With its unparalleled natural beauty, picturesque destinations, excellent accommodation & banquet facilities and connectivity, Kerala has the potential to be developed as a wedding destination. The recent trend shows that, a considerable number of destination weddings are happening across Kerala. Be it the serene backwaters fringed by swaying palm trees, pristine beaches where foamy waves create a calming symphony, or the mystic hill stations with sprawling tea plantations, this state is the ideal place to embark on a new beginning.
Buoyed by a clutch of global awards and accolades, Kerala Tourism will unleash a raft of new projects and events that will turn the state into an all-season destination and make the stay of new-age travellers a relaxing, rejuvenating and learning experience by unfolding before them the captivating charm of rural hinterland and lesser-known places.
For Kerala Tourism, 2022 was a year of remarkable achievements and inspiring global and national honours.
TIME magazine featured Kerala as one of the ‘50 Extraordinary Destinations to explore in 2022’. Conde Nast Traveller recognized Kerala’s ‘Aymanam village’ as one among 30 best places to visit in 2022, the state was chosen by Travel & Leisure magazine for the ‘Global Vision Award’. The state was also voted as the ‘Best Wedding Destination’ by readers of Travel Plus Leisure.
Commenting on the marketing campaigns, Tourism Minister Shri P A Mohamed Riyas said, the focus will no longer be confined to beaches, backwaters and hill stations. “We now want to transform the whole of Kerala into an interconnected tourist haven, where visitors get plenty of choices and diverse experiences. All this will make a trip to Kerala, a wholesome experience for visitors looking for diverse experiences – be it a stay in a houseboat or a caravan, ecologically responsible adventure activities or visits to heritage and cultural centres.”
“Kerala has huge potential to emerge as an ideal Wedding Destination and it is going to be a major segment of our tourism. A series of marketing activities have been planned as part of a concerted strategy to promote Kerala as a global wedding destination and a paradise for honeymooners,” he added.
Mr Sajeev, Information Officer, Kerala Tourism said “Kerala’s houseboats, caravan stays, jungle lodges, plantation visits, homestays, Ayurveda-based wellness solutions, countryside walks and adventure activities, including trekking to verdant hills, will be a real feast providing a unique experience to visitors,”.
“We have made elaborate plans to give an effective thrust to showcase Kerala’s new projects like Caravan Tourism – “Keravan Kerala”, as well as its core assets like beaches, hill stations, houseboats and backwater segment to heighten the totality of visitor experience,” he added.
Kerala set an all-time record in domestic tourist footfalls in last year. The state hosted 1.33 crore tourists in the first three quarters of the year. Significantly, this marked an increase of 1.94 per cent from the pre-pandemic year.
Last year, the STREET project, a part of the state’s storied Responsible Tourism initiative, bagged the global award at World Travel Market (WTM), London. Besides, India Today ranked Kerala as the topmost performer in tourism in the ‘big states’ category.
The ongoing December 2022-April 2023 Kochi-Muziris Biennale is getting a stupendous responses from connoisseurs of art as well as tourists from across the world.
The first phase of the B2B partnership meets held in Delhi, Chandigarh, Jaipur & Lucknow earlier in January and Ahmedabad, Chennai & Hyderabad earlier in February, had a highly encouraging response from the industry.
Kerala Tourism had a grandeur presence, showcasing the unique touristy features of the state, in the just concluded, OTM (Outbound Travel Market) Mumbai and at the South Asian Travel and Tourism Exchange (SATTE), New Delhi.
The signature project, Serene Amara by Columbia Pacific, is jointly developed by Columbia Pacific Group and Embassy Group.
Columbia Pacific Communities (CPC), a part of Seattle-based Columbia Pacific Group, and Embassy Group, India’s leading real estate developer, launch Serene Amara by Columbia Pacific at Embassy Springs. A joint development, the project will be managed by Columbia Pacific Communities and built by Embassy Group. Columbia Pacific Group has leveraged their 40 years of experience and expertise in senior housing design, development, and management in collaboration with Embassy Group’s strengths in providing world-class infrastructure and comfort to create their 11th senior living community in India.
