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India’s Best in Travel Industry Get Awarded at IBA2017 by Travel + Leisure India & South Asia

Popular VJ and actor Cyrus Sahukar hosted the event

Popular VJ and actor Cyrus Sahukar hosted the event IBA2017

They say travel is the healthiest addiction and why not! The wanderlust first leaves you speechless and then turns you into a nomad with a bag full of stories. The widely acclaimed travel magazine Travel + Leisure India & South Asia on its 11th Anniversary in the South Asian region,  announced the results of its sixth edition of the India’s Best Awards (IBA2017) recently. The polling was conducted through their website over a period of two months, which culminated in the form of a grand awards ceremony at ITC Maurya, New Delhi.

The guest of honour, Mr. Hans Christian Winkler with Mr. Heddo Siebs, GM Andaz Delhi

The guest of honour, Mr. Hans Christian Winkler with Mr. Heddo Siebs, GM Andaz Delhi IBA2017

The guest of honour for the IBA2017 award night was Press Department and Official spokesman of the German Embassy, Mr. Hans Christian Winkler. The event also saw many eminent dignitaries in the travel and lifestyle industries like Mr. Inaki Vitorika, Cultural Counsellor of the Embassy of Spain, and Mr. Sujit Banerjee, Secretary-General, World Travel and Tourism Council. Celebrity beautician Shenaz Hussain, Priya Paul – chairperson of The Apeejay Surendra Park Hotels, fashion designer Raghavendra Rathore, and Kalyani Chawla, Founder, Lulu & Sky presented the awards to the most loved travel brands.

With 97 awards across 57 categories that varied from the best country, emerging destination, cruise, business hotel, airport, destination spa, and more in India and across the world, IBA 20117 Awards were an attempt to select the best from a multitude of tourism destinations and travel service providers. While for most award category, voting by readers of Travel + Leisure India & South Asia was the deciding factor, there were two awards that were decided by Tripoto – one of the largest online travel communities in India. This year a new category was also introduced, that of Best Digital Influencer.

In the words of Björn Rettig, CEO Burda India – “Travel+Leisure India & South Asia is undoubtedly the market leader in the luxury travel segment in India. Travel+Leisure is entirely devoted to connecting high net worth individuals to the world’s most extraordinary places and curate unmatched premium experiences, whether 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 year’s spectacular Travel+ Leisure awards.” 

“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,” Parineeta Sethi, Director, Exposure Media Marketing Private Ltd said at the event.

Here’s the complete list of India’s Best Awards 2017 Winners:

 

India’s Best Awards (IBA2017) Winners in INTERNATIONAL Category:

Best Country – Switzerland

Best City – Dubai, UAE & Melbourne, Victoria

Mr. Dipak Haksar presenting Award to South Korea Tourism Board Official

Mr. Dipak Haksar presenting Award to South Korea Tourism Board Official

Best Emerging Destination – Korea & Bahrain

Best Heritage Destination – Israel & Mexico

Ms. Priya Paul presenting award to Thailand Tourism Official

Ms. Priya Paul presenting award to Thailand Tourism Official

Best Honeymoon Destination – France & Thailand

Best MICE Destination – Hong Kong & Japan

Best Wedding Destination – Abu Dhabi & Macau

Best Food Destination – Rome, Italy & Madrid, Spain

Best Family Destination – Austria

Best Luxury Destination – Germany Best Luxury Destination – Baden Baden, Germany & Monte Carlo

Best Adventure Destination – South Africa & Canada

Best Business Hotel – Jumeirah Emirates Towers Hotel, Dubai

Best Heritage Hotel – The Fullerton Hotel, Singapore

Best Luxury Resort – Taj Exotica Resort & Spa, Maldives & The Venetian Macao

Best Hotel Group – Hyatt Hotels Corporation & AccorHotels

Best Destination Spa – Palazzo Versace Dubai & Anantara Bophut Koh Samui Resort

Best Hotel Loyalty Programme- SPG – World of Hyatt

Best Golf Resort- Address Montgomerie, Dubai

Best Luxury Safari Resort- Ulusaba Private Game Reserve, South Africa

Best Amusement Park- Dubai Park & Resorts

Best Theme Park- Universal Studios Singapore

Best Integrated Resort- Resort World Sentosa, Singapore

Best Cruise- Regent Seven Seas Cruises

Best One-Stop Shopping Destination – Bicester Village, UK & Fashion Island California

India’s Best Awards (IBA2017) Winners in DOMESTIC Category:

Massimo Monti, Managing DIrector Burda Asia, Parineeta Sethi Director EMM presenting Mr. Soman S Pathy, COO Gujarat Tourism the award for Best State.

