About Us

Formed in 2008, at the behest of the Ministry of Tourism, Govt of India, the founding members of Ecotourism Society of India comprised of 13 widely experienced, eco-sensitive professionals from the Tourism industry, state government departments of tourism and forests, wildlife conservation, NGOs and also Members of Parliament. This national body for ecotourism stood on three pillars:

  • Engaging in advocacy
  • Helping create policies and guidelines
  • Helping with certification

ESOI stood for Responsible and Sustainable practices In the Business of Tourism- and advocated our Collective Responsibility to ensure the Sustainability of the supporting Natural Environment and the Socio- Cultural surroundings for the Business to sustain over a long time.

To highlight the above aspects, the society has been re-christened as;

‘The Responsible Tourism Society of India’

RTSOI/ESOI works closely with the central and state government bodies responsible for sustainable tourism and a network of like-minded regional / state players across the country to facilitate and support synergy of policies, initiatives and activities at the national and state level.

The society is open for membership to conscious companies and individuals who wish to walk the Sustainable path and lend support to the cause.

Responsible Tourism

Responsible tourism is any form of tourism that can be consumed in a more responsible way.

“Responsible tourism is tourism which:

  • Minimizes negative social, economic and environmental impacts.
  • Generates greater economic benefits for local people and enhances the well-being of host communities.
  • Improves working conditions and access to the industry.
  • Involves local people in decisions that affect their lives and life chances.
  • Makes positive contributions to the conservation of natural and cultural heritage embracing diversity.
  • Provides more enjoyable experiences for tourists through more meaningful connections with local people, and a greater understanding of local cultural, social and environmental issues.
  • Provides access for physically challenged people.
  • Is culturally sensitive, encourages respect between tourists and hosts, and builds local pride and confidence.

Cape Town Declaration, 2002

OUR MISSION

The Responsible Tourism Society of India is dedicated to the promotion of sustainable and responsible tourism practices within the tourism industry. All funds/income generated are utilized towards achieving the following objectives of the society.

  • Tabulate eco-sensitive areas where tourism will have an impact on the social, cultural and natural environment.
  • Make strategies and efforts to ensure long-term (perpetual) sustenance of the environment.
  • Work with empowered bodies to establish Carrying Capacity and sustainable tourism practices which include conservation of nature and wildlife, and allow local communities to benefit from tourism.
  • Develop policies and codes of conduct for promotion of Sustainable tourism, and help implementation Strategy.
  • Develop a Sustainability based Certification of tourism service providers.
  • Act as a watchdog for excessive consumption of Natural Resources and any negative impact of/on the tourism sector.
  • Support Research in Tourism.
  • Work with service providers to enhance quality of their product and services to a level so they can be sustainable and eco-friendly.
  • Encourage use of appropriate local practices, materials, art, craft, architecture, food etc
  • Encourage minimal conspicuous consumption and prevent excessive consumption of energy.
  • Encourage Energy Saving Practices, Water Harvesting, Use of Solar and other Natural Energy Sources.
  • Encourage good Waste Management Practices especially of non-bio-degradable materials.
  • Encourage low pollution-generating practices and Minimise Carbon Footprint.
  • Organize training and other activities to create awareness on Ecotourism, Sustainable and Responsible tourism.
  • To collaborate with like-minded bodies and implement ecotourism objectives in India and abroad.
  • To continually identify new Ecotourism destinations, Strengthen Ecotourism and make India a preferred Ecotourism Destination.

Board & Staff

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Mr. Rakesh Mathur
Honorary President & Founding Member

Former CEO, BASS (IHG) HOTELS, South & West Asia. &
Former President, ITC WelcomHeritage Hotels
Director and Principal Advisor:
LORDS Hotels and Resorts
WOODBRIDGE Guest Homes

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    RAKESH MATHUR is a Hospitality Industry professional with over forty-seven years of leadership experience in Indian and Global Hotel groups.

    After schooling in Shimla and Graduation in Economics Honours from SRCC, Delhi, he joined Oberoi Hotels in 1973 as a Management Trainee and grew in the Industry and worked with Global and Multinational Hotel Organizations and became Executive Director of IHG ( then BASS ) Hotels for South and West Asia.

    Rakesh’s passion with India’s Heritage, Culture and Environment started in 2001, when he took over as President of ITC WelcomHeritage Hotels, a Company launched under the Chairmanship of HH Maharaja Gaj Singh ji of Jodhpur to revive India’s BUILT Heritage through Tourism.

    Since Heritage Properties are mostly in Rural areas, Rakesh Co-founded the Ecotourism Society of India, to spread awareness about sustainable tourism practices, and is its Current Honorary President.

    Rakesh continues to contribute his experience and expertise as a Board member to the Indian Heritage Hotels Association, INTACH Tourism Committee, Auro University, Surat, (Tourism), and HI AIM as CHAIRMAN.

    He is also Director and Principal Advisor to Lords Hotels and Resorts.

    Apart from his professional affiliations, Rakesh is associated with several Industry and Philanthropic activities. He is recipient of The Karamveer Patra from ICONGO for pioneering the CODE OF CONDUCT for SAFE & HONOURABLE TOURISM , officially endorsed by UNODC and adopted by the Ministry of Tourism, and several awards for contributions to the Hospitality Industry.

    He is a Paul Harris Member of the Rotary Club of Delhi Southend, Hon. President of Save the Children India (Delhi), and supports a personal Charitable Foundation engaged in poor and orphaned children’s health and education and women’s empowerment.

    Rakesh is widely travelled, father of two sons and a daughter and two grand daughters, who all enjoy Photography, Arts, Cinema and Travel.

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Mr. Steve Borgia
Immediate Past Honorary President & Founding Member

MD,
Indeco Hotels, Chennai

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    Member Since: January-2008

    Mr. Steve Borgia is currently the Chairman & Managing Director of INDeco Leisure Hotels. INDeco is “INDIA ECOLOGY”, a tourism company with National interest. And also the only Indian Hotel group to win the distinguished “Global Eco Tourism Award”. His pioneering rural tourism in India mend the broken backbone of Indian villages has been one of his most significant contributions to TOURISM AND DEVELOPMENT in India.

    With basic education in Commerce, he specialized in Group Dynamics and Social Communication from CNRS – LYONS, France. Later, returned to India to do ground research in social communication for Rural Development.

    Steve Borgia wears several caps. But all through carries the INDOLOGIST one. Whether at the UN, Government of India, Press, Films, Hotels or the Corporate, he moves beyond competition, finding a unique position. His companies and concepts are people centric. Creating INDeco Hotels Swamimalai, INDeco Hotels Mahabalipuram and INDeco’s Lake Forest Hotel, India’s unique heritage hotel is a landmark. Making these heritage hotels accommodate, fund & operate the Steve Borgia’s Indian Heritage Museum, is a Master Stroke born out of his acumen for Business and his concern for humanity at large. Highly committed to ecology and heritage, he holds office as VICE PRESIDENT in the INDIAN HERITAGE HOTELS ASSOCIATION. He is also the founding member of the RESPONSIBLE TOURISM SOCIETY OF INDIA (Formerly – Eco Tourism Society of India). CHAIRMAN OF THE RURALTOURISM SOCIETY OF INDIA. FOUNDER MEMBER of Association for Agri & Rural Tourism in India.

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Mr. Mandip Singh Soin
FRGS Member - Governing Body & Founder President

Founder & Managing Director,
Ibex Expeditions Pvt. Ltd.

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    Member Since: January-2008

    Explorer, Mountaineer, Environmentalist, Adventure travel & Eco tourism specialist.

    Mandip has over 35 years of climbing and exploration experience in India and other parts of the world. He has instructed at outdoor schools in Scotland and Wales, climbed in the Alps and made first ascents in the Indian Himalaya .

    The Limca Book of records nominated him ‘India’s most versatile Expeditioner ‘. He was conferred the Ness Award for expeditions and explorations by the Royal Geographical Society, London.

    In 1989 at the ICEWALK International Students Expedition in the Canadian Arctic near the North Pole, he studied environmental impacts of pollutants in the ice and the growing ozone hole, under the auspices of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).

    In 2002, the year of the Mountains, he participated in an Indo Pakistan Friendship expedition in the Swiss Alps under the IUCN and UIAA and has been campaigning to save the Siachen Glacier from environmental degradation due to the two armies present.

    In 2007 , he undertook a ecotourism river expedition with the Government , in the state of Madhya Pradesh to try and convert bandits into tourism guides and naturalists in this biodiverse rich but bandit ridden area.

    Mandip Singh Soin FRGS , is the Founder and Managing Director of Ibex Expeditions Private Limited. Established in 1979, Ibex is a specialist tourism company in India that specializes in Ecotourism, Adventure, Luxury & Safari Travel.

    Ibex received the Green Globe Distinction Award & the PATA Gold Award in 1999 for Outstanding Environmental Achievements. The World Travel Environmental Company Award in 2000 and in 2001 they received the National Award of Excellence by the Ministry of Tourism, Government of India for being the most environmentally friendly organisation .

    He has edited the four issues of the Environment & Eco Tourism handbook published by the Ministry of Tourism, Government of India.

    He lectures worldwide on responsible and ecologically sound tourism and is deeply committed to being a good trustee of this earth.

    His other passions, when not on expedition, are listening to Beethoven, fly fishing, indulging in puns, flipping omlettes to perfection and for relaxation he takes the occasional bungee.

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Mr. Jose Dominic
Member - Governing Body & Founding Member

MD,
CGH Earth Hotels

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    Member Since: January 2008

    Jose Dominic has been heading CGH Earth (formerly Casino Group of Hotels) as its Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director from 1978 to 2017.

    Casino Hotel started by Dominic Joseph in 1957, grew into a group of Hotels, globally and nationally acknowledged for its unique model under Jose Dominic’s leadership.

    In 1988, the group won the contract to reconstruct and operate the Bangaram Island Resort on Bangaram Island in Lakshadweep islands. The model adopted pioneering for its time put the Lakshadweep on the global tourism map and became the precursor of a new model of tourism introduced by the group in Kerala then known as Casino Group of Hotels. Beginning with Spice Village in Thekkady in 1991 was followed by several award winning hotels such as Coconut Lagoon in Kumarakom in 1993, Marari Beach in 1996 and the Brunton Boatyard in 1998 and thereafter best in class facilities for Ayurveda and Yoga and recently Prakriti Chikiktsa.

    The model rested on the foundations of sustainability, social inclusion and the local ethos. The demonstrative success of this model resulted in other entrepreneurs adopting the model that eventually gave to Kerala the leadership to adopt Responsible Tourism as the development strategy. Today tourism represents for Kerala a key engine of development based on Responsible Tourism for which Kerala Tourism has now won the prestigious UNWTO Ulysses Award.

    In recognition of his efforts the Ministry of Tourism, in the year 2003 gave a Special Commendation Award to Mr. Jose Dominic for Resort Development. Jose Dominic was also the founder President in the year 2000 of Kerala Travel Mart which has emerged as one of India’s most significant tourism marketing event. He has been the recipient of several awards including Management Leadership Award from Kerala Management Association, Lifetime Achievement Honour form Times of India group, Aathithya Ratna Award from Hotel Investment Forum, Award for “Business Excellence leading to Development of society at large” from Manappuram Finance, Sustainable Person of the year Award, Hotelier Award from UTC, Business Excellence from D.C. Books, Entrepreneurship Award from TiE Kerala, Business Reliability Award from Reporter Channel, Game Changer Award from Durga Das Publication to name some.

    The group renowned for its sustainability initiatives has received the prestigious Green Globe Award from World Travel Mart, several awards from Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) for environment conservation. Also the hotels of the group have been repeatedly recipient of Excellence in Tourism Award from Government of India, Ministry of Tourism as well as from the Government of Kerala.

    Jose Dominic has served on several National and State advisory panels on tourism of the Government and industry bodies. Some of these include National Tourism Advisory Council of the Government of India and the Government of Kerala, Tourism Think Tank of Government of India, Member – Expert Panel on Tourism of ASSOCHAM (Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India, and CII (Confederation of Indian Industry) etc. He has been invited to speak at major conferences and seminars on Tourism including Conference on Tourism Taxation organized by World Tourism Organization, Colloquium of Conservation and Heritage Tourism organized by the British Council. He has also presented papers on Sustainable Tourism at the Annual Convention of the Indian Association of Tour Operators.

    Jose Dominic is the Founder President of Kerala Travel Mart and founder member of the Eco Tourism Society of India. He has been closely associated with the conservation movement and serves as the Co-convener of INTACH (Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage). He was the past President of TiE – Kerala Chapter, was the President of the Cochin Chamber of Commerce and was Chairman of CII, Kerala region. Jose Dominic is presently member of the WTM Responsible Tourism Advisory Panel, member of National Tourism Advisory Council – Government of India and member of Kerala State Tourism Advisory Panel. He is also in the Board of Governors of Xavier Institute of Management and Entrepreneurship (XIME) – Kochi.

    Mr. Jose Dominic Kuruvinakunnel, hails from Pala, Kerala, is a Chartered Accountant by qualification and graduate in Commerce from Loyola College, Chennai.

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Mr. P D Rai
Founding Member

Member of Parliament,
Lok Sabha

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    Member Since: January-2008
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Dr. Venu V, IAS
Founding Member

Joint Secretary,
Ministry of Culture
Government of India

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    Member Since: January-2008
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Mr. Ravi Singh
Founding Members

CEO,
WWF India

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    Member Since: January 2008
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Mr. Toby Sinclair
Founding Member

Wildlife Film Maker

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    Member Since: January-2008
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Mr. Avay Shukla
Founding Member

(Retd.) Addl, Chief Secy,
Forests, Govt of Himachal Pradesh

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    Member Since: January-2008
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Mr. Krishna Kumar Singh
Founding Member

Former MLA & Environmentalist

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    Member Since: January-2008
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Mr. Sudhir Sahi
Founding Member

Consultant,
UNDP

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    Member Since: January 2008

    SUDHIR SAHI was educated at The Doon School, Dehra Dun and at St. Stephen’s College, Delhi where he obtained the B.A. Honours and M.A. degrees in Economics.

