India Tourism Development Corporation, under the aegis of the Ministry of Tourism, organised a grand function on 18th of October, 2016 to mark the completion of successful 50 years of ITDC in the field of hospitality and tourism at the convention hall of The Ashok, A flagship property of ITDC.
Shri. Vinod Zutshi, Secretary, Government of India, Ministry of Tourism graced the occasion as the Guest of Honor. Present among other dignitaries were Shri Umang Narula, Chairman and Managing Director, ITDC; Shri Piyush Tiwari, Director (Commercial and Marketing), ITDC; Shri Pradip K Das, Director (Finance), ITDC along with Ex C&MD’s of the organization, ITDC staff and other respected guests. Sh. Ashwani Lohani, C&MD, Air India & ex C&MD ITDC also graced the occasion.
The highlight of the evening was 50kg 5 storey cake with 50 ingredients made by 50 employees, live entertainment and cultural performances including live performances by the famous poet Surendra Sharma and Ability Unlimited Group, popularly known as ‘notorious’ for their distinctive style of dance-theatre with innovative technology.
Making this occasion more significant, ITDC announced free sound and light shows for the Indian Armed forces and their immediate family members at Purana Quila and Red Ford. The free service for the armed forces will be available till March 2017.
Congratulating ITDC, in his message Dr. Mahesh Sharma Hon’ble Minister of state (Independent Charge) Tourism& Culture Govt of India said, “Heartiest congratulations to ITDC for completing 50 years of unparalleled and diversified services to the Nation in travel, tourism and hospitality sector. I wish many more achievements to the corporation in the years to come and I felicitate all Employees, shareholders & stakeholders of ITDC who have contributed and made this journey possible.”
While addressing a large conglomeration of directors, government officials and ITDC employees at this prestigious occasion, Shri. Vinod Zutshi, Secretary, Government of India, Ministry of Tourism said, “We have been knowing Ashok as the brand ICON of India, I congratulate ITDC for being a diversified self-rejuvenating organization, attaining institutional excellence and becoming a renewable goldmine of tourism and hospitality.”
Commenting on the occasion of this milestone event, Shri Umang Narula , Chairman and Managing Director, ITDC said, “My sincere gratitude and thanks to the Hon’ble Minister, the Secretary and other stakeholders, internal and external, for their unstinted support in making ITDC’s journey a remarkable success. It is due to the wholehearted cooperation and guidance from people in all Ministries – particularly the Ministry of Tourism – that ITDC has scaled such grand pinnacles of success over five decades in all its operations and programmes. Also, my sincere thanks to all staff members of ITDC and the Group companies; without their consistent cooperation and hard work, our present success stories may not have been as remarkable.”
Shri. Piyush Tiwari, Director (Commercial and Marketing), ITDC said, “My congratulations to all staff members of ITDC and our stakeholders for supporting us in every initiative of our success story. Being an integral part of India’s vibrant Travel, Tourism and Hospitality Industry, we at ITDC are fully devoted to put our best foot forward to make the Indian Tourism and Hospitality story more glorious & remarkable.”
“Ability Unlimited” an organization made for the benefit of differently abled people performed some beautifully choreographed and extraordinary performances at the golden jubilee celebration of ITDC. This group from the past 30 years through innovative directions and choreography has been bringing hope, confidence, dignity and zest to people with disabilities around the world.
About India Tourism Development Corporation
ITDC was incorporated in 1966 with a mandate to develop and expand tourism infrastructure in the country. The Corporation has been moving ahead with consistent efforts on development, growth and world class services and amenities to its guests. Apart from running Hotels the ITDC has diversified into non hotel sectors like Ticketing, Tours and Travels, Event Management ,Duty Free Shopping, Publicity & printing consultancy, Engineering Consultancy ,mounting Sound & Light Shows, Hospitality education and skill development– all under one roof.