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Lighthouse - June, 2011.

Chairman’s Message


The traditionally acknowledged generation gap between youth and their elders seems to have taken on a new meaning. Twitter, YouTube, Facebook and texting have become the instant means of communication for the young whereas newspapers, radio, TV and the telephone remain firm favorites with others. Youngsters today have little knowledge of how things existed before blackberrys, iPhones and laptops. Techno-leapfrogging, and the fact that the new generation does not appreciate first hand what has gone before, means that our world is moving faster than any of us ever imagined.

Markets have changed dramatically over the past ten years, not only for shipping, but also for almost every other industry. Re-branding, product re-launching and new marketplace techniques have all been tried in order to appeal to the “instant-demand now” generation. However anyone who wishes to succeed and have impact, in this environment, requires maximum flair, unconventional creativity, extra energy and enthusiasm. This is easier said than done. Young people have potentially all these attributes. But it is teamwork, building on the experiences of others, that allows such innovation and creativity to be focused and developed in a meaningful and profitable way.

The success story of CSS Mumbai completing 4 years of operations in the tough Indian market conditions is an example of the relentless efforts from a young team. I express my hearty wishes to them. I hope that more young people will feel encouraged to bring forward new challenging ideas, suggestions and strategies. A welcomed enthusiastic response to such initiatives will take our company’s marketing and servicing skills to higher levels.  I am confident that, within CSS, we have the generational experience to encourage youthful zest and exuberance which will prove to be for our mutual benefit.

Lighthouse Focus

It gives me immense pleasure to introduce Devas Holidays & Travel Services India Pvt. Ltd. to you as a promoter of value tourism in India. A member of Devas Group of companies, DHTSI has given prominence to professionalism and created a name of their own in the travel world. Today, this Focus news letter will give more insight on the DHTSI activities and the unique packages they offer. Enjoy reading Focus to know more about Devas Holidays & Travel Services.


ABOUT DEVAS HOLIDaYS…


Devas Holidays and Travel Services India Private Limited is owned by the renowned CSS Group, pioneers in the shipping industry since 1995.

Devas Holidays – India’s experiential travel planner – welcomes travelers from around the world to fulfill their travel appetite with itineraries that would cover an entire expanse of distant lands and exotic people. Travelling with Devas Holidays brings you a life-changing inner experience instead of a su-perficial week-long trip across the continents. Each itinerary is punctuated with a unique mélange of adventure, relaxation and freshness that guarantees a deep-seated, never-before experience. Devas Holidays is headed by Arun Aniyan as General Manager who has a rich experience in the travel industry.

Devas is not about holidaying. It is about exploring, experiencing and enjoying as you holiday. Embrace hand-picked journeys that embark on the unknown realms of self-discovery and connect the inner self to the harmony of the universe. Relish the freshness in holidaying with Devas.

Devas offers unique tour packages that focus on the forgotten art of making tourists feel perfectly at home in a strange land.

When you entrust your travel plans with Devas, you need not worry about your air, rail or hotel reservations, sight-seeing, foreign exchange services, insurance cover and so forth.

We strongly believe in the Sanskrit saying, “Atithi Devo Bhavah” meaning that we treat our guests like God.

Come enjoy your holiday with us and let us make your vacation one that you will cherish lifelong.


South India As A Travel Destination


Experience the mystery and magic of South India tours with its fascinating history, rich culture and traditions. As you go down peninsular India, the fascinating land of temples unravels itself for you. The major destinations of South India include Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Lakshadweep and Andaman & Nicobar Islands. Whether you are an adventure lover, pilgrim or a wildlife enthusiast, South India has it all to enthrall you.

TEMPLES & MONUMENTS
The exquisite temples are the strongest lures and a wealth of South India. The historic monuments and temples can be found in large numbers in the states of South India. The intricately carved temples are feasts to the eyes and some of them you must visit include Guruvayoor Temple, Kalpathy Temple, Meenakshi Temple, Murugan Temple, Badami Cave Temple, Tirupati Tirumala Balaji and Saneeshwara Temple. These marvelous structures also stand testimony to the ancient heritage of the empires that greatly patronized the artistic pursuits. Moreover, South India has 4 UNESCO heritage sites: Thanjavur Brahadhiswara temple, Mamallapuram 7th & 9th century monuments and temples in Tamilandu; and ancient capitals Hampi & Pattadakal in Karnataka.

