Come April 28, the Indian Association of Tour Operators (IATO) will elect its new team under the supervision of Akshay Kumar, Vice Chairman, FAITH, who will be the Returning Officer for the election.
The recent luncheon meeting of IATO saw full attendance by members and representation from the Ministry of Tourism. Meenakshi Sharma, Additional Director General, Ministry of Tourism, Government of India and Ashima Mehrotra, Director, Ministry of Tourism, Government of India, addressed the members and responded to their queries. Pronab Sarkar, President, IATO, said, “The agenda of our meeting was to interact with Ministry of Tourism as our members were full of queries. The MOT is doing a fantastic job, and they have cooperated with us on many of our issues and even resolved them. The interactive session with the MOT was quite satisfactory as stated by all our members.”
Another highlight of the meeting was the announcement of IATO elections. Speaking on the same, Sarkar said, “We have just announced the IATO elections on April 28, 2018, at The Ashok, New Delhi. The current team is completing its two-year term, and thereafter the election process will start in due course.”
Adding to this, Rajiv Mehra, Vice President, IATO, said that Akshay Kumar, Vice Chairman, FAITH, will be the Returning Offer for the election. The last dare for filing nominations is March 21 (3 pm) and the last date to withdraw will be March 26 (3 pm).
Mehra also revealed that IATO is working on development of facilities for the monuments it has adopted. “IATO has taken up Ellora caves in Aurangabad and Group of Monuments Mahabalipuram under MOT’s ‘Adopt a Heritage’ scheme. We will be looking after cleanliness, take care of the toilet facilities and also put signages there for tourists. Our president recently visited Ellora as well for a recce. Papers are currently being signed to this effect and I think by April 1, things should be clear,” he informed.