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No clarity despite GST session

The educational workshop organised by TAAI with officials from the CBEC failed to clear doubts of travel agents. Hopefully, the board will include feedback from the trade in its report to the Ministry of Finance. HAZEL JAIN After repeated requests from its members, the Travel Agents Association of India (TAAI) …

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PTM: Spotlight on new destinations

Slated to be held from September 13-15, 2017, in Macau, this edition marks PATA Travel Mart’s 40th year of fostering business in APAC’s travel and tourism industry. AHANA GURUNG Asia’s premier trade show, PATA Travel Mart (PTM) has been instrumental in gathering industry professionals together to learn about new developments, …

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OTOAI all set for RAK

The 3rd Convention of Outbound Tour Operators Association of India (OTOAI) will be held from September 13-16, at Waldorf Astoria, Ras Al Khaimah, where the Indian travel trade will get to explore a new destination. ANKITA SAXENA The convention will bring together 160-170 delegates from the outbound tourism industry, where …

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Odisha to the fore @ convention

At its annual convention in Bhubaneswar, the Indian Association of Tour Operators (IATO) plans to showcase development undertaken by Odisha to its members and leverage inbound tourism to the state. The annual convention will be held at Hotel Mayfair Convention, Bhubaneswar, where participation of more than 1200 delegates is expected. …

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TAAI WR gets a new team

Every regional election brings with it a new team and the TAAI Western Region has chosen Sameer Karnani as its Chairman for the next term. The Travel Agents Association of India (TAAI) has conducted its regional and chapter elections and the results are out. The Western Region elections that took …

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Venue for ADTOI convention

Association of Domestic Tour Operators of India (ADTOI) has decided upon Hotel Novotel Visakhapatnam Varun Beach as their convention venue, and has declared the Chairman and Co-Chairman of the Convention. Nisha Verma ADTOI’s annual convention is all set to happen at the exotic Novotel Visakhapatnam Varun Beach in Andhra Pradesh. …

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ATOAI’s Convention: Sept 18-21

The 13th Annual Convention of Adventure Tour Operators Association of India (ATOAI) will be held from Sept 18-21, 2017, in Kerala. Potential of adventure tourism in India and showcasing Kerala in a new light will be discussed. ATOAI’s 13th Annual Convention will be hosted at Backwater Ripples Resort in Kumarakom, …

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Global office in Istanbul by Aug end

In a bid to facilitate free flow of tourists across the globe and encourage travel professionals to work together, the United Federation of Travel Agents’ Associations (UFTAA) will be opening a Global Tourism Office in Istanbul, Turkey, by the end of August this year, reveals Sunil Kumar R., President, UFTAA. …

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ADTOI’s 8th Convention in Vizag

Association of Domestic Tour Operators of India (ADTOI) will be heading to Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh, for their 8th Convention, where they are expecting around 300-350 delegates. After conducting its convention in Khajuraho, Madhya Pradesh, in 2016, ADTOI finally announced its 8th Annual Convention’s venue to be Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh, tentatively …

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There’s no one to ‘guide’ us: IATO

Shortage of tourist guides in Maharashtra is troubling inbound agents. IATO, which has been trying to resolve this issue, is now out of ideas. While e-visas for foreign tourists visiting India are on track, the most basic of facilities for them are hard to find – guides. Struggling with this …

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