    He was UNDP National Consultant for the GOI-UNDP Rural Tourism Project from its inception in 2003 till its completion in 2010 with principal responsibility for the Project’s planning and implementation, thereby enabling the Project to win the PATA Grand Award 2010.

    His professional career in the tourism industry spans 37 years, covering sustainable tour operations & marketing, hotel management, airline marketing and continuing international tourism consultancy.

    He was Member of the National Tourism Advisory Council of GOI Ministry of Tourism, and the Ministry’s Committee to formulate Sustainable Tourism Criteria for India, and Member of the Working Group on Tourism for the 12th Five Year Plan of GOI Ministry of Tourism.

    His focus areas are sustainable tourism, rural tourism to support livelihoods of local communities, ecotourism and habitat conservation. This has included his extensive work- related travel across India, UK, Europe, USA, Central Asia, Turkey, Egypt, Jordan, China, Japan, Thailand, Cambodia, Singapore, Nepal and Sri Lanka.

    He served for four years on the GOI Ministry of Environment & Forests Expert Committee for
    Environment Impact Assessment of Tourism, Transport and Port Projects.

    He has represented India on the Youth Commission of the world apex Union of International Alpinist Associations, and was Delhi Secretary of the Himalayan Club and Honorary Secretary & Editor of the Indian Mountaineering Foundation.

    He is a frequent commentator and writer on mountain regions, sustainable tourism, the environment, marketing and infrastructure.

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Mr. Niranjan Kharti
Founding Member

Founder, iSambhav
Former GM Environment, ITC WelcomGroup Hotels

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    Member Since: January-2008
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MR. SARATH C. R.
Founding Member

Chief Naturalist

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    Member Since: January 2008

    Sarath has been an ardent wildlife enthusiast for the past 30 years. Having grown up reading books by Jim Corbett, his tryst with wildlife was sparked off with a trip to Jim Corbett N. P., way back in 1982. By education, Sarath is a post-graduate in Sociology from Delhi School of Economics.

    While dabbling in various professions (last one was a Stockbroker) he was chosen as the Chief Naturalist for Jungle Lodges and Resorts (JLR), a pioneer in eco-tourism in India. He went on to work with them for 7 years, initially based in their world renowned, Kabini River Lodge, Nagarahole. Sarath has a rich experience in guiding and has led many prestigious wildlife groups. He assisted many international researchers and filmmakers in the field. He has spearheaded the Training and Consultancy wing of JLR. He has also worked closely with the Karnataka Forest Dept. in various field programs including wildlife census operations, training of forest guards and wild elephant capturing operations. He also worked with Forest Departments of M.P and Uttarakhand for developing ecotourism and in training Park Guides. He is a Founder-Member of the Ecotourism Society of India.

    Sarath has travelled extensively to the wildlife sanctuaries in India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Madagascar, Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda, Ethiopia, South Africa, Botswana, Australia, USA, Canada, Sumatra and Borneo. In 2011, he was fortunate enough to visit both the Poles, the Arctic and Antarctica, thus covering all the continents in the world. He loves a bit of adventure combined with natural history and has summited Mt.Kilimanjaro, in August 2005. He treks regularly in the Himalayas and went on several expeditions to the higher reaches of the Himalayas tracking the elusive Snow Leopards.

    Sarath joined Taj Safaris in January 2006 as Chief Naturalist and Head Trainer and trained Naturalists for their 4 lodges in Central India, in a first of its kind intensive training program in India. He was instrumental in implementing India’s first wild-to-wild large mammal re-location of Gaurs from Kanha National Park to Bandhavgarh N.P in Madhya Pradesh in 2011, as a part of a joint project between Taj Safaris, M.P. Forest Dept and the Wildlife Institute of India.

    Sarath is now based in Bangalore and is freelance Naturalist and Consultant. He is an Associate Director at Evolve Back Resorts (formerly Orange County). He is the Lead Trainer for Karnataka Ecotourism Board, for whom he trains Eco-volunteers, Naturalists and Nature Guides. He is also the Honorary Wildlife Warden for Karnataka Forest Department.

    Sarath regularly leads wildlife tours to Africa, Arctic and Antarctica for Planet Wildlife. He also gives talks frequently on wildlife and conservation in various forums and has also given a few TED and INK talks.

    Sarath is a part of the core team who produced ‘Wild Karnataka’, a blue chip wildlife documentary which showcases the incredible biodiversity of Karnataka. The 52 minute film took four years in the making. It has been produced on behalf of the Karnataka Forest Department and narrated by David Attenborough.

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Maharaja Gaj Singh Ji
Honorary Member
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    Umaid Bhawan Palace,
    Circuit House Road,
    Jodhpur – 342006,
    Rajasthan

    Member Since: October-2013

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Mr. M.P. Bezbaruah, IAS , (Retd.)
Honorary Member
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    Member Since: January-2014

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Mr. Shilabhadra Banerjee IAS
Honorary Member
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    FARIDABAD 121 007

    T(R): 0129-2221464
    M: 9868160626

    Member Since: August-2009

    Mr. S. Banerjee was Secretary, Ministry of Tourism, Government of India, from August, 2007 till October 2008. In the Ministry of Tourism, Mr. Banerjee took several initiatives for upgrading infrastructure at important tourism destinations in India for improving visitor experience. He was instrumental in articulating India’s response to climate change in the tourism sector.

    This response focused on sustainable tourism for promoting and preserving India’s environmental and cultural heritage with emphasis on inclusive growth. The ‘sustainable’ tourism route was showcased in the Tourism Ministry’s innovative Rural Tourism Project designed to strengthen disadvantaged but skilled rural artisan communities through support to capacity building and infrastructure, with particular emphasis on the role of women. International cooperation was an important focus that was promoted with the ‘India-China Year of Friendship Through Tourism’. China opened its tourism office in New Delhi in August 2007 and India’s fourteenth overseas tourism office was inaugurated at Beijing, China, in April 2008. Several initiatives were taken during Mr. Banerjee’s tenure to enhance cooperation between India and ASEAN countries in the field of tourism. Through the IBSA Summit, cooperation between India, Brazil and South Africa was strengthened with interaction of the travel trade and signing of a tripartite agreement on tourism. The Incredible India Campaign continued to win accolades. India, for the second consecutive year, was adjudged among the top two favourite destinations by the Conde Nast Traveller (U.K.). India won the PATA Grand Award for Marketing and World Travel Awards for World’s Leading Destination Marketing Campaign.

    Prior to this, till July 2007, Mr. Banerjee was Director General (Acquisition) in the Ministry of Defence, Government of India. In this tenure, he institutionalised a monitoring system for capital acquisition schemes for effective utilisation of the Defence modernisation budget. He was instrumental in the formulation of the Defence Procurement Procedures 2005 and 2006. These documents, for the first time, included guidelines for ‘Defence Offsets’ and the ‘Make’ procedure that were designed to encourage development of the Indian Defence industry.

    Before joining the Defence Ministry, Mr. Banerjee worked as Joint Secretary in the Ministry of Urban Development from December, 1996 to February, 2002. In this tenure, he initiated reforms in the Urban Sector for making urban local bodies viable and efficient. The reforms included Municipal Accounts, formulation of a model Municipal Act, and guidelines for a regulatory framework for public-private partnerships.

    Mr. Banerjee worked in the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas, from December, 1985 to May, 1991. As Joint Secretary (Marketing) in that Ministry, he dealt with the crisis that affected India’s oil supplies following the outbreak of the Gulf War in August, 1990.

    Earlier in his career, Mr. Banerjee worked in the erstwhile State of Andhra Pradesh. He was Collector and District Magistrate of the important Districts of Krishna and Khammam and headed the Departments of Fisheries, Social Welfare and Civil Supplies.

    After finishing his schooling at St. Joseph’s College, North Point, Darjeeling, in 1964, Mr. Banerjee joined St. Stephen’s College, University of Delhi, from where he received his Bachelor of Arts (Honours) and Master of Arts degrees in History in 1968 and 1970.

    In 1971, Mr. Banerjee joined the Indian Administrative Service.

    He received his Master’s Diploma (Public Administration) from the Indian Institute of Public Administration, New Delhi in 1992 and M. Phil degree in Social Sciences from the University of Panjab in the same year.

    Mr. Banerjee was a Visiting Fellow in the Queen Elizabeth House, University of Oxford, U.K. (1995-1996) and in the National Institute of Urban Affairs, New Delhi (2002-2003).

    Following his retirement from the Indian Administrative Service in 2008, Mr. Banerjee chaired the Committee constituted by the Ministry of Finance in 2009 to review the processes, practices and procedures followed for the procurement and finalisation of security sensitive items relating to currency. The report of this Committee was submitted to the Union Finance Ministry on March 31, 2010. Mr. Banerjee was a member of the Vigilance Advisory Council of the Central Vigilance Commission and the Advisory Board of the Centre for Joint Warfare Studies, a professional research institute under the Ministry of Defence. Mr. Banerjee was also appointed Independent External Monitor for the Ministries of Defence and Food Processing Industries.

    Currently, Mr. Banerjee is an Independent Director on the Board of ITC Ltd.

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Mr. Sujit Banerjee IAS (Retd.)
Honorary Member
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    C-2/97, Sector 36,
    Noida-201301, U.P.

    Member Since: August-2010

    He has served the Government of India in various capacities in his distinguished career as an Officer of the Indian Administrative Service.

    In his career, he has served as Secretary, Central Vigilance Commission, Secretary & Chairperson of National Authority, Chemical Weapons Convention. He retired as Union Secretary to the Government of India, Ministry of Tourism. He headed a Committee constituted by the Ministry of Environment and Forests to formulate guidelines for forest and wildlife eco-tourism in the country. He has served as Member on the Ethics Committee of Standing Conference of Public Enterprises, as Chairman, Advisory Committee on World Heritage Matters, Ministry of Culture, as a Part-time Non-official Director on the Board of SAIL and as Chairman, Committee for National Heritage Sites under the aegis of Ministry of Culture. Currently he is serving as the Secretary General, WTTC India Initiative.

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MR. H. S. PABLA, IFS (Retd.)
Honorary Member
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    E – 5 Surendra Garden,
    Hoshangabad Road,
    Bopal, MP – 462043

    Member Since: August-2013

    Retired as the Principal Chief Conservator of Forests & Chief Wildlife Warden of Madhya Pradesh, India, after thirty five years in the Indian Forest Service (IFS). Twelve years in policy formulation and implementation.

    Worked for 7 years as protected area manager, seven years as forestry manager and five years as a scientist at the Wildlife Institute of India (WII). Developed and implemented internationally funded projects on ecodevelopment planning, protected area management and scientific research for biodiversity conservation, and teaching participatory approaches to forestry and wildlife managers. Managed Indo-US collaboration project on the development of the Wildlife Institute of India; Worked as Additional Director Project Monitoring and Evaluation (PME) (later as Director) in an integrated forestry project, the Madhya Forestry Project, financed by the World Bank/IDA. Worked as an Advisor to the Madhya Pradesh Ecotourism Development Board. FAO/UNDP consultancy in protected area management planning. Taught a course in ecodevelopment and participatory planning in Sri Lanka for FAO/UNDP. Worked as a wildlife crime control and legal reforms consultant and as team leader of an international consulting group for the preparation of 20-year forestry master plan for Bangladesh on World Bank funded projects.
    Developed an operational framework and 20-year strategic plan for South Asia Wildlife Enforcement Network (SAWEN).

    Member of the international consulting group tasked with the designing of a world class tiger safari and rescue centre outside Ranthambhore Tiger Reserve.

    Drafted the India Ecotourism Policy on behalf of the Confederation of Indian Industries (CII) for submission to the Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change.

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Mr. Vinod Zutshi, IAS (Retd.)
Honorary Member

Former Secretary, Ministry of Tourism
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    C-31, Ground Floor, Panchsheel Enclave, New Delhi-110017

    Member Since: May 2018

    Mr. Vinod Zutshi joined Indian Administrative Service (IAS) in 1982 and belonged to Rajasthan Cadre. He superannuated in February, 2017 at the post of Secretary, Ministry of Tourism, Govt. of India. Mr. Zutshi has 35 Years of experience in Central Government and Government of Rajasthan with long experience and exposure in the fields of Tourism, Public Policy & Administration, Management and Election & Democratic Governance.

    Mr. Zutshi served as Secretary, Ministry of Tourism, Govt. of India between 2015 to 2017. He also held the following positions in Tourism Sector at National Level:
    Secretary, Ministry of Culture, Govt. of India; Vice Chairman, National Tourism Advisory Council, India; Chairman PATA Chapter India; Board Member, PATA; Chairman, NCHMCT; Chairman, Board of Governors, IHM, Pusa; and Vice Chairman, Board of Governors, IITTM;

    He held many key positions in Tourism Sector in the State of Rajasthan namely, Secretary, Tourism, Govt. of Rajasthan; Secretary, Civil Aviation, Govt. of Rajasthan; Commissioner, Tourism, Govt. of Rajasthan; Chairman & Managing Director, Rajasthan Tourism Development Corporation; and CMD, Rajasthan State Hotels Corporation.

    Vinod Zutshi is now a Consultant & Advisor in Travel and Tourism for more than two years and is based in Delhi.

    Some of the key organisations with which Mr. Zutshi is currently associated as Consultant / Advisor/Honorary Member are:

    • Member, Managing Committee of National Apex Body of PHD Chamber of Commerce & Industry
    • Honorary Member, Tourism Committee, PHD Chamber of Commerce & Industry
    • OYO – as a Member (Independent Expert) of Partner Advisory Council
    • Member of CII National Committee on Tourism & Hospitality
    • Adviser to FICCI Medical Value Travel Committee 2019
    • Executive Member of India Cruise Lines Association (InCLA)
    • Member, Board of Trustees, Foundation for Aviation & Sustainable Tourism (FAST)
    • Honorary Member, Ecotourism Society of India (ESOI)

    Mr. Zutshi is an Alumni of Harvard Kennedy School and MBA from Faculty of Management Studies, Delhi University. He is also an Advocate enrolled with Bar Council of Delhi.

