A temporary lull in travel might have vanquished vacations for now, but the wanderlust continues to soar high as ever. Tapping into this wandering urge, and honouring those who keep feeding into our love for travel, is this year’s special—and for the first time, virtual—the readers’ choice Travel + Leisure India & South Asia’s India’s Best Awards 2020. Bookmark these dates, keep your devices handy, and get ready for the ultimate virtual celebration in travel and hospitality.
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Post a two-month-long hustle (from September 15-November 7 2020), the winners of Travel + Leisure India & South Asia’s India’s Best Awards (IBA) 2020 have been vetted out, courtesy votes by our beloved readers through our online platform. Taking the celebrations digital this year, the best of the best will be honoured in a week-long virtual event—a first in the history of IBA. Apart from recognising the most resilient and the most altruistic names of the travel and hospitality industry in the post-pandemic world, this year #TnlSalutes COVID-19 heroes as well—for without whom, our travel dreams cannot come true.
Here’s a comprehensive schedule for the week-long virtual gala so you can keep your devices all charged up and popcorns popped for a socially-distanced, safe, and fun celebration. You can catch the event on Travel + Leisure India & South Asia’s social media handles, namely, Instagram, Facebook, and YouTube where the winners will be announced virtually.
12 pm, November 23, 2020
Starting the celebrations with the real winners of this year, the COVID-19 heroes, India’s Best Awards 2020 will begin by honouring the frontliners—all of whom deserve a mention in these uncertain times. We’re talking about Best Frontline Support, Best Safety Protocols, and more.
12 pm, November 24, 2020
The winners across all the International Destinations will be revealed. Think Best Country, Best City, Best Green Country, Best Wedding Destination, and much more, presented by none other than an international influencer, activist and an avid traveller herself. Tune in to find out!
12 pm, November 25, 2020
Closer home, the winners of the Domestic Destination will be revealed by T+L India’s A List members. This will include some of India’s Best Green States, Best Emerging Cities, and Best Cultural Destinations, among others.
12 pm, November 26, 2020
With destinations picked out, it’s time to honour the best hotels across the world. Helping with this will be an actor par excellence who will be announcing the stalwarts of the international hospitality industry like Best Luxury Hotel Chain, Best Wellness Resort, Best Destination Spa, and more.
12 pm, November 27, 2020
The winners of the domestic hotels will be revealed the following day by our favourite OTT star (guess who?!), as she will take us through reader favourites in categories like Best Boutique Hotel, Best Indian Hotel Group, Best Family Hotel, and others.
Airports, Airlines, Cruises
12 pm, November 28, 2020
The second-last day of the celebrations will see the unveiling of the winners of the Airports, Airlines, and Cruises category, done by the country’s top luxury bloggers. The two wanderers will uncover the favourites among the Best Airports—Indian, and International; Best Cruise; Best Airlines, and more.
12 pm, November 29, 2020
The final day of the celebrations are reserved for leaders across various categories, all of whom have been handpicked by Travel + Leisure India & South Asia’s editor-in-chief, Aindrila Mitra. Coming neck-to-neck with its competitors, these industry leaders deserve a special mention for their efforts and above-par excellence.