Mr. K. Syama Raju (President)


A visionary in the hospitality and tourism sector comes with rich experience and holds the distinction of being associated both in the manufacturing sector as well as the services sector. He brings with him over 4 decade of experience and has had the privilege of being associated in a very Senior capacity with Bangalore Water Supply and Sewage Board and Mysore Sales International Limited. 

He is well known in the social circle of Bangalore, and is a highly accomplished Industrialist, Educationist, and above all a philanthropist. 

He is the Chairman of Hotel Maurya, a prominent 120 keys hotel in the city center. He was the past President of the Federation of Hotels and Restaurants Association of India (New Delhi) and President of South India Hotels and Restaurants Association of India (Chennai) and has proactively contributed to the betterment of the Industry. 

Mr. Syama Raju, is one of the founder members of Karnataka Tourism Society and is the President of the Society.



Mr. Vineet Verma (Vice President)

Executive Director & CEO
Brigade Hospitality 
Brigade Group, Bangalore


Ph : +91-9980141486

Vineet served Royal Calcutta Turf Club, one of the most prestigious thoroughbred horse racing institutions in the world from 1980 till 2003, having been appointed as its Secretary & CEO in the year 1993. He was also two times the Secretary General of the Turf Authorities of India. 

He was later invited to join Bengal Ambuja Metro Dev. Ltd in 2003 as their CEO. The company developed the well-known ‘City Centre’ Mall in Salt Lake, Kolkata. 

While in Kolkata, he was actively involved in CII, ICC, Young Leaders forum, Bengal Chamber of Commerce etc. He was also the Member, Governing Body of Concern for Calcutta, a leading NGO in West Bengal. 

Vineet was then invited to join Brigade Group in 2006. He is presently the Executive Director & CEO, Brigade Hospitality, that develops and manages Hotels, Serviced Apartments, Clubs and Convention Centers besides Corporate & Institutional Catering. Brigade Group presently has 6 Hotels in operation mostly across South India, with several more under construction. 

Vineet also leads Brigade Hospitality’s initiative to extend specialized services to multiple Senior Living projects being developed by the Group, across Bangalore. 

He is a member of the Management Committee of Bangalore Chamber of Industry & Commerce and the Chairman of its Expert Committee on Tourism. He is also the Vice President of Karnataka Tourism Society and was a Member of Karnataka Tourism Vision Group constituted by the Government of Karnataka. 

Vineet is also actively promoting the cause of the Girl Child, in association with World Vision India.



Mr. S. Mahalingaiah (Secretary)

Ph : +91-8884 467467

Master of Commerce Degree holder from Mysore University. Started Skyway International Travels during1994 after gaining 10 years’ experience in Tourism and Hospitality Industry. Served Rotary Mysore in many capacities including President during 2004-05. Instrumental in raising funds to start Rotary Mysore Chandrakala Blood Bank in Mysore. Served as Chairman of the Blood Bank for 6 years. Served Ideal Jawa Rotary School as Chairman for 3 years in Mysore. 

Instrumental in getting 5 years MTA (Master of Tourism Administration ) Courses in 5 Universities in Karnataka to help industry to get more than 250 MTA to industry in Karnataka. Mysore Guide authored is popular guide book among tourists visiting and more than 30000 guide books are sold. 

Skyway – Leading Inbound Tour Operator in India bringing in more tourists to our country. Widely travelled in India and 55 countries. 

Chairman IATO Karnataka Chapter for last 5 years. Member of Karnataka Tourism Vision Group under previous Govt. Instrumental in bringing in many mega events to Karnataka including IATO Convection during 2008-09 and PATA Travel Mark during 2015. 

Founder member of Karnataka Tourism Society serving as Secretary.



Mr. Radhakrishna Holla (Committee Member)


Mr. Radhakrishna Holla entered the travel trade solely focussing in the car segment. With a zeal to
excel he started with a very small fleet of cars way back in 1993, and grew his business slowly but
steadily and gradually came to be recognised as a pioneer in the car rental segment. He included
various newer models of cars just to ensure a travellers comfort and has a niche market for luxury

Mr. RadhaKrishna Holla has represented major taxi and transport associations since over a decade
and has contributed immensely with his suggestions for the betterment of the trade. He has been
the office bearer in the capacity of Vice Chairman of the Tourism Committee, in the Federation of
Karnataka Chambers of Commerce and is a founder member of the Karnataka Tourism Society.





NameDesignationEmail ID
Mr. K. Shama
Mr. Vineet VermaVice
Mr. S.
Mr. M. Ravindra
Mr. Amish
Mr. Ayappa SomaiahCommittee
Mr. H. JagadeeshCommittee
Mr. Sanjar S A ImamCommittee
Mr. Prakash Mandoth
Mr. Radhakrishna HollaCommittee