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  Background   Growth pattern   The Company   The Management 
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 Background

- where hospitality is a tradition and a name that spells hospitality is India's most successful and best-known hotel & restaurant chain.

The Group - Kamats had a humble and modest beginning. A clear vision along with determination and hard work, have gone a long way in helping the Group achieve successful results and has laid the foundation of the most successful Restaurant Chain in India, which of course had gained a strong foothold in the hospitality Industry. The brand equity "Kamats" has also gone up substantially over the years. At present, the name is synonymous with value for money. It believes in the philosophy of best quality food and service at the most affordable prices.

Chairman, Late Mr. Venkatesh Krishna Kamat who laid the foundation of what was to later become one of India's largest and most successful restaurant chain started its business with a small restaurant at Mazgaon, Mumbai which was soon followed by Krishna Bhawan in Mumbai's busy Null Bazaar.

Later, his vision and foresight was in search of a new pasture and thus 'Satkar' restaurant, a well known city landmark and popular meeting place came into existence. The Satkar restaurant flourished continuously for two decades and became the flagship of the Kamat Empire and the rendezvous for people from all walks of life. The group then acquired two more restaurants to its Empire --The 'Samrat' and 'Suvidha'.

After the remarkable success of Samrat and Suvidha, three more new restaurants were added to the group - Suruchi in New Marine Lines and Santoor and Kamat Super Snacks at Cuffe-Parade.

Within a span of five years (1972-1976), a total of six establishments including a partnership in the well known Asiatic Department Store at Churchgate, catering to the distinctly, different needs of general office-goers and of up-market managerial executives was created.

Success in such a big way and enterprising spirit led to birth of yet another hotel- Kamat Plaza close to Santacruz Domestic Airport. Recognizing the need for a club to cater to the suburban middle class, businessman and travelling executives. In September 1995, the Management of Kamats Plaza decided to upgrade and reopen the property as a Five Star Hotel. Accordingly 'THE ORCHID', which is Asia's first Eco-Friendly Five Star Hotel was opened.

Go Bananas (Karaoke), a popular discotheque, took Mumbai by storm and instantly became a runaway success among Mumbai's suburban yuppies. Two years later in 1992 at Goregaon (West) a second club was opened and in 1995 a third one in Lokhandwala Complex at Versova.

The Group realised the need for way-side Resorts and Retreats, and in barely nine years (1986-94) five of them were established at Vapi, Silvassa and Ankleshwar in Gujarat at Khandala in Maharashtra and at the Union Territory of Daman (located in Gujarat state), and each has become a resounding success. From home Ground the conquest proceeded to many alien lands, each one taken in stride and the project spanning the globe has set a trend that many an Entrepreneur would envy. To capture the pulse of the ever-growing number of Indians domiciled abroad-all with a keen appetite for Indian, particularly for Udipi cuisine. The Kamat flag proudly flies over the hotels enumerated below :

Chandini (Belgium), Delhi Durbar, India Coffee House, Khyber, Sanman (All in Dubai), Namaskar Chain (in Sandai & Tokyo, Japan) Kamats of India (Singapore), Shan, Diwana, India Coffee House (All in U.K.) , Earthen Pot at Atlanta, Georgia, India Coffee House at Flushing, New York, Natraj at Jacksonite, New York and Moghul Mahal at Boston, Massachusetts (All in USA).

