Nitin Palan, MBE
Nitin Palan, MBE, is a highly successful entrepreneur who is the founder of the Golden Tours Company which has been in existence for around thirty-five years and has been synonymous with tourism in the heart of London. The company employs over 200 staff with offices in the UK and India.
From the success of the company, Nitin Palan set up the Foundation to ‘give back’ to the communities it serves. The Foundation supports social development projects in education, interfaith and heritage.
Mr. Palan has stood on various government-linked and interfaith committees. The most notable being his continued support for the Inter Faith Network for the UK which works for good relations between different faiths in the UK. He is instrumental in working with the BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir (popularly known as Neasden Temple) Charities which is proactive in organising social action projects in the UK and worldwide.
Some of his projects include the founding of Diwali in the London Festival in Trafalgar Square attracting over 35,000 people every year. He has supported causes such as the Queen’s Household Division Charities for serving and retired guardsmen of the Division and their families; The Prince's Charities through British Asian Trust to fund education and variety, the children’s charity where the Palan Foundation provides their tourist buses to hundreds of disabled people to see the sights of London.
The religious education council of England and Wales was delighted to announce the appointment of a new patron of the charity, Nitin Palan MBE. Mr. Palan is a businessman and a campaigner for community relations. He works closely with Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies (OCHS) to provide teaching and learning between the UK and India.
REC CEO, Rudolf Eliott Lockhart, commented, “I am very pleased to have Nitin Palan appointed as a patron of the RE Council. His vast expertise and experience in community and interfaith relations, in particular, will be invaluable to the charity.”
Nitin Palan’s contribution to the society includes education for children, supporting social culture projects for religious harmony, develop infrastructure for the community to relieve hardships and poverty, heritage schemes to highlight relationships between India and the UK to teach future generations of their past and its impact on present and future.