    Mr. Zutshi is also a Resource Person in the area of Travel and Tourism. In the recent past He has visited as Guest Speaker at IAS Academy, LBSNAA, Mussoorie; Indian Institute of Public Administration; Central Universities of Banaras Hindu University, Garhwal University and University of Pondicherry; Amity University, Noida; IITTM, Bhubaneswar and Jamia Millia University.

    Mr. Vinod Zutshi has travelled far and wide during his long career in various capacities. He has travelled to USA, UK, Germany, France, Australia, Azerbaijan, Italy, Netherlands, Austria, Spain, Jamaica, Georgia, Kyrgyzstan, China, Hong Kong, Turkey, Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines, Thailand, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Japan and Bangladesh.

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Mr. Mandip Singh Soin
FRGS Member - Governing Body & Founder President

Founder & Managing Director,
Ibex Expeditions Pvt. Ltd.

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    Member Since: January-2008

    Explorer, Mountaineer, Environmentalist, Adventure travel & Eco tourism specialist.

    Mandip has over 35 years of climbing and exploration experience in India and other parts of the world. He has instructed at outdoor schools in Scotland and Wales, climbed in the Alps and made first ascents in the Indian Himalaya .

    The Limca Book of records nominated him ‘India’s most versatile Expeditioner ‘. He was conferred the Ness Award for expeditions and explorations by the Royal Geographical Society, London.

    In 1989 at the ICEWALK International Students Expedition in the Canadian Arctic near the North Pole, he studied environmental impacts of pollutants in the ice and the growing ozone hole, under the auspices of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).

    In 2002, the year of the Mountains, he participated in an Indo Pakistan Friendship expedition in the Swiss Alps under the IUCN and UIAA and has been campaigning to save the Siachen Glacier from environmental degradation due to the two armies present.

    In 2007 , he undertook a ecotourism river expedition with the Government , in the state of Madhya Pradesh to try and convert bandits into tourism guides and naturalists in this biodiverse rich but bandit ridden area.

    Mandip Singh Soin FRGS , is the Founder and Managing Director of Ibex Expeditions Private Limited. Established in 1979, Ibex is a specialist tourism company in India that specializes in Ecotourism, Adventure, Luxury & Safari Travel.

    Ibex received the Green Globe Distinction Award & the PATA Gold Award in 1999 for Outstanding Environmental Achievements. The World Travel Environmental Company Award in 2000 and in 2001 they received the National Award of Excellence by the Ministry of Tourism, Government of India for being the most environmentally friendly organisation .

    He has edited the four issues of the Environment & Eco Tourism handbook published by the Ministry of Tourism, Government of India.

    He lectures worldwide on responsible and ecologically sound tourism and is deeply committed to being a good trustee of this earth.

    His other passions, when not on expedition, are listening to Beethoven, fly fishing, indulging in puns, flipping omlettes to perfection and for relaxation he takes the occasional bungee.

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Mr. Jose Dominic
Member - Governing Body & Founding Member

MD,
CGH Earth Hotels

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    Jose Dominic has been heading CGH Earth (formerly Casino Group of Hotels) as its Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director from 1978 to 2017.

    Casino Hotel started by Dominic Joseph in 1957, grew into a group of Hotels, globally and nationally acknowledged for its unique model under Jose Dominic’s leadership.

    In 1988, the group won the contract to reconstruct and operate the Bangaram Island Resort on Bangaram Island in Lakshadweep islands. The model adopted pioneering for its time put the Lakshadweep on the global tourism map and became the precursor of a new model of tourism introduced by the group in Kerala then known as Casino Group of Hotels. Beginning with Spice Village in Thekkady in 1991 was followed by several award winning hotels such as Coconut Lagoon in Kumarakom in 1993, Marari Beach in 1996 and the Brunton Boatyard in 1998 and thereafter best in class facilities for Ayurveda and Yoga and recently Prakriti Chikiktsa.

    The model rested on the foundations of sustainability, social inclusion and the local ethos. The demonstrative success of this model resulted in other entrepreneurs adopting the model that eventually gave to Kerala the leadership to adopt Responsible Tourism as the development strategy. Today tourism represents for Kerala a key engine of development based on Responsible Tourism for which Kerala Tourism has now won the prestigious UNWTO Ulysses Award.

    In recognition of his efforts the Ministry of Tourism, in the year 2003 gave a Special Commendation Award to Mr. Jose Dominic for Resort Development. Jose Dominic was also the founder President in the year 2000 of Kerala Travel Mart which has emerged as one of India’s most significant tourism marketing event. He has been the recipient of several awards including Management Leadership Award from Kerala Management Association, Lifetime Achievement Honour form Times of India group, Aathithya Ratna Award from Hotel Investment Forum, Award for “Business Excellence leading to Development of society at large” from Manappuram Finance, Sustainable Person of the year Award, Hotelier Award from UTC, Business Excellence from D.C. Books, Entrepreneurship Award from TiE Kerala, Business Reliability Award from Reporter Channel, Game Changer Award from Durga Das Publication to name some.

    The group renowned for its sustainability initiatives has received the prestigious Green Globe Award from World Travel Mart, several awards from Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) for environment conservation. Also the hotels of the group have been repeatedly recipient of Excellence in Tourism Award from Government of India, Ministry of Tourism as well as from the Government of Kerala.

    Jose Dominic has served on several National and State advisory panels on tourism of the Government and industry bodies. Some of these include National Tourism Advisory Council of the Government of India and the Government of Kerala, Tourism Think Tank of Government of India, Member – Expert Panel on Tourism of ASSOCHAM (Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India, and CII (Confederation of Indian Industry) etc. He has been invited to speak at major conferences and seminars on Tourism including Conference on Tourism Taxation organized by World Tourism Organization, Colloquium of Conservation and Heritage Tourism organized by the British Council. He has also presented papers on Sustainable Tourism at the Annual Convention of the Indian Association of Tour Operators.

    Jose Dominic is the Founder President of Kerala Travel Mart and founder member of the Eco Tourism Society of India. He has been closely associated with the conservation movement and serves as the Co-convener of INTACH (Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage). He was the past President of TiE – Kerala Chapter, was the President of the Cochin Chamber of Commerce and was Chairman of CII, Kerala region. Jose Dominic is presently member of the WTM Responsible Tourism Advisory Panel, member of National Tourism Advisory Council – Government of India and member of Kerala State Tourism Advisory Panel. He is also in the Board of Governors of Xavier Institute of Management and Entrepreneurship (XIME) – Kochi.

    Mr. Jose Dominic Kuruvinakunnel, hails from Pala, Kerala, is a Chartered Accountant by qualification and graduate in Commerce from Loyola College, Chennai.

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Mr. Dipak Deva
Member - Governing Body

MD,
Travel Corporation India

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    Sector 25, Gurgaon 122001, Haryana,
    National Capital Region of Delhi, India

    Member Since: January 2014

    Dipak Deva’s journey in the travel industry began thirty years ago, as a junior staff member in a travel company in Jaipur. He then moved on to become the Sales & Marketing Head of TCI, built Distant Frontiers into a boutique company focussed on experiential travel, which was aquired by Kuoni Switzerland in the year 2008. Since then he has led the biggest, and most-awarded, inbound travel company in the country. Dipak’s deep understanding of India’s tourism potential, source markets and their needs, ability to build relationships with partners, and drive technology-led initiatives, has played an important role in making the company the largest inbound tourism organisation in the country.

    Dipak Deva is currently the Managing Director of Travel Corporation India Ltd., a market leader for inbound tourism from UK, Germany, France, Russia, Spain, Portugal and Japan. The company owns leading international brands such as Sita, Distant Frontiers, Go Vacations (JV with Europe’s DER Touristik).

    As one of the industry veterans, Dipak strongly supports the idea of ‘Inclusive Tourism’ via NGO’s that work with women from some of the most marginalised sections of society. He is also a member of the governing council of Responsible Tourism Society of India, which helps promote environmentally responsible and sustainable practices in the industry. Dipak Deva is also a member of the National Tourism Advisory Council, Ministry of Tourism.

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Mr. Anil Kumar Sharma
Member - Governing Body

CEO,
A Sharma Associates

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    Member Since: January 2014

    Prof. Anil Sharma (Adjunct Faculty, IIT Rooeki) began his career as a young architect with the firm of “Bhardwaj and Bhardwaj Associates”, in New Delhi from 1982 to 1984. He subsequently joined the multi-national firm of “Kabil and Associates” at New Delhi and then proceeded to gain an invaluable, experience with the firm of “Schooly Caldwell Associates”, in Columbus, Ohio at the United States of America.

    Returning to India, after the American experience, with a high level of self-confidence, Anil Sharma embarked on his enterprise of private professional practice.

    Mr. Anil Sharma as a private professional Architect, now with well over 30 years of wide experience in designing multi star hotels (www.asharma.com), which are climate responsive & energy efficient. He has designed more than 70 hotels all over India in every climatic zone from Cold climate of Gulmarg to Hot & Dry climate of Hyderabad. He adopts latest materials & technology to achieve operational efficiency & to reduce carbon emissions. All his latest designs are LEED / IGBC compliant and certified. The hotel “Khyber, Gulmarg” is the most awarded hotel by “Coinde Nast” and various other travel platforms of repute.

    Apart from his professional duties as an Architect, he has balanced his work with teaching responsibilities, as visiting expert and faculty member to the following institutions of repute:

    (1) “Indian Institute of Technology”, Roorkee
    (2) “The School of Planning & Architecture”, Bhopal
    (3) “The School of Planning & Architecture”, New Delhi
    (3) “Indira Gandhi Technical University for Women”, Kashmiree Gate, New Delhi.

    Mr. Anil Sharma and his projects have been recipient of the following awards:

    1. His first hotel project; “Holiday Inn”, Pune won the Best hotel of the year in Asia Pacific Region in the year 1994.
    2. In the year 2013 another hotel designed by Mr. Sharma, “Hotel Khyber” in Gulmarg, was awarded “Best Luxury Hotel of the world”.
    3. In the year 2014 Mr. Sharma, was awarded “The Most Innovative Hotel Design Architect” for Holiday Inn Express & Suites, Hyderabad at the Hoteliers Summit held in Mumbai.
    4. “Taj Hotel and Convention Center, Agra” won “Best Architectural Design Hotel” in “Time2Leap awards 2019” at Hyatt Pune.
    5. “Club Babylon, Ahemedabad”, was awarded “Most Sustainable Architectural Design in Hospitality” in Time2Leap awards 2019” at Hyatt Pune.

    Mr. Anil Sharma has been the member of National Jury Members for various Architecture Design Awards being run by A+D and Archi-design.

    In the year 2014, Mr. Sharma was invited to participate as a Jury Member of the evaluation committee for the IIT Roorkee-Campus Extension meetings for their 330 Cr. expansion project. He was also a jury member for the development of the MNIT campus at Jaipur.

    Mr. Anil Sharma, has taken the initiative in leadership role in organizing and hosting the annual “Hi-Aim” Conference that is a collective assembly of (1) Hospitality Industry leaders (2) their Architects, (3) Interior Designers and (4) Managers. This year, “Hi-Aim” held its fifth annual conference at Colombo, Sri Lanka in the month of March. (www.hi-aim.org)

    Mr. Anil Sharma has been deeply committed to his Alma Mater, and has already made several inputs and contribution for taking the revered institution to higher level value goals and achievements.

    Mr. Sharma has been instrumental in formulation of the following annual awards at the awards for students at the IIT Roorkee:
    1. The Manoj Jain memorial award for the student with best “Human Values”
    2. The R.P. Singh memorial award for the “best student of Architecture” at the IIT Roorkee.

    Mr. Anil Sharma, has provided a whole hearted support to the CSR initiative “Anushruti” and has helped in organizing the fund-raising event at Greater Noida campus of IIT Roorkee in 2015.

    Mr. Sharma has always been keen on sharing his knowledge through classroom teaching, and technical project co-ordination meetings, he has always felt responsible for imparting the rightful knowledge. Many clients, consultants’ even specialists approach Mr. Sharma for his suggestions and technical expert knowledge that he has gained through hard work and experiences of more than 35 years in the Industry.

    He has recently accepted the role of an Adjunct Professor, at IIT Roorkee, and has been actively involved in not only improving the curriculum, but also acting as External Expert for Institutions of Architecture at I.I.T Roorkee, Uttrakhand, and the School of Planning & Architecture, New Delhi for their B. Arch & M. Arch Programs as also the “Indira Gandhi Delhi Technical University for Women” as Consulting Architect, in-charge of establishing the Department of Architecture.

    He has also taken up assignments as a visiting faculty member in I.I.T Roorkee for conducting semester wise design studio for 2nd year to 5th year students; he has also been part of the evaluation of thesis seminars.

    He has also been given charge to conduct the stage-by-stage thesis projects of B. Arch V year students as an External Expert of the Jury

    His lecture on “My Discovery of Architecture” in I.I.T Roorkee in the month of May 2015 was very well received by the students and the entire Department of Architecture and Planning at IIT Roorkee.

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Mr. Anirudh Chaoji
Honorary Treasurer

Ecologist

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    A802, Rachana Sayantara, Hazari Pahad, Nagpur, Maharastra – 440007

    Member Since: May 2017

    Born in an Armed Forces family, I was always hooked to the outdoors. I soon realised that birds and smaller mammals fascinated me the most. Simultaneously, I found that Adventure was always a part of life. So have ended up being an explorer, trekker, scuba diver, sky diver, river rafter, birdwatcher and a nomad for life! Local people and their customs, and nature itself have been my biggest teachers – and I keep trying to learn more at every step.

    Founded one of the most popular wildlife and adventure camping organisations – Pugmarks, before selling it and moving to Maharashtra Forest Department at Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve (earlier Melghat Tiger Reserve). My mandate is to work in the field of creating a better eco tourism experience for visitors.

    I also work to create livelihood opportunities and then capacity-build the local forest neighbouring communities – enabling them to earn respectable incomes. They thereby become stakeholders in the process of conserving our beautiful wild spaces.