  Growth pattern

 Satkar Restaurant, opposite Churchgate Station at Mumbai was the first Restaurant started in the year 1958 with 144 covers. The popularity of the Restaurant and demand for vegetarian fast food resulted in increase in covers to 204 as on date, which is the maximum possible considering the constraints of space and laws prevailing at the place.
 The success of Satkar Restaurant and increasing demand for fast-food prompted the group to launch Samrat Restaurant at Churchgate in 1972 with 260 covers, which were increased to 385 in 1977.
 In the year 1974 the group added another Restaurant at D.N.Road named 'Suvidha' which serves South Indian dishes and seats 60 covers. In the same year, Kamats ventured in Departmental Stores( Asiatic) opposite Churchgate Station and properties.
 In 1977 Suruchi Restaurant at New Marine Lines with 72 covers was started.
 In 1980 the group ventured in Non- vegetarian eatery with Suruchi Bar and Restaurant in Mumbai with 80 covers.
 In 1983 one more Restaurant namely 'Status' was started in Mumbai with 175 covers which was increased to 198 covers in 1998. A banquet hall by the name 'SENATE' was opened for conducting Press Meets, Anniversaries, receptions, send offs, inaugurations, engagements, seminars etc.
 In the same year i.e. 1983 Kamat Super Snacks Restaurant was also started in Mumbai at Cuffe Parade with 92 covers. This was first of its kind in the Vegetarian fast food category.
 In 1984 - Santoor at Cuffe Parade with 122 covers was started.
 In 1986 the Company KAMAT HOTELS (INDIA) LIMITED was incorporated on 21st March, 1986.
 1986 - Take over of the first residential hotel in Vapi - Shalimar Hotel
 In 1986 the group purchased a Residential Hotel at Khandala, a Hill Resort, between Mumbai & Poona. In the same year, Kamat Super Snacks was also started at Nana Chowk, Mumbai with 69 covers.
 In 1987 Waikiki Restaurant was taken over with 176 covers at Mumbai on operational Contract basis.
 In 1988 the group built a Three Star Hotel with 32 rooms in first phase with provision for another 60 rooms at Silvassa, a Union Territory, about 160 kms from Mumbai.
 In the same year another Restaurant named Santoor with 68 covers was started at Nariman Point, Mumbai.
 In 1990 - Plaza Hotel which was a four star Hotel in operation with 81 rooms `situated near Domestic Airport was purchased . The Hotel, was remodeled and a Family Club with discotheque ' Go Bananas' was started.
 In 1991 the group started Kamat Excelsior Restaurant at Mumbai with 76 covers.
 In 1992, a Club at Goregaon with 1750 members families and a club at Lokhandwala was started with 950 members families. In addition the group obtained Harnai Fort & Murud Harnai Beach Resort a beautiful picturesque sight for development of Resort Hotel at location of 247 kms from Mumbai, the West Coast of the Indian Peninsula.
 In 1993 Kamat Singapore Restaurant was opened with 120 covers in Singapore.
 In 1994 - The Group went public for the first time
 In 1995 - Inception of the Kamats Catering Institute at Goregaon.
 Kamats Tours & Travels established in July 1995
 In September, 1995 the Management of Kamats Plaza decided to upgrade and reopen the property as a Five Star Hotel.
 In July, 1996 Hotel Siddharth (Nasik) - 32 rooms - 3 star hotel with permit room & a turnover of Rs. 76 lakhs in 2000/01, was taken over under a management contract for 35 years.
 In September, 1997 - The Orchid, An Ecotel Hotel, Asia's first Eco Friendly Five Star Hotel was opened to Public on 27th September, 1997.
 In 1998, one more Restaurant was added in Singapore with 60 covers named Gomantak.
 In 2001, the Company ventured, abroad by opening two of its branches to begin with in San Francisco, USA in the name of "Vital Kamat" on Management Contract basis, further expansion is in the pipe line.
  The Company

Kamat's is now a large hospitality Group with interests in Luxury Hotels, Budget Hotels & Restaurants, Family Leisure & Sports Clubs, Travel Business, Catering & Educational Institutions, Departmental Stores and of course Restaurants.

Kamat Hotels (India) Limited was incorporated on 21st March, 1986 in the State of Maharashtra by Late Mr. Venkatesh Krishna Kamat and his associates with the main object of setting up and running of hotels and related business. The Company obtained the Certificate of Commencement of Business on 31st March, 1986.

The Flagship of the Company - KAMAT HOTELS (INDIA) LIMITED is a Public Listed Company and the group flagship hotel of the company viz., THE KAMAT PLAZA, a four star hotel near the Santacruz Airport was taken by the Company - KAMAT HOTELS (INDIA) LIMITED pursuant to the Management Contract with Plaza Hotels Private Limited for a period of 30 years with effect from 1st April, 1994.

In the year 1994, the company achieved good results ; reasons being the rising demand for suitable accommodation in the City of Mumbai due to economic globalization and at the same time a boom in the real estate market with acute shortage of hotel rooms in the city of Mumbai.

