Lavasa wins PATWA Award for ‘India’s Smart City in Tourism’
Lavasa has been conferred with the International Council of Pacific Area Travel Writers Association (PATWA) award for ‘India’s Smart City in Tourism’ at ITB Berlin 2015, which concluded earlier this week. Dr Taleb Rifai, Secretary General, United Nation’s World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), presented the award to Rajiv Duggal, Senior Vice President – Tourism, Hospitality & Leisure, Lavasa Corporation Limited. Other dignitaries present at the award ceremony included Arben Ahmetaj, Minister of Economic Development & Tourism, Albania; Selma Elloumi Rekik, Minister of Tourism and Handicraft, Tunisia; Alain St. Ange, Minister of Tourism, Seychelles; Mohamed Hisham Abbas Zaazou, Minister of Tourism, Egypt; Dr Suman Billa, Joint Secretary of Tourism, Government of India; and Martin Buck, Vice President, ITB Berlin.
“We are extremely honored to receive the Award. Earlier we got an award for ‘Emerging Destination in India’ but this award takes us several notches higher, more so at a time when the Indian government is planning to build 100 Smart Cities. Recognition by an international body propels Lavasa on the international tourism map and gives an opportunity to foreign tourists to explore and experience the beautiful landscape of the city. The 100-acre Medicity coming up in the second town, Mugaon will help showcase Lavasa as a Medical Tourism destination for the Middle East and European markets. Also, the recognition has now opened doors for international tie-ups and investments,” said Duggal.
PATWA is a global travel writers’ organisation, represented by members from 70 countries. It organises international awards every year at the ITB Berlin. The awards recognise individuals and organisations involved in the promotion of tourism from various sectors such as aviation, hotels, travel agencies, and tour operators.
By TBM Staff | Mumbai