Times Group has launched Times Travel Honours to recognise achievements in travel and tourism industry. The award will cover the entire travel and hospitality space, including airlines, railways, water transport, road passenger transport, tourism boards, fleet taxi services, ticketing firms, travel operators and back end service providers.
Times Group has brought on board 100 well known professionals from the industry, who will judge nominations in 20 broad categories for the awards. Leela Palace Hotel’s Chairman Capt CP Krishnan Nair will chair the academy.
Indian Travel and Tourism Economy ranks 14th in the absolute size worldwide as per The World Travel and Tourism report for 2010 in which 180 countries were evaluated. India is one of the fastest growing markets for tourism sector and ranks fifth in long term growth.
The academy will conduct an annual travel survey to gauge the pulse of the industry and has plans to come out with a journal on trends and news relating to the $67.3 billion tourism sector.
Winners in three categories – Best Airline, Hotel and Tour Operator – will be adjudged through public voting via Internet and SMS.
Outstanding achievement of individuals who have changed the course of the Indian travel industry through regulatory changes, business initiatives or sheer determination and will power will be recognised for top honours at these annual awards. Their nomination will be judged on the impact created in the Indian travel industry over the previous years.
The Times Travel Academy will also conduct and participate in a series of round tables to discuss pressing issues of the Indian travel industry, as well as provide their inputs in releasing a white paper on the key trends and issues in the Indian travel industry.
Academy membership will be on invitation basis only in year one. In subsequent years it will be basis the consideration of the Academy.