Hence, the then Management of the Kamat Plaza Hotel undertook to expand the project immediately after its Public Issue during the year. . Under their able guidance and after having done a detailed market study/ survey along with a feasibility report, decided to upgrade the Project to a Five Star Property and hired the services of Mr. D. M. Upasni , an Architect of repute and an International Designer - Lynn Wilson from USA, ( who is ranked among the top 10 in the world ) to design the hotel interiors, keeping in mind the needs of a Business Traveler along with his luxury and comforts, comparable to international standards.

Marketing being an important aspect of the Hospitality Industry, positioning of the property is an important aspect too. Unto us was born a brand, unknown so far in the continent of Asia - a green hotel - environmentally sensitive - right from brick to paper and taking care of every little guest need at the same time - In our efforts to position this brand, it was proved that 87% of international travelers do patronize green hotels. Thus awakened the need to tie up with an International Firm- HVS ECO SERVICES of - HVS INTERNATIONAL, NEW YORK who were hired to undertake - specific environmental programmes, designed to lower operating costs and increase revenues and evaluate the hotel's environmental performance in various areas. Needless to say - THE ORCHID, as it is aptly renamed, was awarded the prestigious 'ECOTEL' Certification' by HVS ECO SERVICES, USA, which is the hall mark of environmentally sensitive hotels. The Hotel thus becomes the first hotel in Asia to obtain the coveted certification.

The Orchid has employed a high powered team of professionals from the Industry and it opened its doors to Public on World Tourism Day - 27th September, 1997. It has been well received both in the domestic and international market and enjoys a near 82.7% occupancy in the year 2000-2001 having well appointed rooms and suites with luxurious 5 star facilities.

  The Management

The Board of Directors of Kamat Hotels (India) Limited constitute as under:

 
 
 Late Mr. Venkatesh Krishna Kamat :

Late Mr. Venkatesh K. Kamat (30-05-1921 to 06-12-2001):-Mr. Venkatesh Krishna Kamat Founder of Kamat Group & Chairman Emeritus of the Company has been associated with the hospitality Industry for the last 60 years. The Company's Board & Executives received valuable guidance and advise from him because of his vast experience.

 
 
 Mr.Vithal Venkatesh Kamat :

Mr.Vithal Kamat was Chairman & Managing DirectorMr.   Vithal V. Kamat of the Company has over 28 years experience as a Hotelier. Apart from the 5 star hotel at Mumbai, he has a chain of Restaurants, Holiday Resorts, Clubs, Departmental Store and Catering Institute in and around Mumbai he renders consultancy services for formation of restaurants not only in India but also in other Countries such as Europe, USA, Japan & Singapore.

The Late Mrs. Malati Shamrao Patil Award was conferred on Mr. Vithal Kamat - The Doyen of Catering Industry for his personal Contribution to the field of Hotel Management.

THE BUSINESS MAN of The Year by Jagtik Marathi Chamber of Commerce & Industry. The award was presented to him by The Chief Minister of Maharashtra-Shri. Vilasrao Deshmukh and the Union Cabinet Minister for Industries Shri Pramod Mahajan was also present.

 
 
  Mr. Konath Parameswaran Kannampilly:

Mr. K.P.Kannampilly Mr. K. P.  Kannampilly was appointed as wholetime Technical Director of the Company is a Post Graduate in Hotel Management & Catering Technology and a Fellow of the Hotel Catering Institutional Management Association of London, he also has a 26 years experience in the Hotel & Catering Industry. He has expert technical knowledge in Hospitality Industry and is well versed with Restaurant, Marketing, Sales, Accommodation, Hotel Accounting and Financial Management.

He is a promoter of the KHIL and is presently a Director in Kamat Hotels (India) Limited (handling their 5 star Hotel project [ Rs. 178 crores ] at Mumbai and Hasina Resorts. In the past, he has been involved with the Taj Group, Fariyas, Leela, Rahejas, etc.