BEACHES
A travel to South India will remain incomplete without a visit to the palm fringed sandy beaches that accentuate the scenic charm of South India. The long coastline has conferred the South Indian states with numerous enchanting beaches and the most well-known among them being Nattika, Marari, Alappuzha, Kovalam, Varkala, Marina, Kanyakumari and Maravanthe Beach.

WILD LIFE
Apart from the beaches, South India is also well known for its captivating wildlife which attracts hordes of wildlife enthusiasts from all over the world. Watch the wild denizens roaming in their natural habitat freely along with a large number of migratory birds that frequent the protected forests of South India. Some of the acclaimed wildlife sanctuaries and national parks of South India are Periyar wildlife sanctuary, Kumarakom bird sanctuary, Calimere wildlife sanctuary, Bandipur national park, Kabini wildlife sanctuary, Mudumalai tiger reserve & sanctuary and Nagarhole tiger reserve.

FESTIVALS
The fairs and festivals of South India mirror the rich culture and tradition of the people of the region. Passed on from generations, these are still celebrated with utmost zest and excitement. You will find the people clad in their traditional attire and piously following the spectacular rituals. The festivities are marked by important occasions such as harvest, arrival of the monsoon and paying reverence to the worshipped deities. The famous ones are Onam, Aaranmula Boat Race, Pongal Festival and Natyanjali Dance Festival.

AYURVEDA
A gratifying holiday is greatly dependent upon the accommodations, and in South India you will find a wide range of hotels and resorts to chose from. The various hotels are located in important towns of South India and also provide resort and spa facilities. Kerala is a state that is particularly famous for its ayurvedic spa resorts.
With almost limitless things to take delight in, you are certainly going to have an unforgettable holiday in South India.


Monsoon Tourism In Kerala


Monsoon the word itself makes one happy. The intoxicating smell of the dry earth getting drenched, the splashing waters and the tiny paper boats sailing on the clogged water make monsoon the favorite season in India. After the long summer months when the heat and the dust ruled the roost, the monsoon is a welcome change. The farmers rejoice in the showers that promise to bring them prosperity.

Monsoon, the season of rainbows and raindrops is certainly not to be wasted indoors. The very special season of the year, monsoon brings everything to you fresh. The washed streets and the fresh leafs seem to smile with you. Monsoon is certainly not only about getting all dressed in rain coats, monsoon is a fun time. Getting wet, splashing and swimming or wading through knee deep waters, sailing paper boats are some little deeds you may indulge in.

All over we can see the joy of monsoon on everyone’s face. Kids dancing on streets, elders enjoying rain from the sit-out of their house and women preparing hot tea and coffee for everyone in the family are symbols of first monsoon rain. And what else, the people sharing a common umbrella on the public place. Feel the magic of monsoon…

Traditionally, the advent of the monsoon has meant a sharp fall in the number of tourists visiting Kerala. Monsoon in Kerala is the most enchanting season in India.

You may try out an ayurveda vacation in the monsoon too. The best way to rejuvenate your soul and replenish your body, ayurvedic is a great option for monsoon. Monsoon is a season for rejuvenation, when the people take special diet and ayurvedic therapies for rejuvenation and longevity. According to ayurveda, monsoon is an ideal season to take treatments for various diseases. The equable climate during monsoon and natural abundance of herbs and medicinal plants in its flora, Kerala is fast capturing the attention of International Tourists as a prime destination to visit during the monsoon season.

Moreover a ‘monsoon food festival’, a music festival and a theatre festival are just some of the events being planned during the monsoon season.

The romance of the monsoon, with its abundant rains and lush green landscape that has been rhapsodized down the ages in verse and song, can be promoted as a “unique” tourist attraction.


Destination Of Choice – Thekkady


Thekkady in Kerala is India’s largest wildlife sanctuary and a dream destination for any tourist visiting India. The 120 years old ‘Surki’ dam built across Periyar, Poorna in vedic parlance, is a major tourist attraction. This sanctuary is spread over an area of 777 Sq.Kms, surrounded by an artificial lake over an area of 25 Sq.Kms.

The country’s sole tiger reserve, Thekkady, with its bountiful treasures of tropical flora and fauna is the ultimate reservoir of many an endangered species and a rich tribal culture. Thekkady is a pleasant heaven on earth for those who love nature in its wild manifestations.

