India Travel Awards North 2023 Celebrates Outstanding Leaders in the Tourism Industry

The India Travel Awards North 2023, held at the prestigious Hyatt Regency Delhi on July 25th, was an exceptional triumph, gathering together the finest minds of the travel and hospitality industry to honour exemplary leaders and achievers.

With an impressive participation of more than 12,000 votes in this edition, the event recognized the trailblazers, who made substantial contributions this year to the country’s vibrant tourism landscape, setting new standards for the entire industry. It was a celebration of excellence and innovation, inspiring others to follow in the footsteps of these outstanding individuals. The awards process began with an online nomination that saw enthusiastic participation from across the sector. The thought-provoking nomination form encouraged participants to contemplate what sets them apart, resulting in over 203 different nomination categories, highlighting the diverse and dynamic nature of the Indian tourism industry. Voting was conducted with utmost care to ensure transparency and avoid any duplication, giving rise to a fair and unbiased selection process. After the completion of online voting, a distinguished jury, renowned for their expertise in the domain, diligently assessed and chose the most deserving individuals and organisations as award winners.

The event commenced with a remarkable keynote address by Chief Guest, VK Duggal, Former Governor of Manipur and Mizoram. He acknowledged the growth of the domestic tourism market but also stressed the need to address challenges such as pricing to boost inbound tourism. He urged the industry to focus on providing competitive pricing, seamless travel experiences, and sustainable practices to attract and retain international tourists, further elevating India’s position as a preferred global destination.

The India Travel Awards North 2023 recognized several accomplished names in the industry,
including the following noteworthy honorees:
* Gallery of Legends Inductee: Ashwani Lohani, ex-Indian Railway Service officer
* DDP Trailblazer for 2023: Rajiv Mehra, President, Indian Association of Tour Operators (IATO)
* Wedding Tourism Ambassador 2023: Rajeev Jain, Founder & Director, Rashi Entertainment
* DDP Game Changer for 2023: Rikant Pittie, Co-Founder, EaseMyTrip
* Face of the Future: Isha Goyal, Executive Director & CEO STIC Travel Group

These exceptional leaders were celebrated for their dedication, innovation, and outstanding
contributions, which have played pivotal roles in shaping the Indian tourism landscape.
The ceremony also showcased exceptional achievements across various categories, including Best
Airline, Best Tour Operator, Best Hotel Chain, and more. This provided a glimpse into the immense
talent and dedication within the Indian tourism and hospitality industry, truly reflecting the vibrant
spirit of Indian hospitality.

SanJeet, Founder, DDP Group, expressed his delight at the event organisation, said, “Tonight’s award recipients embody the spirit of excellence, creativity, and resilience. They have elevated India’s status as a global tourism destination and showcased the true essence of Indian hospitality. From creating unforgettable experiences for travellers to empowering the workforce behind the scenes, these trailblazers have left no stone unturned in their pursuit of excellence.”

India Travel Awards North 2023 is not just an event; it is a celebration of the outstanding contributions of individuals and organisations in the tourism industry, inspiring others to follow in their footsteps and continue to propel India’s tourism sector to greater heights.

S.No. Category / Legend Name of company
1 Woman leader in the MICE Industry Laveena Bhatia
2 Best Woman Leader Sales & Marketing Mansi Mehta
3 Best European Airline Lufthansa German Airlines
4 Process Excellence in Visa Outsourcing VFS Global Group
5 Best Offshore Resort for MICE and Wedding Regenta Arie Lagoon – Negombo, Sri Lanka
6 Fastest Growing Tourism Board Ministry of Heritage and Tourism, Sultanate of Oman
7 India’s Fast Growing Tour Operator Southern Travels
8 Best MICE & Wedding Operator iCE Group India
9 Best Luxury Destination Wedding Hotel Fairmont Jaipur
10 Most Professional and Fastest Growing GSA Group Dex Group
11 Best European Tourism Board VisitBritain
12 Best Visa Concierge Udaan India
13 Best Outbound Travel Agent Flag Holidays
14 Best Ticketing Agency Belair, The Global Travel Company
15 Best Leased Hotel Chain in India Summit Hotels & Resorts
16 Best Destination Wedding Hotel The Ananta Udaipur
17 Best Sports Tourism Company GREYNOMAD
18 Best Indian Airline Air India
19 Best International Hotel Chain Radisson Hotel Group
20 Best GSA Group Concorde
21 Best Business Hotel JW Marriott Hotel New Delhi Aerocity
22 Best DMC for Maldives Yorker DMC
23 Best Online Bed Bank www.GRNconnect.com
24 Best Upscale Hotel Chain in India Fortune Hotels
25 Best Tour Operator Thomas Cook India
26 Best Seafront Luxury Wedding Destination Novotel Visakhapatnam Varun Beach
27 Best Corporate Hotel Crowne Plaza Mayur Vihar
28 Best Inbound Operator Australia Turtle Down Under
29 Excellence in Inbound Travel Services Trail Blazer Tours India
30 Best National Tourism Board – India Uttarakhand Tourism
31 Best Car Rental Services Carzonrent India
32 Best Luxury Resort Ananta Spa & Resort Pushkar
33 Best MICE Company Mach Conferences & Events
34 Fastest Growing MICE Agency Hi Walk
35 India’s Leading GSA Aeroprime Group
36 Best MICE and Wedding Hotel Hyatt Regency Lucknow
37 Most Promising Hotel Chain Infinitea Hotels & Resorts
38 Best Hospitality Management Services Stay Pattern Hospitality Services
39 Best Destination Wedding Resort Karma Lakelands Golf Resort
40 Best Outbound Tour Operator Euphoria World Travels
41 Best Luxury Hotel in Madhya Pradesh Anjushree Hotel, Ujjain
42 Best Emerging Destination Management Company IDMC World
43 Best Japanese Restaurant ADRIFT Kaya – JW Marriott Hotel New Delhi Aerocity
44 Best VISA Facilitation Company North India Travel Mudra
45 Best Emerging Holiday Tech Company Holiday Tribe
46 Best Luxury Holiday Planner Staunch International
47 Best DMC & MICE Operator for UK/USA/Europe Worldwide DMC
48 Best Boutique Business Hotel in Delhi NCR Hotel Home In By Amrik Sukhdev
49 Best PSA For Cruise Yorker Holidays Services
50 Best Leisure Hotel Radisson Jaipur City center
51 Most Promising MICE Operator T4 Initiatives
52 Best Wedding Hotel KK Royal Hotel & Convention Centre
53 Best Family Destination Malaysia Tourism Promotion Board
54 Best Business Hotel Haryana Radisson Blu Faridabad
55 Best Emerging MICE Company 5D Global Travel Solutions
56 Customer Service Excellence for Outbound Tourism Travel2Agent Oneworld
57 Best Convention Hotel Hyatt Regency Delhi
58 Best Travel Company – Group Tours GT Holidays
59 Best Digital Marketing Agency for Hospitality Internet Moguls
60 Best International Luxury Boutique Hotel Chain Cross Hotels & Resorts
61 Best Hotel Classification & Auditing Company Qualstar
62 Hospitality Partner Hyatt Regency Delhi

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