Cox & Kings’ 260th year celebration at The St. Regis Mumbai saw the bigwigs of the travel industry in attendance. Travel and hospitality fraternity, diplomats and several business leaders gathered at the celebration high on glitz and glamour to mark the milestone birthday of the world’s oldest travel company. The evening was graced by Hon’ble Maharashtra Tourism Minister, Jaykumar Rawal, who congratulated the company for its continuous service and unparalleled excellence.
Shri Jaykumar Rawal, Hon’ble Tourism Minister of Maharashtra gracing the event said, “I would like to congratulate Cox & Kings for this long journey and hope they continue to be around for many more centuries. I also take this opportunity to wish everyone a Happy World Tourism Day. Tourism is the largest industry in the world. India has a multitude of experiences, you name anything and we have it. Similarly, Maharashtra has so much offer – forts, islands, history, mountains, city life but there is a need to promote it well.”
He added, “We work very closely with Cox & Kings on Deccan Odyssey, India’s leading luxury train that promotes Maharashtra as part of its itinerary. We request Cox & Kings to extend their expertise and handhold Maharashtra Tourism in promoting its various offerings through innovative ways”
With a legacy that dates back to 1758, when Cox & Kings was appointed as general agents to the regiment of Foot Guard in India, the company has established itself as a premium brand in all travel-related services globally and has been at the forefront of thought leadership and innovation within the industry. In these two-and-a-half centuries since inception, the company has not only introduced some of the most exciting destinations and products to customers but has also seen the world evolve from languorous days of sea voyages to the era of jet planes and space travel.
Speaking at the event, Peter Kerkar, Group CEO, Cox & Kings said, “We are the best in the industry not because we are the oldest, we are the oldest because we are the best in the industry. We place priority on achieving excellence, which has been made possible with unwavering commitment from our staff who embody the spirit of service, to go beyond their call of duty in creating seamless travel experiences for our customers, and our travel partners who have always supported us and use our services.”
Touted as the leader in travel innovation, the travel company has several firsts to its name. That includes chartering a special plane to view the longest solar eclipse of the 21st century, introducing Russia’s first luxury train ‘Bolshoi Express’, launching state-of-the-art luxury railway journeys in India, revamping many Indian palaces as wedding destinations to facilitate their upkeep, offering tailor made packages to the world’s largest pilgrimage, the Maha Kumbh Mela, and acquiring a mountain in the heart of the Swiss Alps to boost outbound tourism.