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Mr. Rakesh Mathur
Honorary President & Founding Member

Former CEO, BASS (IHG) HOTELS, South & West Asia. &
Former President, ITC WelcomHeritage Hotels
Director and Principal Advisor:
LORDS Hotels and Resorts
WOODBRIDGE Guest Homes

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    Member Since: January-2008

    RAKESH MATHUR is a Hospitality Industry professional with over forty-seven years of leadership experience in Indian and Global Hotel groups.

    After schooling in Shimla and Graduation in Economics Honours from SRCC, Delhi, he joined Oberoi Hotels in 1973 as a Management Trainee and grew in the Industry and worked with Global and Multinational Hotel Organizations and became Executive Director of IHG ( then BASS ) Hotels for South and West Asia.

    Rakesh’s passion with India’s Heritage, Culture and Environment started in 2001, when he took over as President of ITC WelcomHeritage Hotels, a Company launched under the Chairmanship of HH Maharaja Gaj Singh ji of Jodhpur to revive India’s BUILT Heritage through Tourism.

    Since Heritage Properties are mostly in Rural areas, Rakesh Co-founded the Ecotourism Society of India, to spread awareness about sustainable tourism practices, and is its Current Honorary President.

    Rakesh continues to contribute his experience and expertise as a Board member to the Indian Heritage Hotels Association, INTACH Tourism Committee, Auro University, Surat, (Tourism), and HI AIM as CHAIRMAN.

    He is also Director and Principal Advisor to Lords Hotels and Resorts.

    Apart from his professional affiliations, Rakesh is associated with several Industry and Philanthropic activities. He is recipient of The Karamveer Patra from ICONGO for pioneering the CODE OF CONDUCT for SAFE & HONOURABLE TOURISM , officially endorsed by UNODC and adopted by the Ministry of Tourism, and several awards for contributions to the Hospitality Industry.

    He is a Paul Harris Member of the Rotary Club of Delhi Southend, Hon. President of Save the Children India (Delhi), and supports a personal Charitable Foundation engaged in poor and orphaned children’s health and education and women’s empowerment.

    Rakesh is widely travelled, father of two sons and a daughter and two grand daughters, who all enjoy Photography, Arts, Cinema and Travel.

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Mr. Rohit Kohli
Honorary Vice President

Jt. Managing Director,
Creative Travel Pvt. Ltd.

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    T: +91 124 4567777

    Member Since: January-2008

    Rohit Kohli is Jt. Managing Director of the Creative Travel group. Established in 1977, Creative Travel is today considered to be one India’s largest independent, family owned Destination Management Companies. The other main business includes Signature Tours by Creative Travel, specializing in luxury outbound journeys; Plan it! meetings and conferences, a cutting edge PCO and corporate loyalty management company; and Jungle Sutra Wildlife Journeys, India’s first wildlife specialist DMC focusing on lesser known fauna of the subcontinent. The group also runs an Academy of Tourism.

    Creative Travel is South Asia’s most recognised tour operator and has won many accolades including the prestigious National Awards regularly since 1979, multiple World Travel Awards, SITE Crystal Awards, PATA Gold awards etc.

    Rohit is a hotelier by qualification, having graduated from a leading hotel management school and has initiated at some of the top luxury hotels in the country.

    Rohit’s position at the group, aside from sharing overall management responsibilities, also includes management of the operations and business development functions of the organization. Rohit is also responsible for the strategic planning including expansion and new focus areas. The company has 20 offices around the world. One of Rohit’s key involvements is in the sustainability and responsible efforts of the organization through the Ram Kohli Foundation.

    Rohit sits on the boards of several trade associations as part of his ‘volunteerism’ efforts. Some of them include being the first Secretary of Young Tourism Professionals (worldwide), the youngest Hony. Secretary of PATA India and formerly on the International board of PATA. Rohit also served as the India Chair for ICCA India, and a governing body member of Ecotourism Society of India, Rohit also serves on the Asia Pacific advisory boards of leading global hospitality chains.

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Ms. Seema Bhatt
Honorary Vice President
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    Member Since: January-2008

    Seema Bhatt has worked extensively on issues related to ecotourism, biodiversity and climate change. Her particular focus of work is on strengthening the links between conservation of biodiversity and livelihoods of local communities.

    She views ecotourism as one such link and has coordinated two projects on ecotourism as the South Asia Coordinator for the USAID supported Biodiversity Conservation Network. Seema has since then worked extensively with various other ecotourism projects in India and other parts of South Asia. She has co-authored a book on Ecotourism Development in India published by the Cambridge University Press. Seema is a Fulbright Research Scholar and was based at the Center for Responsible Travel (CREST) in Washington DC where she explored the feasibility of ecotourism certification in India. She has since her return, been working on setting standards for ecotourism in India. Seema holds a Master’s degree in Environmental Studies from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. She is also at present the Honorary Vice President of the Ecotourism Society of India. Seema Bhatt is at present with the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) of the United Nations.

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Ms. Mridula Tangirala
Honorary Secretary
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Mr. Steve Borgia
Immediate Past Honorary President & Founding Member

MD,
Indeco Hotels, Chennai

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    Member Since: January-2008

    Mr. Steve Borgia is currently the Chairman & Managing Director of INDeco Leisure Hotels. INDeco is “INDIA ECOLOGY”, a tourism company with National interest. And also the only Indian Hotel group to win the distinguished “Global Eco Tourism Award”. His pioneering rural tourism in India mend the broken backbone of Indian villages has been one of his most significant contributions to TOURISM AND DEVELOPMENT in India.

    With basic education in Commerce, he specialized in Group Dynamics and Social Communication from CNRS – LYONS, France. Later, returned to India to do ground research in social communication for Rural Development.

    Steve Borgia wears several caps. But all through carries the INDOLOGIST one. Whether at the UN, Government of India, Press, Films, Hotels or the Corporate, he moves beyond competition, finding a unique position. His companies and concepts are people centric. Creating INDeco Hotels Swamimalai, INDeco Hotels Mahabalipuram and INDeco’s Lake Forest Hotel, India’s unique heritage hotel is a landmark. Making these heritage hotels accommodate, fund & operate the Steve Borgia’s Indian Heritage Museum, is a Master Stroke born out of his acumen for Business and his concern for humanity at large. Highly committed to ecology and heritage, he holds office as VICE PRESIDENT in the INDIAN HERITAGE HOTELS ASSOCIATION. He is also the founding member of the RESPONSIBLE TOURISM SOCIETY OF INDIA (Formerly – Eco Tourism Society of India). CHAIRMAN OF THE RURALTOURISM SOCIETY OF INDIA. FOUNDER MEMBER of Association for Agri & Rural Tourism in India.

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Dr. Anjuna Parashar Dhir
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    Apt 282, Air Force & Naval Offcrs Enclave Plot 11, Sector 7, Dwarka, New Delhi – 110075

    Dr. Anjuna Parashar Dhir is a ‘Skills & Strategy’ professional, active in the area of Higher Education, Continuous Professional Development & Responsibility in Business practices. Her current engagements lie in the area of ‘creating & promoting Sustainability in The Tourism Industry. She also functions as Director – Programmes, Ecotourism Society of India.

    An Academic at heart, Dr. Dhir has had a very creative 10 year stint in areas as teaching, creating & launching industry relevant courses and research & consultancy

    Her research interests lie in the field of ‘Sustainability’ in Business Practice, in craft traditions, lifestyle practices and livelihoods. A self acknowledged Indophile, with a Masters Degree in Tourism ( MTA) , her PhD Thesis combined her two passions , India and its traditional wealth and customer value creation- with an exploratory study on ‘Tourist Shopping in India’ suggesting ways to make Indian craft more marketable.

    Her Corporate work experience over 10 years, spans multiple industries such as Tourism, Marketing , Advertising, Broadcasting and Retail & Fashion . She headed the erstwhile Fashion & Lifestyle hub of Delhi, 1 MG Road.

    A long-term focus of concern for Dr. Anjuna Dhir remains interventions leading to betterment- through policy reforms, education and awareness.. To this end, she strives to work in areas having a wide ranging impact over a longer term.

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    Government of Jammu & Kashmir
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India Tourism Development Corpn. Ltd.

Mr. Girish Shankar
Managing Director

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Creative Travel Pvt. Ltd.

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Tamilnadu Tourism Development Corporation Ltd.

Mr. S Kandan
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Kash Venture Travels Pvt Ltd.

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Mr. Ravi Tickoo
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    Recipient of the National Tourism Award for Best Adventure Tour Operator 2007-2008, KVT is a full-service adventure travel company based in New Delhi, India.

    Founded in 1985, our activities and operations have greatly expanded and diversified over the last two decades to emerge as one of India’s leading providers of innovative and tailor-made adventure, culture and nature tours across India, Nepal and Bhutan. KVT’s growing catalogue of hard and soft adventure activities include amateur and skilled trekking programs, biking tours, climbing expeditions, wildlife tours, safaris and specialist multi-activity programs for students, families and individual explorers.

    Committed to sustainable practices, a Responsible Tourism Policy is integrated into all aspects of our operations and decision-making. KVT is also directly involved in conservation initiatives and community programs in some of India’s key tourism impact areas.

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Ibex Expeditions Private Ltd.

Mr. Mandip Singh Soin
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    Since 1979 people have entrusted their dreams to us. Ibex has been a leader in adventure travel, off-the-beaten-path holidays, wildlife safaris, family vacations, specialised journeys in luxury hotels and quaint lodges. Ibex arranges authentic, cultural immersive journeys; be it camping in the Himalaya or dining at a fine palace.

    Established in 1979, Ibex is the receipent of the National Tourism Award as well as several International Awards such as PATA Gold, Green Globe Distinction, WTM Envoronmental company Award and is rated by National Geographic as one of the ‘Best Adventure Travel Companies on Earth’.

    Ibex has been a leader in adventure travel, off-the-beaten-path holidays, wildlife safaris, family vacations, specialised journeys in luxury hotels and quaint lodges. Ibex arranges authentic, cultural immersive journeys; be it camping in the Himalaya or dining at a fine palace.

    Our own discoveries on roads less travelled have allowed us to create your very own, bespoke customised holiday so that your experience is an intimate account, taking in your own personal aesthetics and fascination.

    Ibex Expeditions is committed to being environmental caretakers and it is our endeavour to maintain high standards of `minimum impact tourism’.

    The Founder Mandip Singh Soin is also the Founding President of the Ecotourism Society of India (ESOI) and is a Trustee of the Himalyan Environment Trust (HET). He also serves as a board member of the global Adventure Travel Conservation Foundation (ATCF), an ambassodor for the Sustainable Travel International (STI) as well as a member of the Mountain Protection Commission of Union Internationale des Associations D’Alpinisme (UIAA).

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CGH Earth Hotels

Mr. Jose Dominic
M.D. & C.E.O.

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    Member Since: July-2009

    CGH Earth is a five-decade long experiment in hospitality. Our properties both preserve and reflect the cultures they are born from. Nothing has been added that does not already belong. Because nothing more was necessary. The result, we like to believe, are experiences as immersive as they are authentic.

    CGH Earth is a family run enterprise providing engaging experiences of True Keralan hospitality, Authentic Ayurveda & Rich Heritage through Responsible tourism initiatives. The groups business is experiential holidays and has adopted as core values; respect for the environment, community and the local ethos. CGH Earth offers you a string Experiences that are unbelievably Pure, Unexpected and Inspiring, for a holiday that is a pilgrimage to the self.

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Travel Inn (India) Pvt. Ltd.

Mr. Ravi Kalra
Managing Director

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    F: +91 11 43232036

    Member Since: October-2009

    Travel Inn is a Government of India recognised tour Operation Company operating tours for over 20 years. We run tours for a host of operators across India, Nepal, Bhutan and Tibet and have acquired the required technical and back-office expertise to ensure successful and cost effective operations.

    We started in 1987 by operating Trekking Tours in the Himalayan ranges of Kashmir, Ladakh and its surrounding areas as our Managing Director, Ravi Kalra, had a passion for mountains. Our corporate office in Delhi was established in 1989 when we started operating tailor-made Culture Tours as well. We ventured into Wildlife Tourism around 1996 and by 1998 had widened the vistas with professional and experienced ornithologists and naturalists offering a plethora of bird watching and large mammals’ tours to all corners of India. We are now one of the leading Destination Management Companies for luxury travel and easily the No. 1 Wildlife Destination Management Company in India. We also handle group movements besides tailor-make holidays to suit the traveller’s convenience and budget.

    We are currently acting as the ground handling agents for some of the biggest and reputed Wildlife Operators Worldwide like Nature Trek, Wildlife Worldwide, Audley etc to name only a few. Our uncompromising commitment to quality and customer satisfaction has made as preferred choice with our Operators.

    We are a 30-member team in Delhi with varied backgrounds – all committed to provide the ‘wow’ factor to your holiday. With a team of highly trained and skilled people who bring with them in-depth knowledge of the region our endeavour has always been to provide an ‘experience’ and not just a ‘holiday’ to travellers. Our associate offices across India cater to your requirements locally.

    Our experienced and specialized tour leaders have been successfully leading tours across the country over the years. Our tour leaders are very responsive to the distinctive interests of every traveller. Our Quality Control Division keeps in touch with the guests while on tour to proficiently meet their requirements besides sending constant feedbacks to our principal partners. Our strength is the word of mouth and we always strive to keep up the standards.

    We are recognized by Ministry of Tourism, Government of India and are active members of prestigious Travel Associations like Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA), Indian Association of Tour Operators (IATO), Travel Agents Association of India (TAAI) and Adventure Tour Operators Association of India (ATOAI).

    The prestigious National Tourism Award for excellence in inbound tourism segment for three consecutive years 1998-1999, 1999-2000 and 2000-2001 reflected the recognition and faith of Ministry of Tourism, Government of India.

    Over the years we have successfully established a base in Winchester, UK to serve you quicker and more efficiently.