For travelers, Thekkady offers numerous hotels, homestays and resorts. The best of them are Spice Village with thatched roofs, inspired by local jungle dwelling architecture and Cardamon County – a holiday village set against picturesque mountain ranges amidst lush greenery with the captivating scent of cardamom wafting in the air providing all the comforts for a memorable holiday.

Both eco-friendly resorts capture the essence of Thekkady in all its natural splendors giving travelers a unique opportunity to enjoy wild life and a comfortable stay with all modern facililities.


Recommended Packages


THE BEST OF KERALA 11 nights
Cochin (1 night) – Munnar (2 nights) – Thekkady/Periyar (2 nights) – Alapuzha (1 night) – Mararikulam (5 nights) – Cochin

AMAZING NORTH KERALA 6 nights
Cochin (1 night) – Guruvayoor & Athirappally (1 night) – Wayanad (2 nights) – Bekal (2 nights) – Cochin

TROPICAL PARADISE – LAKSHADWEEP ISLANDS 9 nights
Cochin (1 night) – Lakshadweep (7 nights) – Cochin (1 night)

WILDLIFE SAFARI TOUR8 nights
Cochin (1 night) – Wayanad (1 night) – Bandipur (2 nights) – Oooty (2 nights) – Munnar (1 night) – Kumarakom (1 night) – Cochin

GRAND TOUR  – KERALA & TAMILNADU 14 nights
Cochin (1 night) – Kumarakom (1 night) – Munnar (2 nights) – Thekkady/Periyar (2 nights) – Madurai (1night) – Rameshwaram (1 night) – Kanyakumari (1 night) – Kovalam (4 nights) – Trivandrum (1night)

Testimonials…

Julie Hiltunen – Bloomington, MN
“I just wanted to let you know that your outstanding service and all of the work you put into our vacation made our trip really special. Every detail was taken care of so we just had to jump on the plane and show up. What a great way to travel!! Your service was a definite WOW for us. Thanks for everything – we will definitely contact you for our next vacation!!!”

Lauren Lanfrank– Roseland, NJ
“I can only say great things about your employees, your package options and your prices of course(!). Email and telephone communication was prompt, complete and friendly.  It is nice to have that personal connection when web searching.  My questions were addressed and my needs were certainly top priority. I will definitely be using your agency in the future and will recommend it to my friends and associates. Thanks very much.”


Team Devas


The team of DHTSI has experts from travel and hospitality fields. The main role in every company is the operations team – the people, who help to select the right package that best suits your needs or create a new one. We had built our operational team over several years by choosing the most experienced people who are passionate about tourism in India.

All members of our operations team are highly professional and have many years of experience in travel & tourism field.

Together with years of experience and ample knowledge, we can create and organize for our clients unique journeys, based on their needs and expectations.


As Fresh As Ever CSS Airfreight


The Air Freight division of CSS Group was started over 15 years ago, after recognizing a gap in the Air Freight industry. Since then the division has experienced immense growth and success year after year while maintaining and strengthening its position as an important player in the market.

Consolidated Shipping Services is well known for its capability of handling any type of Cargo regardless of size or shape, weight or volume.  Given any time constraint CSS can execute any job, using our expertise and experience that we have obtained over a decade.

Consolidated Shipping Services in the Middle East and India operates out of dedicated modern facilities, which therefore ensures that the best service is given to our clients and to the entire Air Freight industry. Due to our constantly evolving nature, the Air Freight division has invested time and energy in researching and developing our existing facilities, through modernization and implementation of new services. In addition, given the recent change in the economic landscape, CSS endears to offer not just the best service but also the most cost effective solutions for our clients. One of the key ways in which we have done this, is by ensuring that our team consists of people from different nationalities and different levels of expertise which allow for us to come up with out-of-the box solutions to delivering our clients needs without increased costs

Recently, the Air Freight division has moved its premises to the Cargo Mega terminal at the Dubai International Cargo Gateway (Dubai Cargo Village), which overlooks Dubai International Airport Terminal 1 & 3. The new location is ideal not only because of the view that visitors and the team gets to enjoy, but is also a constant reminder of our vision to not just succeed, but also evolve and transform, in order to ensure that the best service is provided to all our clients and customers alike.

Keeping in mind the core values of CSS Group, the Air Freight division, thrives on challenges and overcoming obstacles to attain the highest levels of customer. One of the vital reasons for our success is our ability to provide any shipping related service to our client due to the in-house support of our own multi modal transport division from air to sea transport, projects, relocation requirements etc.  The client does not need to look elsewhere, and therefore is rest assured that the cost he receives is by far the most competitive in the market.

