WWF & PATA Foundation Awards program was established in 1999. The Award consists of the following categories:
1. Conservation of Wildlife
2. 2 Individual Awards
3. 1 Organization Award
Award includes citation and cash award of Rs. 1 Lakh. Applicants are screened by awards committee consisting of WWF, PATA Chapter, Industry specialists and Life Member Mr Inder Sharma. Awards are presented annually. Awards are funded by initial corpus established by PATA Foundation & WWF.
PATA India & WWF successfully conducted WWF PATA bagh Mitra Awards, on 19th December, 2016 at WWF Secretariat office at Lodhi Estate, New Delhi
Mr. Inder Sharma, Life Member PATA India, along with Ravi Singh, WWF India secretary general, presented the awards to the following winners
The Pench-Bor Tiger Reserve Conservation Foundation, awarded in the organization category, received the honour on the basis of their work to promote job based skill development aimed at youth and women folk of the region. Through this initiative over 1200 youth have been provided with alternate livelihood option. The Foundation has also initiated a unique Green School Programme, reaching out to nearly half a lakh school students into direct action related to wildlife and nature conservation. M S Reddy received the award on behalf of Pench Bor Tiger Conservation Foundation
Mr Ashish Tiwari, Special Secretary, Forest & Environment, Government of Uttar Pradesh, awarded under the Individual category, has played an instrumental role in bringing various stakeholders such as inter-agency cooperation involving enforcement agencies, civil society representatives like WWF, Katerniaghat Foundation, media, judiciary and the trans-boundary Nepal police and forces on a common platform. He has worked in Dudhwa Tiger Reserve for more than 6 years and has been at the helm of operations in the Hastinapur Wildlife Sanctuary for over 2 years.
Women Empowerment InitiativeEmpowering Women through Inclusive Work
|PEAK DMC, India|
HeritageIndia Heritage Walk Festival
Marketing Media – Travel Advertisement Broadcast MediaHolidays Bring You Closer
|SOTC Travel LTD, India|
Marketing Media – Travel Advertisement Print MediaYalla Kerala Campaign
|Kerala Tourism, India|
Marketing Media – Travel BrochureExperiential Showcase of the Indian Journeys
|Cox and Kings, India|
Marketing Media – Travel PosterLive Inspired Campaign
|Kerala Tourism, India|
Marketing Media – Travel VideoUncommon Experience
|The Ultimate Travelling Camp, India|
Please Follow the link : Face Of The Future
At a glittering ceremony, graced by President of India Mr. Ram Nath Kovind, the National Tourism Awards were presented on World Tourism Day, at Vigyan Bhawan New Delhi.
These prestigious Awards were presented to a galaxy of deserving Individuals & Organizations from the Travel, Tourism & Hospitality fraternity.
We are very pleased to note that several of our Members have been recognized for their exemplary contribution in promoting India as a ‘Destination of choice’ amongst tourists.
We are hosting pictures of some of the winners of these awards on our website and look forward to several of our members winning similar accolades in future. Our Members who won the first prize in the category are:
Best Inbound Tour operator
· Abercrombie & Kent – 1st category.
· Minar Travels, New Delhi – 2nd category.
· Pettitts India Tours Pvt. Ltd., New Delhi – 3rd category.
· Special Holidays Travel Pvt. Ltd., New Delhi – 6th category.
