Wednesday, December 4, 2013

And the winner is THAILAND!

And the winner is THAILAND! Thailand again voted most favourite country by Top Indian Travellers

New Delhi, 3 December, 2013: For the third time in a row, Thailand was voted the most ‘Favourite Country’ at the annual Readers’ Travel Awards of the Indian edition of Condé Nast Traveller. The prestigious award, which is based on votes cast by readers of India’s leading luxurious travel magazine, was conferred at a glitz-and-glamour ceremony on the lawns of the ITC Maurya Hotel in New Delhi on 28 November, 2013. About 300 of India’s leading hoteliers, travel agents, airline and luxurious service executives, and other eminent tourism industry personalities were in attendance

The event was hosted by leading Indian actress Neha Dupia and awards were presented by Mr. Alex Kuruvilla, Managing Director of Condé Nast India Pvt. Ltd., and Ms. Divia Thani Daswani, Editor of Condé Nast Traveller India.

Mr. Soonthorn Chaiyindeepum, Minister and Deputy Chief of Mission of the Thai Embassy, and Miss Runjuan Tongrut, Director of the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) office in New Delhi, accepted the award. Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Soonthorn thanked the readers, editors and staff of Condé Nast Traveller India, as well as Indian travellers for their continued fondness of Thailand. He stressed that the political situation in Thailand will not harm the country’s tourism industry and foreign travellers are always welcome in the kingdom, with its famous Thai hospitality and ensured safety.

“Under the leadership of Director Runjuan of TAT, Thailand attracted over 1 million Indian travellers last year,” Mr. Soonthorn said, noting that Indian arrivals have also risen strongly this year.

About the Tourism Authority of Thailand

The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), promoter of Thailand’s tourism worldwide, is partnering to showcase the best Thailand has to offer for India, and to project the image of Thailand as a luxury and high-end destination for Indian travellers.

About Conde Nast Traveller Reader’s Travel Awards;

The Condé Nast Traveller Readers’ Travel Awards are globally renowned and considered the most prestigious in the industry. They honour the best in travel, tourism and hospitality, as chosen by the discerning and influential readers of Condé Nast Traveller.

Readers of Condé Nast Traveller India voted for their preferred Destinations, Airlines, Hotels, Spas, Airports and more, across 25 categories, based on their personal experiences.

About Conde Nast Traveller India

Conde Nast Traveller Magazine – India is a bi-monthly luxury magazine

Circulation: 30,000

Readership: 150,000

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1.Favourite Country: Thailand
2.Favourite Overseas City: Dubai
3.Favourite Indian City: Mumbai
4.Favourite Indian Leisure Destination: Goa
5.Favourite Emerging Overseas Destination : Malaysia
6.Favourite Emerging Indian Destination : Leh-Ladakh
7.Favourite Overseas Business Hotel: 51 Buckingham Gate Taj Suites & Residences
8.Favourite Business Hotel In India: The Oberoi, Gurgaon
9.Favourite Overseas Leisure Hotel: The Address Dubai Mall
10.Favourite Leisure Hotel In India: Rambagh Palace
11.Favourite New Overseas Hotel: W Singapore - Sentosa Cove
12.Favourite New Business Hotel In India: Park Hyatt Chennai
13.Favourite New Leisure Hotel In India: ITC Grand Chola, Chennai
14.Favourite Boutique Hotel In India: Devi Garh by lebua
15.Favourite Hotel Loyalty Programme: Taj InnerCircle, Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces
16.Favourite Airport: Singapore Changi Airport
17.Favourite Airline Used For Travel Outside India: Emirates
18.Favourite Airline Used For Travel Within India: IndiGo
19.Favourite Cruise Line: Royal Caribbean International
20.Favourite Specialist Tour Operator: Thomas Cook
21.Favourite Online Travel Agent (OTA):
22.Favourite Travel App: TripAdvisor
23.Favourite Overseas Hotel Spa: Jiva Grande Spa, Taj Exotica Resort and Spa
24.Favourite Hotel Spa In India: The Spa by ESPA, The Leela Palace New Delhi
25.Favourite Destination Spa: Sereno Spa, Park Hyatt Goa Resort and Spa

Excellence Awards:
Excellence Award for Promoting Cultural Tourism - founders of the Kochi-Muziris Biennale, Mr Bose Krishnamachari and Mr Riyas Komu
Excellence Award for Wildlife Conservation - Mr Valmik Thapar

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