Rajeev Kohli, CIS, CITP, DMCP was born into the industry and has a passion for travel and showing India to the world. With over 25 years of industry experience, today he is Joint Managing Director of Creative Travel, a family legacy of two generations that has showcased this part of the world for over 43 years. Creative has grown to become a prominent, respected and independent DMC offering the finest of cultural experiences, personal immersions and natural wonders all over India and South Asia. At Creative, he focuses on marketing and strategy initiatives. He also has also contributed in making Creative the most globally awarded DMC in South Asia winning over 79 global and nationals awards & recognitions for our service and creativity. Rajeev is also passionate about incentive travel and has taken his team to win 7 SITE Crystal awards for excellence in incentive travel programs, the most of any company in all of Asia.
Following his strong family tradition, Rajeev too has significantly contributed to the development of the tourism industry at different levels. He was the first Asian to ever take the leadership position of global President of the Society for Incentive Travel Excellence (SITE; www.siteglobal.com), completing two terms in 2016 &2017. He is the past Senior Vice President of the Indian Association of Tour Operators (IATO; www.iato.in), India’s apex body for the incoming tourism industry and was on the IATO Executive Committee for 6 years. Rajeev has been the Vice Chairman of the India Convention Promotion Bureau (ICPB) and past President of the India Chapter of the American Society of Travel Agents. He currently is the Vice President of the global DMC group, EUROMIC (www.euromic.com ). Rajeev also speaks at various industry forums across the world and has many articles and thought papers under his name. He feels that his upbringing has taught him to respect people, to uphold and value integrity and to spread happiness.
In 2017, Rajeev was recognized as a thought leader as one of the ‘25 Most Influential People in the global Incentive industry’ (http://www.incentivemag.com/News/Industry/Incentive-Industry-25-Most-Influential-People-2017/ ).
In 2015, Rajeev was awarded the prestigious “IMEX Academy Award”, a highly prestigious recognition for contribution to a chosen profession. (https://www.smartmeetings.com/news/70293/imex-academy-awards-2015-honor-industry-pros )
Rajeev has a Master’s in Business from the University of Southern California with specializations in Marketing and Entrepreneurship and an undergraduate honours degree in Economics from the University of Delhi. Rajeev is professionally certified as a Certified Incentive Specialist (CIS), Certified Incentive Travel Professional (CITP) and Destination Management Certified Professional (DMCP).
Rajeev often writes for trade publications and is commonly quoted as an expert source in the media. Rajeev lives in Delhi with his wife and two teenage sons who are currently studying overseas.