Best Domestic Tour operator
· Heat Travels & Tours (India) – for North Eastern Region
· Yatra Online – for Rest of India
Best Mice operator
· Alpcord Network Travel
· Lotus Destinations Pvt. Ltd.
|NATIONAL TOURISM AWARDS 2015-16|
|Hall of Fame|
|1||Best State/UT Comprehensive Development of Tourism Rest of India||State Government of Gujarat|
|2||Best State/UT Comprehensive Development of Tourism Rest of India||State Government of Madhya Pradesh|
|3||Best Inbound Tour Operator Category 1||Le Passage to India Tours and Travels, New Delhi|
|4||Best Inbound Tour Operator Category 4||Travelite India, New Delhi|
|5||Most innovative use of IT/Social Media/Mobile App||Department of Tourism, Government of Kerala|
|Award winners for all other categories|
|6||Best State / Union Territory For Comprehensive Development of Tourism (Rest of India)||First Prize: Andhra Pradesh
Second Prize: Rajasthan
Third Prize (Joint Winners): Kerala and Goa
|7||Best Civic Management of a Tourist Destination||Cat B: Khargone, Madhya Pradesh
Cat C: Sarovaram Bio Park, Kerala
|8||Best Tourist Friendly Railway Station||Ujjain Railway Station, Madhya Pradesh|
|9||Best Airport – Class X Cities||Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport, Mumbai.|
|10||Best Airport- Other cities (Joint Winner)||Srinagar International Airport, Srinagar, J&K
Swami Vivekananda Airport, Raipur
|11||Best Heritage City (Joint Winner)||Chanderi, Madhya Pradesh|
|12||Excellence in Publishing in English||The Heart of Incredible India’ Coffee Table Book by Madhya Pradesh Tourism Board|
|13||Excellence in Publishing in Hindi||Simhastha 2016 by Madhya Pradesh Tourism Board|
|14||Excellence in Publishing in Foreign Language other than English (Joint Winners)||Reanimar – En el Propio Pais de Dios (Spanish Brochure) by Department of Tourism, Government of Kerala|
|15||Best Tourism Film||Promotional Films on Rajasthan by Department of Tourism, Government of Rajasthan|
|16||Best Tourism Promotion Publicity Material by States/Union Territories||Your Next Blockbuster Destination – A Film Tourism Brochure by Department of Tourism, Government of Kerala|
|17||Most Innovative use of Information Technology – Social Media / Mobile App||Goa Tourism Development Corporation Ltd. Panaji|
|18||Best Inbound Tour Operator/ Travel agent Category 1||First Prize: Abercrombie Kent India
Second Prize: SDU Travels, New Delhi
|19||Best Inbound Tour Operator/ Travel agent Category 2||First Prize: Minar Travels India|
|20||Best Inbound Tour Operator/ Travel agent Category 3||First Prize: Pettitts India Tours|
|21||Best Inbound Tour Operator/ Travel agent Category 6||First Prize: Special Holidays Travel|
|22||Best Domestic Tour Operator (promoting and selling tourism products of North East Region including Sikkim)||Heat Travels and Tours India, Siliguri|
|23||Best Domestic Tour Operator (Promoting the Rest of India)||Category 1: Yatra Online
Category 2: Clubside Tours and Travels, Darjeeling
|24||Best Adventure Tour Operator-Domestic||Clubside Tours and Travels, Kolkata|
|25||Best MICE Operator||Alpcord Network, New Delhi|
|26||Best Tour Operator promoting Niche Segments other than MICE and Adventure||Lotus Destinations, Cochin|
|27||Best Hotel Based Meeting Venue||The Ashok, New Delhi|
|28||Hotel providing best facilities for the differently abled guests||The Lalit, New Delhi|
|29||Best Eco Friendly Hotel||ITC Maurya, New Delhi|
|30||Best Chef (In 4 star, 5 star, 5 star Deluxe, Heritage, Classic & Grand category Hotels)||Chef Arvind Rai, The Ashok Hotel New Delhi|
|31||Most Innovative and Unique Tourism Project||Hanuwantiya and Jal Mahotsava, Madhya Pradesh Tourism|
|32||Best Responsible Tourism Project/ Initiative (Joint Winner)||Responsible Tourism in Kumarakom, Department of Tourism, Government of Kerala|
|33||Best Film Promotion Friendly State||Madhya Pradesh|
|34||Best State for Adventure Tourism||Madhya Pradesh|