Developed at Embassy Springs, an integrated township spread across 288 acres and one of Bengaluru’s biggest and best planned city, Serene Amara by Columbia Pacific will comprise 239 exclusive residences on 17 floors with best-in-class features and amenities to promote comfortable and healthy living for seniors. The combined investment for the project is Rs. 165 crore for 2.44 acres of senior living community space.
Designed by world renowned architects, Venkataramanan Associates, the project will launch this year, offering seniors in Bangalore a community where they can lead healthier, happier, more secure, and better connected lives. A strong emphasis has been placed on high standards of quality, bespoke services, ample open spaces and greenery, and safety. Available in 1, 2, and 3-BHK configurations, the units are priced between Rs 60 lakhs and Rs 1.48 crore, exclusive of statutory charges.
With a new-age club with entertainment, recreational, and fitness facilities, along with amenities such as a senior-friendly gymnasium, indoor games room, and spa, the project ensures that seniors will live their best lives in their forever homes. Yoga and meditation decks, a reading lounge, a restaurant, a business centre, walking paths in the outdoor landscape, and outdoor dining at the podium enhance the experience. In addition to these senior-friendly amenities, the community is fully-serviced with food, housekeeping, and 24-hour assistance and medical care.
Commenting on the launch, Mohit Nirula, CEO, Columbia Pacific Communities, says, “We are elated to launch our 11th senior living community in India and our Group’s first joint venture project with Embassy Group, Serene Amara by Columbia Pacific. With Embassy Group, we are confident that this community will not only provide a healthy and comfortable space for senior residents but will also help them lead a blissful life. With the two experts coming together, our aim is to develop world-class senior living communities in India with fully serviced residences designed to international standards. At CPC, we create communities that promote positive ageing amongst seniors through community living, a focus on physical, mental, emotional, and intellectual wellbeing, and social engagement. Community living offers an enhanced lifestyle, security, safety, and medical care for seniors, as well as peace of mind for their families.”
Aditya Virwani COO – Embassy Group, adds, “We are proud to team up with Columbia Pacific Communities for our first project in the senior living sector, a new asset class for Embassy Group. Combining our expertise, strength, and abilities to meet the requirements of this growing but vital segment, Serene Amara by Columbia Pacific will appeal to seniors with an appreciation for a healthier lifestyle and thriving community in the privacy of their own home. We wanted a specialist partner who would provide an enriching experience for our seniors; in CPC, we found the ideal collaborator. Embassy Group’s brand promise has been to deliver high-quality, future-first, and enhanced living spaces to all age groups, from co-living for millennials to branded and luxury homes, and now we foray into senior living. With the launch of Serene Amara by Columbia Pacific, we have taken our first step towards building communities that will stand apart, making the golden years for our seniors dignified, joyful, and fulfilling.”
Veteran actress Ratna Pathak Shah, who honoured the project’s launch event with her timeless grace, said, “I congratulate Columbia Pacific Communities and Embassy Group for building a community for senior residents where they can look forward to living and interacting with like-minded peers and enjoy an active and peaceful life. The idea of positive ageing should not be limited solely to health and well-being, but should also encourage the enthusiastic participation of senior citizens in society so they feel cared, valued, and listened to. I am glad that these two distinguished brands are taking steps in the right direction to create an environment that encourages people of my age to remain physically fit, mentally alert, and emotionally stimulated.”
The community will offer a packed calendar of resident engagement events, including book readings, yoga and mindfulness sessions, drumming sessions, pottery and storytelling workshops, and more. These activities, designed around the six pillars of positive aging, help residents stay healthier for longer.
