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Moderator : Mr. Ashish Kumar

Dr Robin Yap | Mr. Sanjay Shah | Ms. Sunila Patil | Mr. Manas Sinha

Mr. Ashish Kumar

CEO, Independent Travel Management Consulting Firm

Ashish Kumar

Ashish Kumar

Ashish Kumar is the CEO of an Independent Travel Management consulting firm, specializing in Business Transformation, Supply Chain Management & Technology enhancements. He is currently engaged with a diverse portfolio comprising of large Travel Companies. Ashish brings with him 32 years of varied International and multicultural background in Profit Centre Management, company turn arounds and business start ups.

He has held senior leadership positions in the industry with Mercury Travels, International Travel House (ITH), SITA World Travel & Reliance Retail, including companies in the U.K. He works regularly on projects managed by CAPA & Deloitte Consulting, as a domain consultant.

Reasons for joining Ayanaant

The holiday maker is more evolved today, than he ever was. The process of Enquiry, Consideration, Choosing, Booking and review is highly magnified as an activity wherein earlier it was only transact, at best. Ayanaant would aim to address this growing intellect in an appropriate platform.

Ashish has always believed that knowledge grows, when shared freely & transparently. Ayanaant sets out with the same objectives.


Dr. Robin Yap

President – Asia, The Travel Corporation

Robin Yap

Dr Robin Yap

The Travel Corporation
A Travel, Hospitality and Airlines veteran for over 30 years, Robin is President – Asia of The Travel Corporation. The Travel Corporation is a highly successful international travel group with over 25 award winning brands. These include Insight Vacations, Trafalgar Tours, Contiki Holidays, Uniworld Cruises, Thompson Gateway Africa, Red Carnation Hotels and other leisure interests.

Dr. Yap began his career with the group as Sales Executive of Insight Vacations in the General Sales Agent’s office in 1985, taking the role of Insight Vacations Managing Director when the company opened its own offices soon afterwards. He has held a variety of leadership positions that have positively impacted the company’s continued growth, most recently as Managing Director Singapore of The Travel Corporation.

Prior to joining Insight Vacations, Robin spent 10 years with Singapore Airlines and its subsidiary companies. During this period, he served in a variety of capacities including Technical Supplies in Engineering Division, Marketing, Tourism Development, Advertising & Promotion and Sales.

In the travel industry, he served as Deputy President of National Association of Travel Agents, NATAS from 2006 to 2008. He currently serves as Vice Chairman and Chairman activities of Pacific Asia Travel Association Singapore Chapter and International Advisory Board member of Maison de la France. He is also a member of the Hospitality and Tourism Industry Skills Training Committee Council of WDA.

He holds professional qualifications in Marketing, Business Administration, Public Relations and Management from United Kingdom, Singapore and Australia. He obtained a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from University of Hull, UK in 1995. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Marketing, UK, The International Professional Managers Association, Marketing Council Asia and a CHARTERED MARKETER, CIMUK.

Robin was conferred the Pingat Bakti Masyarakat (Public Service Medal), PBM by the President of Singapore in 2010 for rendering commendable public service in Singapore.


Mr. Sanjay Shah

Managing Director, Flamingo Transworld Pvt. Ltd.

Sanjay Shah

Sanjay Shah

Sanjay Shah has a Masters in structural engineering, is a gold medalist at Bombay University and Managing Director since last 13 years of Flamingo Transworld Pvt Ltd. He has a rich experience of business background since the last 25 years as a civil engineer, share broker, portfolio manager, website developer,and travel organizer.

Sanjay has a rich experience of product information, servicing customers, administration on tour to different countries and within office, marketing, developing franchise network, training staff and all aspects of the company.

He has a keen interest in reading and is familiar with European and American history, works of Lenin, Marx and other Russian authors, besides modern management and investment gurus. His ambition is to bring Flamingo Transworld into a strong entity in India and international level. He is also very sensitive to social implications of a big corporate and therefore wants a company that benefits its employees, its customers, suppliers and above all adds value to society.

Sanjay Shah stands for working with ethics and lays down strong principles of Flamingo Transworld.

Flamingo Transworld (P) LTd started its journey way back in 1996 and today are leaders in Gujarat Market for tours to Various destinations all over the world. All their tours are designed by taking inputs from their product team, operation team, tour leaders & above all feedback of customers. The structure of the tours are based on hospitality and five main elements transportation, hotels, food sightseeing, hotels and guides.

“We understand the importance of vacation and thus aim at making it a rejuvenating and real time quality experience . We take a pride to mention that we have the experience of offering our service to over 50000 satisfied passengers: international tours, domestic tours, international and domestic ticketing, visas and passport, and corporate travel.

Our strengths include strong network of supplies; strong infrastructure; spread at 22 location across Gujarat; we are well established brand; committed to offer highest standard of service; staff strength of 104 out of them 50% are IATA certified; one point travel solution.”

“Travel brings knowledge, Knowledge brings opportunity, Opportunity brings prosperity, and Flamingo team is working hard for the prosperity of our people, our society and our country.”


Ms. Sunila Patil

Director, Veena World

Sunila Patil

Sunila Patil

Veena world logo
Sunila Patil is a renowned face in the tourism industry. An avid traveler and a destination expert, her mastery in developing tour itineraries across the six continents is commendable.

