WTM Responsible Tourism Awards
Ms. Usha Thakur, Honourable Minister, M.P. Tourism; Mr. Harold Goodwin, Director ICRT and Mr. Sheo Shekhar Shukla, PS Tourism MP, Mr. Ajay Dutta, VP, IHCL and Ms. Kanika Hasrat, Area Director-Uttar Pradesh, MP & Uttarakhand & GM - Taj Bhopal, IHCL
MUMBAI, SEPTEMBER 13, 2022: Indian Hotels Company (IHCL), India’s largest hospitality company, has been recognised at the International Convention of WTM Responsible Tourism, an international forum to drive responsible tourism globally. IHCL was the winner for India and the sub-continent in the category of Sustaining Employees and Communities through the pandemic and Contributing to the Cultural Heritage of India.
Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Gaurav Pokhariyal, Executive Vice President – Human Resources, IHCL, said, “IHCL has always been committed to driving responsible tourism. In line with the framework of Paathya, it is our endeavour to lead positive change in sustainability and social impact measures. It is an honour to be recognised by a prestigious organisation like WTM and strengthens our resolve of building a more sustainable and inclusive future. ”
Under the Sustaining Employees and Communities through the Pandemic category, IHCL was recognised for 'Meals to Smiles', an initiative which offered 4.5 million meals to healthcare providers and migrant workers across cities in India at the peak of the pandemic and 'Taj for Family', program for supporting the members of the hospitality industry. IHCL’s collaboration with UNESCO to preserve and promote Intangible Cultural Heritage (IHC) was awarded under the Contributing to Cultural Heritage category.
The International Convention for Responsible Tourism recognizes companies for their efforts towards promoting the development of responsible tourism businesses and initiatives and includes a channel of individuals who support the concept of responsible tourism as defined in the Cape Town Declaration and assure that all activities adhere to the Declaration's spirit. For more about Paathya and its initiatives, please visit here.
About The Indian Hotels Company Limited
The Indian Hotels Company Limited (IHCL) and its subsidiaries bring together a group of brands and businesses that offer a fusion of warm Indian hospitality and world-class service. These include Taj – the iconic brand for the most discerning travellers and ranked as the World’s Strongest Hotel Brand and India’s Strongest Brand as per Brand Finance Hotels 50 Report 2022 and India 100 Report 2022, respectively; SeleQtions, a named collection of hotels; Vivanta, sophisticated upscale hotels; and Ginger, which is revolutionising the lean luxe segment.
Incorporated by the founder of the Tata Group, Jamsetji Tata, the Company opened its first hotel - The Taj Mahal Palace, in Bombay in 1903. IHCL has a portfolio of 242 hotels including 62 under development globally across 4 continents, 11 countries and in over 100 locations. The Indian Hotels Company Limited (IHCL) is India’s largest hospitality company by market capitalization. It is primarily listed on the BSE and NSE.
Please visit: www.ihcltata.com; www.tajhotels.com; www.seleqtionshotels.com; www.vivantahotels.com; www.gingerhotels.com
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