The travel trade industry is in shock over the sudden demise of Lajpat Rai, Chairman and Managing Director of Lotus Trans Travel, a renowned travel firm promoting inbound and Buddhist travel. Rai passed away on Friday while undergoing treatment in Gurugram.

Rai had been receiving cardiac-related treatments at Medanta Hospital in Gurugram, where he ultimately took his last breath. He is survived by his wife, a son, and a daughter.

Rai, known for his pleasant nature and sharp mind, made significant contributions to the Indian travel and tourism industry. A leading figure in the Indian travel trade fraternity, Rai was closely associated with industry bodies in the tourism and hospitality sector and actively promoted inbound tourism to India, with a particular focus on Buddhist travel. His efforts in fostering strong ties with the Japanese travel industry are especially noteworthy.

Beyond his work with Lotus Trans Travel, Rai owned and operated various hotels across the country and a restaurant in Delhi. He was also an active member of the Indian Association of Tour Operators (IATO) and played a key role in uniting industry stakeholders at numerous forums and events. His commitment to his principles and beliefs earned him widespread respect.

Rai was a great advocate for promoting Buddhist tourism in India and was vocal about improving infrastructure to support Buddhist travelers and attract more tourists to significant Buddhist sites.

Rajesh Mudgill, CEO of Planet India Travels, expressed his shock and sorrow at Rai’s sudden passing. Paying tribute to Rai and remembering his contributions to the travel industry, Mudgill said, “I am deeply hurt to learn of his demise. He will be greatly missed by all whose lives he touched. Just last week, we were planning to meet up; I never imagined something like this would happen.”

Lajpat Rai’s legacy will live on through his substantial contributions to the travel and tourism industry, and he will be fondly remembered by colleagues, friends, and the countless individuals he inspired throughout his career.

  • Published On Jun 14, 2024 at 03:47 PM IST

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