Ayurveda & Health Tourism Bags Kerala Tourism Award


Benny Thomas (second from right), Editor and Publisher of Ayurveda&Health Tourism receives the award from Chief Minister Pinarai Vijayan as Tourism Minister Kadakampally Surendran, Excise and Labour Minister T P Ramakrishnan and other dignitaries look on

Ayurveda & Health Tourism, premium publication on Ayurveda and health tourism from FM Media  Technologies Private Limited, Cochin, has been adjudged the best tourism magazine for the year 2014-15 by the  Tourism Department of Government of Kerala. The magazine is published in seven languages– English, Hindi,. German, Spanish, Russian, Arabic and Italian. 

Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan presented the  prestigious award to Benny Thomas, editor and publisher of Ayurveda & Health Tourism at a function organized in Kozhikode on December 18.

Tourism Minister Kadakampally Surendran presided over the event and Excise and Labour Minister T P Ramakrishnan delivered the keynote address. K Dasan MLA delivered the welcome address. Kerala Tourism Principal Secretary Dr Venu V and Tourism Director U V Jose were among the host of dignitaries at the event.

A high power committee under the chairmanship of Tourism Principal Secretary Dr Venu V picked the 27 winners under three categories for the awards.

Other awards in the media category went to Dr K C Krishnakumar, Chief Sub Editor, Mathrubhumi for best tourism related report and Arun Sreedhar, Chief Photographer, Malayala Manorama  for best tourism photography.

Award winners in different categories  include:

  • Marvel Tours for best in-bound tour operator
  • Crowne Plaza, Kochi, for the best five star deluxe hotel
  • Uday Samudra Leisure Beach Hotel and Spa for  the best five star hotel
  • Spice Village in Thekkady for best four star hotel
  • Marari Beach in Alappuzha for top three star hotel
  • Coconut Lagoon, Kumarakom   for the best heritage hotel,
  • Somatheeram Research Institute and Ayurveda Hospital won the award for the best Ayurveda Centre
  • Coconut Creek Farm and Homestay at Kumarakom for the best homestay
  • Teak Town, Malappuram for the best serviced villa
  • Jaya Chitra of Somatheeram Ayurveda Resort and Sanjay Kaushik of Crowne Plaza for the best hotel manager
  • Munnar Catering College for the best tourism management institute
  • Joseph K of Malappuram for special recognition for new initiatives in tourism for this year for his  ‘Adventure on Wheels,
  • Somatheeram Ayurveda Group and The Travel Planners from Thiruvananthapuram for the best use of IT in Tourism
  • Kalypso Adventures for The Best Adventure Tourism
  • Sanal Kumar A G  for  the best tourism police
  • Mahesan C for best tourism lifeguard
  • Sargaalaya Kerala Arts and Crafts Village, Iringal for the  best tourism destination
  • St Xavier’s College for Women, Aluva, was adjudged for the best tourism club award.

FM Media Technologies Private Limited is a fast growing publishing group based in Kochi, Kerala, which publishes Sanghamam, a popular tabloid in Malayalam, from New York, Chicago, Texas and Toronto, Ayurveda& Health Tourism, an authoritative magazine on India’s ancient medical practices and Medical Tourism, a trusted source of information  on medical tourism.


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