NEW DELHI,May 3, 2017, Kochi: The fourth edition of South India Travel Awards recognised leaders of the travel and tourism industry in the region during a gala event held yesterday at Crowne Plaza, Kochi. The who’s who of the tourism industry in the region were present to honour and acknowledge the hard work of the achievers. The Chief Guest for the evening was Dr. A. Jayathilak, Chairman, Spices Board of India.

India Travel Awards is an all-India platform to recognise and encourage the regional stalwarts and those behind the success of the travel industry. They are one-of-a-kind awards in India based on a unique system of jury judgement and Internet voting for fair and unbiased judgment. This formal black-tie ceremony is glitzy, glamorous and graced by the notables and dignitaries of the travel industry. The awards event has brought more than 150 stars of the travel industry under one roof.

SanJeet, Mentor, India Travel Awards, said, “These awards acknowledge the consolidated efforts of the trade partners from the southern region owing to whom the travel industry has achieved a benchmark. India Travel Awards will make a difference to the industry through recognition of regional talent and thereby raising the bar for the industry players.”

K.C. Chandrahasan, Managing Director, Kerala Travel Interserve, who received the coveted Gallery of Legends Award, said, “It’s a great recognition for me. I have been in the industry for so many years and have seen it change. Receiving this award in front of such an august gathering is quite humbling.”

DDP Trailblazer Award winner M.P. Purushothaman, Chairman and Managing Director, Empee Group, said, “The travel and tourism industry has been close to my heart and it has been an exhilarating journey for me. Travel in India is set to reach new heights and I am thankful to the DDP team and SanJeet for this great honour.”

The winners of South India Travel Awards are:

Gallery of Legends:K. C.Chandrahasan, Managing Director, Kerala Travels Interserve

DDP Trailblazer:M. P.Purushothaman, Chairman and Managing Director, Empee Group

Entrepreneur of the year:Riyaz U. C.Managing Director, Spiceland Holidays

Most Enterprising General Manager:Shuvendu Banerjee, General Manager, Crown Plaza Kochi

Best Sales & Marketing Professional:Rajan Malhotra, Director Sales & Marketing, Shangri-La Hotel, Bengaluru

Best Hospitality Professional:Pankaj Gupta, General Manager, Aloft BengaluruWhitefield

Other categories :

Gallery of Legends
K.C. Chandrahasan, Managing Director, Kerala Travels Interserve

DDP Trailblazer
M.P. Purushothaman, Chairman and Managing Director, Empee Group

 Entrepreneur of the year
 Riyaz U.C., Managing Director, Spiceland Holidays

Most Enterprising General Manager
Shuvendu Banerjee, General Manager, Crowne Plaza Kochi

Best Sales & Marketing Professional
Rajan Malhotra, Director Sales & Marketing, Shangri-La Hotel Bengaluru

Best Hospitality Professional
Pankaj Gupta, General Manager, Aloft Bengaluru Whitefield

Best Global Distribution System (GDS

Travelport Galileo

Best Airline - International
Silkair (Singapore)

 Best Airport
 Kempegowda International Airport, Bengaluru

Best Travel Technology Provider
 Provab Technosoft

Best Destination Management Company
 STHI Holidays, India

Best Wedding and MICE Hotel
Le Méridien, Kochi

Best Destination Management Company- South East Asia

 Best Adventure Destination
  South African Tourism

Best Budget Hotel Brand
 Nandhana Hotels, Bangalore

Best Corporate Hotel
Crowne Plaza Bengaluru Electronics City

Best Executive Hotel
 Howard Johnson Bengaluru Hebbal
Best Debut Resort
Glyngarth Resorts, Ooty

Best Mid-Market Business Hotel
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Hyderabad Gachibowli
Best Business Hotel
Crowne Plaza Kochi

Best Luxury Hotel
Park Hyatt Chennai

Best Tour Operator
 Spiceland Holidays

 Best City Hotel
 Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel Hyderabad Banjara Hills

Best Tour Operator - Inbound
Cholan Tours
Best Wildlife Lodge / Resort
Waterwoods Lodge And Resorts

Best Debut Mid-Market Hotel
Holiday Inn Express Chennai Old Mahabalipuram Road

Best Metropolitan Hotel
Ramada Chennai Egmore

Best Business Travel Agency
Archana Travels

Best Luxury and MICE Hotel
 Shangri-La Hotel Bengaluru

Best Corporate Incentive Tours Operator
 Parry Travels
Excellence in Customer Service
Radisson Hyderabad Hitec City
Best Airport Aviation Marketing Team
Bangalore International Airport

Best Hotel & Resort Management Company
Tatva Hospitality
Best Destination Wedding Resort
 Anantya Resorts

Best Debut Hotel

Holiday Inn Chennai OMR IT Expressway
Best Boutique Resort
Mountain Club Resort

Best B2B Travel Portal
Travel Boutique Online

Best Debut MICE Hotel
Holiday Inn Cochin

Best Airline-Domestic
Best Loyalty Programme for Travel Agents
GMR Hyderabad International Airport
Best Budget Hotel
 Ramada Bangalore
Best Travel Agency
Narayani Holidays & Hospitality
Emerging Tourism Destination
Reunion Islands
Best Green Hotel

Holiday Inn Express Chennai Mahindra World City
Best Customised Tour Operator
Shanti Travel
Premier Partner
Mystifly Consulting India

Hospitality Partner
Crowne Plaza Kochi

About India Travel Awards

India Travel Awards supports, promotes and develops the Indian travel and tourism industry by identifying and rewarding excellence, and inspiring its practitioners to continuously raise the standards of their products, and service offerings. Based on a unique system of jury judgment and voting, these awards will be fair and unbiased, finally culminating in a formal black-tie ceremony that is glitzy, glamorous and graced by the who's who of the travel industry.

India Travel Awards is supported by the Government of India, Ministry of Tourism and is now hailed as one of the most esteemed awards in the tourism industry of India.

These awards are also braced by esteemed trade bodies like Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA), Association of Domestic Tour Operators of India (ADTOI), Outbound Tour Operators Association of India (OTOAI), Travel Agents Federation of India (TAFI) and IATA Agents Association of India (IAAI).

India Travel Awards runs and governs a comprehensive programme across a range of awards developed to recognise the industry's most vital sectors and product offerings. Awards are presented across four regions: South, East, West, and North. All awardees will be recognised throughout the year. They will be regularly featured by our travel media partners.
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