Travel services pioneer, Bird Group’s Ankur Bhatia dies at 48

Ankur Bhatia, govt director of journey and hospitality conglomerate Fowl Group, died in New Delhi on Friday morning, following an enormous cardiac arrest.

Fowl Group, which was based as Fowl Travels in 1971, is a number one operator within the hospitality sector. It additionally has pursuits in expertise, aviation providers, luxurious retail and training, and in addition operated dealerships for BMW.

Bhatia (48) helped launch Roseate Motels and Resorts model in 2016, increasing Fowl Group’s hospitality enterprise.

He additionally partnered with Spanish IT providers supplier Amadeus, a number one info expertise providers supplier for the worldwide journey and tourism business, in India in 1994, the primary of a sort partnership then within the subcontinent then.

An alumnus of New Delhi’s Trendy Faculty, and London’s King’s School, Bhatia additionally launched India’s first pure and perennial indoor ice-skating rink and café, iSKATE, in Gurugram.

Ankur Bhatia was born to Fowl Group president Vijay Bhatia and spouse Radha Bhatia in 1973. He’s the elder brother of Gaurav Bhatia, the group’s govt director, and is survived by his spouse Smriti Bhatia and kids, Arnav and Saina.

Whereas attending King’s School, Bhatia capitalized on the outsourcing wave in journey by launching a software program growth and repair help firm, Reservation Knowledge Upkeep (India) Pvt. Ltd, or RDM, for managing back-end airline operations and stock management. Established in 1993, RDM was the primary Indian BPO agency.

He additionally led the Fowl Group’s entry into IT providers and analysis and growth by launching Fowl Info Programs (BIS), which gives expertise and options to airways.

Below his management, Fowl Group additionally entered the electrical mobility area by way of a subsidiary, Fowl Electrical.

“Ankur Bhatia had an enormous position within the diversification of the Fowl Group into completely different sectors, particularly retail and hospitality,” a prime govt at an vehicle firm mentioned, searching for anonymity. “In automotive, the Fowl Group now has plans to get into electrical mobility,” he added.

Bhatia had earlier obtained the title of Honorary Consulate Basic of the Republic of Liberia in India.

Bhatia was on the committees of varied business our bodies just like the Confederation of Indian Business (CII), the Nationwide Committee on Aviation, Infrastructure and Luxurious Retail.

He was additionally the youngest elected chairman of the Delhi State Council for CII in 2006-07.

“We have now not solely misplaced our chief, our visionary, however the world has misplaced an astounding human being,” a Bhatia household assertion mentioned.

“The Bhatia household is in a state of deep shock and requests you to respect their privateness on this tough time of grief,” it added.

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