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Infinity Resorts (Conservation Corporation of India)

Mrs. Rina Dilip Khatau
Executive Director

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    81/88, Atlanta, 8th Floor, Nariman Point, MUMBAI 400 021

    T: (Direct) +91-22-61466402
    T: (Board) +91-22-6146 6400
    F: +91-22-61466498/499

    Member Since: October-2009

    Mr. Dilip D. Khatau of Khatau Business House started the Group’s first wild life resort, Infinity Corbett Wilderness (formerly known as Tiger Tops Corbett Lodge)in 1991 located along the banks of Kosi River at the fringe of Corbett National Park. This eco-friendly tourism project was first of its kind, and in recognition of this, the Government of India appointed Mr. Khatau on the Board of Uttar Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation. This property, tastefully designed and having one of the best locations for a wildlife resort in India, is the most sought after resort among the nature lovers in India and abroad.
    The Khatau Business House was among the pioneers of the textile industry in India way back in 1874 and cement industry in 1920. Being the leader in the manufacturing of various varieties of saris, the famous voile sari was at one time synonymous with the name “Khatau”.

    As the scion of the 4th generation of the powerful Khatau Business House, Mr. Dilip D. Khatau was instrumental in venturing overseas to East Africa and South East Asia in 1964. Eventually, in 1990s, the Dilip Khatau Group further diversified extensively in India into the production of footwear, cement, power cables, chemicals and shipping. Since 1994, the Group concentrated on shipping, tourism and wildlife conservation. An ardent wildlife lover since his childhood, Mr. Khatau’s passion took him to many wilderness areas such as Corbett National Park in India. During his 15 years of stay in Kenya, and later in South East Asia, his passion for wildlife hunting turned to serious wildlife protection and nature conservation. He later became an active member of the East African Wildlife Society. He was highly impressed by the way wildlife tourism had proliferated and gained popularity in Africa which had not taken off in India then. He dreamt of similar ventures in India where tourists can enjoy being in the wild, and at the same time, relax in the luxury and comfort of home. He is also a member of the National Board for Wildlife, India.

    In 1991, he started the Group’s first wildlife resort, Infinity Corbett Wilderness (formerly known as Tiger Tops Corbett Lodge), located along the banks of Kosi River at the fringe of Corbett National Park. This eco-friendly tourism project was first of its kind, and in recognition of this, the Government of India appointed Mr. Khatau on the Board of Uttar Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation. This property, tastefully designed and having one of the best locations for a wildlife resort in India, is the most sought after resort among the nature lovers in India and abroad.

    With vast experience in both hospitality industry and wildlife conservation, the Group expanded its operations to the semi arid and unique landscape of Kutch, Gujarat. Thus, Infinity Rann of Kutch resort was established in 2008. The property with its elegant tented cottages is like an oasis in the desert! In October 2009, the group’s third resort, Infinity Bandhavgarh Wilderness, situated along the periphery of the famous Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve, Madhya Pradesh, was opened. Infinity Bandhavgarh Wilderness is set amidst thick bamboo groves and natural vegetation. By the end of 2010, two more resorts will be added to the Group. They are located close to Kanha Tiger Reserve (Madhya Pradesh) and Kaziranga Tiger Reserve (Assam) and will be named as Infinity Kanha Wilderness and Infinity Kaziranga Wilderness, respectively. Conservation Corporation of India Pvt. Ltd. (CCIPL) was set up in 2009 as a holding company for the various resorts that the Group owns or will own in future with Mr. Khatau as its Chairman.

    The Corbett Foundation (TCF), established in 1994, is a brain-child of Mr. Khatau. This Foundation is a testimony to his passion and heartfelt interest in the preservation of our natural heritage. With its mandate to preserve wildlife and nature with the involvement of the local communities, great work has been done at the grassroots-level work in and around Corbett and Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserves and also in Kutch. In conclusion, CCIPL and TCF are actually two sides of the same coin – the former complements and provides synergy to the latter. CCIPL strongly believes that conservation can only be achieved by involving the local stakeholders, providing them with employment opportunities and finally to lead a sustainable and harmonious lifestyle with nature. That’s why we say – Conservation is our business!

    Corporate Office: 81-88, Atlanta, 8th floor, Nariman Point, Mumbai 400021 Ÿ Tel. +91 22 61466400 Ÿ Fax +91 22 61466498
    www.infinityresorts.com

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India Safari & Tours Pvt. Ltd.

Mr. Suhail Gupta
MD

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    13, Community Centre, Vasant Vihar, NEW DELHI 110057

    T: 91-11-46269000
    F: 91-11-46269001

    Member Since: January-2010

    India Safari and Tours is one of the Indian Subcontinent’s most comprehensive tour operators. As such, we are able to offer fully inclusive service to our travel partners tailored to suit almost any requirement and budget.
    We are one of the Indian Subcontinent’s most comprehensive tour operators. As such, we are able to offer fully inclusive service to our travel partners tailored to suit almost any requirement and budget. Our professional and experienced travel specialists will work with you every step of the way, ensuring that we design tailor made travel programs to suit your needs.

    Our team at India Safaris and Tours consists of seasoned professionals with more than 60 years of experience in planning and executing exceptional journeys across the Indian Subcontinent. We maintain strong alliances with a comprehensive range of quality properties that include small boutique hotels/home stays that are tucked away in amazing locales, transporters and service providers in India, Nepal, Bhutan and Sri Lanka. Our quality guides provide a professional and comprehensive experience of the areas in which we operate.

    India Safaris & Tours is breaking new ground in the Indian Tourism Industry by setting new standards in service. We are in the process of setting up a transport fleet of Toyota’s in Central India for transferring guests to the various lodges; these vehicles will carry a picnic hamper with goodies that clients can enjoy during their drives. We are also creating a customized travel journal, which will be handed over to each individual client on their arrival into India. For train travel a customized travel kit is being put together for each client. This kit will contain bedding that will be laid out by the India Safaris butler who will travel with clients on overnight journeys, toilet bags with hand wash, toilet paper etc.

    Our team in India have worked in then field in lodges as managers/naturalists/accompanying escorts and bring their field experience into tour operating. We have over the last 15 years been working very closely with the BBC Natural History Unit in Bristol on all their wildlife documentaries that have been filmed in India and the sub continent. Our colleague Toby Sinclair, who is our Director Special Projects is also their de facto location manager for all their projects in the subcontinent. We have done all their research, got the filming permissions from the authorities and also handled all their logistics. In fact the last film project we worked on the wildlife and culture around the river Ganges from its source to the Bay of Bengal, went on air in August in the UK. Another 3 one hour films on Tigers from Pench Tiger Reserve gone on air in 2008.

    We have also handled arrangements for guests like Lady Helen Hamlyn and her late husband Lord Paul Hamlyn, Sir David Attenborough, Pierce Bronson’s visit to meet the Dalai Lama, Photographer Richard Avedon – have organised trips for Richard Avedon to photograph subjects in India for articles in Vanity Fair/Travel and Leisure. Also organised trips for Trustees from the Metropolitan Museum New York, Trustees of WCS( Bronx Zoo) etc. Recently we organised a fly in safari tour new lodges for Judge Judy, a well known TV celebrity from the USA.

    As mentioned above we have access to a great range of resources i.e. conservationists – Valmik Thapar, Dr DC Chavda etc , Historians/Authors – William Dalrymple, Dr Shobita Punja, Political Commentators that can add great value to our guests experience in India by giving special lectures/talks to them.

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Reni Pani Jungle Lodge

Mr. Faiz Rashid
Chief Operation Officer

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    C/o Jehan Numa Palace Hotel, 157, Shamla Hill, Bhopal 462 013

    T: 91-755-2661100
    F: 91-755-2661720

    Member Since: January-2010

    Reni Pani jungle lodge located near the Satpura National park, takes its name from the tribal village where the camp is located.
    The word reni comes from a berry found in the surrounding areas and pani (water) is named after waterhole frequented by wild animals near the village. The lodge is built in 30 acres of dense deciduous forest with a nallah running through the property. There are 12 separate units with 3 different types of rooms to choose from (nallah facing units, forest units and hill-top units) .The rooms have been designed keeping the local surroundings in mind while providing a rustic feel to the lodge. The rooms have large private decks giving you the chance to be one with nature and explore the variety of bird and animal life within the camp

    The common areas of the lodge comprise of a lounge, bar, dining and a library. The Swimming Pool is located along the bend of the nallah offering a spectacular feel of the surrounding forest.

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Singinawa Jungle Lodge

Mrs. Tulika Kedia
Director

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    81/2, 4th Floor, Adhchini, Aurobindo Marg, New Delhi 110 017

    Member Since: April-2010

    Singinawa is a Sherpa word which means Protectors of the Sacred Forest and is the philosophy which guides us. Located on 110 acres of land, in the tiger heartland of the world, Singinawa Jungle Lodge offers a unique experience of the jungles of central India with all the comforts of a world class lodge. The lodge offers the chance to not only learn about the tiger and its habitat but to also experience ecologically responsible tourism and see conservation at work benefitting local communities and the Tiger Reserve.

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Taj Safaris Ltd

Mr. Kanhai Kapoor
Director Operations
E: kanhai.kapoor@tajhotels.com, sachin.tevatiya@tajhotels.com

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    Taj Palace Hotel, 2, S.P. Marg, New Delhi 110 021

    T: 011-66653876
    F: 011-26883324

    Member Since: April-2010

    Breaking new ground in India, the &Beyond • Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces joint venture offers the country’s first and only wildlife circuit.
    This partnership provides guests with the ultimate interpretive wildlife experience in India based on a proven sustainable ecotourism model. &Beyond’s collaboration with Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces rests on decades of expertise in running luxury safari lodges offering unique wildlife experiences, coupled with legendary Taj service. This is a union of like-minded hospitality companies pooling vast resources and experience to build a circuit of extraordinary lodges in India’s renowned Tiger Reserves. In keeping with both companies’ shared and deeply entrenched social and conservation principles, development programmes are being established to engage neighbouring communities in making small, meaningful differences. The circuit currently includes Pashan Garh at Panna, Mahua Kothi at Bandhavgarh, Banjaar Tola at Kanha, Baghvan at Pench.

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Pugmarks Ecotours Pvt. Ltd.

Mrigank Save
Director

E: chinmay@pugmarksholidays.com, mrigank.harry@gmail.com, admin@pugmarksholidays.com

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    131, Poornima Towers, 397, Shankarsheth Road, PUNE 411 004

    T: +91-8879366192
    F: +91-20-30523479
    M: +91-7773948620

    Member Since: April-2010

    A journey called PUGMARKS
    For the last eleven tears, we at Pugmarks, have been fortunate to have found acceptance with a very large number of families who send their children with us to explore the wilderness. And what we help these children explore is more than just forts, forests, mountains, birds and animals. They, in-fact explore their “own self”!!!

    On Pugmarks camps, these children participate in activities and discover their skills in the skits they put up; discuss and debate topics on resources conservation and saving tiger’s habitats, where they find a platform for their hidden opinions and voices; present song and dance performances and are amazed by their own talents; participate in adventure to overcome their innate fears during river crossing, rappelling, and obstacle courses; and learn to bond together to become wonderful team players.

    When these little kids come back from the Pugmarks camps, their parents are surprised to see them transformed into young men and women who have added years to their ages.
    These youngsters eventually go on to participate on many more camps – more as a habit that they have picked up. Parents in turn are happy that their children have taken up a “safe habit” instead of the many “distractions” that are easily available at their age.

    Many of these youngsters also choose to become Volunteers with Pugmarks. These young shoulders are taught to take up big responsibilities and soon enough, learn to lead groups of young campers. The training for these young volunteers is rigorous and demanding. But the outcome is shining heroines and heroes who become idols for the little campers to follow.

    As far as we at Pugmarks are concerned, this is one memorable journey of the lifetime for all of us. We only seem to get energized by all these youngsters, who in fact help us discover the child in us – at Pugmarks, your age is exactly what your mind thinks it to be!

    We look forward to many more years of exploration in your company – the beautiful little people of this planet. Your smiles, laughs, screams and shrieks give us the satisfaction that we taking the right course.

    Long live the spirit of discovery!!!

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Purvi Discovery (P) Ltd

Mr. Manoj Jalan
Director

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    P.O. Jalannagar, Dibrugarh 786 005, ASSAM

    T: 0373-2301120
    F: 0373-2301944

    Member Since: April-2010

    Purvi Discovery is a tourism initiative with a difference. Based in the picturesque North East, Purvi Discovery has been working with single- minded dedication over a period of time to promote Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya, Nagaland and the adjoining states with their unspoilt beauty, to important tourist destinations in areas of
    1. Eco- Tourism

    2. Cultural Tourism

    3. Rural Tourism

    4. Tea Tourism

    4. Special Interest Tourism like Riding Holidays, Remembrance, Ornithological and Wild Life Tours

    Our parent company has been involved in the tea industry for five generations. This, and a staff that are drawn from the local tribal community gives us an unbeatable lead when introducing our guests to the enchanting Northeast.

    All our tours are tailor-made to suit the requirements of the travelers of diverse interests and we are sensitive to the needs of the senior guests as well as those who are not so senior. All-women groups will be very comfortable travelling with us. They will, among other things, be escorted by a girl from the local community who will understand their needs and will help them at every step.

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Orange County Resorts & Hotels Ltd

Mr. Cherian T Ramapuram
Director – Sales
Mr. Jose T Ramapuram
Director – Marketing

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    Evolve Back Resorts
    C/o Orange County Resorts & Hotels Ltd.
    2nd Floor, St. Patrick’s Business Complex, 21, Museum Road, Bangalore – 560 025, Karnataka, INDIA

    T: 080-41911000
    F: 080-25582425
    M: 9880433433, 9845164956

    Member Since: July-2010

    Welcome to the enchanting world of Orange County Resorts – a world of luxury holiday experiences, so steeped in the lore of the land, in the culture of its people and in the untainted natural beauty of the region, that it enjoins you to be one with the Spirit of the Land.

