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MUMBAI - 04 September 2012 – Shri Prithviraj Chauhan, Chief Minister of Maharashtra presented The Indian Association of Tour Operators (IATO) Hall of Fame award to hotelier and visionary, Capt. C. P. Krishnan Nair, Chairman of The Leela Palaces, Hotels and Resorts, for his invaluable contribution to the tourism industry. The award was conferred at the 28th IATO Annual Convention held at NCPA, Nariman Point, Mumbai, before industry stalwarts including Deputy Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Ajit Anantrao Pawar, Tourism Minister of Maharashtra, Chhagan Bhujbal, Minister of Maharashtra State for Tourism, Ranjit Kamble Minister of Bihar state for Tourism, Sunil Kumar and President of IATO, Subhash Goyal.

With over 4,000 members covering all sectors, The Indian Association of Tour Operators (IATO) is the national apex body of the tourism industry. Established in 1982, IATO today enjoys international acceptance and close interactions with tourism associations in US, Nepal and Indonesia, among others.

The recipient of several accolades, including the Padma Bhushan, Capt. Nair reflecting on his journey said, “It is a great honor to be recognized by an association that has successfully established itself as a leader, advocate and a catalyst for the responsible development of the Indian travel and tourism industry. This award motivates me to further serve and contribute towards the industry’s goals and initiatives.”

Today, The Leela Palaces, Hotels and Resorts have set a new benchmark for luxury hotels in India, providing discerning business and leisure travellers from national as well as international markets with the finest in guest services. Capt. Nair has built a formidable team to assist him in delighting guests at each of his hotels and placing the group on the global map.

The Leela Palaces, Hotels and Resorts group manages seven award-winning hotels in prime urban and resort locations across India – Mumbai, Bangalore, Gurgaon, New Delhi, Goa, Kovalam and Udaipur. An eighth hotel, the first seafront luxury Palace hotel in Chennai, a city known as the gateway to South India, is opening shortly.

About The Leela Palaces, Hotels and Resorts

The Leela Palaces, Hotels and Resorts is owned and operated by Hotel Leelaventure Ltd. headquartered in Mumbai. The luxury hotel group manages seven award-winning hotels in India which includes prime urban locations in Bangalore, Gurgaon, Mumbai, New Delhi and magical holiday escapes in Goa, Kovalam and Udaipur. Properties under development will open soon in Chennai followed by Agra, Jaipur and Ashtamudi, Kerala. The Leela Palaces, Hotels and Resorts is dedicated to extending warm, gracious, anticipatory service in settings that ideally capture the essence of India. The group has marketing alliances with Germany-based Kempinski, US-based Preferred Hotels & Resorts and is a member of Global Hotel Alliance based in Switzerland. For further information, contact your travel counsellor or visit our website at www.theleela.com

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