Naveen Kundu born on April 6th 1968, is a Business Management Graduate from University of Mysore – Maharaja’s College specialising in Marketing Management & Financial Planning.
After having worked with International Organisations like Choice Hotels International INC USA for 3 years (1990 to 1993) where he started his career as Management Trainee he soon grew to be the Regional Sales Manager for India Region. From here he moved on to Best Western International as its Head of Business Development (1993 – 1994) but was soon recalled by the Chairman of Choice Hotels International to lead the Hotels Division of Dr. Charat Ram lead Shriram Group which was set up in collaboration with Choice Hotels as their diversification plan, thereby making him the youngest Vice President in the industry at that time (1994 – 1997). Naveen understood the dynamics of Hospitality & Tourism industry very early on in his career and knew that Tourism development was poised for a phenomenal growth. It is this vision that got Naveen to start his own Venture and “Leisure Tours was Born”.
Leisure Tours was set up by Naveen in 1997 with only a desk and telephone. He gradually started making a difference in the MICE business of the industry by targeting key corporate customers. Leisure Tours today is a leading player in the industry with over 100 crores of top line business from its MICE, Inbound and holiday distribution business.
Naveen has been constantly leading the way the industry should grow and has been working with other leading players to streamline sales and profitability by helping the industry increase the size of the holiday and travel market in India. Naveen works very closely with International Tourism boards and organisations for product innovation and that is what earns him his place as a member of advisory board for MICE business with Starwood and Marriott group of hotels globally.
Naveen has been leading Leisure Tours, now known as Leisure Corp for 17 years and the company is now operating brands like Global Nomads – MICE, Hotelsz.com, a hotels booking engine focussed on e-booking for travel trade to enhnace their proftable and enable to compete with larger online OTAs , happiholidays.com which is an online travel agency with live hotel engine focussing on providing vaccation packages on line – being marketed in countires like UAE, SINGAPORE, AUSTRALIA, USA, LONDON ( UK ), SOUTH KOREA, BRAZIL, SOUTH AFRICA & RUSSIA.
Naveen also owns a 40 room Resort & spa (Game Lodge) in India’s largest National Park and Tiger Reserve – Jim Corbett Park which was set up by him in 2009.
Naveen Lives in Gurgaon with his wife and two daughters. An amateur runner, he has participated in over 30 + half and full marathons.