On the right, is Rajeev Kohli, director of marketing, Creative Travel receiving the award from the home minister P. Chidambaram. At the other end is Rahit Kohli with Ambika Soni, minister of tourism, third from left.
At a glittering award ceremony organised by the government of India’s ministry of tourism, Creative Travel was named as India's Best MICE Operator. The award was presented by the minister of tourism, Ambika Soni and the home minister, P. Chidambaram one of the most senior ministers in the government. Also present was the minister of state for tourism, Kanti Singh and the secretary of tourism, Sujit Banerjee, as well as other officials. Rajeev Kohli, director of marketing and Rohit Kohli, the joint managing director received the award on behalf of the company.
It was a high powered event attended by senior members of the Indian government and the industry, including the heads of all leading hotels and airlines. Special awards were also given out, and they went to the Taj and Oberoi Hotels for the exemplary sacrifices made by their staff during the Mumbai attacks in November last year.
According to Rajeev Kohli, the two specialist teams within the company, the Incentives team and Plan it! Meetings & Conferences have worked hard over the past few years to make their mark in both Creative Travel and the industry in general. Over the years, “We have realised the importance of specialisation and unlike a lot of other inbound companies, our organisation has made a conscious decision to bifurcate the skill set within the company. The Plan it! Meetings & Conferences team has its own set of dedicated professionals who do no other than PCO related work. Our incentive team has skilled people who do purely incentive related projects. In this way, we have achieved a level of perfection that truly does justice to our claim of being the most awarded meetings and incentives team in South Asia.”
He continued, “We want to thank all our partners in India and overseas for all the support they have shown us to make this possible.”
The National Tourism Award is given in recognition for the outstanding achievements of the Indian tourism industry stakeholders. This annual awards function inculcates a spirit of healthy competition in the industry to strive for excellence. The ministry of tourism presents the National Tourism Awards to various segments of the travel and tourism industry every year.
These awards are presented to state governments, classified hotels, heritage hotels, approved travel agents, tour operators and tourist transport operators, individuals and other private organisations in recognition of their performance in their respective fields and also encourage competition with the aim to promote tourism. The selection of recipients is made by committees established for this purpose.