About Columbia Pacific Communities Columbia Pacific Communities is India’s largest and most experienced senior living community operators with over 1750 residential units under management in 5 cities and 10 locations across south India. As the pioneers in this category, it is committed to reimagining the concept of senior living in India and create world-class practices that exceed these expectations of its stakeholders. It is part of the Seattle-based Columbia Pacific Group, one of the foremost developers of senior living communities in the United States and China. Founded by entrepreneur and senior living pioneer Dan Baty, Columbia Pacific has more than 40 years of experience and expertise in designing, building and managing senior housing communities around the world. The team, with the expertise of its principals in the United States of America and its partners in India, brings together rich experience in senior housing design, development and management. For more information please visit: www.columbiacommunities.in
About Embassy Group Founded in 1993, Embassy Group is one of India’s largest real estate conglomerates with a broad portfolio of over 62 million sq. ft. of prime commercial, residential, retail, hospitality, services, and educational spaces across Bangalore, Chennai, Pune, Mumbai, Noida and Trivandrum in Indian Markets, and Serbia and Malaysia in the international markets. Across all asset classes, Embassy lays strong emphasis on high standards of quality, delivery, world-class services, environmental management, and safety. Embassy was a sponsor of India’s first REIT, the largest office REIT in the Asia Pacific. As an extension of its vision to create world class urban infrastructure, the company has also contributed in the field of education. The Group’s Community Outreach program empowers over 19,000 children across 150+ government and rural schools to create a positive social impact in India.
Arogya World, a non-profit organization working to prevent non-communicable diseases (NCDs) through health education and lifestyle change, today announced their 2022 Healthy Workplaces and recognized 34 Indian & global companies for championing workplace health at their annual Healthy Workplace Conference and Awards flagship event. The organization recognized these Healthy Workplaces for promoting holistic health and well-being which includes the mental, physical, and emotional well-being of employees while focusing on healthy lifestyles for addressing NCD prevention and mental well-being at the workplace.
As on date, Arogya World has recognized 186companies as Healthy Workplaces, spanning over 5.83 million employees.
The 2022 Healthy Workplace companies are
2. State Bank of India
3. Mumbai International Airport
4. Sony Entertainment Television
6. Tata Motors
8. Coffee Board
9. Mikro Grafeio
10. Avian WE
11. LV Prasad Eye Hospital
13. RMZ – CBRE
14. Fresenius – Kabi
15. GarbhaGudi IVF Centre
16. Aprava (Jhajjar Power)
18. Vedanta Limited (Jharsuguda)
19. Cairn Oil & Gas
20. Bharat Aluminium Company Limited
21. Vedanta Limited (Lanjigarh)
22. Ferro Alloys Corporation Limited
23. Talwandi Sabo Power Limited
24. Vedanta Ltd- Sesa Goa Iron Ore Business
25. Hindustan Zinc Limited
26. ESL Steel Limited
27. Sterlite Copper
28. Department of Tourism (Karnataka)
29. Quess Staffing
The Healthy Workplace program accreditation is a rigorous assessment that involves interaction with eminent Industry Health Experts. Along with Arogya team, they evaluate and ascertain the interventions implemented by the organization based on Arogya World’s healthy workplaces criteria aligned with the WHO guidelines. It primarily involves Leadership engagement, physical health criteria (like healthy eating, tobacco cessation, and physical activity), and also mental health criteria introduced by Arogya World for the first time in 2020 in response to COVID.
Dr. Nalini Saligram, Founder of Arogya World & An Ashoka Fellow, said, “Employees are the biggest asset of a company. NCDs have a devastating economic impact and we all have seen that some have experienced the worst during COVID. Workplaces are where people spend a significant part of their day. Therefore if we can get workplaces to champion healthy living, we can surely fight against NCDs. I firmly believe that healthy workplaces are a smart solution to the global NCD crisis. In fact, they are one of the most sustainable, scientific, and scalable solutions and that is what Arogya World’s healthy workplaces program is all about. The result is for everyone to experience – the employer benefits through reduced absenteeism and increased productivity, employees benefit with improved health, and the Nation benefits as it advances the fight against NCDs. Today, more than ever, health is being increasingly recognized as a strategic pillar in the workplace of the future. We congratulate all 2022 Healthy Workplaces for demonstrating leadership in workplace health”.
Arogya World also recognized 5 exemplary companies namely, Tata Consultancy Services, Larsen & Toubro, Manipal Cigna, Indian Oil, and Haleon, for attaining the Platinum level, the highest level of honor defined by the Arogya World’s Healthy Workplace program, and for demonstrating a data-driven culture of health. These companies stand for excellence in employee health, with demonstrated improvements in health metrics over time, making these companies true ambassadors of workplace health. This brings the total number of Platinum Healthy Workplaces to 40 in the Arogya community.
