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5 Mar, 2014

Transition: Ram Kohli, the man who shook up PATA


Mr Ram Kohli, Chairman & Founder of Creative Travel India, passed away in the early hours of March 4, after suffering two major cardiac arrests from non-related procedures at a hospital. He is to be cremated on Wednesday March 5.

In a message to their friends and colleagues worldwide, his sons Rajeev and Rohit said: “He was the best friend a person could have, standing by in thick & thin. He was a tough and fostering mentor to those in search of knowledge and perfection. Ram lived life on his terms, happy, loud & lively. He went on his terms.”

“The Kohli family, all the team members of Creative Travel and Plan it! Meetings & Conferences, and all his friends around the world have a void in our lives that will never be replaced.”

A full biodata of Ram Kohli can be found here: http://www.travel2india.com/pages/ram_kohli.html

Mr Kohli chaired the Pacific Asia Travel Association exactly 10 years ago between 2004-05. He later became the first to call publicly for an independent financial probe into the organisation, ruing what he then called “the culture of corruption” and the loss of public trust. That interview with this editor led to a series of changes in PATA. He was conferred the Chairman’s Recognition award by one of his successors, Mr Hiran Cooray.

Read those historic game-changing interviews here:




May his soul rest in peace.