Lonely Planet Magazine India Travel Awards 2016


The most trusted source in travel is back toacknowledge and honour the best in travel andtourism this year. Now in its fifth year, the Lonely Planet Magazine India Travel Awards 2016 aims to present not only the most coveted, but also the most relevant awards in the Indian travel industry. It is a people’s choice awards, where readers vote for their favourite travel experiences based on nominations shortlisted by a panel of travel experts and professionals.
The expert panel this year comprises Vardhan Kondvikar – Editor, Lonely Planet Magazine India;Manu Kashyap – Director, Windmill Holidays;SunilaPatil–Co-Founder & Director, Veena World;MadhavanMenon– Chairman & Managing Director, Thomas Cook India;SuchetaPotnis& Hans Tuinman– Founders, www.travellers-palm.com; Deep Kalra – Founder & CEO, MakeMyTrip, and Vishal Suri – Managing Director, Kuoni India.
Vardhan Kondvikar, Editor of Lonely Planet Magazine India, said,“The Lonely Planet Magazine India Travel Awards have always centred around the travellers themselves, and are voted upon by the experiential, curious, exploratory readers of the magazine. In 2016, they have again voted for their favourite destinations and experiences, which range from destinations as well-known as Goa and Switzerland to the still-unknown, like Nagaland and Peru. The notable thing about these is that it is travellers effectively encouraging other travellers to go forth and try things they wouldn’t have otherwise, a cornerstone of the Lonely Planet philosophy.”
Deepak Lamba, CEO, Worldwide Media Ltd, said, “Lonely Planet Magazine Indiais one of the most sought-after brands in travel and tourism. Its legacy continues to be relevant because of its robust content, which is a fantastic mix of destinations presented with a fresh perspective and with a practical approach to travel. Moreover, the content of Lonely Planet Magazine Indiagoes beyond print and engages the consumer with superlative events, IPs and associations with relevant partners within the industry. This combination makes the Lonely Planet Magazine India Travel Awards the most credible and well-researched awards of the Indian travel industry.”
The ceremony this year was hosted by India’s most sought-after master of ceremonies, the TV/Radio host and voice-over professional SiddharthKannan, and the event was held at the St Regis, Mumbai, on Monday, May 9, 2016, 7pm onwards.
The awards saw the who’swho from the travel and entertainment industry presenting the awards and joining the winners of 2016.
The 2016 LPMI winners are:
India’s Favorite Destination – The USA
Best Emerging Destination – Peru (International), Nagaland (Indian)
Best Destination for Culture – Jordan (International), Uttar Pradesh (Indian)
Best Destination for Adventure – New Zealand (International), Himachal Pradesh (Indian)
Best Destination for Wildlife – South Africa (International), Madhya Pradesh (Indian)
Best Destination for Families – The United Kingdom (International), Kerala (Indian)
Best Value Destination – Turkey (International), Goa (Indian)
Best Destination for Food & Drink – Singapore (International), Mumbai (Indian)
Best Destination for Relaxation – The Maldives (International), Rajasthan (Indian)
Best Destination for Shopping – Dubai (International), Delhi (Indian)
Best Destination for Romance – Switzerland (International), Jammu & Kashmir (Indian)
About Lonely Planet Magazine India
Lonely Planet is the world’s most recognised and trusted travel brand, having helped travellers find their way since 1973. It was launched as a magazine in the UK in 2008, and, subsequently, in India in 2010. In the five years since its February 2010 launch, Lonely Planet Magazine India has become India’s favourite travel magazine, as rated by TripAdvisor, and the best recognised name in the travel literature sphere. Lonely Planet Magazine India has proven to be an invaluable aid to those planning a holiday, both in India and abroad. With sections like Easy Trips (weekend trips in India and short-haul international destinations), Mini Guides (free, handy tear-out guides to various destinations) and the signature Features section, LonelyPlanet Magazine India has brought a level of practicality and insight never before seen in the country.