Massimo Monti, Managing Director Burda Asia, Parineeta Sethi Director EMM presenting Mr. Soman S Pathy, COO Gujarat Tourism the award for Best State. IBA2017

Best State – Gujarat & Tamil Nadu

Best Emerging Destination – Assam

Best Heritage Destination – Madhya Pradesh & Odisha

Founders of Casa Paradox and Casa Pop - Navin Ansal and Raseel Gujral Ansal presenting award to Dr. Venu V, Principal Secretary Tourism, Govt of Kerala

Founders of Casa Paradox and Casa Pop – Navin Ansal and Raseel Gujral Ansal presenting award to Dr. Venu V, Principal Secretary Tourism, Govt. of Kerala. IBA2017

Best Honeymoon Destination – Kerala & Jammu & Kashmir

Best Wedding Destination – Goa & Rajasthan

Best Family Destination – Himachal Pradesh

Best Spiritual Destination – Bihar

Best Adventure Destination – Sikkim

Best Food Destination – Andhra Pradesh

Best New Hotel – The Lalit Mangar, Faridabad & Andaz Delhi

Best Heritage Hotel – Taj Falaknuma Palace, Hyderabad & The Imperial New Delhi

Best Boutique Hotel – Namah & Niraamaya Retreats Cardamom Club, Kerala

Best Hotel for Women Travellers – The Leela Ambience Gurugram Hotel & Residences & Park Hyatt Hyderabad

Best Business Hotel – Novotel Hyderabad Convention Centre & Le Méridien New Delhi

Best Family Hotel – Fairmont Jaipur & InterContinental Chennai Mahabalipuram Resort

Best Luxury Business Hotel – Park Hyatt Chennai & The St. Regis Mumbai

Best Luxury Hotel – The Oberoi Amarvilas, Agra & ITC Grand Bharat, Gurugram

Best Luxury Resort – Park Hyatt Goa Resort and Spa & Kumarakom Lake Resort, Kerala

Best Destination Spa – Shamana Spa, Grand Hyatt Goa & Ananda Spa, Ananda in the Himalayas, Rishikesh

Best Hotel Group – The Park Hotels

Best Luxury Hotel Chain – ITC Hotels

Best Airport-International– Singapore Changi Airport

Entrepreneur and Beauty Expert Shahnaz Husain presenting award to Singapore Airlines Officials

Entrepreneur and Beauty Expert Shahnaz Husain presenting award to Singapore Airlines Officials

Best Airline- International- Singapore Airlines and Emirates

Best Airport-India– Indira Gandhi International Airport, Delhi

Best Airline-Domestic- Vistara

Best Airport Lounge- Etihad, Abu Dhabi & Lufthansa, Frankfurt

Best Duty-Free Shopping- Delhi Duty Free & Munich Airport Duty Free

Best Luxury Travel Curator- TUI & Cox & Kings India

Best Travel Photographer (Tripoto Powered) – Aamir Wani

Best Travel Writer (Tripoto Powered)– Sreshti Verma

Best Digital Influencer – Rufus Reynolds

17 thoughts on “India’s Best in Travel Industry Get Awarded at IBA2017 by Travel + Leisure India & South Asia

  1. Best honeymoon destination was fascinating for me as Kerala and j&k both are beautiful. Somehow I thought Singapore and Malaysia or Italy would top that

  2. Wow, so many awards and it’s good to felicitate those to appreciate and accelerate the growth of the industry…looks like happening event

  3. Great post… I wish I could have attended the awards personally.. travel is such a passion for me.. and it feels great to see all those winning names..

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