable Tourism); Alok Banerjee (Director Marketing, National Textile Corporation); Sandeep Marwah (Founder of Noida Film City, Marwah Studios and Asian Academy of Film & Television); Dr Ravi Inder Singh (IAS, Principal Secretary, Gorkhaland Territorial Administration); Nidhi Mani Tripathi (Secretary Tourism, Manipur); ZU Siddiqui (Managing Director and CEO, Delhi Tourism & Transportation Development Corporation Ltd); Bhupinder S Bhalla (IAS, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Commerce & Industry); Kesari Patil (Chairman, Kesari Tours Pvt Ltd); Dawa Lepcha (Member on Duty, Department of Tourism, Gorkhaland Territorial Administration); Sonam Bhutia (Executive Director, Gorkhaland Territorial Administration); Basanta Rajkumar (Executive Director, Punjab Heritage and Tourism Promotion Board); Dr. Mamta Pandey (Sr. Liaison & Marketing Officer, Madhay Pradesh State Tourism Development Corporation Ltd); Karma Leki (Director Tourism, Government of Arunachal Pradesh); Vinay Malhotra (COO, South Asia and DVPC, VFS Global Services); Manoj Virmani (VP Operations, ITC Limited, Hotels Division); Zubin Songadwala (General Manager, ITC Maurya); Raj Rana (CEO, South Asia, Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group); Rohit Malhotra (VP Operations, Fortune Park Hotels Ltd); Dhunji Kavarana (CEO, WelcomHeritage); Rajiv Duggal (CEO, Lavasa Corporation Limited); Ranveer Bhandari (Vice President-Operations, ITC Hotels) and Gaurav Pokhariyal (Area Director and General Manager, Taj Palace).

About

GICPL– GICPL is a fast-growing and India’s leading publishing house of travel and leisure magazines of international standards. The company has a strong corporate vertical with in-depth reach to corporate purchasers at high levels of decision making through its various products. GICPL is very closely linked with the travel and tourism industry, and that has been the company’s core competency for more than 18 years.

The group publishes Today’s Traveller’s its flagship magazine, along with TTNewswire, which is India’s leading newspaper for travel trade, while publishing the Coffee Table Book, India Outbound Travel and India Venues annually. 

Abu Dhabi –Tourism and Culture Authority Abu Dhabi is a multi-faceted organisation with a mandate grounded in Abu Dhabi’s 2030 Economic Vision as laid down by Their Highnesses Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, UAE President and Ruler of Abu Dhabi and Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces.

The Authority’s mission is to promote the heritage, culture and traditions of Abu Dhabi emirate worldwide. Its activities are designed to support the emirate’s evolution into a world-class, sustainable destination which makes a unique contribution to the global cultural landscape while conserving its singular character and ecosystem.

Arunachal Tourism – Arunachal Pradesh, a veritable treasure house of nature, tucked away in the north eastern tip of India, invites tourists to relax in its picturesque hills and vales encircled on three sides by Bhutan, China and Myanmar. Tourists visiting the beautiful state can enjoy nature in its full splendour. In Arunachal Pradesh, snowy mist, famous monasteries, unexplored passes and tranquil lakes come together to form some of the prettiest mountain spots of the state. 

Gorkhaland Territorial Administration (Darjeeling Tourism) – The splendid Gorkhaland is a land of scenic beauty, with Kanchendzonga as its backdrop. Darjeeling, also known as the queen of hills in this region, is home to nature’s innumerable grandeurs. From the historical Himalayan Mountaineering Institute to the UNESCO World Heritage Site – the Darjeeling Himalayan Railways, Gorkhaland has many feathers of glory on its crown.

Needless to say, having being placed at a geographically strategic location (the Himalayan belt), it also enjoys a wide range of flora and fauna. 

TI Infotech – TI Infotech is a premier Information Technology company with a focussed approach on delivering quality services. The company has made inroads in the field of customised solutions for the Travel & Tourism domain, ERP Implementation and Support, Custom Application Development, IT consulting and E-Commerce Solutions. TI Infotech is promoted by a dynamic team of highly skilled and experienced professionals having an extensive experience in providing customized technology solutions across various business verticals.

The company provides world class comprehensive software solutions and support services to clients across the globe in both onshore and off shore models. 

