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Tuesday, 08 July, 2014, 15 : 30 PM [IST]

Rajeev Kohli, Joint Managing Director, Creative Travel

Taking over the reins of a leading family-run DMC from his father, alongside maintaining work-life balance, Rajeev Kohli sets an example of a truly successful businessman in today’s day and age. TravelBiz Monitor gets a glimpse into the life of Kohli, who is the Joint Managing Director of Creative Travel, and discovers things close to his heart
Being the son the of an icon of the travel and tourism industry, it comes as little surprise that Rajeev Kohli exudes passion for travel and for showcasing ‘Incredible India’ to the world. Kohli is the Joint Managing Director of Creative Travel, one of India’s top Destination Management Companies (DMCs), started in 1977 by his father, the late Ram Kohli.

Work Life
An alumnus of University of Southern California, where he earned his Masters in Marketing and Entrepreneurship, Rajeev Kohli has completed 20 years in the travel and tourism industry, during which Creative Travel won many awards and recognitions as a leading DMC and tour operator, in not just India, but also Asia. Among the many honours that the company has received are World Travel Awards Asia's Leading Destination Management Company (2013 and 2012); Today's Traveller Award for Best Luxury Inbound Tour Operator (2013); PATA Gold Award (2009); and 14 National Tourism Awards by the Government of India.

“Awards are great motivators for people who work behind the scenes. To be recognised by one’s peers is truly the greatest honour one can receive in our industry,” stated Rajeev Kohli.

Fast Five
Favourite Drink: Green Apple Martini
Favourite Destination: Latin America and South America
Favourite Cuisine: Japanese and Chinese
Favourite Car: Audi A6 and a Range Rover SUV
Favourite Restaurant: Wasabi by Morimoto in Mumbai, The Taj Mahal Hotel in New Delhi

Rajeev Kohli is also the Global Vice President - Finance of Society of Incentive and Travel Executives (SITE), and Vice President of the Indian Association of Tour Operators (IATO). He is the immediate past Vice Chairman of the India Convention Promotion Bureau (ICPB) and past President of the India Chapter of the American Society of Travel Agents.

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Maintaining work-life balance can get agonising, both physically and emotionally. Therefore, Rajeev Kohli makes it a point to de-stress by working out at the gym every morning, four-five days a week. “I spend an hour or so at the gym, and get back home for a hearty breakfast, which is the most important meal of the day.” His ideal breakfast menu  comprises scrambled egg or omelette, two toasts, a cake and a glass of juice.

“I’m generally at work by 9:30-9:45 am. My day is divided between working for Creative and for the travel associations I am involved with. I try as much to be home by 7-8 pm, and have dinner with my family. In our industry, there are many stressful days with lots of workload. Most of my days are spent in meetings and solving management issues. Yet, I try to make time for the few things that I enjoy and help me relax,” stated Rajeev Kohli.

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Rajeev Kohli is a firm believer in family values, and said that it is because of the upbringing that he and his brother Rohit received that the entire family has managed to remain close-knit till date. A dedicated son, a loving husband, a doting father and an affectionate brother, Rajeev Kohli swears by the significance of maintaining a perfect balance between one’s profession and family.

“Our life revolved around our father, whom we lost a few months ago. He was a pillar of strength of the Kohli family and Creative Travel. We are gradually getting back to normalcy after his demise. As a family, we are very close to each other; we celebrate all special occasions together. Despite very little time after work, I try as much as possible to spend quality time with my sons. On the weekends, especially, we try and indulge in some family time, go out for a meal or do something fun,” he added.

Rajeev Kohli lives in Delhi with his wife Deepali and sons Rohan (16) and Rishab (14).
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