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Samode Hotels

Ms. Veena Sharma
Associate Director – Sales & Marketing

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    Corporate Office:
    Samode Haveli, Gangapale, Jaipur 302002

    Sales & Marketing Office:
    SAMODE HOTELS, 227, Galleria, DLF City Phase 4, Gurgaon – 122009

    T: +91-124-4057795/96
    F: +91-124-4057797
    M: +91-9717575635

    Member Since: August-2010

    Samode Hotels Samode Palace, Samode Bagh, Samode Haveli and Samode Safari Lodge – welcome you into a legacy of quiet magnificence, an elegant and regal way of life, into the warmth of a family and people renowned for their refined hospitality.

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Rventures Holidays

Mr. Rahul Sharma
Director
Ms.Renu Sharma
Director
E: renu@rventuresholidays.com

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    T: +91-124-4203022
    M: +91-9810409055, 9810174499

    L – 16 / 2 A, DLF Phase II, Gurgaon, Haryana – 122002

    Member Since: September-2010

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DLX Limited

Mrs. Husna-Tara Prakash

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    Kanak Building, 41, Chowringhee Road, Kolkatta 700 071

    T: 033-22885630
    F: 033-22883581

    Member Since: September-2010

    Glenburn Tea Estate’s Boutique Hotel is a product of the loving restoration of a century old colonial bungalow on our family estate in Darjeeling, high up in the Indian Himalayas, with breathtaking views of Mount Kanchenjunga – the 3rd highest peak in the world.
    Blend this with a thousand acres of verdant private forest, miles of lush green tea-fields and eight quaint tea-picker villages, myriad bird species, two sparkling rivers teeming with wild Himalayan Rainbow Trout and Golden Mahseer, and you can imagine why Conde Nast Traveller describes Glenburn as, “a little corner of heaven…..and almost as remote”.

    The only hotel of its kind in the region, Glenburn is a destination where you can do as little, or as much as you desire, and is one of the few places in India where you can walk through stunning countryside all day, and return to sumptuous luxury, delectable cuisine and gracious hospitality at night. Darjeeling and Kalimpong towns are just a day trip away, and with half-a-dozen, full-day activities offered as part of an all-inclusive package, a typical stay ranges from 3 nights, up to a week.

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Le Passage to India Tours & Travels Pvt. Ltd.

Mr. Amit Prasad
Chief Operating Officer

E: amitp@goindia.co.in

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    E-29, Hauz Khas Market, New Delhi 110 016
    B 128, Sector 5, Noida, Uttar Pradesh 201301″

    T: +91 120 3300555 / 3823500 /4028500
    F: +91 120 3823501
    D: +91 120 3823535
    M: +91 9810258812

    Member Since: September-2010

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Swosti Premium Limited

Mr. J.K. Mohanty
Managing Director

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    P1, Jayadev Vihar – 1, Bhubaneswar 751013, Orissa

    T: 0674-3017000 / 2300067
    F: 0674-2301880 / 2300108

    Member Since: September-2010

    Swosti Group is one of the largest hospitality industries in the state of Odisha since two decades. The laurel and history of the group has been acclaimed many times in national and international sphere for its food, service and accommodation.
    The Managing Director and proprietor of the property Mr. J K Mohanty is one of the pioneer person in establishing the star hotel in the state and is consistently heading the Hotel & Restaurant Association of Orissa as Chairman for last so many years and as active member of FHRAI, IATO, HAI, TAAI, CII, UCCI & many other national & international associations.

    Swosti Premium Limited as the crowning glory of Swosti Group is spread up in 4 acres of land in the vicinity of temple city of Bhubaneswar having 159 centrally AC rooms of various types and suites to meet the requirement of the class of people in the world. Our Convention hall, The Chanakya is one of the largest pillar less hall having its palatial grandeur stood majestically as the best convention hall available nationally and acclaimed several comments for notable conventions. Apart from that we have 9 other board rooms / small halls with a beautiful lush green lawn and beautiful swimming pool having lot of open space clubbed with Health Club having multi GYM, Shauna, Ayurvedic Massage, etc. Our Scottish bar, The Rob Roy is one of the finest available bars in the State.

    Our prime property Hotel Swoti Pvt. Ltd. situated in the heart of the temple city having 57 rooms, good suite rooms, 3 conference halls, 1 Board room, two restaurants and Bar. The hotel has acclaimed several laurels to its credit for food, service and accommodation in national & international level and bagged several awards nationally and internationally.

    We have also added another feather in the crown the Swosti Palm Resort, Gopalpur-on-Sea, a beautiful Beach Resort having 26 rooms, restaurants, two conference halls and a Bar for the need of our guests.

    SWOSTI, the very name symbolizes comfort and leisure empirically vindicating the essence of the high hospitality cult ideolised in the image of Swosti Travels as a trade mark and mission enshrining the maxim Atithi Devo Bhaba in it’s fabric of corporate ethics to treat the guests with divine passion as God replicating the nobility of a devoted soul.

    We are planned to coming up with Beach Resorts in Satpada, Puri & Chilika and our expansion of property will boost more tourism in the state of Odisha.

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Snow Leopard Adventures P. Ltd.

Mr. Ajeet Bajaj
Managing Director

Mrs. Shirly Thomas Bajaj

E: ajeetbajaj@hotmail.com, stb@snowleopardadventures.com

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    801 & 802, 8th Floor, Cross Point Mall, DLF Phase IV, Gurgaon – 122002

    T: +91-124-4592000
    M: +91-9810098500, 9717800030

    Member Since: October-2010

    Snow Leopard Adventures Pvt. Ltd., India’s first ISO 9001: 2008 certified adventure travel outfit, operates adventure tours in the Indian Subcontinent. Be it river rafting on the Ganga, trekking in the Himalayas, mountain biking in Garhwal, sea kayaking tours in Kerala or Trans-Himalayan jeep safaris, Snow Leopard Adventures assures you of a safe yet exciting experience.
    Meticulous planning, tremendous emphasis on safety and “eco-sense” forms the foundation of each of our trips.

    The company operates five picturesque tented campsites nestled in the foothills of the Himalayas near Rishikesh, and new adventure base at Orchha, Madhya Pradesh, in the heart of India. We are proud to state that our company has pioneered sea kayaking in Kerala and the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. We also have a substantial portfolio of Multinational Companies, domestic and international schools visiting our campsites to experience the ‘spirit of adventure’ in the great Himalayan outdoors. Snow Leopard Adventures is committed towards promoting eco-friendly adventure tourism in India.

    The company is led by Mr. Ajeet Bajaj (MD). Having more than 25 years of experience in adventure sports, he is the first Indian to have skied to both the geographical North Pole and the South Pole. He has also earned the distinction of being the first Asian to have rafted and kayaked some of the most challenging rivers in six continents of the world.

    Awards won by Snow Leopard Adventures

    • National Tourism Award: Most innovative Adventure activity viz. Sea Kayaking in the Andaman for the year 2008 – 2009
    • Bird Express Award for Excellence in Customer Service for the launch of its new
    • campsite Camp Blue Bull in Orchha , Madhya Pradesh
    • Hall of Fame award for Mr. Ajeet Bajaj for promoting best practices in
    • Adventure Tourism in India

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Diphlu River Lodge

Mr. Ashish Phookan
Managing Director

E: sales@assambengal.in

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    T: +91-361-2667872 / 73, 9207042330 / 31
    M: +91-9864021593

    DLF Phase IV, Gurgaon

    Member Since: October-2010

    Set amongst verdant farmland, patches of bird-rich forest and slow meandering streams, the ambience of the Diphlu River Lodge makes it a retreat in the true sense of the word. The luxurious, but rustic and eco-friendly lodge was built to adapt to the existing foliage and terrain.
    The cottages are built on stilts and their thatch-covered roofs are supported by thick bamboo pillars.

    Diphlu River Lodge is separated from the Kaziranga National Park by the river Diphlu, giving the cottages a – sometimes scarily – close view of the wildlife-stocked jungle beyond it. You are asked to keep your lights and sounds low for the wildlife that comes to drink there.

    The grounds of the lodge include a lotus pond, barbecue and dancing area, and an observation hut. The spacious main building, called Machan, has a library, a restaurant with high thatched ceilings, sitting areas and a large verandah with gorgeous views of the park beyond the river. Well-trained naturalists assist you in identifying and understanding the private lives of the creatures that you encounter around the lodge or in the park.

    Operated by Jungle Travels India, the Diphlu River Lodge adheres to the principle of good ecotourism practice. The lodge employs only local tribal people, it grows its own organic rice, mustard oil and vegetables, and leads and educates natives by example about conservation and preservation of their natural habitat and legacy. All garbage is properly disposed of, separated and recycled if possible.

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Neemrana Hotels Pvt. Ltd.

Mr. Amar Nath
Director

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    A-20/B, Feroze Gandhi Marg, Lajpat Nagar II, New Delhi 110 024

    T: +91-11-46661666 (100 lines)
    F: +91-11-46661600

    Member Since: December-2010

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Shanti Adventure Tours Pvt Ltd

Mr Alex Le Beuan
Director

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    C/66, 2nd Floor, Okhla Industrial Area Phase – I, New Delhi-110020

    T: +91-11-46077800
    F: +91-11-46077899

    Member Since: July-2011

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Treepie Hospitality Private Limited

Mr. Sumant Batra
Director

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    15, Birbal Road, Jangpura Extension, New Delhi-110014

    T: +91-11-24319970-72
    F: +91-11-24319973

    Member Since: October-2011

    Many years ago, a young traveler discovered a non-descript enchanting village during one of his explorations of the Himalayan foothills. He fell in love with the place instantly and a summer house came up on the top of a hill in no time. This is where he wanted to live, he decided, but only after he had achieved his dream of becoming a famous lawyer.
    As he climbed up the success ladder, the breathtaking view of the snow-peaked mountains, lush forests, enticing orchards, meandering trails, terraced fields and charming people of the village continued to beckon him.

    One day It was love at first sight with the village. He climbed up a small mountain and looked at the imposing snow-capped peaks and the mesmerising valley and felt that he was standing at a place of love. He made up his mind. This was the mountain he wanted to settle down on once he was done with the city-life. Together, he and his wife built a dream house on the small mountain top. The mountain ofhe paused, decided it was time. He changed paths that led to what he wanted to do – design and open his own hotel in the mountains, a chai-ki-dukan where to tell his war-stories, write books, explore nature and undertake philanthropic activities. The colonial-style summer house is now Te Aroha, an eco-friendly boutique hotel.

    The resort offers its guests the opportunity to experience finest hospitality, amidst the scenic surroundings of Dhanachuli. The property is a harmonious blend of traditional architecture and contemporary comforts. The original structure of summer house that once stood on the hill has been successfully preserved to retain its original charm.

    Treepie Hospitality Private Limited

    Sumant Batra
    Chairman

    Dhanachuli Bend, Near Mukteshwar, Tehsil Dhari, District Nainital, Uttrakhand – 263132

    T: +91 87550 80736 +91 87550 80737
    Email: info@tearoha.in
    Web: www.tearoha.in

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Discovery Journeys India Pvt. Ltd

Mr. Bilal Chapri
Managing Director

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    M: +91 9810076201

    Chapri House, H. No. 88, Sect – 23, HUDA, Gurgaon – 122017, Haryana

    Member Since: April-2013

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Sarovar Hotels Pvt. Ltd.

Mr. Ajay K. Bakaya
Executive Director
Ms. Preeti Nathani
Asst. Manager – Corporate Affairs

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    E-48/9 Millennium Building, Okhla Phase II, New Delhi – 110020

    T: 011-26383851-55, 41629631
    F: 011-26383856
    E: ajay@sarovarhotels.com, preeti@sarovarhotels.com

    Member Since: September-2012

    Sarovar Hotels & Resorts is a leading hotel management company and one of the fastest growing chain of hotels in India. Headed by a team of industry veterans, the Company manages and franchises 60 operational hotels across 40 cities in India and overseas, under Sarovar Premiere, Sarovar Portico, Hometel, Park Plaza and Park Inn brands. The brands cover the 3, 4 and 5 star spectrum.

    Sarovar Hotels also manages corporate hospitality services at the prestigious Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, Hindustan Unilever Limited’s training centre in Mumbai and the new campus of Indian School of Business at Mohali. Geoffrey’s, the popular English Pub brand operates at multiple destinations across India.

    With 13 regional sales & reservations offices located across India, Sarovar Hotels & Resorts is one of the largest and most diverse hotel management companies in the country today.

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Waxpol Hotels And Resorts

Ms. Akanksha Garg
Director
Mr. Saroj Kumar Jha
Manager Sales, Delhi Office

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    402, Gagandeep Building, 12 Rajendra Place, New Delhi – 110008

    T: 011- 4799980-2-5
    M: 9711326357
    E: akanksha@waxpolhotels.com, delhi@waxpolhotels.com

    Member Since: April-2013

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Vijayshree Heritage Village Pvt. Ltd

Mr. R. Raju Bhurat
Managing Director

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    V.R. Bhurat Nagari, Hampi Road, Malpangudi, Hospet – 583201 Karnataka

    T: 08394-653999
    F: 08394-224331

    Member Since: September-2012

    Vijayshree Heritage Village Pvt. Ltd., a 5 star heritage resort with 43 luxurious cottages, and is spread among 17 acres of greenery with over 60,000 saplings / trees of various medicinal values, various energy conservation techniques, plastic free zones, has made it a true ‘eco-friendly’ resort.
    The resort is planned around the philosophy of ‘Panchabhoota’ – the five elements comprising Earth, Fire, Wind, Water and Sky. Unlike conventional resorts, we put you in touch with the ‘Saatvik’ Indian lifestyle, with a ban on cigarettes, liquor and non-vegetarian food inside the resort which encourages health consciousness among visitors.