 
 
  Ms. Padmashree Thangam Elizabeth Philip :

The Board of Directors appointed her Director of the Company on 30th January 1999. Ms. Philip is a Fellow Member of Hotel Catering & Institutional Management Association, U.K. and also a Fellow Member of Cookery & Food Association, U.K. She is a Member, Royal Society of Health, U.K. Ms. Philip has many publications to her credit viz., The Thangam Philip Book of Baking Indian Cuisine, Cooking with Substitutes & Imagination, High Protein foods, Protein is Life, India Cook Book, Meals on Flight, Meals on Wheels etc..

She is also a recipient of the 'Firestone Award' by the Indian Association of Occupational Health.

She is one of the 38 distinguished women of the world and one of the three women in India, who have been invited to be portrayed on the F.A.O. 'CERES' Medal, the others from India being Mrs. Indira Gandhi and Mother Teresa. In 1976, she was awarded the 'PADMA SHREE' by the Government of India, and was also conferred the Knighthood of the Order of 'CORDON BLEU DU SAINT ESPRIT.'

At present, she is Principal Emeritus - Institute of Hotel Management, Catering technology & applied Nutrition, and Director on the Board of Companies like Ras Resorts & and other Hotels, and is a Member, Board of Governors, Indian Institute of Tourism & Travel Management.

 
 
  Mr. Ramesh Narayan Shanbhag :

Mr. Shanbhag was appointed DirectorMr. Ramesh N. Shanbhag of the Company on 30th January 1999 & on 29-09-2000 was appointed Whole-Time Director. He is a graduate of Commerce and had been associated with the group for the past 25 years. He is also a Director of Kamat Chain of Restaurants and Hotels and Director of other Company.

 
 
  Mr. S. S. Thakur:

Mr. Thakur was appointed Director of the Company by the Board of Directors on 28th July, 2003. Mr. S. S. Thakur has held important positions in his long professional career in the field of banking and foreign exchange. He was the controller of Foreign Exchange, Reserve Bank of India, Chairman of HDFC Bank for 7 years and Senior Adviser of United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). He served the Reserve Bank of India in different capacities for over 31 years. Mr. Thakur joined the U. N. International Civil Service in January 1988 as Senior Adviser, UNDP and worked in Zambia as adviser to the Governor, Bank of Zambia for 6 years.

Mr. Thakur has extensive experience of central banking functions covering, among others, management of foreign exchange, exchange rate and external debt, regulation and monitoring of external trade financing, formulation and conduct of monetary policy, foreign technical collaboration, foreign equity investment, exchange market development and supervision of foreign exchange operations of commercial banks and other enterprises. One of his significant contributions was in promoting the enactment of the Foreign Exchange Regulation Act (FERA), 1973 and framing rules and policy guidelines for administering various provisions of the Act, including those relating to existing and new foreign investment and business activities of multinationals in India.

As the Controller of Exchange, He also associated with the formulation of policies for promoting investment in India by Non-Resident Indians (NRIs) and overseas corporate bodies (OCBs) predominantly owned by overseas Indians.

In his capacity as the Senior UN Adviser and Adviser to the Governor, Bank of Zambia, Mr. Thakur played a key role in designing and implementing market-oriented monetary, foreign exchange, banking, exchange rate, external debt and trade liberalization policies and in bringing about extensive reforms in these and other related areas as part of Zambia's structural adjustment programme.

Mr. Thakur was the founder Chairman of HDFC Bank for about 7 years (1994-2000) a private sector commercial bank promoted by Housing Development Finance Corporation.

As adviser for an ambitious project to set up an International Financial Services Centre (IFSC) in India. Mr. S. S. Thakur provides professional services in all related maters including giving advice on formulation of policies an operating guidelines and legislative changes necessary for setting up an IFSC in government approved SEZ. He is also a member of a co-coordinating committee constituted by the Government of India- Ministry of Commerce. This committee is responsible to provide inputs to the Govt. appointed legal consultants for formulating the legal framework to set up the IFSC and also drafting a consolidated legislation to regulate and administer IFSC activities by a single Regulatory Authority.

Mr. Thakur is on the Board of Directors of several Companies. He is also a public nominee Director on the Governing Board of Bombay Stock Exchange and has been appointed as non-executive Chairman of Central Depository Services (India) Ltd.

