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Promising growth and innovation

The TAAI office bearers, Sanjay Narula, Vice President; Jyoti Mayal, Secretary General; and Imtiaz Qureshi, Treasurer, tell TRAVTALK what it took to put together the convention in Jammu and Kashmir and how the association is set to alter tourists’ perception of Kashmir as a destination. Convention and Theme “For years, …

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A walk down memory lane

India Travel Award winner Krishan Kumar Amla, Chairman & Managing Director, Broadway Enterprises, reminisces the 1988 TAAI convention in the Valley by penning down some fond memories and anecdotes for TRAVTALK. TAAI is now all set to host its 64th convention in Srinagar. Srinagar probably has the distinction of hosting …

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‘Delhi most tourist-friendly’

World Travel & Tourism Council–India Initiative (WTTC-II) in association with Hotelivate acknowledged representatives from top states in its recently released survey. TT BUREAU Delhi emerged as the consolidated winner in the WTTC-II and Hotelivate’s fifth edition of State Ranking Survey 2017 and was named Destination Leader at the launch event …

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IATO’s plans for members

GST remains a top concern for IATO members, informs Pronab Sarkar, President, IATO, and hopes to get all such issues resolved by this year. TT BUREAU Speaking at the IATO Luncheon organised for members, Pronab Sarkar said that they have not only met the Ministry of Tourism but also Ministry …

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PATA India Chapter elections

PATA India Chapter held its 47th Annual General Meeting on December 19, 2017, at The Claridges, New Delhi. The event was presided over by Rashmi Verma, Chairperson, PATA India Chapter & Secretary – Tourism. TT BUREAU Rashmi Verma, Secretary, Ministry of Tourism, Government of India, will lead PATA India Chapter …

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Prez to focus on members in 2nd term

Sunil Kumar R., second-time elected president of Travel Agents Association of India (TAAI), underlines three focus areas for the next term: strengthening member connect and bringing experts to the fore, GST and airline matters. HAZEL JAIN Sunil Kumar R. has been re-elected for a second term as the president of …

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TTAUP works on 2018 agenda

Vivek Pandey, President of the recently-formed Travel Trade Association of Uttar Pradesh (TTAUP), shares his plans for the association and lists activities planned for the coming year. ANKITA SAXENA Keeping in mind the growing travel business in smaller cities of Uttar Pradesh, TTAUP is a maiden attempt by local travel …

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2017: A rollercoaster for the industry

Major setbacks like GST, liquor ban and demonetisation plagued the tourism and hospitality industry. Looking back, the who’s who from the fraternity speak on how they dealt with the issues. TT BUREAU Satpal Maharaj, Tourism Minister, Government of Uttarakhand 2017 was very optimistic for Uttarakhand tourism, as the 4-dhaam yatra …

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OTOAI’s new team for 2017-19

The Outbound Tour Operators Association of India has elected its new team for 2017-19. Mahendra Vakharia is the new President while Himanshu Patil has been elected as the Vice President for the association’s next term. The new OTOAI team was elected unopposed. The focus of the association has shifted from …

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India: The market of interest

In an exclusive interview with Christopher J. Nassetta, President & Chief Executive Officer, Hilton and Chairman-Elect for WTTC, TRAVTALK gets insights on the hospitality brand’s expansion plans in India and WTTC’s main focus for 2018. DEVIKA JEET Plans for India With the Indian economy rapidly progressing, Hilton President and CEO, …

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