Mangaluru-based Nirmala Travels won the ‘Best National Tour Operator’ award at the National Tourism Awards ceremony in Delhi.
Vathika Pai, Operations Manager at Nirmala Travels, said Nirmala Travels, which has been in operation for 50 years, won the award for selling and promoting tourism in Jammu and Kashmir.
Vathika Pai received the award on behalf of the owners of Nirmala Travels and her parents – Nirmala Kamath and C Upendra Kamath. G Kishan Reddy, Union Minister for Tourism, presented the award to Pai in the presence of Vice President, Jagdeep Dhankhar.
She said it was a recognition of five decades of hard work by the founders and all employees. “This has been made possible by thousands of our customers who have trusted us and chosen Nirmala Travels to design their vacations and create beautiful memories for them. We will continue to deliver quality and consistency in all our India vacations and to overseas,” she said.
Stating that Jammu and Kashmir is close to the heart of the business, she said that Nirmala Travels has been promoting Vaishnodevi and Jammu and Kashmir immensely since its inception.
Regarding the post-Covid tourism scenario, she said it was quite encouraging as every announced new departure to Jammu and Kashmir was fully booked.