MANGALURU: Nirmala Travels, a travel agency based out of Mangaluru, has bagged the ‘Best Domestic Tour Operator Award’ at the National Tourism Awards Ceremony held on September 27 as a part of the World Tourism Day Celebrations at Vigyan Bhavan, New Delhi.
The award was received by Vathika Pai, Head of Operations at Nirmala Travels, on behalf of the owners of Nirmala Travels and her parents, Nirmala Kamath and C Upendra Kamath.
The award comes after having served in the travel Industry for the last 50 years, promoting Indian tourism by handling around 19,000 passengers in 2018-19, North-East tourism with 1,200 tourists and Jammu & Kashmir tourism with 800 tourists.
“We’re elated to be receiving this honour. This award is a result of my parent’s vision and my team’s endless commitment to service. Most importantly, we’re extremely grateful to the lakhs of customers who have travelled with us over the last five decades and continue to choose us as their travel partners to create beautiful memories all over the world. We’re very excited to see what the future holds for us”, Vathika said on winning the award.
Nirmala Travels was founded in 1971 by Mangaluru’s travel enthusiast couple Cholpady Upendra Kamath and C Nirmala Kamath, and is synonymous throughout India for coach tours and customised tours, both in India and abroad. They are known for being the first in coastal Karnataka to have a travel agency of this kind.
The founders built Nirmala Travels with the vision of making it possible for everyone to visit any corner of the world through quality service in the field of tourism. Additionally, the team also offers assistance in the creation of passports, issuance of visas and more such services for the people.
Their network of branches & agents is spread all over Karnataka and its neighbouring states. With their own fleet of luxury coaches, Nirmala Travels specialises in handling special groups, leisure groups, honeymoon packages, family groups and school groups and caters to any customized or tailor-made programmes.
After witnessing good response over the years, they branched out and opened the doors to ‘Vathika International’ to help Indians travel around the globe. They specialise in customised domestic and international holidays to any destination, according to the travellers’ budget, irrespective of the group size. They provide services to solo travellers, couples, families, students or even a delegation of corporates.
The award was presented by G Kishan Reddy, Union Minister for Tourism, and Ajay Bhatt, Union Minister of State for Tourism, in the presence of Vice President Jagdeep Dhankhar. For further information, visit www.nirmalatravels.com (ANI/GPRC)