WTM 2014 World Travel Leader Award for Jehangir Katgara

SanJeet, Publisher, TravTalk India (right) with Jehangir Katgara, Chairman & Managing Director
of TBI (centre) and Homa Mistry, CEO, TBI.

London, England:

Jehangir Katgara, Chairman and Managing Director of TBI Trail Blazer Tours India, has won a prestigious World Travel Market 2014 World Travel Leaders Award in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the Indian travel industry.

DDP Publications Pvt. Ltd, Publisher & Director, Mr SanJeet presented the coveted award to Trailblazer Tours Chairman & Managing Director, Mr. Jehangir Katgara at the WTM World Travel Leaders Awards ceremony.

The Awards give WTM's Official Media Partners – which represent key travel industry media around the world – an excellent platform to congratulate and recognise those companies and individuals which have made the greatest contributions to travel and tourism in their region or sector. Three nominations from each of WTM's media partners were judged in September by a panel of three, made up of an independent body, a representative of WTM and the relevant media partner.

Katgara is credited with introducing the concept of air charters to India.

In the 1970s as an executive working for Travel Corporation India (TCI), Katgara was instrumental in expanding the TCI overseas network in Canada, Europe, the Far East, Australia and South America.

In 2006, TCI was sold to Thomas Cook and Katgara started Trail Blazer Tours India (TBI), which serves both the leisure and business travel markets, with 10 offices in India and overseas representations in China, Korea, Australia, France, UK, Austria, USA, Canada, Germany and Bulgaria.

Katgara strongly believes in giving back to society and has set up the Katgara Foundation, providing aid, grants, meals to school children and donations to worthy causes. To date the foundation has assisted over 5,000 individuals or institutions, including the construction of a wing at Masina Hospital in Mumbai.

An active member of the Travel Agents Association of India (TAAI), he is on the boards of numerous state tourism bodies and is a member of the executive committee of the PATA India Chapter.

Reed Travel Exhibitions, Senior Director, World Travel Market, Simon Press said "Katgara is one of the best known and most respected members of the Indian travel trade and has been at the forefront of this industry throughout the period since the 1980s. He strongly believes in giving back to society and his Katgara Foundation has done some excellent work among communities in India."

Courtesy: Eturbo News
November 5, 2014

More about the World Leaders Awards

Every year, World Travel Leaders Awards are presented at WTM. The World Tourism Award, celebrating its 17th anniversary, was inaugurated in 1997 to "Recognize individuals, companies, organizations, destinations and attractions for outstanding initiatives related to the travel and tourism industry, and in fostering sustainable tourism and developing programs that give back to local communities." It is presented every year by co sponsors Corinthia Hotels, New York Times Global, United Airlines and host sponsor Reed Travel Exhibitions.

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