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  • May 2014


 The Leela Palaces, Hotels and Resorts, one of India’s leading luxury hospitality group, announced the launch of its first edition of “The Leela Gujarat Premier League”, a unique cricket property to celebrate the Group’s partnership with its esteemed trade partners.

 The special floodlit evening at Umiya Farms, Ahmedabad, saw the convergence of well-known representatives from top travel agencies, tour operators and travel associations over exciting cricket games, refreshments and buffet dinner. The group also recognized and appreciated the efforts of stalwarts who have supported The Leela among the valued Gujarati community across the state.

 Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Rajiv Kaul, President, The Leela Palaces, Hotels and Resorts said, “We are delighted to launch The Leela Gujarat Premier League to felicitate our esteemed travel partners in an important source market. We hope that this first-of-its-kind initiative will further help strengthen our partnerships. Buoyed by the success of this League in Gujarat, we will be taking this unique property to other source markets across India.”

In keeping with the spirit, the first edition of Gujarat Premier League kicked off with ‘The Leela Getaways’ team and three teams representing the trade partners - TAG Tigers, SKAL & TAFI Rangers, Incredible TAAI. The teams played two 10-over knock-out matches to battle for the coveted trophy. The winners of these games played a final match, which was thoroughly enjoyed by all. The “Incredible TAAI” team was the winner of the first edition of The Leela Gujarat Premier League, while “SKAL & TAFI Rangers” team was the runner’s up.

 At the award distribution ceremony, The Leela presented an array of prizes to the winning team, runner’s up team, man of the match for each game, batsman of the series, bowler of the series and fielder of the series, comprising of trophies, shields, certificates and hotel stay vouchers.

 Gracing the occasion from The Leela were Mr. Rajiv Kaul, President; Mr. Shridhar Nair, General Manager, The Leela Goa; Mr. Graham Grant, General Manager, The Leela Palace Udaipur; Mr. Abhishek Sahai, General Manager, The Leela Palace Udaipur; Mr. NC Somaiah, General Manager, The Leela Kovalam; Mr. Dinesh Madhavan, Assistant General Manager, MICE; Mr. Aejaz Sheikh, Director of Sales & Marketing - Leisure; and Mr. Karan Godhwani, Director of Sales.

The Leela also felicitated heads of travel associations, by presenting appreciation certificates to Mr. Manoj Shah, President, Tour Operators & Travel Agents Association of Gujarat; Mr. Shreeram Patel, Chairman, Travel Agents Association of India (TAAI, Gujarat Chapter); Mr. Hitank Shah Hon. Secretary and Mr. Darshan Shah, Treasurer, Travel Agents Federation of India (TAFI, Gujarat Chapter); Mr. Kalpesh Shah, President, SKAL International; and Mr. Manish Sharma, President, Gujarat Association Of Tour Operators.

 Along with these notable personalities, The Leela also awarded certificates of appreciation to the Group’s preferred domestic travel partners - Mr. Anshul Shah of All Four Seasons; Mr. Sumit Bansal of Prejag Holidays; Mr. Sohel Kadri of The Galaxy Travels; Mrs. Jalpa Shah of Bleach Tourism; Mr. Alpesh Tripathi of Royal Orient; Mr. Paras Lakhia of Utopia Holidays and Mrs. Meeta Shah of Flamingo Transworld Pvt. Ltd.


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