We are passionate about making a difference in the arena of Hospitality,
Travel and MICE Sectors by creating VALUE for all the stake-holders.
Our philosophy is to position VT&HS as a credible solutions provider for the hospitality, travel& mice industry,
applying emerging technologies leading to profitable growth of VT&HS.
Kuldip Verma, CEO & Director of VAVA Tourism & Hospitality Solutions (P) Ltd. is an alumnus of IHM, Calcutta and has done Masters in Tourism Management. He has 39 years of hospitality & tourism experience with the India Tourism Development Corporation (joined as a Management Trainee on Aug. 09, 1971 and retired as Senior Vice President (Marketing & HRD) on Dec. 31, 2010).
Prior to his long stint in ITDC, he had initial training in Oberoi Grand Hotel, Calcutta. In ITDC, he underwent 2 years Hotel Management Training & was nominated for a 3 Months ‘Management Exchange Programme’ with Trusthouse Forte Hotels in London covering International Hotel Operations, Global Sales & Marketing and Yield Management. He attended ‘Short Courses’ on Hotel Simulation; Sales & Marketing; Food & Beverage and House-keeping conducted by Cornell School of Hotel Administration, Ithaca, USA.
VAVA has developed 2 new hotel categories - CREDIBLE for luxury segment and AFFORTEL for the affordable mid-size category of hotels. Mr. Verma is also the Founder of a Mobile App. – Rushhbookings for last hour deal in domestic airlines and hotels to fill up the unutilized idle inventory going unproductive.
As a hotelier, he worked in Ashok Group Hotels in managerial positions in New Delhi (The Ashok, Kanishka, Qutab & Kovalam (now Leela Group). He was part of the top management team of the ITDC’s flagship 550 Rooms hotel - The Ashok, New Delhi for 10 years (1983 to 1993).
He also launched ‘Ashok Alliance Hotels’ in ITDC whereby 8 hotels were given franchise of Ashok Group. Hotels set up in Kolkata (5 Star), Chandigarh & Jodhpur (4 Star), Nagpur, Surat, Bhiwadi, Malout and Aizwal.
He headed the ITDC’s Event Management Division - ‘Ashok Conferences & Conventions Bureau’ and handled major International Conferences on turn-key basis.
As Event Manager, managed Logistics & Travel/Accommodation arrangements of ‘Festival of Germany’ in India in 27 Cities for 6 Months. The Mega Event required co-ordination with 18 multiple Govt. agencies
As Event Manager, handled the management of the 'India Pavilion’ at the World Travel Market, London (2002, 2003, 2004); ITB’ Berlin (2003, 2004); PATA Travel Mart, Singapore (2003, 2004). The ‘Incredible India’ campaign was launched at these International Travel Marts.
As Event Manager, handled ‘Sindhu Darshan’ Festival organized at Leh, Ladakh (India) consecutively for 5 years (2000-2004). Special Packages by Air & by Road were designed and offered through print media and exhibitions. Tourist traffic to Leh increased by 400% & flights increased from 2 Flights a week to 6 Flights a day.
He headed the Marketing Division of the India Tourism Development Corporation for 7 yrs.
He also headed the ITDC’s HRD Division where he converted the Manpower Development Centre in New Delhi into a full-fledged IHM – ‘Ashok Institute of Hospitality & Tourism Management’ an ISO 9001-2000 certified. He conducted ‘Capacity Building Training for Service Providers’ Scheme of the Ministry of Tourism with various States viz. Uttarakhand, Nagaland, Himachal Pradesh, J&K etc. Under an MoU with the Kurukshetra University, he launched 4 Years Bachelors in International Hospitality Business Management Course in the Ashok Institute. Besides this, he also launched 1 Year Diploma in Airline Hospitality under an Agreement with Karnataka Govt.; Gujarat Govt.; Tamil Nadu Govt.; Kerala Govt. and Ministry of DONER.
Mr. Verma possesses vast experience in the field of Indian & International Hospitality sector; HRD related to hospitality, travel & tourism sectors; Marketing of Hotels & Tourism Services; handling Event Management in India & abroad, Conventions & Conferences; Travel Agency Operations & Management. Mr. Verma has widely travelled across all parts of India & major foreign countries: USA, UK, Canada, France, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Austria, Russia, China, Japan, Australia, Singapore, Hong Kong, Thailand etc.