List of Awardees:

1. Abu Dhabi Tourism
Today’s Traveller Award 2015
Best International Family Holiday Destination

2. Arunachal Pradesh Tourism 
Today’s Traveller Award 2015
Best Eco Tourism Destination

3. Crowne Plaza Jaipur 
Today’s Traveller Award 2015
Best Upcoming Business Hotel in Jaipur

4. Fortune Park Hotels Ltd 
Today’s Traveller Award 2015
Best First Class Business Hotel Chain

5. Grand Hyatt Goa
Today’s Traveller Award 2015
Shamana Spa — Best Spa in a Resort Hotel

6. Gorkhaland Territorial Administration
Today’s Traveller Award 2015
Darjeeling — Best All-Season Destination

7. Hyatt Place Gurgaon / Udyog Vihar
Today’s Traveller Award 2015
Best Upcoming Business Hotel in Gurgaon

8. International Travel House Limited
Today’s Traveller Award 2015
Best Car Rental Company

9. Kesari Tours Pvt Ltd 
Today’s Traveller Award 2015
Best Domestic Tour Operator

10. Lavasa International Convention Centre (LICC)
Today’s Traveller Award 2015
Best Exhibition & Convention Centre – West India

11. The Leela Palace Chennai
Today’s Traveller Award 2015
Best Business Hotel in Chennai

12. Mauritius Tourism 
Today’s Traveller Award 2015
Best International Luxury Wedding Destination 

13. Oakwood Residence Kapil Hyderabad 
Today’s Traveller Award 2015
Best Newly opened Premium Fully Serviced Apartments in Hyderabad

14. Radisson Blu Plaza Delhi 
Today’s Traveller Award 2015
Best Business Hotel in Delhi

15. Radisson Blu Resort & Spa Alibaug 
Today’s Traveller Award 2015
Best 5 Star Resort Hotel in Mumbai Suburbs

16. Radisson Blu Hotel New Delhi Paschim Vihar 
Today’s Traveller Award 2015
Best Wedding Hotel in Delhi

17. Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel Mysore 
Today’s Traveller Award 2015
Best Luxury Hotel in Mysore

18. The Leela Kovalam
Today’s Traveller Award 2015
‘Favourite Kerala Ayurveda & Spa’ — Best Wellness Spa

19. WelcomHeritage
Today’s Traveller Award 2015
Best Heritage Hotel Chain

20. Prim Resorts
Today’s Traveller Award 2015
Best Upcoming Boutique Resort Chain

21. Turkish Airlines Inc.
Today’s Traveller Award 2015
Best Business Class (International Airlines)

22. Kuoni Travel (India) Pvt Ltd
Today’s Traveller Award 2015
Best Outbound Tour Operator

23. City of Lavasa
Today’s Traveller Award 2015
Smart City of Tourism

24. Thai Airways International
Today’s Traveller Award 2015
Best International Airline of the Year

25. Pawan Hans Limited
Today’s Traveller Award 2015
Best Civil Aviation Company Providing Regional Connectivity and Heli Tourism

26. Tourism New Zealand
Today’s Traveller Award 2015
Best Adventure Tourism Destination

27. Manipur Tourism 
Today’s Traveller Award 2015
Best State for Preservation of Tribal Culture

28. T.I. Infotech Pvt. Ltd.
Today’s Traveller Award 2015
Best Technology Solution Provider

29. Radisson Blu Kaushambi Delhi NCR
Today’s Traveller Award 2015
Best Wedding Hotel in Ghaziabad and Noida

30. Madhya Pradesh Tourism
Today’s Traveller Award 2015
Most Progressive State for Tourism

31. Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group
Today’s Traveller Award 2015
Fastest Growing Hotel Chain

32. ITC Hotels
Today’s Traveller Award 2015
Best Luxury Hotel Chain

33. National Textile Corporation Ltd
Today’s Traveller Award 2015
Outstanding Contribution in Revitalizing the Textile Industry

34. Taj Palace, New Delhi 
Today’s Traveller Award 2015
Best Convention Facility Hotel in Delhi

35. Punjab Tourism
Today’s Traveller Award 2015
Best State for B to B Tourism Promotion

36. VFS Global Services
Today’s Traveller Award 2015
Best Visa Service Provider

37. South African Tourism 
Today’s Traveller Award 2015
Best Destination Marketing Initiatives

38. Copenhagen
Today’s Traveller Award 2015
Emerging International Tourism Destination

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