NEW DELHI – 21 March 2013 – At a glittering award ceremony, attended by prominent travel trade luminaries from across the country, The Leela Palaces, Hotels and Resorts presented and hosted the first edition of “The Leela Travel Trade Awards 2013” aimed at recognizing the invaluable contributions and support of its travel and trade partners.
The ceremony, held at The Leela Kempinski Gurgaon, began with the unveiling of ‘Raga’, a rare music composition conceptualised and created by Samyukta Nair and written and composed by Amaan and Ayaan Ali Khan. The unveiling was followed by a live rendition by Ayaan Ali Khan.
The awards in five different categories were presented by the top management of The Leela group, including, Vivek Nair, Chairman and Managing Director; Rajiv Kaul, President; Rajesh Jhingon, Executive Vice President Operations and Deepak Khullar, Vice President Sales and Marketing, in the presence of Padma Bhushan Capt. C. P. Krishnan Nair, Chairman Emeritus and Founder, The Leela Palaces, Hotels and Resorts.
Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Rajiv Kaul, President, The Leela Palaces, Resorts and Hotels said, “The Leela Travel Trade Awards have been initiated to express our grateful appreciation for the unwavering support and enduring commitment of our Travel Trade partners, who have helped making The Leela a preferred Indian luxury hospitality brand today, in national and international markets.”
On hand to celebrate The Leela’s esteemed trade partners were prominent luminaries of the industry, including, Ram Kohli, Chairman and Managing Director, Creative Travel; Dipak Deva, CEO, SITA Travels; Vikram Madhok, MD, A & K; Pronab Sarkar, MD, Swagatam Tours; Amit Prasad, COO, Go India Journeys; Shonali Dutta, MD, P & L; Rajiv Mehra, Director, Uday Tours; Jasdev Singh, Director, Expedia; Ashish Kishore, Country Head, HRG Dnata; Sapna Chaddha, Vice President, American Express; and Gita Jain, CEO, CWT, among others.
The five award categories in which the awards were presented were Charters, MICE, Inbound, Preferred Domestic Leisure Travel Partners and Corporate Support. The award winners included Creative Travels, Kuoni Destination Management (KDM), LPTI, Travel Corporation of India (TCI), Tamarind, Caper Travels, Cox & Kings (C&K), among others. Amongst the domestic partners were Classic Travels, Global Odyssey, Make My Trip, Windex Tours and Travel, Explorer and many more.
Mr. Rohit Kohli, Joint Managing Director, Creative Travel said, “It has been a pleasure to do business with a chain that guarantees exceptional customer experience. Each of The Leela group’s properties is a symphony of the best features, services, state-of-the-art technology and highly attentive service overall making for an unmatchable experience for our clients. We thank Capt. C. P. Krishnan Nair and his highly skilled team for this honour and are confident to continue our association with the same vigour for their upcoming properties as well.”
The highlight of the evening – ‘Raga’ – has been especially composed for the magnificent Leela Palace Chennai, the city’s first sea-facing hotel, which opened its doors in February 2013 with rave reviews. The composition is inspired by the centuries old Carnatic temple music and the notes of colonial influences capturing the heartbeat of Chennai, the leisure gateway to south India. The album is available for retail exclusively at Amalya - the lifestyle boutique of The Leela.
The Leela group is known for redefining luxury with its award-winning portfolio of eight luxury properties in prime destinations across the country. Each Leela has a distinct character and celebrates the destination’s diverse geography and rich architectural history, while offering world-class services thoughtfully designed for discerning travellers.
The Leela Palaces, Hotels and Resorts, headquartered in Mumbai, India, is owned by Hotel Leelaventure Ltd. The ultra-luxury hotel group owns and manages eight award-winning properties in prime urban locations and magical holiday destinations across India including Mumbai, New Delhi, Gurgaon, Bangalore, Chennai, Goa, Udaipur and Kovalam. New properties under development include Jaipur, Bangalore, Noida, Agra and Lake Ashtamudi, Kerala. The Leela Palaces, Hotels and Resorts is committed to providing warm, gracious and anticipatory service in settings that capture the essence of India. The group has marketing alliances with Germany-based Kempinski hotels, US-based Preferred Hotels & Resorts and is a member of the Global Hotel Alliance based in Geneva, Switzerland. For further information, contact your travel counsellor or visit our website at www.theleela.com
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