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Vol.19-Issue-09Registration No.RNI-69312/98

THE 33RD ANNUAL CONVENTION OF INDIAN ASSOCIATION OF TOUR OPERATORS’ (IATO)

The 33rd Annual Convention of Indian Association of Tour Operators’ (IATO) was held at Mayfair Convention Centre, Bhubaneswar from September 7-10, 2017. Hon'ble Chief Minister Odisha, Naveen Patnaik who was the chief guest, lighted the the lamp and later released IATO manual. Present on the occasion were Minister of State (Independent Charge), Ministry of Tourism, Government of India, K J Alphons, Rashmi Verma, Secretary Tourism, Government of India

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THE 33RD ANNUAL CONVENTION OF INDIAN ASSOCIATION OF TOUR OPERATORS’ (IATO) RECENTLY CONCLUDED AT BHUBANESHWAR

The 33rd Annual Convention of Indian Association of Tour Operators’ (IATO) was held at Mayfair Convention Centre, Bhubaneswar from September 7-10, 2017. The theme “Indian Tourism - Time to reinvent ourselves" was chosen with careful thought by IATO.  The theme was inspired by the challenges that the travel industry has faced over the past years. The Indian Association of Tour Operators (IATO) has been working closely with industry stakeholders and developing strategies to implement programmes of Ministry of Tourism, Govt. of India.


 Hon'ble Chief Minister Odisha, Naveen Patnaik, Minister of State (Independent Charge), Ministry of Tourism, Government of India, K J Alphons, Rashmi Verma, Secretary Tourism, government of India,  Ashok Chandra Panda, Minister of State (IC) Tourism & Culture, Odisha and Dr. Mona Sharma, Principal Secretary Tourism & Culture, Govt of Odisha, were present on the occasion and shared their thoughts.


Welcoming the dignitaries, Rajiv Mehra, Vice President, IATO & Chairman Convention said, "On behalf of the members and the Executive Committee and the entire tourism industry, I take this opportunity to welcome you all for the inauguration of 33rd IATO Annual Convention in Bhubaneshwar. There can't be a better place to hold the Convention in a smooth and eco-friendly environment like Bhubaneshwar. I am also pleased to inform you that this year we had 1000 members and delegates registered for the Convention."


Pronab Sarkar, President, IATO heartily thanked the CM of Odisha and K J Alphons for gracing the event with their presence and expressed his gratitude to Odisha Tourism for all the support provided to IATO. He also thanked the Secretary Tourism, Rashmi Verma and appreciated her efforts by saying that she has always been a very motivational support.
Pronab Sarkar underlined that the high taxation is like an excruciating pain and added that it is making our country uncompetitive in terms of tourism. He urged the CM of Odisha to take the request forward to the Ministry at next GST Central Meeting.


In his first public appearance as Minister of State (Independent Charge), Ministry of Tourism, K J Alphons said that in spite of India being one of the greatest civilizations in this world, has not yet reached its full potential. He appealed to the industry to come forward and join hands together to make India, one of the most favoured tourist destinations in the world.  "We are looking forward to the deliberations at this Convention which will help in accelerating the growth of tourism in Odisha as well as in India” he said


Rashmi Verma, Secretary Tourism, India, felt glad to attend the IATO Convention as she highlighted that Odisha  chosen as the event venue is a great decision by the IATO team. She praises that this year's theme is an exceptional one with a great message to deliver to the tourism industry”.
Ashok Chandra Panda, Minister of State (IC) Tourism & Culture, Odisha expresses his privilege to host the IATO Convention in Odisha and thanked the IATO team for the opportunity. He said that under the exceptional leadership of the CM of Odisha, things like direct air connectivity and infrastructural changes would be expedited.


Lally Mathews, Co-Chairman Convention, presented his vote of thanks to all the dignitaries and presented the token of thanks to all. J K Mohanty, the man behind the most renowned brand, Swosti was awarded the Hall of Fame award this year for his utmost and dedicated services. Also, the senior official from Andhra Pradesh Tourism, Himanshu Shukla made the announcement that the next IATO Convention will happen in Vishakhapatnam.


The business sessions included some of the very important topics for deliberation and interaction India-Our Brand, Our Positioning, Moderator, Homa Mistry, CEO, Trail blazers Tours India, Odisha -the makings of an exciting tourism destination, Aviation - new polices and new opportunities
Marketing - stop serving old wine in a new bottle, Moderator, Rajeev Kohli, Senior VP / IATO, The Next Generation- Challenges & Opportunities, Moving Beyond Culture & Heritage, GST Masterclass, Moderator Pronab Sarkar, President, Socially Active-Using Facebook to generate business, New Business Ideas, New Horizons. This was followed by award ceremony and valedictory function which was attended by His Excellency the Governor of Odisha.

 

One of the key highlights of the Conventions every year is the IATO Run for responsible Tourism. This year too, the registrations for the run were exceptional according to Amaresh Tiwari, Hony. Treasurer IATO , who has been the convener of the event from past few years.  The run started from the Mayfair Lagoon at 6:15 am and continued to Kalinga Stadium. National games were recently organised  at Kalinga Stadium. Winners were conferred with trophy, medal and certificates of participation. IATO also arranged various FAM tours for its delegates in Odisha.

 

Minister of State (Independent Charge), Ministry of Tourism, Government of India, K J Alphons, inaugurated Indian Tourism Fair organized by IATO. He visited every tourism stall of the tourism product and encouraged them. He appreciated the  literature and the travel magazines at the fair

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