 
 
  Mr. Vishal V. Kamat:

Mr. Vishal V. Kamat was appointed as an additional Director of the Company by the Board of Directors on 29th September, 2003. Shri Vishal V. Kamat holds a BSC Degree in Hotel Management from the IHMCTAN, Mumbai and has requisite experience in the Hotel Industry. He also a Director in other Companies of the Kamat Group.

 
 
 Mr V. P. Khurana:

Mr V. P. Khurana was appointed Small Shareholders Nominee Director of the Company on 28th September, 2004, Mr. V. Khurana is a Science Graduate from Agra University and a post graduate in philosophy from Delhi University, has 32 years of experience in the areas of Banking and Finance. Having started his career as a Probationary Officer with State Bank of Hyderabad in 1972, Mr. V. P. Khurana has held Senior positions with Indian as well as International Commercial Banks covering diverse range of banking activities with a proven track record. He has also extensively travelled abroad.

 
 
 Mr. Pravin N. Ghatalia:

Mr. Pravin N. Ghatalia was appointed as an additional Director of the Company by the Board of Directors on 23rd October, 2004. Mr Pravin N Ghatalia a Chartered Accountant by profession since 1967 is Senior Partner of Price Waterhouse, India and Chairman of Audit & Business Advisory Services (ABAS) Management Committee. His vast professional experiences and achievements consists of the following:

  Professional Experience

  • Joined Price Waterhouse, Mumbai in 1967

  • Worked in Price Waterhouse, London Office during 1976 on International  Development Program and was actively involved in the    professional services or various multinationals clients/banks.

  • Was admitted to Partnership in January 1978 and is responsible for Energy & Utilities and Mining Industry in India.
  Other Professional Experience
  • Member of the Accounting Standards Committee of Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI).

  • Member of Management Committee of the Indian Merchants Chamber (IMC)

  • On the Board of various listed Companies.

  • On the advisory Board of various Academic Institutions.
 
 
 Mrs. Rajyalakshmi Rao:

Mrs. Rajyalakshmi Raowas appointed as an additional Director of the Company by the Board of Directors on 22nd January, 2005. Mrs. Rajyalakshmi Rao is B.Com., M.B.A. (Marketing) and M. S. (Advertising) from University of IIIinois- Urbana Champaign U. S. A. and she is also member of National Commission for Consumer Grievances Redressal, India. She is also contributory to the cause of Consumers at various places. In the field of Education also she has been a member of various organisations and has done commendable work.

 
 
 Mr. Suhail Kannampilly:

Mr. Suhail Kannapilly was appointed as an additional Director of the Company by the Board of Directors on 22nd January, 2005. Mr. Suhail Kannampilly has done Diploma in Hotel Management and Catering Technology from Institute of Hotel Management, Mumbai. He has the requisite experience in the Hotel Industry.

 
 

Code of Conduct for Directors and Senior Management pursuant to Clause 49 of the listing agreement

Kamat Hotels (India) Ltd's commitment to ethical and lawful business conduct is a fundamentally shared value of the Board of Directors, the senior management and all other employees of the Company.

Consistent with its Values and Beliefs, Kamat Hotels (India) Ltd has formulated the following Code of Conduct as a guide. The Code does not attempt to be comprehensive or cover all possible situations. It encourages the Kamat Hotels (India) Ltd team to take positive actions, which not only commensurate with the Values and Beliefs, but also perceive to be so. Kamat Hotels (India) Ltd expects all its employees to implement the Code in its true spirit and in case of any doubt or confusion, to consult his/her immediate superior, the head of HR or the Executive CMD as relevant.

For the purpose of this Code, the term "senior management" shall mean

  1. Executives who are in the grade of General Manager and above;
  2. All executives directly reporting to the Executive CMD and
  3. Company Secretary
In performing their functions, the directors and senior management of the Company shall:

Act honestly, diligently and in good faith and integrity in all their dealings with and for the Company.

Not use any confidential information obtained by them in the course of their official duty, whether from the Company or otherwise, for personal gain, or use/ allow the use of such information for the financial benefit for any other person.

Not engage in any business, relationship or activity, which might detrimentally conflict with the interest of the Company.

Maintain the principle of need to know and also confidentiality of all material non-public information about the Company, its business and affairs.

