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One Customer, One Team

About the

The Riya Group is a leading travel company that predominantly serves the requirements of travel partners across India, Canada, UAE and USA. With over 15 travel solutions available to customers, the Riya Group is an established brand in the travel and tourism industry with 40 plus years of experience.

GMJ Thampy is the founder and Chairman and Managing Director of the Riya Group. In 1980, he observed an influx of manpower to the Middle East. He started this top travel company to facilitate visa and air ticketing services for the workforce and their families. Today, the Riya Group has a turnover of over INR 16,000 crores, serves 75,000 plus travel agents and it is leading the industry with nine business verticals.

The Riya Group believes in improving our abilities to deliver services without compromising the quality and customer satisfaction. We are inclined to bridge the gap between the travel inventory and customers through world-class technology, expanding our range of products, and excellent service to our agents and customers.

Our energy and success is derived from our experience and talented staff. The accomplishments, awards and recognitions over the years from the travel industry fuels our vision to be the numero uno travel company globally.

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    Generate the 'perfect trip experience' for the traveller and exceed the company's travel programme goals through service excellence and value-based solutions.
  • VISION :

    Be a sustainable global partner of choice by continually evolving with the changing dynamics of customer centricity.
  • VALUES :

    • Out-think
    • Nurture
    • Execute

Meet the Management Team of Riya Group

The people that translate vision into reality

GMJ Thampy

Nitin John

Thomas Mathai

Manoj Samuel

Vishal Garg

Vinod Subramanian

Founder & CMD
Mr. GMJ Thampy, CMD Riya Group Enterprise established an overseas manpower wing in the 1980. Today, he has built an empire with nine business verticals. His experience and leadership skills expanded the company in the last four decades. The travel company has been successful purely because of the perseverance he has shown over the years. His constant support, motivation and foresightedness has taken Riya Group Enterprise to new benchmarks.
Vice Chairman
Mr. Nitin John is a business graduate with exceptional organisational skills, passionate about global travel transformations and has great enthusiasm to implement new endeavors. His diverse skills have allowed the organisation to secure several international corporate accounts.
Mr. Mathai is an academic by choice and a people’s person by nature. With more than 25 distinctions and academic degrees and certificates to his credit, he enjoys continuous education and likes to keep himself updated with industry standards and procedures.
CEO & Director
Mr. Manoj Samuel is a technocrat with a keen interest in integrating modern technology and gadgets into everything he believes in and is challenged with. He has played a vital role in transforming the organisation’s techno-advancement and helped develop a wide array of travel related products.
Mr. Vishal Garg has a keen sense of analysis and exceptional team management skills. He holds a degree in CA (Accounting, Finance Management & Taxation) and he is highly experienced in Financial Operations. He has extensive experience in Finance & Accounts, Planning & Analysis, Receivables Management, Fund Raising, Taxation, Audit and Reporting.
CEO- Riya Business Travel
He has over 28 years of experience in sales, marketing, business strategy and general management. He has led multinationals, viz., Jet Airways Limited, BCD Travel and Lufthansa German Airlines in varied commercial roles, with a strategic and result oriented approach. His passion, professionalism, integrity, strategic thinking and analytical skills have enabled to drive change and build formidable businesses.

Our Story

Go on a journey that spans over four decades.


Under Riya Travel, set up an office in

Mumbai for Gulf Visa Procesing


Acquired license from Ministry of Labour

for manpower immigration.


Established Riya Travel & Tours.

First IATA office in fort, Mumbai.


Opened 5 Branches in west & south of India.

Reached a company-wide turnover of $ 0.5 billion


Set up office in Delhi to expand

into north & east of India


Riya Holiday commenced its operations.

Riya Connect portal was set up.

23 Branches were established.


Riya Marine Travel was established.


Started Riya Study Abroad

Set-up offices in USA & Canada

Riya Institute of Hospitality was initiated


Achieved Gross Bookings of

INR 48 billion (US$ 1 billion)


Turnover reaches $1 billion

Set-up offices in UAE


Riya Business Travel was started


70+ location with worldwide with

$2 billion turnover.


Riya Migration Consultants was started


Launched Riya Visa Services

Our Presence

We are present across 60 plus locations in India, USA, Canada and UAE.