On its 11th Anniversary in the South Asian region, Travel + Leisure India & South Asia announced the results of its sixth edition of the India’s Best Awards today. The polling was conducted through their website over a period of two months since September this year, which culminated in the announcement and Awards Ceremony at the ITC Maurya, New Delhi. Their polls secured a record total of 1,48,941 votes this year, an overwhelming increase of around 30% since last year. The guest of honour for the evening, Press Department and Official spokesman of the German Embassy, Mr. Hans Christian WINKLER deliverd a key note speech and presented a few awards. Mr. Inaki Vitorika, Cultural Counsellor of the Embassy of Spain, and Sujit Banerjee, Secretary General, World Travel and Tourism Council were some of the esteemed guests who graced the occasion.
With 97 awards across 57 categories that range from the best country, emerging destination, cruise, business hotel, airport, destination spa, and honeymoon destinations in India and across the world, thousands of Travel + Leisure India & South Asia’s discerning readers have voted robustly and discriminatingly and the competition was very close in most categories.
The evening saw many known names in the travel and lifestyle industries. Celebrity beautician Shenaz Hussain, Priya Paul, Chairperson of The Apeejay Surendra Park Hotels, eminent fashion designer Raghavendra Rathore, and Kalyani Chawla, Founder, Lulu & Sky are some of the people who were invited to present the awards.
The award for the Best Luxury Safari Resort (International) went to Ulusaba Private Game Reserve, South Africa and Four Seasons Safari Lodge Serengeti, Tanzania. Ms. Manika Bassi Giri, PR Communications & Marketing Manager at Heavens Portfolio came to receive the award on behalf of Ulusaba Private Game Reserve, South Africa.
“Travel+Leisure India & South Asia is undoubtedly the market leader in the luxury travel segment in India. Travel+Leisure is entirely devoted to connect high net worth individuals to the world’s most extraordinary places and curate unmatched premium experiences, weather in print or digital. For our readers travelling is their lifestyle, and we are proud that so many of them voted for their favourites to make them win accolades at this years spectacular Travel+ Leisure awards,” says Björn Rettig, CEO Burda India.
“It is with great pleasure that we host India’s Best Awards every year. Over the past two months, our team has tabulated the votes that over 450 nominees have received in 57 categories through our online voting process on travelandleisureindia.in. In our sixth edition of India’s Best Awards this year, we introduced 10 new categories so that due credit is given to destinations and hotel brands that have re-positioned themselves anew. These include awards for the Best Luxury Hotel Chain-India, which went to ITC Hotels, Best Domestic Food Destination which went to West Bengal and Andhra Pradesh, and Best International Adventure Destination which went to Canada and South Africa,” says Parineeta Sethi, Director, Exposure Media Marketing Private Ltd.