Arogya World helps you build, sustain and scale the health quotient of the company. We offer additional tools and services like lifestyle coach, behavior change training, MyThali program for eating right, Webinars on mental wellness, and mHealth solutions (leveraging technology) to enable individual employees on their health journeys.
Dr. Ashish Jain, Head – Employee Health and wellbeing at GSK, & Advisory HWP Arogya World says, “Designing and efficiently implementing Healthy workplaces is no more a good to-do but a must-do for every corporate. And today more than ever healthy workplaces extend beyond our regular workplaces, into the homes of individuals. As a corporate, we need to be mindful and more accountable for the holistic health and well-being of an individual and the family. Having said that, it doesn’t undermine an individual’s role in this wellness journey.”
Arogya World has always believed that workplaces are a smart platform for tackling NCDs. We firmly believe that the Arogya World Healthy Workplace Conference has helped in advancing the dialogue of workplace health in India and continues to build on the momentum. Over 77 million Indians live with diabetes, Indians develop type 2 diabetes in their 30s and 40s, at the peak of their productivity, and 10 years earlier than most Westerners, making the public health burden in the country truly alarming. According to the World Health Organization, NCDs are largely preventable with lifestyle changes – 80% of heart disease, 80% of diabetes and 40% of cancer can be prevented by avoiding tobacco, eating healthy foods, and increasing physical activity. Prevention through healthy living is Arogya World’s focus.
It’s time to take collective responsibility and lead the conversation.
About Arogya World:
A non-profit organization, Arogya World (www.arogyaworld.org), a recipient of the prestigious 2022 UN Interagency Task Force and the WHO Special Programme on Primary Health Care Award, has been working for more than a decade to prevent non-communicable diseases (NCD), – diseases like diabetes, heart disease, cancer, and chronic lung diseases – through health education and lifestyle change. Arogya World targets workplaces for chronic disease prevention because work is where so many people spend a large part of their day.
Strategic investment in Jombay, India’s leading HR Tech platform for talent assessment and development
Launches a Tech platform, ProSculpt connecting the four pillars of employment eco-system namely student, faculty, institution and industry
Launches HfactoR 2.0, HR Suite combined with mobile based recruitment platform
Records 80% y-o-y growth in revenue for H1’ 22-23, significantly higher than the staffing industry growth rate
Leading towards the IPO plans, CIEL HR Services, one of the leading workforce and skilling solution companies in India, is taking strides in its expansion plans by organic as well as inorganic growth.
Charting its inorganic growth journey, CIEL announced a strategic investment today into Next Leap Career Solutions Private Limited (Brand name: Jombay) by signing a definitive agreement to acquire its 100% equity stake in tranches. This acquisition is part of its strategic vision to expand its offering in the HR services space. With this acquisition, CIEL Group strengthens its position further as a workforce solutions company leveraging technology.
Jombay’s technology solutions are used by more than 500 marquee organizations for identifying and building great managers and leaders and making them future ready. Every year more than 200,000 managers and leaders go through Jombay’s Assessments & Development programs. It is a “made in India, made for the world” platform built by a team of Business Psychologists, Engineers and Product Entrepreneurs. Jombay enjoys a strong HR community connect including the HR40under40 initiative. Pi Capital and Legalogic has advised Jombay through this deal and NovoJuris represented CIEL.
Recording a 80% growth in y-o-y revenue for H1’ 22-23, CIEL continues to chart its organic growth journey by expanding its geographic footprint and service offerings. CIEL operates from 74 offices across 50 locations now; continues to expand further. New service offerings introduced recently are:
Started EPC Staffing vertical to cater to the specialised recruiting and staffing needs of Oil and Gas, Energy, Process and Power sectors.
Started offering services under NAPS (National Apprenticeship Promotion Scheme) under Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, Government of India.
Accelerated Managed Services Programmes to help companies optimise their IT operations via SLA-based plug-and-play solutions.
Launched CielJobs 2.0, India’s first SkillTech platform to expand our reach among candidates and thereby increase mandate conversion in the Staffing business; also, to attract employers to post jobs and generate applications.