Abide by all applicable laws and regulations including the Company's Prevention of Insider Trading code.

Not use their status to seek or accept any personal gains or favours from those doing or seeking to do business with the Company or from other employees of the company.

As a general practice not to accept gifts in cash or kind if it is likely to lead to a business relationship with the Company. However, an exception to this may be made for non cash gifts upto a value not exceeding Rs. 5000/- for items that can be reciprocated such as tickets to events, etc. If refusing a gift beyond this would affect a relationship with the Company, the gift may be accepted and handed over to the Company.

Not share any information regarding the Company, its business and/or affairs with media without the prior approval of the Corporate Disclosure Officer.

In addition, in performing their Board and Board Committee functions, the directors shall:
  • Not hold position of Advisor with a competitor Company
  • Inform the Chairman of changes in their interests that may interfere with their ability to perform their duties, and in the case of "independent directors", impact their independence as Board members.
This Code embodies the belief that acting always with the company's legitimate interest in mind and being aware of the company's responsibility towards its stakeholders is an essential element of the company's long term excellence.

The day to day affairs of the hotel are looked after by Mr. Vithal Kamat, Chairman & Managing Director, and Mr. K.P.Kannampilly, Wholetime Technical Director who are assisted by a team of professionals at various levels. All the members of the Board have wide years of experience and knowledge in the Hospitality Industry for the last 20 years. The other key people include the Company Secretary, General Manager - Finance, Manager - Finance, Manager - Income, Executive Director - Clubs and Resorts, Manager - M.I.S.

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    The Capital Market

In the year 1994, The Company made its Initial Public Issue of Equity Shares aggregating to Rs.3060 lakhs and Non-Convertible Debentures (NCD's) aggregating to Rs.550 lakhs. The Equity Share of Rs.10/- was issued at a premium of Rs.50/-. The NCD of Rs.100/- had a coupon rate of 14%. The NCD Issue of the Company was rated "A-" by CRISIL. The above rating was retained by CRISIL till the NCDs were redeemed on 12-12-2001.

The above mentioned issue opened on 17th October, 1994 and closed on 21st October, 1994 was oversubscribed by 3.65 times. The Company shares are listed on stock exchanges at Mumbai, National Stock Exchange and at the Chennai. The Company has declared dividend for the last financial years as under:

 
Financial YearDividend (%)
19958%
19968%
19978%
1998 (18 months)12%
2000(15 months)8%
2001(12 months) 8%
2002 (12 months) 5%
2003 (12 months) NIL
2004 (12 months) 6%
2005 (Interim Dividend) 10%
 