Jacob Isaac, General Manager, CSS Air Freight Division feels that, ‘it is the periodic enhancement of service levels and the expertise of Air Freight forwarders that encourage clients to remain loyal and therefore ensure a constant flow of business for key players in this market during economic downturns.’


Heavy Equipment Logistics


CSS GROUP LEADERSHIP ALIGNMENT TO MEET GLOBAL MARKET NEEDS FOR SHIPPING NEW AND USED PLANT AND EQUIPMENTS WORLDWIDE

CSS Group is realigning its market development and customer support leadership role in a niche sector to enable an increased focus on the unique market segment in which we now serve.

Rahul Mathew, has been appointed as Key Account Manager to support the sales, market development and customer support departments in Dubai, UAE assuming responsibility of the Dubai, Sharjah and Northern Emirates. He has held management positions in the global shipping business in various geographic regions in India.

Nandakumar, has been appointed as back up support and coordinator assisting – sales, market development and customer support, for regional as well as international clients assuming responsibility for insuring all inquiries are handled in a timely and professional manner.

“The global shipping of new and used plant and equipment is expanding geographically and in complexity,” according to the VP Business Development and head of the Heavy Equipment Logistics division, Ken Dinnadge.

The CSS Group’s ‘reaching out program’ philosophy in this sector is to ensure every customer receives the highest standard of service, and this has enabled us to lead the way in different sectors serving various markets around the world. This new structure will now allow CSS to better implement market appropriate strategies globally that are in varying stages of development in the shipping of new and used plant and equipment. CSS has always demonstrated its ability to successfully develop strong customer relationships and drive strategic initiatives forward, resulting in innovative services and solutions.


Completing 4 Years Of Trust CSS Mumbai


Console Shipping Services India Pvt Ltd, an Indian establishment and amongst the leading NVOCC in its market today, saw its 4th year of operations being successfully completed on the 26th of June 2011 in Mumbai, the commercial capital of the country and home to the largest port in India.

It has been a glorious journey overcoming challenges, pressures and establishing itself in the most stylish and professional way in the tough Mumbai market. “Persistence pays off well is what I believe”, says Jairam K R, Director, CSS India and Mumbai’s success is a clear cut example of this saying.
Setting up an expert team and streamlining the services were the strongest challenges they faced over the most volatile period ever seen in the logistics trade and thanks to the young and dynamic management team who laid the foundation and became the pillars of growth for the organization.

According to Jairam, the steadfast growth was made possible only because of the whole hearted support from the agents, clients and well wishers. “They have always shown trust in us and they believed in our professionalism. The company has seen its employee and business graph make waves, as is common in our industry, but we have been focused enough to achieve our organization goals”, he adds. CSS Mumbai has always stayed close to the local market and the suppliers. This was a key factor in strategizing the winning plans during the tough time.

Today CSS Mumbai have export consolidation services to over 20 destinations across the globe including Far East, Europe, Middle East, Indian Sub Continent and Africa. The strong IT systems they have heavily invested in have added value to the quality of service they offer to their clients

CSS Mumbai is giving thrust to the high potential European market where they have established inbound services from Antwerp, Rotterdam, Hamburg, Felixstowe, Le Havre and other eastern European cities. The agents are professionals and are committed to long term business in their outlook. The team CSS Mumbai has been successful in creating a worldwide network by participating in some of the major trade shows and travelling extensively.

Projects management is another key area where CSS Mumbai team are concentrating at. They have rendered their services to renowned companies through their exceptional skill in handling over dimensional and break bulk cargo.  According to the management, the growth of projects cargo movement in India will touch new heights in the next few years and CSS Mumbai foresees a boom in this area of business because of its recent successes and professional approach.

Today with a list of credits to its hand, CSS Mumbai has widened its horizon providing a list of services ranging from LCL, FCL, Air, Logistics and Projects management. Its certifications with the MTO, FIATA and FMC are basic documentation infrastructure required by any professional company in the business

As Jairam sums it up, “The prime focus for CSS Mumbai would be to reach on top of the table and become the preferred partner for the professional companies in this market. We invest in training our employees, updating our systems, being professional in choosing our business associates who share the same thinking platform – and this goes a long way in creating the brand that we stand for today.”


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