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IAAI aims to be on top with I-TOP

The portal aims to enable each association member to become a consolidatorthat will help them tide over the challenging market conditions. HAZEL JAIN In an effort to safeguard the interests of its members from the current challenging market conditions and present them with a new revenue model, the IATA Agents …

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IATO backs digital payments

In the wake of demonetisation, the Indian Association of Tour Operators (IATO) has called for guidelines for ASI to accept credit and debit cards or online payments. TT BUREAU Pronab Sarkar, President, IATO, claimed that the Ministry of Tourism has taken into consideration most of its suggestions regarding ASI monument …

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OTOAI taps Ahmedabad agents

The Outbound Tour Operators’ Association of India (OTOAI) held its meeting in Ahmedabad for the first time on Dec 21, 2016, to enhance its membership base and apprise members about Turkey EduCon scheduled for next year. NISHA VERMA The maiden meet in Ahmedabad was held at the Hyatt Regency and …

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TAAI signs MoU with Mumbai varsity

The association continues its pursuit for education and has signed anMoU with DY Patil School of Hospitality and Tourism Studies to enhance academia and industry partnership for an MSc in Hospitality & Tourism Studies. Jay Bhatia will represent TAAI on the university’s advisory board. The Travel Agents Association of India …

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Sunil Kumar re-elected as Prez

UFTAA’s Golden Jubilee Congress brought together thinking heads from 25 member associations from 30 countries to discuss IATA-related matters and better working of the organisation. Sunil Kumar, President, UFTAA, has been reelected for a second term at the Golden Jubilee Congress of UFTAA in Istanbul, Turkey. Held at the Hilton …

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What India tourism needs…

In a tête-à-tête with TRAVTALK, David Scowsill, President & CEO, World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC), explains why Incredible India needs a larger marketing fund, a cohesive strategy and a sensible taxation rate to effectively harness the country’s tourism potential. Q) What is your opinion on the growth of tourism …

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SKAL Mumbai extends invitation to govt

The association will now be offering its membership to government bodies like MTDC and India Tourism as well as hospitals to encourage growth of medical tourism. One of the main aims of ParthaChatterjee on taking over as President of SKÅL Club of Bombay this October is to offer memberships and …

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FAITH lobbies for 5% GST for tourism

For FAITH, the single point agenda is to get the rate of Goods and Services Tax (GST) for tourism under the lowest slab possible, reveals SarabJit Singh, Vice Chairman, FAITH. The Federation of Associations of Indian Tourism & Hospitality (FAITH) has held multiple discussion meetings with all its member associations …

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Keep GST sensible: IAAPI

Double taxation on the amusement industry has led to low footfalls, laments Ajay Sarin, President, Indian Association of Amusement Parks and Industries (IAAPI). High taxation levels have been a burden to the whole industry and its consequences have not spared even the amusement sector. The implementation of service tax in …

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Gearing up for webinar marathon

Outbound Tour Operators Association of India (OTOAI) has its kitty full with visa trainings, webinars, roadshows, a Turkey Education Tour, lobbying for GST rebate and focusing on regional chapters. OTOAI President Guldeep Singh Sahni reveals, “We are making our regional chapters active. We want our chapter members to be active …

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