Introduced CIEL Rapid, hi-tech hi-touch initiative to cater to the recruitment needs of SMEs (small and medium enterprises) and startups
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ProSculpt leverages CIEL HR’s immense industry network to bring to educational institutions and students the best opportunities for final placements and internships. ProSculpt is also a pioneer in providing consulting and industrial immersion opportunities for the faculty members. Industry reaps the huge benefits of reaching in an agile way a wide and diverse spectrum of talented freshers seeking employment and internships while leveraging the capabilities of a hitherto untapped talent pool, the faculty members of the colleges and universities.
The ProSculpt platform also enables students access a wide array of learning content and assess themselves and plan their learning journey towards higher job-related knowledge and skills. For students, this gives them a Ma Foi employability score that reflects their competence in their chosen domain and goads them to invest in their own growth. To employers, the Ma Foi score is a validated score for quick short listing and acts as an aid in the hiring process. ProSculpt eliminates the divide between urban and non-urban colleges and provides a level playing field, for students, for both learning and internship opportunities and final placements.
The platform offers a plethora of services like placement preparatory programme, upskilling courses, student community connect, wellness programs and much more.
Commenting on the occasion, Mr. K Pandiarajan, Executive Chairperson and Director – Ma Foi Group & CIEL Group said, “I take this opportunity to congratulate the team for expanding its technological capabilities that solidifies the leading position of CIEL as a brand in the Indian HR services space. 80% growth in H1 and the onset of the inorganic journey shows the growth ambitions and the inherent strength of the brand. I am confident that CIEL, the fastest growing player among the Top 10 in India’s HR industry, will continue to lead the innovations and emerge as one of the Top 5 workforce and skilling solution companies in India by 2025.”
Talking about the Jombay acquisition, Mr. Aditya Narayan Mishra, Managing Director & CEO – CIEL HR Services said “This acquisition, in line with our IPO plans, is part of our strategic vision to expand our technology-led offerings in the HR services domain. Moreover, it will complement our existing subsidiary Integrum Solutions operating in HR technology space and will help us expand our client portfolio in the market. With this acquisition, we penetrate deeper in the market and expand our margins.”
Mr. Mohit Gundecha, CEO – Next Leap Career Solutions (Jombay), said “We are excited to combine forces with CIEL having a vast customer base and industry-leading geographic footprint in the HR services sector. This will help Jombay further expand its customer footprint and market penetration of its product portfolio mix across Talent Management, Capability building, Talent Identification and Succession Planning.”
Speaking on the launch of ProSculpt, Mr. Rajiv Krishnan, Managing Director & CEO – Ciel Skills & Careers and MaFoi Strategy said “We are happy to introduce ProSculpt as a disruptor that will bring the universes of students, educational institutions, faculty and industry much closer together eliminating the wide-spread Type A/ Type B hiring errors; cutting through the urban and semi-urban divide; and, moderating and eliminating the vernacular and English medium divide. It gives students control over their destinies by providing vast learning and self-improvement opportunities and access to coaches, mentors and wellness guides. For the faculties, often a forgotten but hugely important and pivotal part of the campus experience, ProSculpt brings immense opportunities for immersive learning and consulting. We are confident that ProSculpt will holistically transform student skilling, learning and employability and fulfil industry’s insatiable appetite for bright and highly skilled talent.
– This announcement comes less than six months after Zetwerk acquired three Indian manufacturing supply chains across aerospace & defense, oil & gas, and railways segments.
Zetwerk Manufacturing, the global source of manufacturing across industrial and consumer products, today announced it has acquired Unimacts, a leading manufacturing services company operating within various industries including industrial products, material handling, and renewable energy segments.
Zetwerk’s acquisition of Unimacts will position the company for additional expansion and diversification, providing immediate access to marquee solar and wind-power customers. Additionally, Zetwerk will gain access to the large-scale consolidated demand Unimacts has generated thus far, which will be serviced by the company’s massive global supply base. Similarly, the company will benefit from Unimacts’ notable industry expertise in renewable energy manufacturing and an endless supply of highly specified mechanical products, logistics support, design for manufacturing, inventory management, and near-customer warehousing.
