TAAI honours Zubin Karkaria for his outstanding contribution to the travel and tourism industry

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Travel Agents Association of India (TAAI) has bestowed the prestigious ‘Award of Distinction’ to Zubin Karkaria, CEO, VFS Global, and CEO, Kuoni Group, for his contribution to the Indian travel and tourism industry.

The award was presented at the 63rd TAAI Convention held in Abu Dhabi.

Karkaria has served the industry for more than 25 years and established visa processing multinational VFS Global in 2001. Later in 2015, he became the first Asian to head the Switzerland headquartered Kuoni Group.

“I am honoured to receive this recognition from TAAI, with whom I have been closely associated since the beginning of my career. VFS Global has always supported and cooperated with the travel fraternity whilst ensuring the overall sanctity of the visa application process as per requirements of our client governments. We owe our success to the trust that our client governments, partners, the travel trade, applicants, and all our stakeholders have placed in us, and are committed to the continuous enhancement of our services,” said Karkaria.

Sunil Kumar R, President, TAAI, remarked, “Zubin Karkaria and VFS Global are great examples of the innovative and entrepreneurial spirit of the Indian travel & tourism industry. We are very proud to state that the VFS Global spark was ignited in India and then spread across the world like a raging fire. Zubin is a beacon for our industry and an inspiration, who has demonstrated that when you dare to dream and are committed to making it happen, virtually anything is possible. TAAI is proud to honour and recognise the contribution of Zubin for his pioneering initiatives which includes the establishment of an enterprise like VFS Global, strongly reflecting leadership of a highly commendable order, and supporting travel not just in India but across the world.”