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    Division

    Kamats Tours & Travels established in July 1995 - engaged in Marketing of Destination and Package Tours & GSA for amusement parks. It has a turnover of Rs. 152 lakhs in the year 2000/01.
    Kamats Institute Hotel Management, Catering Technology & Food Research Centre established in July 1995 - offering certificate courses in the field of Catering and Hospitality achieved a turnover of Rs.35.38 lakhs in 2004/05. It shortly proposes to offer 3 year diploma courses in Hotel Management and Catering Technology.
    Kamats Restaurant at Esselworld - India's and Mumbai's famous Amusement Park taken - under Business Contract Agreement with Pan India Paryatan Ltd for 7 years achieved a turnover of Rs. 93.50 lakhs during 2004/ 05.
    Gulal/Chinese Pavilion at FantasyLand under Business Contract Agreement with Madhu Fantasy Land Pvt. Ltd. for 5 years achieved a turnover of Rs.0.76 lakhs for 2004/05.
    Kamats Siddharth at Nashik- 32 rooms - 3 Star Hotel with permit room and turnover of Rs.110.10 lakhs, during 2004/05 is under Business Contract Agreement for 35 years with effect from July 1996.
    Kamats Development - A Construction Company to take up future construction in the Group.
    Kamats Catering - for Events and Large gathering catering.
    The Orchid - Asia's first Eco Friendly Five Star Hotel was partially opened to public on World Tourism Day - 27th September 1997, is operational with 221 rooms and 12 suites.
    The Hotel has been awarded the prestigious 'Green Globe Award' for the year 1998 by World Travel Mart in London. It has recorded a turnover of Rs. 5594.77 lakhs during the year ended March 2001.
    With the dawn of the new millennium, the Landmark of Mumbai "THE ORCHID" Asia's First Five Star Ecotel, commissioned in 1997 amidst much aplomb and recipient of many awards, has once again earned pride of place and was honored with the IH&RA " Green Hotelier and Restaurateur" Award, signifying and reinforcing man's determination to maintain a peaceful co-existence with environment and nature, by the need to give as much as it receives from her bountiful generosity. Backed by an enthusiastic, motivated and experienced Management whose total commitment is Human Resource Development, it also boasts of the latest technology, which is environment friendly. The Orchid's environment friendly route is definitely carving out a significant and special niche for us not only at a national level but international as well.
    The HVS has also designated the Orchid Hotel as an "Industry Pioneer" and will hold the torch to other organizations as well.
    While the world races towards rapid development, and the Earth is being depleted of its natural resources by the second, Asia's First Five Star Ecotel, The Orchid, continues its magnificent job of trying to save the Environment. Recognition Awards are normally nominated by the Green Globe Industries Associates for the members of their own organizations whom they feel have made significant contribution towards saving the environment.
    The continued dedication and invaluable assistance rendered by The Orchid Team members caught the attention of the International Hotel and Restaurant Association, who thus nominated The Orchid for the Green Globe Achievement Award 2000 - RECOGNITION AWARD. On 15th March 2000, at a grand ceremony held during the ITB , in Berlin, Mr. Bob Collier, Chairman of Green Globe presented the prestigious GREEN GLOBE ACHIEVEMENT AWARD 2000- RECOGNITION AWARD to Mr. Vithal Kamat, Chairman & Managing Director and Mr. Param Kannampilly, Technical Director on behalf of The Orchid. From International to National Awards.
    The Orchid again became a resounding success when it bagged the Dr. M.S. Swaminathan Award for Environmental Protection. The award instituted by the Rotary Club of Madras East and Earthcare Group was presented to our Technical Director , Mr. K.P. Kannampilly on 7th August 2000 , but none other than Dr. M.S. Swaminathan himself.
   The Environment Champion of the Year 1999-2000 amongst Large Hotels, from the Federation of Hotel & Restaurant Association of India ( F.H.R.A.I) was accorded to The Orchid at a glittering function held on 14th October, 2000. Chairman & Managing Director Mr. Vithal Kamat collected the award on behalf of The Orchid.
  Hotel & Catering International Management Association (HCIMA)- London awarded
    The Environment Policy Award 2000 to The Orchid .Our Technical Director , Mr. K.P. Kannampilly received the award on 11th October 2000 in London.
   World Travel Market Environmental Company Award 2000 was awarded on 15th November 2000, in London .
  The Orchid was Re-certified as Five Globe Ecotel- one of the only Five such Hotels in the World, on December 6, 2000
  Following prestigious Awards have been won by "The Orchid" for the year 2000-2001

 An International Certification from HVS ECO Services being awarded a 5 Globe ECOTEL rating in May 1997 and once again being re-certified as 5 Globe ECOTEL in December 2000.
   Federation of Hotel and Restaurant Association of India (FHRAI) Environment Champion of the year - for large hotels.
   Hotel & Catering International Management Association (HCIMA) Best Environment Policy 2000.
   Regional Directors Tourism Award 2000.- Western & Central India- awarded to Shri Vithal V. Kamat towards his contribution to the Tourism Industry.
   National Tourism Award for best 5 star Hotel Western Region - January 2001.
   PATA Gold Award given by PATA, Malaysia for best Corporate Environment Programme 2001- April, 2001.
   ISO 14001 Certification 2001 - 24th May, 2001.
   Rotary Club of Mumbai North Island awarded to Shri Vithal V Kamat for his concern towards environment protection and providing the 1st eco-friendly 5 star Hotel in Asia to the city of Mumbai.
   British Airways Tourism for tomorrow Awards- Large Scale Tourism
   Paryavaran Shree Puraskar 2001-2002
   International Hotel & Restaurant Association Environmental Award 2001
   4 PATA (Pacific Asia Travel Association India chapter -Environmental Award for 2001 on the Hotel "Excellence" category.

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