    Facilities: – AJEET MULTI CUISINE RESTAURANT, COFFEE SHOP 24X7, SWIMMING POOL, CHILDREN’S POOL, HEALTH CLUB SAUNA WHIRPOOL/HOT TUB/JACUZZI, SPA, GAMES ROOM, PLAY GROUND AREA, TELEPHONE, LAUNDRY, CONFERENCE, OPEN ROCKERY AREA, MARRIAGE HALL, THEME VILLAGE-LIVE ENTERTAINMENT DAILY

    This apart, the Heritage Theme Village next door, which is part of our resort, captures your imagination and refreshes your memory of rural Indian art & traditions. Each day, at twilight the village gets lit up with colorful and awe-inspiring traditional dance, music and cultures of the bygone era. From folk dances of Rajasthan to death defying acts of tribals , inspirational designs of the Mehandi artist to the magical flow of hand of the Puppet showman, from camel rides to bullock cart rides , you name it, and you get to experience it. And the best way to conclude the day is by tasting our Rajasthani style pure vegetarian dinner thali served in traditional style at our ‘Manvar’ Rajasthani restaurant.

    We follow eco friendly environment. Many activities are followed, few to mention

    • Usage of solar power backup with bio-gas plant.
    • Usage of CFL lamps & electric cars are used for guest transportation.
    • Usage of plastics are completely banned, we use reusable laundry bags.
    • Most of the communication is done through E-Communication. We try to minimize printing documents.
    • We have our own kitchen garden where vegetables are grown ,using organic farming.
    • Left overs are donated to Goshala.
    • Installed STP,so has to not waste water.
    • Regularly we organize free health check up camps,blood donation camp ,distribution of study materials for privileged school children in surrounding area & talent hunt to promote local talent with employment as part of CSR.

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Active India Holidays Pvt. Ltd.

Mr. Ravinder Tickoo
Managing Director

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    803-804, Kirti Shikhar, District Centre, Janakpuri, New Delhi – 110058

    T: 11-25613968, 25545339

    Member Since: February-2014

    Active India Holidays Company Profile With a dedicated focus on active, experiential tours and destination services active India holidays specializes in creating safe, authentic and memorable India experiences for families, small groups and individual travellers.
    With a dedicated focus on active, experiential tours and destination services active India holidays specializes in creating safe, authentic and memorable India experiences for families, small groups and individual travellers.

    Active India Holidays Private Limited (Active India) was established in 2011 with a dedicated vision and focus on active and experiential adventure, discovery and wildlife tours and destination management services across India.

    Active India’s foundations are defined by its core competence and local expertise, quality infrastructure, service and safety standards and offering innovative, authentic and memorable India experience to both new and returning visitors.

    Each one of our products and services are carefully designed, researched and refined to offer the best value, comfort and safety while truly inspiring our clients to indulge, explore and participate in the cultural charm, natural beauty and diversity across India’s most popular and hidden destinations.

    These include cycling and trekking programs in the Himalayas, Ladakh and Zanskar, Rajasthan and Kerala, experiential culture and discovery tours across India, wildlife tours and nature safaris popular with families and independent travellers.

    Our special interest activities focus on tailor-made programs in rural tourism, home stays, charity tours and cultural exchange programs for schools, students and volunteers.

    Responsible Tourism is and always has been one of the driving principles of Active India Holidays. Our commitment to sustainable tourism practices and initiatives has helped the company to integrate a responsible tourism policy in all major aspects of its operations and decision making right from the outset.

    Active India Holidays Private Limited is an Approved Adventure Travel company with Ministry of Tourism Government of India and member of the Adventure Tour Operators Association of India (ATOAI).

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A Sharma Associates
Architectural Design Consultancy

Mr. Anil Sharma
CEO

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    E-302, East of Kailash, New Delhi – 110065

    T: +91 11 26475054

    Member Since: May-2014

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    U-26, A/6, Ground Floor, DLF, Phase – III, Gurugram – 122002

    T: 0124 – 4062480
    M: +91 9810265781

    Member Since: November-2016

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Nidus Enterprises Private Limited

Nirat Kumar Bhatt
Chairman & MD
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    T: +91 079 – 26560166
    M: +91 – 9909904442
    203, Benkesha Complex, Near Navrangpura Bus Stand, Ahmedabad (Gujarat) – 380009
    Member Since: December 2017

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Maninderjit Singh (M/S Travel Tip)

Ms. Gurnoor Kaur
Manager
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    T: +91 181 – 5036400
    M: +91 9878390161

    202, 3rd Floor, Rampaa Centre Point, Above KFC, Model Town, Jalandhar (Punjab), Pin – 144003
    Member Since: April 2018

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Mukteshwar Health Resorts Pvt. Ltd.

Mr. Praveen Sharma
Director

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    T: +91 05942 – 236057
    M: +91 – 9837095706
    Fairhavens, Near Head Post Office, Malli Tal, Nainital, Pin – 263001 (Uttarakhand)
    Member Since: April 2018
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Contes Asia Private Limited

Mr. Haseeb R. Khan
Director
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    T: +91 141 2530260
    M: +91 9887717868

    396/9, Parkho ka Mohalla, Amer, Jaipur (Rajasthan), Pin Code – 302028
    Member Since: June 2018

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M/s Ranjit's Svaasa (A Unit of Golden Lake Properties Pvt. Ltd.)

Mr. Abhimanyu Mehra
MD
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    T: +91 183 2566618
    M: +91 98788 80618

    47-A, The Mall Road, Amritsar, Punjab – 143001
    Member Since: July 2018

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M/s Far Horizon Tours Pvt. Ltd

Mr. Sanjay Basu
MD
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    T: +91 129 4098000
    M: +91 98101 52903
    50 LGF, Charmwood Plaza, Erose Garden, Surajkund Road, Faridabad – 121009 Haryana
    Member Since: July 2018

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M/s Empyrean Skyview Projects Private Limited

Syed Junaid Altaf
M. D.
Syed Ali Jafary
Head – Sales & Marketing
Geetu Kaura
General Manager
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    M: +91 11 41130113
    T: +91 98101 58190
    T: +91 99060 01000
    T: +91 95606 50032″

    Plot No 1, First Floor, Kehar Singh Estate, Western Marg Lane No. 2, Saket, New Delhi – 110030
    Member Since: August 2018

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M/s Wanderlust Travels Pvt. Ltd

Maj. S. K. Yadav
M. D.
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    T: +91 11 29228483
    M: +91 98110 43497
    G-18, Masjid Moth, Greater Kailash, Part II, New Delhi – 110048
    Member Since: September 2018

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M/s Heritage Tours

Mr. Yugabrata Kar
Proprietor
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    T: +91 6752 255595
    M: +91 9437023656
    Mayfair Haritage, C. T. Road, Puri – 2, Odisha – 752002
    Member Since: September 2018

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M/s Kuber Management Company

Mr. Laximan Raul
Proprietor
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    M: +91 98220 80568″
    Office No. 401, Fourth Floor, Edcon Solitaire Building, Near Vodafone Gallery, Angod, Mapusa, Goa – 403507
    Member Since: October 2018

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M/s Namaskar Inde Tourism LLP

Mr. Shivraj Singh Shekhawat
Partner
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    M: +91 76909 66166
    Flat – F-1, D334, Near SKR Academy, Kardhani Scheme, Kalwar Road, Jhotwara, Jaipur – 302012 (Rajasthan)
    Member Since: May 2019

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M/s Cholan Tours P. Ltd.

Mr. K. Pandian
Director
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    T: +91 431 4226100

    Cholan Tours Pvt. Ltd., No. 4, Annai Avenue, Vasanth Nagar Extn. Kollidakarai, Srirangam, Trichy – 620006, Tamil Nadu
    Member Since: June 2019

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M/s Trekmunk Private Limited

Mr. Oshank Soni
Director
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    M: +91 9899009001
    38/12, Second Floor, East Patel Nagar, New Delhi – 110005
    Member Since: June 2019

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M/s Indian Travel Promotion Co. Pvt. Ltd.

Mr. Pradeep Kumar Marwah
Director
Mr. Sidhartha Roy
Sr. Vice President
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    M: +91 98101 26262
    Global Center 327, Udyog Vihar, Phase – II, Gurugram – 122016 Haryana
    Member Since: June 2019

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M/s Spiceland Holidays and Entertainment PLtd

Mr. Riyaz U. C.
Managing Director
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    T: +91 484 2361111
    M: +91 – 9895094000
    S. A. Road, Elamkulam, Kadavanthara, Cochin , Kerala – 682020
    Member Since: July 2019

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M/s Trexpert

Mr. Prashant K Masih
Founder Director
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    M: +91 8319983746
    3239/1, Tulsi Nagar, Ranjhi, Jabalpur , (M.P) – 482005
    Member Since: July 2019

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M/s Razdan Holidays

Mr. Dhruv Razdan
Director
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    M: +91 8132884780
    M/S Razdan Holidays, 308, Magnum House No. 1, Commercial Complex, Karampura, New Delhi – 110015

    Member Since: August 2019

    Razdan Holidays is a leading destination management company operating in the inbound tourism industry since the year 1957. In the recent past, it has been putting extensive efforts to promote responsible travel through the launch of its ‘Enable Sustainable Program’.

    The company started off as an adventure travel organizer in Kashmir and Ladakh, becoming the first company to operate foreign expeditions in the region.

    Ever since, it has expanded to include other products managing destinations for all over India.

    While it has established its headquarters in New Delhi, Razdan Holidays’s has its branch offices in Leh, Srinagar, Manali & associate offices across India and as well as partner offices in Bhutan, Sri Lanka & Nepal.

    Products sold range from classic tours to specialized itineraries. The company is a 3 time national award winner.

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M/s The Grand Dragon

Mr. Gulam Mustafa
Proprietor
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    M: +91 9622956266
    The Grand Dragon, Ladakh, Old Road, Sheynam, Leh – 194101

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M/s Zinigo Stays and Hideaways

Mr. Sandip Tiwari
Business Head
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    M: +91 9064799921
    2nd Mile, Sevoke Road, Ward – 43, Bhanu Nagar, Siliguri – 734001, West Bengal

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M/s Lords Inn Hotels & Developers

Mr. Bansal
Chief Operating Officer
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    M: +91 8527644777
    202, 2nd Floor, Morya Bluemoon Oppciti Mall, Andheri (W) , Mumbai – 400053

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M/s Immerse India Tours Pvt. Ltd.

Mr. Ujjawal
Vice President
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    M: +91 9711992099
    C-41, 10 c CGHS, Plot 8 C, Sector 11, Dwarka, New Delhi – 110075
    Member Since: March 2017

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Indeco leisure Hotels (P) Ltd.

Ms. Shahna Steve
Executive Director
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    M: +91 7550001979
    34, Sreyas Krishna Appartments, 3rd Floor, North Street, Sriram Nagar.Alwarpet.Chennai-600018
    Member Since: March 2020

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Distinct Destinations Private Limited

Mr. Narendra Singh Rathore
COO
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    M: +91 9818401791
    Alt F, Tower B, Suncity Success Tower, Sec – 65, Golf Course Ext. Road, Gurugram – 122101, Haryana
    Member Since: June 2020

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Synapses Adventures Private Limited

Mr. Mandeep Singh Dhillon
Director
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    M: +91 9910053205
    1021, Sector 21, Noida -201301 – Uttar Pradesh
    Member Since: June 2020

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Dewalokam Tours & Travels Pvt. Ltd.

Dr. A. J. Jose
Managing Director

Ms. Sinto Joseph
Director

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    Koduveli, Karimannoor, Idukki Distt. 685581 Kerala

    T: +91-11-46269000
    F: +91-11-46269001
    M: +91-9810730239

    Member Since: April-2010

    Dewalokam is one of the very special home stays in Kerala based on the principles of Sustainability and Responsibility. The extreme tranquility of the resort offers the guest an atmosphere favorable to introspection and retrospection bringing about a spiritual elation. We offer personalized care and attention and assure great value for the money spent. The guest is the god in our premises and the whole family and the staff give undivided attention to the visitor from the time the guest arrives until his departure, with out interfering with his privacy.

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Ananya Resorts & Holidays

Mr. Ajit Jain
General Manager

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    115, Pushpanjali Delhi – 110092

    T: 011 – 22373389, 22372996
    F: 011 – 22372996

    Member Since: January-2012

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Terra Ecotourism Pvt. Ltd

Mr. Snehal Sharma
Director

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    102, Abhijeet – 1, Mithakhali Six Roads, Ellish Bridge, Ahmedabad – 380006, Gujrat

    T: +91 79 66310640

    Member Since: April-2013

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Mr. Narendra Singh
Director

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    E -52 Amrapali Marg, Near Defence Public School, Vaishali Nagar, Jaipur – 302021 (India)

    T: +91 141 4022336

    Member Since: September-2013

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Harvest Fresh Farms

Mr.Kurian Jose
CEO

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    Reservation/Sales Office:
    Deepa Building, Santo Gopalan Road, Chullickal, COCHIN-682005

    T: +91-484-2227241, 2220802

    Camp Site:
    Lowercamp, Melagudalur, Near Thekkady – 625518

    Member Since: June-2015

    Harvest Fresh Farms is an Organic Fruit Farm and Farmstay nestled in the serene Cumbum Valley.

    A short 15 minute drive from Kumily, Thekkady, Kerala, the farm is strategically located at Lower Camp, very close to the famous Periyar Tiger Reserve. Harvest Fresh farms grows pomegranates as it chief harvest along with papaya, grape, coconut, tender coconut, sapota, mango and an apiary that produces the finest honey. The farm is also home to cows, geese, turkey, flying ducks and a flock of hens. A well laid out vegetable garden and an herbal garden ensures that there is fresh produce at all times in the kitchens. Accommodation is simple and comfortable with scenic views of the valley. Delicious traditional and local cuisine is served. Guests are invited to join in activities like harvesting in the fruit garden and tending to the animals. It is a great opportunity for people to learn about organic farming and with this hands on experience. As the sun sets, guests can relax, watch the stars, or simply read in quite luxury.

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M/s Viktorianz

Mr. Priyadarshi Chaudhury
Director, Bussiness Development

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    Vatika Atrium, 3rd Floor, Sector – 53, Gurgaon – 122001 (Haryana)

    T: +91 124-2386252
    M: +91 9910086245

    Member Since: August-2016

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M/s Anand @ the Satluj

Mr. Vikram Singh Sodhi

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    Anandpur House, W-10A/15, Western Avanue, Sainik Farms, New Delhi – 110062

    M: +91 9810271535

    Member Since: February-2017

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M/s TRS Skills Academy Pvt. Ltd.

