Conde Nast Traveller India gives away Readers Travel Awards 2012

The winners will be featured in the December 2012 issue

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Conde Nast Traveller India gives away Readers Travel Awards 2012

The Readers' Travel Award winners will be featured in the December 2012 issue of Condé Nast Traveller India

BestMediaInfo Bureau | Delhi | December 3, 2012


Condé Nast Traveller India, the last word in travel, announced the winners of the second edition of the Readers' Travel Awards at The Oberoi, Gurgaon. The award ceremony was attended by some of the most eminent names in the travel, tourism and hospitality industries such as Shri Nasir Aslam Wani, Hon'ble Minister of State for Tourism & Home, Jammu & Kashmir, Shri Parvez Dewan, Secretary Tourism, Govt. of India, Amitabh Kant - CEO & MD of the Delhi Mumbai Industrial Corridor Development Corporation, His Excellency Pisan Manawapat, Ambassador of Thailand to India, Her Excellency Jan Henderson, High Commissioner of New Zealand in India, His Excellency Mohamed Naseer, High Commissioner – Designate of Maldives in India,  Raymond Bickson – MD & CEO IHCL, , Aditya Ghosh – President IndiGo, GM Toh – General Manager India -  Singapore Airlines, Madhavan Menon – MD Thomas Cook, Rajiv Kaul – President at The Leela Palaces, Hotels & Resorts, Kapil Chopra- Executive Vice President, The Oberoi Group, Vikram Madhok Vikram Madhok, - MD, Abercrombie & Kent India Ltd , William Dalrymple and Vir Sanghvi, among others.

The introduction of a special set of awards, The Excellence Awards with categories 'Taking Brand India Global', 'Regenerating Tourism' and 'Promoting Cultural Tourism' honoured outstanding achievers in the field who have made a significant contribution to the travel industry and helped put India on the global travel map.

Condé Nast Traveller Readers' Travel Awards have been created with the objective of recognizing and honouring the best in the travel, tourism and hospitality industry, as chosen by the discerning and influential readers of Condé Nast Traveller. As the Indian traveller becomes more and more important, these results are a barometer of his changing tastes and preferences, carefully watched by not only the domestic industry, but globally too. With no nominations for the award categories and voting left open to readers, Condé Nast Traveller Readers' Travel Awards are considered indicative of what people really want and enjoy.

Readers of Condé Nast Traveller India had the opportunity to vote across 22 categories for their favourite destinations, hotels, airlines, spas, airports and more. The winners were then chosen after being scored on several parameters unique to each category. Through a lucky draw, five voters also won a luxury hotel stay courtesy Preferred Group of Hotels at world class destinations of Beijing, Tokyo, Singapore, Jakarta and Bangkok.

The Readers' Travel Award winners will be featured in the December 2012 issue of Condé Nast Traveller India, which will be on stands on 7th December.

While opening the awards ceremony, Chief Guest, Parvez Dewan, Secretary Tourism – Govt. of India said, “My connection with Condé Nast Traveller goes back to my earlier days. When I started doing my research on hotel standards I used Condé Nast Traveller as a benchmark to better understand the industry. Having such credible lineage, I feel that that the Condé Nast Traveller Readers' Travel Awards have become the Oscars of the Indian travel industry.”

Commenting on the success of the awards ceremony, Alex Kuruvilla, MD, Condé Nast India, said, “Having introduced the prestigious global Readers' Travel Awards last year and set a benchmark in excellence for the travel industry, I feel that Condé Nast Traveller India has outdone itself this year. We are proud to host the most credible awards for the discerning luxury traveller, and spearhead growth in the luxury travel space in India.”


Divia Thani Daswani, Editor, Condé Nast Traveller said, “Condé Nast Traveller Readers' Travel Awards are widely acknowledged as the most prestigious awards in the travel industry because they are voted for by our discerning readers, who understand, appreciate and ultimately consume luxury travel products and services. This year we have received an even greater response, given the increased circulation and reach of the magazine, and the growing appetite for luxury travel. I believe that a magazine needs to not only provide the best information, but also needs to listen to its readers. At Condé Nast Traveller we take votes and feedback seriously and create our product to make sure that it reflects what our readers truly want.”


Kapil Chopra, Executive Vice President, The Oberoi Group commented, “We are delighted to host the prestigious Readers' Travel Awards by Condé Nast Traveller India this year at The Oberoi, Gurgaon. I believe both our brands offer unique and memorable experiences- be it in travel or hospitality. Discerning travellers are constantly looking for information about new destinations just as much as they want a flawless stay. We both make travel a pleasure for such travellers and this evening is about celebrating distinct experiences.”









  1. Country - Thailand
  2. Overseas City - London
  3. Indian City – New Delhi
  4. India Leisure Destination – Goa
  5. Emerging Overseas Destination – New Zealand
  6. Emerging Indian Destination – Coorg
  7. Overseas Business Hotel - London Hilton on Park Lane
  8. Business Hotel in India - The Oberoi, Gurgaon
  9. Overseas Leisure Hotel - Taj Exotica Resort and Spa, Maldives
  10. Leisure Hotel in India - Park Hyatt Goa Resort and Spa
  11. New Overseas Hotel - The St Regis Bangkok
  12. New Hotel in India - Grand Hyatt Goa
  13. Boutique Hotel in India - Devi Garh Fort Palace, Udaipur
  14. Hotel Loyalty Programmes - Taj Inner Circle, Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces
  15. Airport - Singapore Changi Airport
  16. Airline for Travel outside India – Emirates
  17. Airline for Travel within India – Jet Airways
  18. Cruise Liners - Royal Caribbean International
  19. Specialist Tour Operator - Thomas Cook
  20. Overseas Hotel Spa – CHI, The Spa at Shangri-La Hotel, Bangkok
  21. Hotel Spa in India - Kaya Kalp - the Royal Spa, ITC Mughal, Agra
  22. Destination Spa - Ananda Spa at Ananda in the Himalayas, Rishikesh

Excellence Awards 

  1. Taking Brand India Global: Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces
  2. Taking Brand India Global: Department of Tourism, Government of Kerala
  3. Regenerating Tourism: Jammu & Kashmir
  4. Regenerating Tourism – International: Japan
  5. Promoting Cultural Tourism: Jaipur Literature Festival
  6. Promoting Cultural Tourism: India Art Fair