This Month in LeaderSpeak: interview with Samit Sawhny, Founder, Barefoot Havelock

Our Tammie Anjali Tolani interviewed Samit Sawhny, Founder, Barefoot Havelock to learn what makes this two decades old resort the sustainability torch bearer on this island.

For context, here’s how the idea of Barefoot Havelock was conceived. Samit came to Havelock as a backpacker, in December 2001. Havelock, Andamans, had only recently been opened up to visitors, and he was blown by its beauty. Floating on his back in the sea off Beach No. 7 at Radhanagar, looking back towards shore, he saw crystal-clear water lapping gently on a broad sweep of powder-white sand, backed by dense green rainforest, and knew that this was it. He needed to create something that would add to the beauty of the island and that is how Barefoot was born! Here he answers some of the questions that largely centre around the beliefs that Barefoot Havelock holds dear and the ecological balance that needs to be respected in the space that the resort occupies. Read on! Continue reading “This Month in LeaderSpeak: interview with Samit Sawhny, Founder, Barefoot Havelock”

Building a Brand: Pioneering an Industry

Zia Hajeebhoy Co-founder Aquasail throws up an interesting view of Mumbai from the sea.

In our September issue of TANG, we bring to you the story of Aquasail – India’s pioneering sailing experience! Zia gives us an interesting perspective on how sailing can be an experiential addition to a traveller looking to immerse into Mumbai; she also leaves us with some Brand Building & Leadership lessons.

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Farming Resilience: MharoKhet’s Inspiring Agriculture Venture in Rajasthan’s Arid Terrain

Rajnush Agarwal’s voice takes on a new excitement as he talks about his farm, MharoKhet. It is a blip of green in an otherwise brown desert. It is a place where people can come to learn about sustainable agriculture and enjoy delicious, healthy food that is grown with care and attention to detail.

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Our Leader Speak section for this month is being called Hero Speak

Read on to understand how a tourism professional turned a Humanitarian Hero in Climate Crises situations.

Gopinath Parayil (Gopi) founded The Blue Yonder (TBY) in 2004 as part of his journey to promote the unique river valley civilization of Nila in Kerala (Bharatapuzha). A keen promoter of sustainability and a believer in social entrepreneurship, he transformed TBY into a travel company that creates a positive impact in both hosts’ and guests’ lives.

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Hyatt Focuses its Lens on India and Immersive Travel Offerings!

By Kadambini Mittal Regional VP – Commercial, India & Southwest Asia

Our Tammie Anjali Tolani in conversation with Kadambini Mittal of Hyatt to understand what areas Hyatt plans to focus on, in the current year.

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Sustainability, Inclusivity & Diversity ala Lemon Tree Hotels

By Vikramjit Singh – President at Lemon Tree Hotels Limited

Today sustainability practices have become an essential part of our sector and over the last few years, including the pandemic, we have seen companies adopt and consolidate practices around the environment, inclusion/diversity, community engagement and supply chain management as well as governance practices.

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2023 Resolutions and Plans for Indias Responsible Luxury Hotel Group ITC

By Arif Patel Chief Commercial Officer

The Hospitality sector has seen a bounce back in terms of domestic tourism since the last year, with the ease in travel norms post Covid. The pandemic-induced lockdown and restrictions over the last two years fuelled peoples appetite for travels. Brands have witnessed a rise in leisure and business travels, along with surge in demand for MICE destinations.

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Leader Speak by Kanika Hasrat

Kanika Hasrat is the Area Director at Indian Hotels Company Limited (IHCL), popularly known as Taj Hotels for Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Uttarakhand and is the General Manager at Taj Lakefront Bhopal . She is also the President of WICCI (Women’s Indian Chamber of Commerce &Industry) Hospitality and Tourism Council.

Having a diverse, gender-balanced, and inclusive organisation is no longer an option it is necessary for a world that works for all.

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