Mr. Sunder Vasudevan
Founder & CEO
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    M: +91 9993741747
    305, Sakarix, Next to RBI Building, Next to City Gold, Asharam Road, Ahmedabad, Gujarat – 380009
    Member Since: December 2018

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Punjab Heritage & Tourism Promotion Board

Mr. Hussan Lal, IAS
Principal Secretary
Ms. Kanwalpreet Kaur Brar, IAS
Chief Executive Officer
Mr. Lakhmir Singh, PCS
Executive Director

E: secy.tca@punjab.gov.in, directorculture@gmail.com, ed.apd.phtpb@gmail.com

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    Plot No. 3, Archives Bhavan, Sector 38-A, Chandigarh – 160036

    T: +91-172-2741791, 5042969, 5042955

    Member Since: September-2012

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The Chief Conservator of Forests Eco-Tourism, ES & Plantation, Himachal Pradesh

Sh. Sanjay Sood, IFS
CEO-Cum-CCF
Eco-Tourism & Pub.
Department of Forests

E: hpecosoc@gmail.com

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    Mist Chamber, Khalini, SHIMLA – 171002 (H.P.)

    T: 0177-2623036
    F: 0177-2623036
    M: 9816234616

    Member Since: October-2010

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Mr. Akshay Shankar Kulshrestha
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    M: +91 9717648677
    20, Tagore Nagar, University Road, Gwalior (M.P.) – 474011

    Member Since: March 2017

    Akshay Shanker Kulshrestha have worked with various tourism organizations after completing his education in Tourism and Travel Management. Presently, he is working as a Senior Supervisor (Tourism & Marketing) with Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation Ltd. (IRCTC) and have been handling tourism and marketing along with off-board division of the world’s leading luxury train Maharajas’ Express. His experience at IRCTC has been extremely fruitful and was also awarded as the Employee of the year 2014 in individual category.

    Along with his regular job he has been diligently pursuing his academic interest in the Travel and Tourism Sector, to strengthen his academic credentials and give have exposure to research in areas of his interest. He is on the cusp of attaining PhD in Tourism from Jiwaji University, Gwalior.
    His primary areas of expertise include Tourism Marketing, Luxury Tourism, Tour Operations, Sales, Product development, Business development, Local community development, Sustainable and Ecotourism, etc. He has also travelled few foreign nations as a part of his research.

    He is also a life member of Indian Tourism and Hospitality Congress (ITHC), Indian Hospitality Congress (IHC), Youth Hostel Association of India (YHAI), Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH) and Responsible Tourism Society of India (RTSOI).

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Mr. Anirudh Chaoji
Honorary Treasurer

Ecologist

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    T: +91 9822056736

    A802, Rachana Sayantara, Hazari Pahad, Nagpur, Maharastra – 440007

    Member Since: May 2017

    Born in an Armed Forces family, I was always hooked to the outdoors. I soon realised that birds and smaller mammals fascinated me the most. Simultaneously, I found that Adventure was always a part of life. So have ended up being an explorer, trekker, scuba diver, sky diver, river rafter, birdwatcher and a nomad for life! Local people and their customs, and nature itself have been my biggest teachers – and I keep trying to learn more at every step.

    Founded one of the most popular wildlife and adventure camping organisations – Pugmarks, before selling it and moving to Maharashtra Forest Department at Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve (earlier Melghat Tiger Reserve). My mandate is to work in the field of creating a better eco tourism experience for visitors.

    I also work to create livelihood opportunities and then capacity-build the local forest neighbouring communities – enabling them to earn respectable incomes. They thereby become stakeholders in the process of conserving our beautiful wild spaces.

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Ms. Seema Bhatt
Independent Consultant - Biodiversity
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    O-10, First Floor, Chittaranjan Park, NEW DELHI – 110019

    Member Since: October-2009

    Seema Bhatt has worked extensively on issues related to ecotourism, biodiversity and climate change. Her particular focus of work is on strengthening the links between conservation of biodiversity and livelihoods of local communities. She views ecotourism as one such link and has coordinated two projects on ecotourism as the South Asia Coordinator for the USAID supported Biodiversity Conservation Network. Seema has since then worked extensively with various other ecotourism projects in India and other parts of South Asia. She has co-authored a book on Ecotourism Development in India published by the Cambridge University Press. Seema is a Fulbright Research Scholar and was based at the Center for Responsible Travel (CREST) in Washington DC where she explored the feasibility of ecotourism certification in India. She has since her return, been working on setting standards for ecotourism in India. Seema holds a Master’s degree in Environmental Studies from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. Seema Bhatt is at present with the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) of the United Nations.

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Dr. Sandeep Kulshreshtha
Professor, IITTM - Gwalior
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    B-33, RP Colony, Tansen Road, Gwalior – 474002

    Member Since: February-2014

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Mr. Muhammed Nahar J
Ecotourism Consultant
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    506, Moin Apartments, Mithakali, Naurangpura, Ahmedabad – 380009, Gujrat

    Member Since: April-2014

    Muhammed Nahar has been actively engaged in the ecotourism / sustainable tourism domain for over a decade. His interest towards Ecotourism got kick started at IIFM, Bhopal where he was a student of Natural Resources Management.
    In his professional journey so far, he has rich consulting experience in the field of ecotourism having worked closely with state governments, international agencies, joint ventures and private ecotourism ventures. He was involved in crafting ecotourism policies and plans for states like Madhya Pradesh and Karnataka and also managed some of the well known ecolodges for Govt. of Karnataka owned Jungle Lodges and Resorts Ltd. He also worked on projects related to Sustainable Tourism master planning and responsible tourism initiatives in Kerala as the Tourism Planner with GITPAC International. As a tourism expert he was part of the GITPAC team which had prepared the Feasibility study for Lake Victoria destination development in Uganda, East Africa. His most recent assignment was as with Gujarat Tourism Opportunity Limited, a Govt. of Gujarat initiative in association with IL&FS where as the Tourism Development consultant, he handled tourism projects related to conceptualization and development, project management, PPP projects in tourism, technical assistance in policy formulation, etc.

    Recognized as Global Tourism Expert from India by UNEP in its Database on Global Partnership for Sustainable Tourism, he maintains strong interest towards tourism research, conducting capacity building and training programs in the Tourism domain. He has published articles and write-ups in journals and magazines at the national and international level and has participated in various conferences in the field of eco tourism both as Speaker as well as Panelist. He has been appointed by QualityDestination/QualityCoast, an international sustainable tourism certification agency as its India national coordinator.

    Currently he is part of two international projects on ecotourism; as National Ecotourism Specialist with JICA assisted Sikkim Biodiversity Conservation and Forest Management Project and Team Leader and Ecotourism expert in SICOM (World Bank) project in Tamilnadu.

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Mr. Ghansham Sewakramani
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    Clark House, 8, Nathalal Parikh Marg, Opposite, Sahkari Bhandar, Colaba, Maharastra – 400001

    Member Since: January-2016

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Ms. Dolly Taldar
Resort Manager

Ramada Udaipur Resort & Spa

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    Rampura Circle, Khodiyat Road, Udaipur – 313001, Rajasthan, India

    M: +91 9001298882

    Member Since: November-2016

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Mr. Taba Tath

Department of Travel & Tourism
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    Rajiv Gandhi Govt. Polytechnic, Vivek Vihar, Itanagar – 791113, Arunachal Pradesh

    Member Since: May-2017

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Mr. Taba Tath

Dept. of Travel & Tourism, Rajiv Gandhi Govt. Polytechnic
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    M: +91 8132884780
    Dept. of Travel & Tourism, Rajiv Gandhi Govt. Polytechnic, Itanagar, Arunachal Pradesh – 791113
    Member Since: March 2017

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Ms. Saloni Singh

Student
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    M: +91 8436930444
    E-104, Mother Teresa Hall, Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, West Bengal – 721302
    Member Since: October 2018

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Mrs. Sarita Agnihotri
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    M: +91 – 9993741747
    251, Mridu Kishore Colony, Near Maharishi School, Mandla M.P. – 481661
    Member Since: December 2018
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Ms. Mridula Tangirala
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    M: +91 9873199677
    Head Tourism, Tata Trusts, R.K. Khanna Stadium, Africa Avenue, Safdarjung Enclave, New Delhi – 110029
    Member Since: May 2019
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Dr. Danish Iqbal Raina

Asst. Professor,
Baba Ghulam Shah Badshah University
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    M: +91 77809 27045
    Center for Hospitality & Tourism, Baba Ghulam Shah Badshah University, Rajouri, Jammu & Kashmir – 185234

    Dr. Danish Iqbal Raina, With PhD in Customer Relationship Management has more than 12 years of experience in Teaching and Administration. A nature lover and admirer of Responsible tourism Practises, my area of research focuses on the role of local communities in establishing responsible tourism Practices.

    Member Since: May 2019

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Ms. Sweety Jamgade

Asst. Professor
Ramaiah University of Applied Sciences
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    M: +91 8197682320
    A008, Temple Trees Apartment, J.P. Nagar, 6th Phase, Banglore, Karnatka – 560078

    Member Since: June 2019

    Dr. Sweety Jamgade, is an Asst. Professor in Ramaiah University of Applied Sciences, Faculty of Hospitality and Catering Technology, Bangalore, India. Treasures 16 years of overall experience in Academics and Industry. Have keen interest in research area in Tourism and Hospitality stream , passionate about Ecotourism & Sustainable Development of rural areas. Presented and published research papers in several National and International Seminars, Conferences. Published several research articles in various college journals. Have profound zeal to guide students in their professional and personal grooming. Active travel review writer and blogger in https://allaboutecotourism.blogspot.in/
    https://www.travelblog.org/Bloggers/Paryavaraniya-Paryatan-ECOTOURISM/
    https://www.travelblog.org/Asia/India/Maharashtra/Nagpur/blog-964162.html
    https://www.travelblog.org/Asia/India/Maharashtra/Nagpur/blog-964164.html
    https://www.travelblog.org/Asia/India/Maharashtra/Nagpur/blog-964165.html

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Ms. Malini Thadani
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    M: +91 9820140922
    21 A Kalpataru Habitat, Dr S S Rao Road, Lalbagh, Parel, Mumbai – 400012
    Member Since: July 2019

    With the acumen gained from two successful careers, the first in the Indian Revenue Service and the second at HSBC in India and Hong Kong, Malini advises corporates and not-for-profit Boards to design and operationalise the effective integration of sustainability, communications and investor relations into their strategic vision, so as to future-proof their organisations.

    Malini has been a Strategic advisor on Sustainability and ESG for Board level and Senior Business leaders. She has been a Leader of high level stakeholder groups and has held positions on international and regional Boards for industry bodies and not-for-profits. She is an Experienced civil servant of Indian Revenue Service, with 14 years’ experience in various Indian Government Ministries. She is skilled in designing, developing and implementing large-scale, complex, cross-border sustainability projects in partnership with global and regional think-tanks, not-for-profits and academia, specialising in areas including livelihoods, employability, entrepreneurship, sustainable finance, environmental resource security.

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Ms. Pearl Pallavi Sahu
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    M: +91 8989005415
    C/o Srimanta Sahu, Sati Smruti, Sutahat, Christian Sahi, Cuttack – 753001 (Odisha)

    With an MBA in Tourism and a Masters in English & Communications, I would love to use my knowledge practically in the field of sustainable and responsible tourism. I currently work for offbeat tours and marketing the rural tourism hubs of India. My main intention is to promote these regions of the country where the potential of tourism is rich but are yet unexplored. We are today stranded between overtourism and under-tourism and I look forward to bridging this gap in a more sustainable way. It is also important that the people of such regions are not exploited but benefitted. The whole idea of responsible tourism needs to be not just an idea but a common practice and this is the direction I am looking forward to.

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Dr. Pranab J Patar
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    1302/T6, Lotus Panache, Sector 110, Noida – 201304

    M: +91 9953048097

    Member Since: July-2020

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Mr. Sanat S. Gavankar
Representative
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    M: +91 8600802820, 9273397983
    Rukmai, Prabhu Alley, opp L.T. Udyaan, Vasai (W), Maharashtra – 401201
    Member Since: March 2018

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Mr. Sunny Vats
Student
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    M: +91 9804813005
    314, Kayastan, Rampur Maniharan, Saharanpur – 247451, Uttar Pradesh
    Member Since: August 2019
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Ms. Manisha Rajak
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    Sahu Rice Mill, Chhawani Banda, Distt. Banda UP 210001

    M: +91 7754892321

    Member Since: July-2020

The Responsible Tourism Society of India is looking for creative and hard working interns with a passion for responsible travel. This is a unique opportunity to work with a leading organization, learn about the Tourism & Travel industry, get exposed to the events and activities that RTSOI organizes, and get a deeper understanding of how the Tourism industry works.

For current students and recent graduates, this is an opportunity to learn about careers in a growing, dynamic, rewarding industry, while starting on the path toward being tomorrow’s innovators, travel industry leaders.

Interns will have the opportunity to work remotely from anywhere, communicating with the RTSOI team and Society Members, while learning about the industry, contributing to the goals and initiatives of the Society, and gaining practical and applicable work experience.

This is a remote part time position with flexible hours. Student must have access to computer and internet. Internships are not compensated.

Each program will last three to six months and accept up to 4 interns. Program extensions may be considered.

Skills Needed

  • English language proficiency.
  • Good verbal and written communication skills.
  • Experience with using Internet, email, basic document programs, Google Drive, etc.
  • Organization skills.
  • Time management skills.
  • Strong team player.
  • Ability to work remotely with internet access.
  • Social media skills a plus.

Program Benefits

  • The opportunity to work at National Level Society & events.
  • The opportunity to be published on one of our blogs.
  • Practical, real world work skills and experience working with a remote global team.
  • A Capstone or legacy project.
  • Exposure to our business community through various channels.
  • Access to research and education.
  • Access to job opportunities.
  • A certificate of completion of program at the end of the Three month period.

Terms are February to July and August to January.

Applications are currently being accepted for August to January 2020.

Apply for Internship

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