TV9 Network and Red Hat Communications recently came together to laud the efforts of the changemakers and draw the roadmap for leveraging India’s vast tourism potential – at the Iconic 2023 Summit.
At the day-long event held in the national capital, the tourism industry leaders came under one roof to discuss the future of the industry from the lens of sustainable development.
The day started with TV9 Network Travel and Tourism Summit, which was divided into several segments to cover all the relevant issues. The themes focused on identifying the challenges and opportunities in the travel and tourism sector.
Travel Agents Association of India (TAAI) president Jyoti Mayal said, “The travel industry has witnessed a major transformation over the past two years, especially during the pandemic which has been a huge learning experience for the industry at large. The pace of this transformation has been rapid more than ever. In the past few years, a few ancillary industries have emerged to contribute to the travel industry's evolution, skill development and growth. The Summit aimed to explore new developments and understand their positive impact on the sector.”
Raktim Das, Chief Growth Officer, TV9 Network, said, “The travel industry, which was disrupted by the COVID pandemic, is finally on the rebound. The travel industry has massive potential and is bound to grow at an unprecedented pace in the upcoming years. The Summit was an effort to appreciate the industry leaders' commendable progress and explore the upcoming trends for leveraging the India tourism story.”
The Summit commenced with inaugural addresses from the two guests of honour, Harin Fernando, Minister of Tourism and Lands, Government of Sri Lanka and Ajay Bhatt, Union Minister of State for Tourism and Defence. This was followed by panel discussion sessions on – ‘Tourism in Mission Mode’, ‘Techourism: Feasible or Fashionable?’ and ‘G20 Gains for Incredible India’.
The evening witnessed the felicitation of top performers adjudged by the jury. The fifth edition of the awards featured the best and the brightest in the travel and tourism industry.
Arvind Singh, Secretary, Union Ministry of Tourism, noted that the travel industry is expected to grow multi-fold in the coming years. “Events like these can bring focus on the strategies and ways to improve the average spends of people coming to India and promote wedding and MICE (Meetings, Incentives, Conferences and Exhibitions) tourism in the country, which augur well for the future growth of the travel industry.”
Fernando discussed initiatives taken by the Sri Lankan Government to improve tourism in the island country. He added, “Sri Lanka is a country that has a combination of exciting places for tourists to see along with participation in local cultural activities which have been attracting millennials and Gen Z from across the globe who desire to visit an ‘undiscovered’ destination.”
The day came to an end with the awards being presented to the winners.
The list of Iconic 2023 award winners is given below:
Customer delight international airlines- Emirates Airlines
Customer delight domestic airlines- Indigo
Luxury Indian hotels- Taj Hotels
Business Hotel India- Hyatt Regency Delhi
Emerging Sustainable Airline Domestic- Akasa Air
Technology award- ITQ Travel port
Travel platform B2B - Nexus DMC
Most trusted travel Insurance Provider – ASEGO
Missions and Visa facilitation- VFS
Effective Tourism Representation- Think Strawberry