The executive team at Unimacts, including Matthew Arnold, CEO, Andrew Woglom, CFO, and Alan Hays, COO, along with the team at Unimacts, will be joining Zetwerk, bringing the global employee count to 1,900.
For Unimacts, this acquisition will equip the company with the necessary capital to scale up its presence in the U.S., Europe and Mexico, along with access to a strong off-shore footprint in India and Vietnam. Overall, Unimacts’ customer relations, supply partners and business operations will remain unaffected.
“Unimacts’ offerings in the U.S., Europe and Mexico markets complement our existing portfolio and vision of being a global leader in the manufacturing space,” said Amrit Acharya, Co-founder and CEO of Zetwerk. “This acquisition will immediately expand our presence in North America and position Zetwerk for additional expansion in the coming months. We are excited to usher in a new era of intelligent manufacturing for our customers, partners, and our planet.”
“Over the last decade, we have been working to scale our global supply chain and contract manufacturing businesses to better serve customers throughout North America and Western Europe,” said Matthew Arnold, CEO of Unimacts. “Partnering with Zetwerk will allow us to accelerate our growth and global reach and provide more comprehensive solutions to our customers. With the recent $1.2 Trillion infrastructure bill and Inflation Reduction Act, the renewable energy sectors of solar and wind in the US are poised for significant growth. These have been the primary end markets for Unimacts over the last five years and we are excited to pursue significant growth in these markets with our new partners. We strongly believe that joining the Zetwerk family will translate into broader offerings for customers in the U.S. and around the world, increase growth opportunities for employees and facilitate new business opportunities for our suppliers”.
Zetwerk’s 2021-2022 financial results showcased strong growth across categories. The company’s gross merchandise value grew six-fold, to $770 Million from $130 Million, and the operating revenue expanded to $670 Million from $110 Million in 2020-2021. The company is on track to do well over $1 billion of revenue in the current fiscal year.
“With this acquisition and expansion in North America, Zetwerk is well positioned to help even more businesses create self-reliant supply chains in renewable energy and infrastructure,” said Vaibhav Agrawal, Partner at Lightspeed Venture Partners and Zetwerk Board Member.“Gleaned through deep manufacturing and internet experiences, Zetwerk co-founders have built an intelligent platform for customers to maximize manufacturing capacity, reliability and scope at the click of a button. This is why Fortune 500 enterprises are expanding their purchase volumes, securing orders from Zetwerk 3-5 years in advance.”
Zetwerk has more than 2000 customers across North America, Asia-Pacific and the Middle East, and a network of more than 10,000 manufacturing partners worldwide.
For more information about Zetwerk, please visit zetwerk.com.
Zetwerk Manufacturing is the global source of manufacturing across industrial and consumer products. It helps various brands transform digital designs into physical manifestations. Zetwerk offers manufacturing solutions across a diverse range of products, from simple and complex products to industrial and consumer use cases, for small businesses and Fortune 500 companies. Zetwerk’s industry-leading global manufacturing capabilities ensure products are manufactured faster, at competitive prices, and utilizing best-in-class materials. Zetwerk offers a broad range of services, including metal fabrication, CNC machining, aluminium die casting, 3D printing and plastic injection molding. Zetwerk uses domain-specialized teams and a suite of software across its suppliers and customers — matching, production & project management, quality, pricing and logistics to make manufacturing predictable, transparent, and reliable. The Zetwerk team consists of the world’s leading engineers and innovators dedicated to future-proofing the creation of an undisrupted supply chain. For more information, please visit https://www.zetwerk.com/.
Unimacts is a leading global contract manufacturing and supply chain solutions company with focus on renewable energy, as well as construction equipment and industrial products. Unimacts has developed asset-light sourcing solutions to supply highly specified mechanical products and provide complementary logistics support, design for manufacturing, inventory management, and near-customer warehousing. It is involved in the supply of solar tracker components (torque tubes, solar piles, drives, etc.), wind turbine components (fabrications, castings, fiber-reinforced plastics, etc.), and other industrial products (electro-mechanical assemblies, castings, fabrications, etc.). For more information, please visit https://www.unimacts.com/