IATO declares Convention heads

Indian Association of Tour Operators (IATO) has named its Vice President Rajiv Mehra as the Chairman and Hony Secretary Rajesh Mudgill as the Co-chairman for its upcoming Vizag convention.

TT Bureau

In its Executive Committee meeting held recently in New Delhi, the new team of IATO deliberated on the issues in hand and set the ball rolling for its annual convention, scheduled be held from September 6-9, 2018 in Visakhapatnam. The team unanimously declared Rajiv Mehra as the Chairman and Rajesh Mudgill as the Co-chairman of the convention.

Mehra and Mudgill will start working on the convention soon and the registrations for the same will also begin. Novotel Visakhapatnam Varun Beach will be the convention hotel. Mehra said, “This will be the first time we will hold our convention in Andhra Pradesh on request of the Chief Minister. The most important deliberations at the convention would be on how to achieve the target of 20 million tourists. Currently, the industry is plagued with problems like GST, tourist transport permit issues, need for roads, wayside amenities, new airports, etc. With all these obstacles, it is difficult to reach the 20 million tourist mark. Hence, we will be pondering on discussions and solutions about the hurdles and requirements from the government.”

He added, “At the same time, we will focus on giving the right kind of information to members to increase their business. We want to empower them with knowledge of different digital mediums for usage in their business. We will keep all this in mind while planning the sessions at the convention.”

IATO members will also be participating in the Ministry of Tourism roadshows in USA. Mehra said, “A total of 23 IATO members are going to join the MOT delegation for its roadshows in the US.”

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