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Monday, 21 November, 2016, 15 : 38 PM [IST]

Tourism Awards Night-Motivating Industry Players in Gujarat

Damayanti Gurtu
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Garba performance by Panghat group

Tourism Development Corporation, an Akshar group enterprise, with the support of Tourism Corporation of Gujarat Ltd (TGCL), organised the ‘Tourism Awards Night’ - a first-of-its-kind event at Gujarat. The idea was to bring together members from the service industries vis-à-vis transportation services, hospitality industry and various contributing verticals on one common platform, creating a bond, facilitating exchange of ideas and experiences.

Vajubhai Rudabhai Vala, Governor, Karnataka inaugurated the ceremony along with Ganpatsinh Vestabhai Vasava, Minister for Tourism, Government of Gujarat, Kamleshbhai Patel, Chairman, TCGL, Manish Ambalal Sharma, Founder and Chairman, Akshar group at The Blue Lagoon, Ahmedabad on October 12, 2016.

‘Tourism Awards Night’ received more than 300 nominations. 40% of the voting process was implemented online and the rest 60% was by the jury panel. Awards across 85 categories were presented to the winners - who came from various parts of Gujarat - midst of entertaining cultural performances.

Vajubhai Vala, Governor of Karnataka

“From the past 15 years, the Gujarat Tourism industry has been booming. But the hospitality industry in Gujarat is segmented - everybody works individually. Only when there is coordination can one significantly develop the tourism industry. With Tourism Awards Night, we want to motivate these industry players, be it those from the smallest of villages to the big cities in Gujarat; the tour guides, heritage hotel owners, tour operators - in an effort to boost the tourism sector,” elaborated Sharma, on the intent behind the awards.

KarnatakaManish Sharma, Founder and Chairman, Akshar group,
felicitating Nitin Patel (Aavkar Group)

In 2006, Gujarat received a meager 5-6% inbound and foreign tourists whereas now, the state welcomes 30- 35% of tourists, owing to the rise of four- to five-star hotels which have secured presence in Gujarat in the last 12 years. Smaller destinations like Dwarka, Somnath and Sasan Gir which previously did not have hotels have seen as close to 50 hotels being built in the last five years.

Besides, Modhera Surya Mandir, Rani-ki-Vav, Patan and Vadnagar, the birthplace of PM Narendra Modi, is being developed as a new circuit along with a Polo circuit - Vijayanagar, Ambaji and Khedbrahma.


Tourism Awards Gujarat 2016 (Winners)

Travel Winner
1 Best Adventure Sports Promoting Tourism In Gujarat Uphill Emg (Brand Aid) For Run The Rann
2 Best B2b In Gujarat Aadesh Travels Pvt. Ltd
3 Best B2b Ticketing Agent In Gujarat Bleach Tourism Pvt. Ltd
4 Best Family Tour Operator  
  Gujarat Asarvawala Akhilbharat Tours & Travels Pvt Ltd
  lamingo Transworld Pvt Ltd Ahmedabad
  Best Voyage Pvt Ltd Shakti Travels
  Surat Flamingo Transworld Pvt Ltd
  Vadodara Flamingo Transworld Pvt Ltd
  Rajkot Flamingo Transworld Pvt Ltd
5 Best Inbound Corporate Tour Operator In Gujarat Parshwanath Tourist Service
6 Best Outbound Corporate Tour Operator In Ahmedabad Om Holidays
7 Best Inbound Tour Operator  
  Gujarat Navbharat Travels
  Ahmedabad Pratiksha Tours & Travels
  Rajkot Favourite Tour And Forex
8 Best Outbound Tour Operator  
  Gujarat Flamingo Transworld Pvt Ltd
  Ahmedabad Best Voyage Pvt Ltd
  Surat FLamingo Transworld Pvt Ltd
  Vadodara Flamingo Transworld Pvt Ltd
  Rajkot Flamingo Transworld Pvt Ltd
  Other City Dishaan Holidays Pvt. Ltd
9 Best Ticketing Agent  
  Gujarat Shree Rani Sati Travel House
  Rajkot Jonki Travels Link Pvt Ltd
  Other City Smart Travels
10 Best Tour Operator For Pilgrims  
  Radheshyam Travels Pvt Ltd Gujarat
  Shakti Travels Ahmedabad
11 Best Tour Operator For Trekking  
  Vadodara Heights & Seights
  Rajkot Universal Club Tours & Travels

