You’ve seen our twitter, facebook, linkedin and google plus profiles (at least we hope you have!) You’ve read the About page. You know about Viva Voyages, and about the concept of Ayanaant. And you may have even attended the event. But do you really know us?
We’re the core team behind Ayanaant. This page is where we indulge ourselves in some self-obsession!
Vikas Khanduri, Managing Director and CEO, Viva Voyages PLC has worked with some of the premier travel conglomerates like Cox & Kings, ITH, SOTC, KUONI and SITA prior to starting his own company. To his credit, he has given consultation services to niche brands like Sahara Global, Cleartrip and Eastbound.
With more than 25 years of experience in the travel and hospitality industry Vikas has experience in formalizing, strategizing and implementing company policies and has mastered creating channel partners while in service; setting up the GSA/PSA networks and the core areas of incentive travel with India’s largest corporate houses. While in the corporate arena, Vikas was instrumental in compiling and planning the company leisure travel brochures, strategizing national advertising campaigns – print & radio, corporate events and road shows. He was also actively involved in imparting training at various cities to travel agents in conjunction with tourism boards.
A professional, he has invested several years of time and effort in gaining width of knowledge and depth of experience. Known for his competence, he enjoys a significant reputation in the travel industry. Vikas’ core strength lies in his in-depth knowledge of the travel industry, agent network, resilience and focus to achieve his goals. He enjoys tremendous goodwill in the industry and is regarded for his integrity, tenacity and positive outlook.
It says a lot for his business and visionary skills that today Viva Voyages is one of the better known and fastest growing representation companies of India. His philosophy is to create value and promote responsible tourism and help fellow trade partners achieve their ambitions.
Vikas is a visiting faculty for some premier tourism universities of India. He enjoys sharing the latest trends, views and news of the travel industry with students and teachers. He is also an associate consultant and assists companies develop their business and achieve targets. An extrovert, he makes friends easily, enjoys travelling, time off with the wife and kids and is a hands-on daddy!
Anuj Singhal, Sales and Marketing Manager, looks after the promotion of the principle products of Viva Voyages. He is a professional who specializes in marketing, public relations and sales and has an impressive experience from having worked with the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) and Korea Tourism Organization (KTO). He has looked after outbound promotions for the Tourism Boards, event management and public relations related activities. Widely traveled in achieving his responsibilities for business development he has strong interpersonal and communication skills which have contributed in him building lasting relationships within the travel and tourism industry.
His work profile with NTOs included all activities of the sales and marketing for destination promotion in India including sales calls & joint sales calls, joint marketing campaigns and joint presentations with Indian travel companies and media, organizing FAM trips and managing participation of NTOs at travel fairs and exhibitions like TTF & OTM, SATTE, IITF and IITM in Delhi and other states. He also played a significant role in organizing the first Korea MICE Road Show in India.
Anuj is popular in the office for his voice, and has more than once obliged his colleagues by singing! Something few would know, he is associated with All India Radio as a Newsreader and his articles and stories have published in newspapers.
Kasturika a.k.a ‘Kash’
Kasturika has been assigned the responsibility of web development at Viva Voyages. This is her first ‘real’ job, and as her very first assignment, she designed the logo for Ayanaant. She is also maintaining the social media networks for Ayanaant, as well as this website/blog.
Kash has donned many roles in her life, from volunteering for classical music concerts, to attending military camps, from sitting for hours in a library reading Koutsoyiannis and Kotler, to making short documentaries and animation films.
Kash is a keen learner and loves to read. Her other interests include writing, sketching and music. She is currently an executive committee member of her alma mater Shaheed Bhagat Singh College’s Alumni Association, for which she designs monthly newsletters and campaign material.
Kash finds it really strange to write about herself in third person, so she writes in first person on her personal blog, ‘Musings of an eccentric mind‘ where one can find all her sketches, short films, as well as her musings.