She is an MSc – Physiotherapy with Neurology from KEM hospital, Mumbai. She was awarded the Dr. PN Berry scholarship program for UK. Later, she also completed the Executive General Management Program from IIM Bangalore.

Destiny drove her to tourism and she has been there for 17 years.Her association with travel began when she married Mr. Himanshu Patil, son of Shri Kesari Patil, Founder Chairman of Kesari Tours.Post marriage along with her medical practice she started helping out in product development at Kesari and gradually her creative and marketing sense pushed her into conceptualizing newspaper advertisements and corporate brochures.

When the moment of truth arrived, she chose travel over medical practice.And then there was no looking back. When the company started operations in Pune and Bengaluru she went all out to set up the offices.When the company entered into business of tailor made holidays, it was most natural to give her the reins. The division – Strawberi Holidays flourished under her able Directorship and in a very short span of time earned most celebrated awards of the travel industry.She also set up the first international office at London and the division of Inbound Holidays. She was also an outstanding Tour Manager and guests’ darling to destinations like Europe, Scandinavia, USA, South America and Antarctica.She has represented the company at various trade fairs, exhibitions and tourism marts. Her active involvement with various National Tourism Boards has resulted in many joint promotions for various destinations very effectively.

Her essence is unbeatable with deep destination knowledge, excellent rapport with service providers, tourism boards and VIP Guests. That’s what she brings to the table even today when we have embarked on a new journey to create something beautiful, fresh and big in the travel industry. No goal is un-achievable for this charming lady and the industry is waiting with bated breath for her next move.


Mr. Manas Sinha

Assistant Director, Key Accounts, Banyan Tree Hotels & Resorts

Manas Sinha

Manas Sinha

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Manas Sinha is heading the Regional Marketing Office-India, of Singapore based Banyan Tree Group’s portfolio of Hotels & Resorts under Banyan Tree and Angsana brands. Launching the office in 2012, he looks after the marketing, branding, business development and travel industry sales support in India for the group’s luxury properties located overseas. Working closely with key stakeholders the groups revenue rose by 65% from India Outbound in last one year. The success was further recognized by winning the Travel+Leisure reader’s choice award of “Best Boutique Hotel-International” for Banyan Tree Bintan resort and “Best destination Spa” award for Banyan Tree Spa Phuket. In the recently concluded Lonely Planet Readers choice Travel award, the win by Banyan Tree Ungasan Bali in the category Best Hotel for Relaxation International substantiates the success and groups popularity from India.

In his over 18 years of industry experience he has worked with leading travel management companies namely SITA World Travel, Trade Wings Group etc and extensively travelled in Europe and Americas. In his last position he was responsible for the Sales & Marketing of the Maldives portfolio of 4 luxury resorts of Banyan Tree group. As a top ranker Manas holds a Masters Degree from B.H.U Varanasi and International M.B.A Degree (CUM LAUDE) from Lausanne, Switzerland. He is a life member of All India Management Association.

Banyan Tree Hotels and Resorts is a leading international hospitality brand that manages and develops premium resorts, hotels and spas. It offers an intimate retreat experience featuring its signature blend of romance, rejuvenation and exotic sensuality. The flagship Banyan Tree resort, Banyan Tree Phuket, was launched in 1994 as part of the Laguna Phuket development.

Its philosophy is based on providing a place for rejuvenation of the body, mind and soul – a Sanctuary for the Senses. Placing special emphasis on providing guests with a sense of place, each Banyan Tree property is designed to fit into its natural surroundings, using indigenous materials as far as possible and reflecting the landscape and architecture of the destination.

Pioneering the tropical garden spa concept Banyan Tree Spa was created as the signature experience in all Banyan Tree resorts.

The merchandising arm, Banyan Tree Gallery was established to support local communities by exhibiting and retailing indigenous handicrafts, also found in all Banyan Tree the resorts.

To date, Banyan Tree Group manages and/or has ownership interest in 35 resorts and hotels, over 60 spas and 80 retail galleries; as well as three golf courses.

Launched in 2000, Angsana Hotels and Resorts is the sister brand of Banyan Tree, designed as contemporary, chic retreats targeted at the modern traveller seeking style, authenticity and vibrant enlivening experiences. The Angsana brand adopts a more trendy and spirited personality. The facilities and services at Angsana are designed to help guests draw the most from each moment.

Like the Banyan Tree brand, the three core components of Angsana are its hotels, spas, and the retail galleries. Managed by Banyan Tree Group Angsana Hotels and Resorts operates more than 10 properties worldwide, over 40 spas, and over 40 retail galleries.

Ayanaant Conclave is a unique idea to bring together high achievers from all realms of Tourism in India.
I believe this exchange of knowledge will in turn generate scores of new ideas and facilitate resolution of complex issues to create semblance and direction for the Tourism Industry as a whole, benefitting each stakeholder. Beyond usual trade meets, this
platform bears the potential of creating new strategic directions for business per se. The effort of Viva Voyages is highly laudable and I look forward to exciting outcome from this meet. Best wishes for Ayanaant and look forward to its continuity !