Tourism Awards Gujarat 2016 (Winners)

Transport Winners
1 Best Leisure Car Operator  
  Gujarat Sarthak Travels
  Ahmedabad Maruti Travels
2 Best Leisure Coach Operator  
  Gujarat Krish Tours And Travels
  Ahmedabad Krish Tours And Travels
3 Best Luxury Car Operator In Rajkot Deepak Travels
4 Best Luxury Coach Operator  
  Gujarat Krish Tours And Travels, Dharti Travels
  Ahmedabad Krish Tours And Travels
1 Best Cultural Group Of Gujarat Panghat Performing Arts Group
2 Best Entrepreneurship In Gujarat Club O7
3 Best Foreign Exchange Services Finewave Forex Pvt. Ltd
4 Best Innovative Tour Of Gujarat Kv Tour
5 Best Photographer Of Tourism Of Gujarat Heritage Photo Art, Vivek Desai
6 Best Tourist Guide For Gujarat Nirav Panchal For Male,
Manisha A. Rajput For Female
7 Best Tourism Institute Of Gujarat International Travel & Tourism Institute
8 Best Travel Insurance Awards Trawell Tag Cover
1 Best Nature & Wellness Centre Of Gujarat Nimba Spa
2 Best Medical Tourism Centre Of Gujarat Shalby Limited
3 Best Spa Resort In Gujarat Club O7
1 Best Festivals Of Gujarat White Rann Camping & Hospitality
1 Best Mice Venue Of Gujarat Club O7
2 Best Banquets In Gujarat Silver Cloud Hotel And Banquets
1 Best Unique Property Innovation Festival Of Gujarat White Rann Camping & Hospitality
Special Categories
1 Lifetime Achievement Award In Tourism Industry Shri Kirti Thakar
2 Best Intercity Airlines Entura Airconnect
3 Significant Contribution In Tourism Industry of Gujarat Shri Mike Vaghela


Tourism Awards Gujarat 2016 (Winners)

Hospitality Winner
1 Best 3 Star Hotel  
  Ahmedabad Comfort Inn Sunset
  Surat Lords Plaza
  Other City Shilpi Hill Resort
2 Best 4 Star Hotel  
  Ahmedabad The Metropole Hotel
  Vadodara Hotel Express Residency
  Other City Itc Fortune Inn Haveli
3 Best 5 Star Hotel  
  Ahmedabad Hyatt Ahmedabad
  Other City Radisson Hotel Kandla
4 Best Budget Hotel  
  Surat Hotel Vetro Inn
  Vadodara Revival Lords Inn
  Other City Dwarkadhish Lords Eco Inn
5 Best Business Hotel  
  Ahmedabad Novotel
  Surat Lords Plaza
  Vadodara Hotel Express Towers
  Other City Itc Fortune Inn Haveli
6 Best Chain Hotel In Gujarat Lords Hotels And Resorts
7 Best Debut Hotel Club O7 Hyatt Regency Ahmedabad
8 Best Family Club Dishaan Holidays Pvt. Ltd
  Gujarat Club O7
  Ahmedabad Rajpath Club Ltd
9 Best Green Resort In Gujarat Narayani Hotel &Resort Ltd
  Other City Smart Travels
10 Best Gujarati Dining In
Gordhan Thal
11 Best Heritage Hotel In Gujarat Mani Mension
12 Best Homestay In Gujarat Heritage House
13 Best Multicuisine Restaurant  
  Ahmedabad Novotel
  Surat Lords Plaza
  Vadodara Citrus Café
14 Best Resort In Gujarat  
  Gujarat The Fern Gir Forest Resort
  Other City Shanku’s Water World Resort
Hotel Anil Farm - Sasan
15 Best Restaurant  
  Gujarat Neelkanth Patang Restaurant
  Ahmedabad Hyatt Regency Ahmedabad/ Tinilo
  Surat Lords Plaza
  Vadodara Hotel Express Residency
  Other City Itc Fortune Inn Haveli
16 Best Traditional Restaurant  
  Gujarat Rajwadu, Vishala
  Ahmedabad The Ummed Ahmedabad
  Vadodara Hotel Express Towers

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